Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

Tips For Renovating A Trailer

Whether you want to have a tiny home for yourself to live in all the time, want one for vacationing, or need one for times when you have company, one way to achieve this is to buy and old travel trailer and renovate it. Of course, you want to be sure the basic structure of the trailer is in reasonably good condition, but once you know the framework is good, here are a few tips for turning it into the living space you need.


Unless you are very lucky, odds are you are going to need to gut the trailer and start with the bare unit. However, that does not mean that everything inside is garbage. Check over the appliances and wood pieces as you take them out. Quite often they can be reused with a little work. 


Once you have the trailer stripped down, spray water all over it and check for any leaks. Don't be stingy with the water, spray it on heavy and for more than just a minute or two. Have someone continue to spray all over the top and sides while you open the door and check inside for the leaks. Mark the leaks so you can then apply a sealant to them. Be generous with the sealant and be sure to spread it beyond the edges of the leak.


It is best to put the flooring down before putting other pieces in the trailer. It will save you from having to make many small cuts in the flooring to fit around things. You want to use a flooring that will not be destroyed by the weather. A trailer is not going to be as efficient at maintaining a constant temperature year round, especially if it is not going to be lived in constantly. Make sure the flooring you choose will not warp or pull apart as the weather fluctuates. 


When you are adding in tables, beds, and cabinetry you need to consider their weight. A granite countertop may be lovely, but will the floor be able to hold up under the weight? You do not want the cabinets to pull away from the walls because they are too heavy once they are filled either.

While there is no limit to what you can to do the interior of a trailer to make it more of a home, you do need to be aware of how to achieve the look you want without risking the integrity of the structure. If you want to learn more, reach out to a company like Innovative Spaces. 

About Me

Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

My wife and I recently had a new home built, and while we had few stressful decisions to make, we greatly enjoyed the process and love our new home. Due to budget concerns, we decided to leave our basement unfinished at first. We figured that since we have so much "stuff" that we need to store, like off-season clothing and seasonal decorations, we would just use it for storage. However, we soon regretted not having it finished and felt like we had "wasted space" in our new house that wasn't being put to good use. We turned it into a "mini apartment" with its own entrance that we now rent out to a friend for a little extra income. I love sharing what we learned during the home building process, so I am excited to share our experiences and tips on our new blog! Come back for more construction tips!

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