Skirting/Back Porch and the American Flag

This has been a humbling experience for us. We are so thankful for the many who have donated their time, money and prayers.

I am so excited to tell you about our mobile home skirting and the back porch! Since we have a concrete slab, we choose to go with smart panel for the skirting around the house. We had vinyl skirting on the Bonnell and always seem to have problems with it moving or cracking. I think mainly because the ground here moves a lot.

1987 Bonnell with Vinyl Skirting.


Umberto the contractor whom we used through Clayton homes and his crew framed underneath our home with 2 x 4’s and used treated 2 x 4’s at the bottom, which was applied on top of the slab. The crew nailed the smart panels to the frame and my husband requested for the smart panels to run pass the slab. Important note: By doing this step it keeps the water off the slab and prevents the wood from rotting. The crew also made two crawl space doors at the back of the house and installed air vents for ventilation. Once they were done they painted the skirting to match the color of the home. Oh what a big difference! The skirting looks wonderful!

Concrete Slab we added J-hooks to the slab to make it easier to tie down the Anniversary.


Frame Work


Smart panel installed, before paint.


Smart panel runs pass the slab


Back of home.

Front before skirting was painted.


Skirting was painted to match the color of the home. Complete.


Next is my very favorite! The back porch! The kitchen area has a beautiful sliding door and Dale and I envisioned a nice size back porch. The porch size is 10 x 20 with a ramp facing the carport and steps facing towards the back yard. Having a ramp makes it easier carrying groceries into the house and helps for anyone who might have problems walking up stairs. Now you guys know I am going to have fun decorating the back porch! Ha-ha!

Building the back porch


Future back porch


This is Umberto posing for us. We appreciate all the work he and his crew have done. Very happy!


Porch Complete

New Back Porch


This has been a humbling experience for us. We are so thankful for the many who have donated their time, money and prayers to help us get to this point. I say this with tears we are so grateful.

In November we had a party for our friends, family and neighbors to show our appreciation. I officially put up the American flag that was previously displayed on our old porch before the festivities got started. We had burgers on the grill and had a live band playing! The Texas Humdinger’s! The band even donated their time to play for us. We just couldn’t believe it! We had a great time and felt it was time for a celebration!

Putting up the American Flag



What a fun night with the Texas Humdinger’s!


I wanted to mention that one of the band members was a victim of the flooding too. There are families still in our neighborhood rebuilding from the 2016 flooding. Please keep them and others in your prayers.

Thank you so much, Dale and Elizabeth.



Anniversary’s Front Porch

Our first meal was a frozen lasagna with milk, we sat on the floor and enjoyed!

It’s been really busy here at the Phillip’s Place, very exciting! Once our home was set up, many things had to happen before we could move in! Chucks! Ha-ha! Electrical, plumbing, AC and porches. The front porch was the first on the list. We had Umberto one of Clayton’s contractors do the construction for us. He did a great job! The porch size is 8 x 12 and what I like about the porch is when you walk out the front door there is enough room for a little sitting area on the left. Also I like that the front stairs aligns with the front door and is facing towards the street.

Constructing the Front Porch.


New Front Porch


 Front Porch Completed


For now keeping the front porch uncovered, later will install a portico.


It took about two weeks for all the other hook ups AC, plumbing, electrical to be complete. Before we knew it! We were doing our walk through with the manager from Clayton Homes. After the walk through we were then given the honor of receiving the keys to the Anniversary! Yay!

The first meal in our new home was one evening before we officially moved in. We heated up a frozen lasagna with milk and sat on the floor and enjoyed. We both couldn’t stop smiling, “We have a house!”,  “We’re home!”

Home Sweet Home

I have never been more excited about unpacking!


Have a blessed week, The Phillips