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Mobile Home 149, The Coolest Transformation

Mobile home yard transformations can run the gamut when it comes to transformations because they are small tight contained spaces. Money well spent on these small areas can totally blow away your buyers because the cost expense for the area is so minimal. Unlike a home on a typical lot (here in California where tract yards are 6-7 thousand square feet, mobile home yards are about ¼ of that.

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For my project at space 149 at El Toro Mobile Estates in El Toro California, I had a perfect inspiration for the yard to create the perfect transformation. The park was not far from the beach. It had great weather all year round perfect for outdoor entertaining. The home site was set on a circular street in the middle of the park, so the yard area was pie-shaped giving me plenty of space to build lots of charm. Better yet, the front porch was set with a stair case on the side of the yard which made it appear as a balcony off the front of the home that  looked out to the community pool. It was a fantastic space to work home, transformation, lake forest

With the main focal element being privacy screens at the rear of the yard, I designed screens to frame off the back corner of the lot. I planted three ornamental cherry trees which had perfect dark purple foliage for my color scheme. The “L” shaped screens set the stage for me to build a spacious raised deck and planters in front of them.

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Once the deck was built, I chose to paint it one of the colors I painted on the house to tie it into the entire color palette. I built a low rough sawn wood gate and cut out a diamond to match the shutter pattern i used on the front of the house. All the trim on the home was painted clean white, so the natural color for the gate was white. When it came time to fill the planters, I chose reds and whites to further support all the interior staging accents. I used a combination of live and silk flower material in the yard and topped it all off with patio furniture to match.

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By the time the rehab was complete the overall feeling in the yard was inviting and called for a bar-b-que to celebrate hoisting  the US flag (something I do when my flips are completed). The home was sold before the rehab was complete and the buyers said the yard sold them before they walked into the house…perhaps having a fresh glass of lemonade there the day they came to see the house didn’t hurt either…


Drop me a line and let me know how you liked the video (link below) so I can bring you more details of how this home turned out overall.

This post is written by (me) Don Gilmartin in order to inspire the DIY, design & flipping community. As CEO and founder of Fliptechs I have over 20 years of design, construction, and real estate, experience to share.



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