We recently had a team of contractors come in, here is a look at them removing the marriage wall in our mobile 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 wall structure within the 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 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.
With that being said, I have shared 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, our space is much more open. We had already put down hardwood floors and will need to do some repair. That repairs will be to fix the section of missing boards. To see how we put our hardwood floors in read the post, Installing Hardwood Floors in a Mobile Home. To see how we achieved the rustic look on hardwoods read, Rustic Black Painted Hardwood Floors.
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Marriage Wall Removed | 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.