Tiny Mobile Homes

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This 550-square-foot Maine cottage has solar panels on the southeast-facing porch to collect energy (auxiliary batteries can store at least a week’s worth) to power the refrigerator and heat shower water. A wood stove, anchored by a hearth made of local beach stones, radiates enough warmth for the entire building.

The Elm features a fully functional tiny porch and can sleep up to three people. Take a peek inside.

Pros of living on a houseboat are the views, abundance of natural light, the natural wildlife such as an otter climbing on the deck or a beaver floating by. Not to forget, not having to mow the lawn, that is if you hate gardening. Image via Wikipedia.

Among certain groups urban stealth camping and boondocking are the craze right now. By reaping the benefits of being unreconizable as a camper while adding as much comfort to the interior of the stealth van as possible people are getting the best of both worlds.

The rise of the techno-nomad, paving the path for folks of other professions, and the coming of The Second Machine Age, liberating people to live their lives as they want rather than as work dictates, will allow more and more people to become nomadic dwellers.

This is the Olympia, Washington home of tiny house pioneer Dee Williams, author of The Big Tiny, a memoir that details her decision to downsize to an 84-square-foot house that she built from the ground up after a near-death experience. Constructed atop a metal truck trailer, the super-small pine-and-cedar bungalow houses a kitchen counter with a propane one-burner, a sleeping loft, solar-powered lights, a composting toilet, and a sink (but no running water). To help others realize their tiny house dreams, Dee also founded Portland Alternative Dwellings, a tiny house education, resource, and consulting company.

Contemporary floating houses are modern versions of an age old practice. On lake Titicaca in the Andes, the local indigenous Uros tribe have been living on floating islands for centuries. Their manmade islands can harbor up to 2000 people. This modern floating house is designed by Dymitr Malcew

This Camper Bike, after all, is an artwork, part of an exhibition called Home in the Weeds.

Hank, an architecture student, bought an old schoolbus for $3000 and, with another $6000 some labor and creativity, converted it into a space efficient mobile home.

Dubbed the Farallon, this tiny house from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company comes in two sizes (20 feet and 26 feet) and features a stylish farmhouse-style interior. Take a peek inside.

Also called truck camper tops or caps, camper shells are placed on pick-up trucks providing an enclosed area. Generally used for storage or camping, recent creativity and craftsmanship released on camper shell trucks have led to some pretty cool tiny mobile homes.

As soon as you walk inside this tiny 250-square-foot home, a tidy and warm escape full of country character greets you. Natural light swims throughout the space, and farmhouse-inspired wood accents (most of which are made from salvaged and reclaimed wood) give it a rustic yet modern touch.

This tiny house is a musician’s dream: it houses a giant working amp and the deck even doubles as a stage. Take a peek inside.

The discarded bus was saved from the scrapyard and revamped into a trendy minimalist mobile home.  By adding somewhat industrial appearing lighting, combined with the diamond plate floor the bus kept a touch of authenticity. More photos and info at Decoist.

For many people, the joys of a simpler life are dawning. They realize that feeling wealthy lies in creating experiences not in buying stuff.

Popular among young free-spirited folks and retirees living in upscale mobile home communities the trailer is slowly shaking off its pejorative connotation. Who knows, maybe one day, trailers have made their way into the mainstream.

This 280-square-foot tiny house is here to prove anyone who claims you can’t use dark colors in a small room wrong. Instead of going light and airy, the Indigo Tiny Home by Driftwood Homes USA is decorated with pops of dark, moody colors.

Designed by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of Relax[link href=”http://www.relaxshacks.blogspot.com” link_updater_label=”external” target=”_blank”]Shacks.com and built by Joe Everson of Tennessee Tiny Homes, this transforming micro A-frame cost only $1,200 to construct. One roof/wall is made of Tuftex polycarbonate roofing: Not only is it translucent to allow in natural light, the lightweight material is attached to the structure with hinges so it easily can be raised and propped on legs to expand the space from 80 square feet to 110. On the other side of the A, the purlins supporting the roof sheathing are placed horizontally to serve double duty as shelves. Two daybeds offer additional storage, a kitchen wall features a sink and space for a mini fridge, and a micro loft has a hinged “sunroof” for ventilation. Architect duo David and Jeanie Stiles drafted the build-it-yourself plans for this A-frame, which are on sale for $30. —ESN

The finished tiny homes start at $50,000, but custom builds with top-end features can top $100,000. Buyers can choose from five styles, each with its own look and feel. As far as living space, the designs incorporate many unique features rarely seen in tiny homes such as fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, and large skylights.

Whether you are a digital nomad, a free-spirited migratory worker, a long-term traveler, a contemporary vagabond or urban gypsie, these 16 different types of compact and mobile dwellings on land and water offer you humble living with increased freedom.

I’m enjoying the book with almost childlike wonder. It’s truly exciting to see all the variations in portable abodes and the resourcefulness their owners displayed in designing them.

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This tugboat house may not be tiny or compact even (it has a walk-in closet) but it is mobile. Like Captain Jack Sparrow said about his cherished Black Pearl, “it’s more than just a ship, it’s freedom.”  Many tugboats are smaller but this 1937 tugboat had a super structure added to house the crew.

Many houseboat owners have their home moored, kept stationary at a fixed point and often tethered to land to provide utilities. If these utilities are not present you have to keep in mind that you will have to buy propane tanks and have toilet waste pumped out. Other downsides habitants speak of is that you will occasionally drop your posessions such as cellphones in the water.

What’s more romantic than living on a sailboat? Life in the marina with its sunsets and views can be extremely romantic and peaceful. Also the gentle rocking can be comforting and the close relationship with the elements, the sun reflection and the rain drops on the water are hard to beat. Not to forget you can sail away to another marina whenever you want.

Four couples in Texas created “Bestie Row,” a mini neighborhood where they could all live in houses lined right up next to each other. Each tiny house boasts a bedroom, living room, and bathroom, and was constructed with a minimalist motif—think concrete floors, grained plywood, and a metal exterior.

With an attachable greenhouse and porch, the Elsa by Olive Nest Tiny Homes proves that you can still have it all in a small space. Take a peek inside.

Tiny houses are popping up around the country as more people decide to downsize their lives. While the structures often measure less than 300 square feet, the tiny house movement isn’t necessarily about sacrifice. With thoughtful, innovative designs, some homeowners have discovered a small house actually leads to a simpler yet fuller life, connecting them with family, friends, and nature while freeing them from mortgages and an urge to keep up with the Joneses.

Living in a compact mobile home is a way to incorporate novelty and new experiences into your life. Even if you are location dependent, these humble rolling sanctuaries offer you freedom in lieu of some luxury and comfort.

This 196-square-foot house near Boise, Idaho, is home to Macy Miller, her partner James, their daughter Hazel, and their Great Dane, Denver. A 27-year-old architect, Macy designed the home from scratch and built it on a 24-foot flatbed with help from friends and family. Clad in siding made of recycled pallet wood, the minimalist home is flooded with light and feels spacious despite its size. Hidden storage under the bed, above the pantry, and behind the fridge are contrasted with open shelving in the kitchen to make the space feel bigger. In total, Macy spent about $11,000 on her tiny house and is now able to live rent- and mortgage-free. Take a peek inside. —Ellen Sturm Niz

The homes also come with impressive sustainable features – including solar power connections. Especially attractive for the millennial sector is the fact that all of the homes can be custom-built to meet individual needs. For those wanting to go completely off-grid, the homes can be installed with grey-water systems and composting toilets.

These solar-powered tiny homes are designed just for millennials

Just one of the homes in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Tiny House Village, “Savannah” features yellow cedar plank siding with red shutters and white trim. So welcoming!

Related: Custom ordered tiny homes provide compact living options without sacrificing on comfort

This cute 80-square-foot guest cabin was built in just three weeks for $700. Take a peek inside.

Picture this. You park your camper shell truck in a nice part of town. You stroll to that atmospheric little bakery you just spotted and grab a bite. Maybe then listen to some live music after which you head back to take a nap. Doesn’t sound too bad right?

Inside this treehouse-inspired tiny cabin, you’ll find salvaged church windows, reclaimed wood, and a funky dining table set crafted from old boats.

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Floating houses are a growing trend in parts of the US and Europe. Floating homes can be seen more and more on lakes but also in city centers with water. Granted, these may not fall under the category tiny houses but tiny floating homes do exist too.

This tiny home on wheels features modular units which can be grouped to create four primary zones: kitchen, bathroom, sleeping and seating.

Tiny houses are typically under 300 square feet and often have wheels. As long as these tiny mobile homes stay small and mobile you can get around permits, zoning bylaws, and building codes while working within the system.

With a long history of creating tiny homes for renting or buying, Timbercraft offers five beautiful tiny home models in six different styles, each more stunning than the last. Timbercraft has managed to minimize space without sacrificing aesthetics or quality – and their tiny houses pack in many of the same features you’d find in a contemporary home. Most of the tiny homes are placed on 16′ to 32′ long trailers in order to be mobile, but they can be delivered to specific locations for permanent installation as well.

Reading about their stories on how their unconventional lives have been so far is just as satisfying. And the photos of some of these homes situated in the middle of nowhere under the night sky make me want to hit the road right now.

Or maybe you’d plan on placing it someplace with pre-existing connections to utilities such as electricity and water supplies. More at Homeli.

As a result, an existence with less financial and menial strains is increasingly valued. Lots of free time and means to do what you want are status symbols of a new era.

Trailers range in size from really compact to pretty spacious. Feeling a bit cramped or bored? Go out on a walk with the dog while contemplating where your next home base will be.

One of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company’s newer models, the Roanoke can sleep up to six people and features a shed style roof. Take a peek inside.

The roots of modern housetrucking lie in the mid-1970s hippie culture in New Zealand. Trucks were converted into mobile homes allowing an unattached and transient lifestyle compared to more conventional housing. Image Mr Thinktank via Flickr.

The Pequod, named for the ship in Moby Dick, is a marvel of modern amenities and upscale materials, all cleverly maneuvered into one tight squeeze. It measures 26 feet long and weighs 11,500 pounds.

This 1959 Airstream travel trailer still has its typical fifties interior. Hit up MessyNessChic for more vintage trailers to drool about.

Personally, I like how a given space such as that of a bus can be transformed to really space efficient and at the same time cozy or stylish dwelling. Are you looking to convert your own bus into a tiny mobile home? Here’s some interior inspiration for your new home on wheels, 15 awesome schoolbus home interiors.

The 204-square-foot “Wind River Bungalow” is the Chattanooga, Tennessee, home of tiny house enthusiasts Travis and Brittany Pyke, who started Wind River Custom Homes to help others fulfill their dreams of living simply in mini dream homes. Constructed of rain-screen cedar and hardy siding for extreme durability, the bungalow is full of custom features, including a pine and cedar interior, polymer concrete counters, and a loft ladder integrated into the shelving system. —ESN

You can park and live anywhere you want and spend the night without being harrassed. Imagine parking your home across the street of your favorite restaurant in one of the upscale areas of town. Or going clubbing downtown only having to walk a few blocks to hit the sack at night. Of course there are some tricks of the trade you have to possess keep a low profile but that’s part of the game.

Talk about a picture perfect country getaway: This custom built 336-square-foot cabin sits on 24 sprawling acres in West Point, Texas—just steps from its own four-acre constant flow lake, tiny lake house, and wooden pier. The rustic wood-paneled interior features a living space, full kitchen, bathroom, and two lofted bedrooms, all housed under a corrugated metal roof.

On the photo a 2001 GMC Savana cargo van turned into a stealth van. The creator applied all kinds of creative space-saving solutions. Check out the whole conversion process here.

This floating 240-square-foot cabin is an off-the-grid summer escape for Maine couple Foy and Louisa Brown. Assembled onshore, a foundation of plastic floatation tubs, Styrofoam, and pontoons was then towed to sea, and the cottage was built above it, using mostly pine shiplap. Louisa carries water out daily via canoe for a tank that fills the shower and kitchen; at night, candles, oil lamps, and solar lights illuminate the home.

This darling red-roofed cottage sits in a grove of leafy trees near the water’s edge in Freeport, Maine. Designed by Mac Lloyd of Creative Cottages, the environmentally sensitive abode packs in a full kitchen, bathroom, living space, sleeping quarters, gas fireplace, laundry, and a loft space, while still managing to seem airy and spacious.

This treehouse-slash-guest room looks small from the outside, but boasts a living room, office area, and bedroom within. Take a tour.

Try scaled-down living on for size at Live a Little, a collection of three mini retreat, including the Old Blue Chair shown here, surrounding a central fire pit on a scenic mountaintop property just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. Rates from $142 per night.

The Cedar Mountain Tiny House, built by Nashville-based New Frontier Tiny Homes, might look small on the outside, but inside, it’s big on farmhouse-style design. With repurposed accessories, shiplap walls, subway tile, and rich hardwood floors, it’s the perfect combination of rustic-chic and modern simplicity.

At first glance, the 400-square-foot Wedge, designed by Wheelhaus, appears to be a tiny luxury cabin but it’s actually a mobile Park Model RV. Lofty 17-foot ceilings and a large sliding glass window at the front give an open feel to the rustic yet modern dwelling, which features a bedroom, bathroom, and combined kitchen/living room area. A 100-square-foot deck offers additional entertaining space. The Wedge is one of six turn-key models offered by Wheelhaus that start from $82,000. Not looking to buy? The Wedge is also available to rent at Fireside Resort at Jackson Hole Campground.

Designed by Broadhurst Architects, this prefab corn crib-inspired structure takes its basic form from traditional American corn cribs, which were common farm buildings that served to store and dry corn. The chic, modern 250-square-foot structure is delivered and assembled on-site, and includes a sleeping loft, an expandable kitchen wall, a bathroom, and living room. An insulated glass garage door opens to a small deck, connecting the interior space to the landscape beyond. Made of sustainable and recyclable materials, the structure can be dismantled and relocated to another site. Take a peek inside. —ESN

Surf dudes, kiteboarders and self proclaimed beach bums on the move often don’t care that much for an upscale living standard. The surf is their element and the beach and its close surroundings their residence.

Personally I like the seventies look and colors of this particular vehicle but you could also opt for a more modern RV. Image via Mirafiori.

RV’s are a popular choice among those who favor freedom over debt and stress and simplicity over complexity. Personally, I think RVs belong to the best ways to escape the rat race by living permanently on the road since they are designed to live in. Of course, if you are skilful it may be even more rewarding to build and customize your own tiny mobile home.

This sustainable renovated bus residence in Sharon, Israel has all the basic modern amenities such as hot water shower and air conditioner. Although stylish this dwelling is not particularly affordable with an asking price of 300.000$. Design has its price but this bus sure has appeal.

Minimalist, stylish, (relatively) affordable, this portable prefab has hooks allowing it to be picked up by a crane and transported by truck. Sustainable solutions such as rain water collection systems and solar panels could ensure setting up this structure in really remote locations.

A camper bike may not be a viable option for most souls but we could imagine a somewhat bigger version would be more suitable for day to day living. Especially if you would build it on top of a motorbike or even better, an electric bike.

Dallas designer Paige Morse renovated two 100-year-old sheds in her backyard to create a cozy home away from home. With just two rooms and 250 square feet, her space is remarkably stylish and space-efficient.

Created by Kevin Cyr it displays a hard look on self-preservation and human persistance in a world in which the housing market is becoming crazier by the minute.

In a previous life the sugar cane barge was used in Hawaii. Later on it crossed the ocean to haul Oregon log rafts and now it’s a Portland home. You too can make this (temporarily) your home since it’s for rent on Airbnb.

Yurt is a Turkish word meaning ‘felt house’. This nomadic dwelling originates from the Central Asia continent. Here there’s a yurt with a handmade kitchen and bathroomwagon combined to create an offgrid portable residence.

More conventional camper shell trucks or cargo vans resemble plain work vehicles or roomy pickups. Drawing less attention, such low key vehicles are popular among urban stealth campers. Visit The Shelter Blog for more info on Chris Bradys truck (photo).

Running water and a bathroom are less common in housetrucks although these are present in some. (The truck above has a pretty luxurious shower.) Often a tent or a hut with a shower room and private compost room are close by. Check out the interior of this housetruck by Michael Ostaski on TinyHouseTalk.

Jay Shafer, founder of Four Lights Tiny House Company, the pioneer of this relatively new form of dwelling envisions creating a whole community of these micro-residences in Sonoma County, California. A so called Tiny House Village Network is the start of realizing such initiatives. To truly enjoy a wide range of eye-pleasing photos of these freedom-increasing abodes, get Lloyd Kahn’s best selling book Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter.

As the writers say, this book inspires you to think outside the box about shelter and believe me, it sure does. It’s amazing how many different types of mobile tiny homes there are showcased here.

Life aboard, on the other hand, also implies having to deal with mildew and mold, and lots of repairing. Storm or heavy winds involve a serious risk of damgaging or even destroying your home. Photo via Wikipedia.

The Camper Bike is an attempt to show that you can go back to the roots, make do with very little and still have a roof over your head and wheels under your feet.

The owner of this Austin abode turned two mobile trailers into one 400-square-foot home that’s connected only by a deck.

Many houseboats have motors allowing you to move them by their own merits. Some houseboats are not self propelled but all are designed or modified to be used primarily as a home.

The sleek design by New Frontier Tiny Homes features a farmhouse sink, shiplap and subway tile squeezed into 200 square feet. Best of all, though, a sliding glass garage door reveals a deck that pops out from the home, making al fresco dining a cinch.

Secretively, their cramped abodes are often pretty damn stylish. Some surfers like to portray the hippie style yet practicality goes beyond everything else. This particular surf van is featured in a coffee table book named Home Is Where You Park It created by Foster Huntington.

Obviously this overview is just a rough outline of what’s out there. For a more detailed look on the crazy, the cozy, the cool, the cramped and the commodious among compact mobile houses check out this book.

It may be somewhat of a cliche but Tiny Homes on the Move: Wheels and Water by Lloyd Kahn is hardcore tiny house porn in the true sense of the phrase.

Which ponders the question, what are your options when it comes to nomadic dwelling?

The most popular option in Tumbleweed Tiny House Company’s fleet, the Cypress offers bay windows, a mini corner porch, and up to 269 square feet of usable space. Take a peek inside.

There are several schoolbuses, hippie trucks, rustic campers, boats, pop-up camper trucks and even a big truck with some sort of Hobbit interior as well as many other (literally) awesome living spaces I never knew existed.

The housetruck is another type of tiny mobile living space. These vehicles often have a living and sleeping area, kitchen(ette) sometimes with little woodstove which obviously adds to the romantic factor.

In only 100 square feet, this tiny house known as the Nugget fits a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area. Take a peek inside.

It’s estimated that almost 20 million Americans live in mobile homes. Why? Because “that’s how they roll”. Living in a mobile home may carry a stigma but the surge of interest in, especially vintage, trailers is turning the tide.

The tiny home movement is meeting the needs of all kinds of demographics – including veterans, retirees and homeless populations. Now, tiny home builder Timbercraft is providing smart living options for millennials. The customized tiny homes are geared to young couples looking for a quality home without outrageously high mortgage rates – or for young nomads looking to travel before putting down roots.

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