Think It's To Expensive To Live At The Beach? Check our progress.

 Think It's To Expensive To Live At

The Beach? Check our progress.





In Part One we previewed a circa 1978 singlewide

mobilehome located in the quaint little beach

community of Leucadia, Cali. Truth be known we

purchased it with the intention of rebuilding it from

the frame up right from the start.


Remodeling it was not an option as it was far too old, full of dry rot, termites, mold, mildew and myriad structural issues which so many older trailers, mobilehomes and Manufactured homes are nowadays; especially 300 feet from the ocean.


Additionally, removing the entire home would have required that we  replace it with a much smaller Park Model RV (under 400sf) as a new HUD Manufactured Home would have had to meet all the setback requirements because the legal nonconforming structure had encroached on the existing ones.


In this phase we had to build a 12 inch wide by 12 inch deep footing and build a wood framed stem wall on top of the footing and all around the perimeter of the entire steel mainframe in order to support the new 2x6 replacement framing starting from the load bearing skirting wall and rim and floor joist system.




Once the footing and the one course of block, mortar

and conctrete filled cells with anchor bolts was

monolithic-ally poured, set and dry my son, Scott

Arendsen, President of ON THE LEVEL

General & Manufactured Home contractors Inc.,

proceeded with the construction of the

2x6 floor joist system.



Then the rim joist were attached to the

lateral floor joist completing the floor system. 




It is now ready for the plastic vapor 

barrier (belly bladder) underlayment, 




floor insulation and 11/8" thick x 4x8

foot (screwed not nailed) plywood floor decking.



 From this point on it's pretty much just another site

built construction project. the sill plate is attached to

the anchor bolts and then the 2x6 engineered load

bearing skirting stem wall is installed.




That's enough to absorb for this exciting adventure. In

PART THREE we will be slinging sticks (constructing the

wall and truss roof system) which will take a week or two as the roof trusses will have to be built on the ground and fork lifted atop the wall framing system.







Why To Choose Us?

John DL Arenden, Broker 

TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments

TAG (The Arendsen Group) Real Estate Sales & Investments is a full service, one-stop, turnkey, family owned and operated real estate brokerage, General Contractor, Manufactured Home Contractor, Developer, Investor, Property Manager, Interior Design, Engineering, architectural, Landscape design, Expert Witness, Consulting, Curative Title and Troubleshooting company with over 100 years of combined experience in the San Diego real estate sales, construction, design & development arena.





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Comment balloon 6 commentsJohn DL Arendsen • May 06 2017 03:45PM


You always provide useful information about the manufactured home realm, John.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 2 years ago

Definitely an inexpensive way to get a home near the beach.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 2 years ago

John DL Arendsen - wow! Indeed the easiest - and cheapest - way to live at the beach.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 2 years ago

Good morning John. This seems like a real project but so worth the effort to be where it is.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 2 years ago

Hi John -- I'm enjoying seeing the progress and look forward to the finished product.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 2 years ago

John DL Arendsen Quite a project you have going. The finished product should be a real winner.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 2 years ago