For most of us the idea of living off-grid in a house that can go anywhere sounds a bit “hippy” but regardless of how you feel about off-grid living you have to admit that the adventurer inside you is at least a little bit curious about the idea.
The fact remains that most western homes are indulging in luxuries that’s not really needed. This does not mean you have to feel guilty for having luxury but it does prompt you to think a bit deeper about your own carbon footprint.
The average American garage is bigger and more luxurious than most family homes in the third world. Our energy consumption is among the highest in the world and we lag desperately behind many European countries when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint.
This tiny house is a very modest 8′ x 24′ feet home that only cost about $10,000 to build and costs $0 to run.
When you see the inside you would be very jealous! It has most of the luxuries that most people would not want to give up and the owner, Tonita certainly did not give up any creature comforts to have this slice of freedom.
By using some very smart design ideas she was able to create a mobile home that can be taken anywhere and live a quality lifestyle. It will most certainly change your perceptions of what you think a “trailer home” looks like!
A light-weight frame was used to construct the house on a standard trailer.
The finished product was relatively low-key and looked quite neat but nothing spectacular.
Fortunately the owner was not satisfied with low-key and modest. She started putting her interior design skills to work and this is what happened…
The inside of the home was still fairly crudely detailed with minimal structure to keep the weight down.
Every proper house needs a porch and this one is as inviting as any other home.
The white picket fence is a must and the subtle reminders of a homely garden really adds to the charm.
The kitchen is small but does not exclude any modern needs. It has everything you need but makes incredibly good use of every inch of space. The amazing detail in every piece of decor reminds you have any really homely country kitchen.
Storage is really important in small spaces and using these old recycled items in a very creative way not only makes the small space very organized but adds that charm that’s missing in so many life-less kitchens you find in modern homes.
Like most items in this house, this table is second hand and is more than 200 years old!
Who said you can’t entertain in a small space! This incredibly quint dining space is just fabulous.
Access to the bedroom/loft is via a ladder from the kitchen
How is that for a cozy bedroom! There’s not much headroom but its a real snuggle-up type of space.
The use of curtains, quilts and pillows adds a sense of softness and coziness to all the spaces. It totally makes you forget that you are actually inside a trailer.
The soft lighting (all from re-used light fittings) and subtle decorations everywhere gives the spaces distinction and softens the patina on many of the re-used furniture pieces.
The decoration is continuous throughout the house and even the porch and outside reflects every bit of the same design theme.
The bathroom has everything that’s needed including a toilet, shower and basin – all within the theme off course.
A great example of how to re-use old furniture. It does not try to hide the fact that its old but instead celebrates the patina.
The outside is every bit as charming as the inside with lots of re-used elements that makes it look very quint.
Relaxing with a cup of tea on the porch that is so quite and totally on-song with its decorating.
Even though space is limited, the hens have their own little home inside.
They have free reign and can come and go as they please
If you ever find yourself complaining about not having enough space then maybe this will give you some inspiration. Its not just about size. Its really about how you use what you’ve got in the best possible way. Good interior design is about maximizing the space you do have. What a great example! A little shabby chic retreat fit for a queen.