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A Manufactured Makeover

Loving their location, but not the tight spaces and curb appeal of their home, our clients felt it was time to update their builder-grade manufactured house and transform their existing space into a functional, energy efficient home.


The existing, manufactured home was intentionally placed sideways on the lot, with the "as-designed" entrance on the south side. To accommodate the lot and the driveway access, it was turned 90 degrees when it was built and thus what normally would be the side view of the home, was now the front. Needless to say, there was not a lot that was done to camouflage the “manufactured” look of this home, and much of the existing finishes were long overdue for replacement.

The client's vision included a unique front porch overhang that added exceptional curb appeal; an expansion of the kitchen and core of the home to accommodate their family's needs (and the benefit of hosting gatherings); as well as an added screened in porch that brought the whole project together.


The Team

Design & Architecture: Melissa Kennedy

Project Manager: The Meadowlark Project Management Team

Photography:  Sean Carter


Schematic Design

Tired of the "manufactured look" of this home, our clients came to Meadowlark wanting to beef up the curb appeal and to better incorporate the front deck area into the overall exterior aesthetic. They also were tired of the awkward spaces and the poor flow through that home that was the result of having the home turned sideways on the lot. Finally, the home was long overdue for much-needed updates both inside and out both - especially in the energy efficiency of the home.

  • A Western Red cedar portico was added to the front of the home to break up the horizontal lines of the existing home to and better balance the front deck area with front elevation of the home
  • Hardie Plank smooth lap siding replaced the vinyl siding in a color that complemented the cedar accents
  • Windsor Window replacements were added throughout to improve year-round comfort and save energy
  • Spray foam insulation and a Structured Insulated Panel (SIP) roof was used in the new addition
  • Upgrades to the HVAC system and mechanicals helped to mitigate major temperature differences from room to room in the home and to improve comfort and energy efficiency
  • The clients wanted a three-season screened porch added onto the home that would be easy to access, but private as well

Design Development

A unique cedar portico was added to the front of the home to break up the horizontal lines of the front facade and to better tie in the existing front deck with the overall front elevation of the home. A small addition on the side of the home completely transformed the awkward traffic flow in the home and opened up the spaces to loads of natural light. A screened porch, included in the addition, created the perfect spot to unwind with a good book and glass of wine at the end of the day. All this packaged in a modern, contemporary aesthetic that our clients were longing for.

  • Simpson contemporary thermal doors
  • Leather and honed granite countertops in kitchen
  • Holiday cabinetry for island and cupboard perimeter (white matte, navy & walnut)
  • 2.25" red oak hardwood flooring throughout with clear finish
  • White gloss subway tile for range backsplash
  • Brizo stainless steel appliances

The Results

Working with designers from Meadowlark Design+Build, it was determined that only a small 177 sq. ft. addition was needed to enhance kitchen utility -- all the while providing a visually connected but separate screen porch -- reminiscent of one from the owner's childhood. The open and inviting interior reconfiguration now aligns with how the family lives and entertains, as the striking exterior transformation removes all traces of the classic manufactured aesthetic to make this home a truly magnificent "before & after" story.

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