Removing the marriage wall in our mobile home was one of the best design choices that we have made for our home. The marriage wall in a manufactured mobile home is a structural load bearing wall. Removing the the wall between our kitchen and living room created an open layout for our double wide home.
The marriage wall is two walls joined together and is thicker than most interior walls. Since this is a load bearing wall, we called in contractors to handle the process of removing the marriage wall and installing the large beams.
Removing Structural Walls in a Modular Home
After recently moving our double wide mobile home to the farm, we have been busy getting some of the to-do items checked off our list. Up first, we put the skirting and siding back on after the move. Then, I finished up a shiplap wall in our hallway.
Next, we had a contractor come in to look at removing the marriage wall in our home. This has been on list for quite some time and I am so grateful that the wall has finally come down.
This is not a do it yourself project that I would recommend anyone taking on unless you are knowledgeable on load bearing wall structures within a modular home. There are many factors that go into removing the wall, and then being sure that the correct structure is in place to support the home.
Removing the Load Bearing Marriage Wall | Mobile Home
What is a Marriage Wall?
The marriage wall in our home was between the kitchen/dining room and living room. This is where the home comes together, and the wall is considered a load bearing wall, supporting the roof in this area of our home.
To remove the wall, and not add a dropped header would compromise our roof structure. The only way to remove the wall, was to have professionals come in and do the work correctly.
I am sharing a lot of photos from the day and a short video sharing the process. However, I will not go into any of the details because of all the various aspects of having this done.
Each home is different on load bearing walls. The best thing you can do is contact a professional to look at the situation. A post called, Removing Walls in a Mobile Home, is also a great read with more information.
Now that the wall is gone, the living space is more open. We already installed hardwood floors and will need to do some repair. Those repairs will be to fix the section of missing boards.
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Removing a Structural Marriage Wall | Before & After
Below are photos showing the difference now that the short marriage wall has been removed from between the two rooms. Now that this is a completed project, the plan is to finish the living room.
Those plans include new lighting, covering the ceiling, adding trim, painting the front door and redoing the fireplace area. It is quite incredible to see just how far this space has come since we purchased the home. To see more of the before photos read, Living Room Progress.