Tips on Designing the Perfect Manufactured Home Interior

interior design assetsManufactured homes are a great choice because they cost less than traditional, stick-built homes. In fact, the Manufactured Housing Institute suggests that the cost per square foot for a manufactured home is typically half that of a traditional site-built home. For example, the American Freedom IV model by Palm Harbor is priced at approximately $115 per square foot. The American Dream III model provides even greater affordability at just $92.63 per square foot. You can create a beautiful home interior that fits your needs and budget by picking the right features and designs. And we’ll show you how to design each space wisely to get the most out of your investment.

How to Prioritize Where You Spend Your Design Dollars

When homebuyers purchase a manufactured home from ECM Homes in its manufactured state, they can choose to stick to a base model with no upgrades or choose from a wide variety of upgrades and options to make their home just the way they want it. But where do you start and how do you maximize the value of your return on investment without breaking the bank?

We work with customers every day, helping them design the manufactured home of their dreams. Along the way, we have made a few recommendations. Here is where we suggest you spend your time when selecting options.

1. Start With the Kitchen

Designing the perfect kitchen in your manufactured home is all about making it work for both cooking and hanging out. Americans spend over 400 hours a year in their kitchens, so making this space both usable and comfortable is important. Here’s how you can create your dream kitchen:

  • Layout and Function: The right layout is key. It should let you move smoothly from the fridge to the sink to the stove, a setup known as the kitchen work triangle. This makes cooking easier and more enjoyable.
  • Customization Options: Make your kitchen unique with custom features. Think about adding a kitchen island for more prep area and seating. Upgrade to a fancy range hood, choose a deep farmhouse sink, or pick eye-catching countertops. Modern appliances like built-in ovens or dishwashers can also save space and look sleek.
  • Smart Storage Solutions: To maximize space, go for smart storage. This can include extra drawers in the island or custom cabinets that reach to the ceiling. These choices help keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free, making it a pleasure to use daily.

2. Your Bathroom Can Be Your Personal Sanctuary

Transform your bathroom into a relaxing retreat with the right upgrades and materials. Here’s how to enhance both the look and function of your bathroom:

  • Elegant Fixtures: Elevate your bathroom by updating the fixtures. A rainfall showerhead can turn everyday showers into a luxurious experience. Opt for stylish faucets that complement your space. When choosing sinks, consider an undermount single or double sink in traditional round or sleek rectangular designs.
  • High-Quality and Attractive Materials: Choose materials that are tough and look great. Ceramic tiles are ideal for their ease of maintenance and timeless appeal. Stone countertops are another excellent option, providing a refined look while resisting wear from regular use. These choices help keep your bathroom fresh and inviting for years.

3. Your Living Room is the Heart of the Home (After the Kitchen)

After a long day at work or enjoying the activities you love, nothing is better than coming home to relax in your living room. Consider adding architectural details that enhance its comfort and style to make it the perfect sanctuary.

  • Architectural Details: Incorporate features like exposed beams which add a rustic charm, or a cozy fireplace that becomes the focal point for family gatherings. Large windows are also essential; they flood the space with natural light and offer views that connect you to the outdoors.
  • Entertainment and Connectivity: Set up your living room as an entertainment hub. Position your TV so that it can be easily viewed from different seating areas without causing strain. Consider the room’s acoustics when installing a sound system; soft furnishings can help absorb sound, preventing echoes and enhancing audio quality. Ensure you have enough outlets and the right setup for any gaming systems or streaming devices.

4. The Finishing Touch: Trim Work

Trim work is the finishing touch that brings cohesion and elegance to your home. It’s not just about use and hiding the seams where floors and walls meet, but it also adds a decorative flair that can tie everything together.

  • Unifying the Space with Trim Work: Utilizing elements like baseboards and crown molding can dramatically enhance the visual flow of your rooms. These details act as frames that outline your walls, ceilings, and floors, creating a unified look throughout the house. For example, thicker baseboards can make your rooms feel more grounded, while ornate crown molding can draw the eye upward, adding height and space.
  • Material Choices: Trim work can be made from a variety of materials and finishes that complement any style of décor. Wood trim offers a classic and warm look, while materials like PVC or polyurethane provide moisture resistance and long-lasting strength, perfect for bathrooms or kitchens. Finishes can range from painted to stained.
  • DIY Potential: If you enjoy hands-on projects, installing your trim work on your own can be a rewarding DIY task. It allows you to personalize your space and can be a cost-effective way to upgrade your home’s interior. Simple tools and creativity can lead to unique designs that reflect your personal style. Ask us about DIY options for your new home.

5. The Outside of Your Home is an Extension of Your Interior Living Space

The exterior of your home is an extension of your indoor living space, providing an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while complementing the style of your home. When planning for a patio or deck, consider how these additions can blend in with the existing structure and improve your outdoor experience—not to mention the curb appeal.

  • Planning for a Patio or Deck: Start by thinking about the purpose of your outdoor area. Whether it’s for dining, relaxing, or entertaining, the design should cater to these uses. Position your patio or deck to take advantage of natural views and sunlight, ensuring it becomes a natural extension of your living space.
  • Material and Style Considerations: Choose long-lasting materials that align with your décor preferences. Wood, composites, and stone are popular choices that can hold up to the extreme weather in the Pacific Northwest while maintaining their good looks over time.
  • Adding Features that Work: To take your outdoor space to the next level, consider integrating outdoor kitchens, perfect for hosting gatherings or fire pits that provide a cozy focal point for evening entertainment. Comfortable seating areas are essential, allowing you and your guests to relax and enjoy the environment you’ve created.

Ready to Get Started With the Design of Your New Manufactured Home?

If you are considering purchasing a manufactured home with ECM Homes, please know that we’ll be there to help throughout the process. From your site visit to picking your options, we can offer pointers and suggestions to ensure you get the home you want.

To get started, check out our floor plans and then contact us! We look forward to working with you.