Underpinning your mobile home (through professionals such as T. Luckey Sons Inc) for improving its curb appeal can also be the best way to make it a more permanent structure. Many mobile home owners use brick or block underpinning for turning their homes into permanent structures, but if you want a more natural appeal, rocks are the best choice. Follow these tips for underpinning your mobile home with the rocks off your land or out of a nearby river.
Starting With A Sturdy Wood Frame
Begin your rock underpinning project by digging a trench all the way around your home, making it deep enough to allow the bottom piece of your wood frame to rest in. lining the trench with cement is a good idea for improving the life of your wood frame and to give it greater strength. Once you have your trench dug and a layer cement in it, allow the cement to dry completely. Once the cement is dry, you can start building the wooden frame you will need for holding up your rock underpinning.
You will need to build the same type of wood frame that is also used for traditional styles of mobile home skirting, making sure your frame's bottom portion fits into your cemented trench. Be sure to mark the placement of your studs where you can easily see it. A dry-erase marker is best so you can make your marks right on the siding of your home. Once you have the wood frame in place, nailing plywood to it is your next step using the marks you have on the siding as a guide for where to nail at. Sand down the entire front of the plywood after you have it put up all the way around your home.
Adding Wiring And Mortar
Chicken wire is the best choice for this project. Nail chicken wire to the plywood, going all the way around your home with it. Stapling the chicken is the easiest way to put it up, but remember to use the heaviest duty staples available for additional strength. Once you have the chicken wire in place, mix mortar and apply it in a stucco manner, also going all the way around your home. Allow the mortar to dry for at least 48 hours.
Placing Your Rocks
Using a wet saw, cut your rocks much in the same way you would slice bread. If you do have a wet saw, you can rent one for the duration of your project. Once you have a few rocks cut, you can start placing them on the dry mortar. Bear in mind this is the final step of your project and the part of it that will be visible. Place rocks in a manner that is decorative, making sure the mortar you use to stick them with does not overflow in between the rocks. A dry rag is best to use for wiping wet mortar off the rocks you have already placed. Placing the exterior rocks can be fun and much like putting a puzzle together. Once you have placed the rocks on the exterior, you are done.
Creating a natural appeal for your mobile home can greatly increase its exterior decorative appeal and can be a great way to add a special look to your home's landscape as well.