For many people, buying a park model and finding a place to put it are just the first steps in fashioning a vacation home to suit their needs. Next comes landscaping the park model site, extending the deck, adding a storage shed, installing an outdoor grill, and much more.
Jeff Graham, owner of the Lost Lake Resort, which offers campsites for park models at a private RV park 45 minutes south of Seattle, said many park model owners install covered porches, outdoor kitchens, gas fire pits, waterfalls and other amenities to make their surroundings more comfortable and attractive.
Park models by law are limited to 400 square feet, but decks or sun room can substantially enlarge the space.
At Lost Lake, where most lots are about 3,000 square feet, owners have plenty of room for a big patio, chairs, tables, grills and other enhancements to outdoor living.
Graham insists that any improvements to the lots conform to the rustic setting of Lost Lake, but beyond that he encourages park model owners to make full use of their property. As far as he is concerned, Graham said, “The sky’s the limit.”
Some park model owners also have motorhomes they need to store, so they buy an extra large lot or even two lots so they can install an open structure that puts a roof over their RV.
Lost Lake Resort sells lots for park models and RVs at prices from $40,000 to $200,000. The resort occupies 130 acres of wilderness and includes a private lake that covers 11 acres. For more information, visit www.llrvr.com.