Adding a Sunroom to a Mobile Home
Before adding a sunroom to a mobile home, keep in mind that there may be certain laws and regulations in your area that need to be followed for any home remodel or extension. In most states, a sunroom is considered an accessory to a mobile home and is similar to other attachments, such as a deck, patio, or ladder porch. It is wise to enquire about the required building permits and get them if needed before starting the project.
Remember that accessories are ideally built in the front or back of your home and should not be directly attached to the main structure of your home. The addition, or accessory, should be able to move independently. If not, the mobile home may shift and eventually damage the new addition. Keep in mind that this process is intended for experienced individuals or those with years of experience in the home renovation industry. The entire process will start with a building plan that involves measuring the floor area and the type of windows you need to use.
Step 1 – Measure the Finish the Floor Area
Measure the floor area for the sunroom. The front or back of your mobile home is the perfect place to add a sunroom. You can use any type of flooring material that you want, such as bricks or tile flooring. Let the entire surface dry completely before proceeding.
Step 2 – Buying Sunroom Windows
Search for sunroom windows or old wooden storm windows at a salvage yard, or junk shop. Keep in mind that this renovation can be costly so buying materials at a salvage yard or garage sale can help. You can also purchase a complete sunroom kit from a reputable manufacturer. The kit will be complete with framing, doors, windows, and roofing and can be easily assembled on the spot using simple hand tools.
Step 3 – Build the Frame
Use wood beams and plywood to build the sidewall and front wall of your sunroom. You may need to use a shovel to bury the legs of the base and pour concrete onto the hole for maximum durability. The exterior walls of the sunroom should be built using plywood or chipboards. Use wood screws or nails to secure the walls in place. The windows and the doors should be installed before insulating the walls. Remember that installing plumbing, electrical wiring, and HVAC systems in the sunroom should be left for professional or licensed contractors. This will ensure that all environmental and safety regulations are followed, according to the rules in your area.
Step 4 – Install Insulation
Install your choice of interior board and trim to further insulate and beautify the sunroom. You can paint the new sunroom, but remember to smooth all rough surfaces using sandpaper before applying paint. You can also add carpet, light fixtures, and other furnishings to decorate your sunroom. Adding a sunroom can prove to be both costly and challenging. You may need to hire the services of a professional builder or contractor to help you complete the process and make sure everything is up to code and safe.