I’d like to rearrange my room. It’s not really working well for me – the bed blocks access to the closet and dresser so I end up piling clothes on my chair and desk. But after spending some time with a tape measure and graph paper I’ve come to the same conclusion I had when I arranged the room in the first place. The only way to rearrange (short of hanging a hammock from the ceiling and frankly, judging from the experience I’ve had hanging things on the walls, I’m not sure the ceiling wouldn’t collapse) is to knock out a wall!
Which got me thinking – is it possible to add on to a mobile home? So I did some research and the answer is theoretically yes. The internet (love being online again) is full of articles, plans and photos like the one below that make it seem (relatively) easy and I do have two ‘free’ months in the summer. Then again I wasn’t even able to get our front porch rebuilt and I’m notoriously incapable of even hanging a picture straight. Building is not my forte and although I’ve been known to attempt to do things I’m not qualified to do I try to limit my disasters to those of small to medium sized proportions.
In addition to lack of skill and know-how our current home is not exactly level. Our erstwhile contractor/con-men left it so skewed that interior doors would slam shut unless propped open by a door stop and while our relative did his best to fix the faults he lacked the proper equipment and while the house ended up being more level it also is just a bit torqued. And that was before it sort of settled into the ground. So now cracks are developing (have I mentioned before the incredibly cheap material these places are constructed from?).On the other hand, in my fantasy home addition this is the wall that would get knocked out If I could I’d like to add a 8-foot (or so) addition running lengthwise along the entire back of the house which would make my and my youngest daughter’s small rooms long and skinny, enlarge the living room to the point that we could curtain off a section for my son to give him more privacy (we can’t add another bedroom as our septic system is only permitted for three bedrooms – oddly it doesn’t matter how many people or bathrooms you have, just bedrooms), create a dining area and a mudroom/laundry room. My older girls have the master bedroom and the oldest is headed to college this summer so I don’t see the need to enlarge their room.
Although there are organizations that sell pre-fab add ons such as Addonrooms.com and Aluminum Fabricators, most don’t serve our area or they just offer single room additions. I suspect we would have to find a local contractor to build the addition I have in mind. I haven’t even begun to estimate the cost but I suspect it would be substantial.
But this is all wishful thinking at this point. On my salary it’s not possible to save much, if any, money and in addition to ongoing problems with our water system, the latest being a cracked water pump and an inexplicably empty cistern (another crack?) that has left us without water for the past week, we have other basic needs like gravel for our mud driveway that are more pressing than extending our house. Still it would be nice to be less cramped, have more storage and comfortable spaces, so I will continue to dream and doodle floor plans!