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Craig Williams House On Wheels

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

50 years ago I used to dream of going on long camping trips across the country. Now I am in my sixties, still with the same dream, but with much practical experience. I want to design and build my travelling Home/Office where I can travel and work in a perpetual cycle across our great nation, incl Canada. I'd like to be self-sustaining, completely off-grid.

My diet is simple, raw fruits and vegetables and nuts, with an accasional juicy cheeseburger or big thick rib-eye once in a while, hence the charcoal grille. Hunting and fishing would also be enjoyable at times.

I like to read a lot, so book storage is necessary, I have an average amount of clothes. I have also an extensive LP vinyl record collection, with a small stereo system, which I'd like to build into the house ceiling. I draw and paint, so my office should be flexible for my work and studio functions. I do entertain with a small bunch of friends and acquaintances, along the way.

I believe in a complete solar operating system, with battery backup and generator. Showering water is via a solar hot water heating system on the roof. Kitchen water for the sink is pumped with a foot pedal and grey water waste will be used for gardening. Bathroom waste will be composted via composting toilet.

Wall construction will be SIP panels, high R value, heating via wood burning stove and solar heating system, with thru the wall AC for those really warm days.

The loft area has a nice king-size bed with storage cubicles along each side and a large headboard . Access is via a library-type sliding ladder.

Lots of natural light for daytime work, with Under shelf and ceiling mounted low level task lighting for nighttime and grey days.

I love wood, so much natural wood finished throughout. Stone tile for the bathroom and wet areas.


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Reply Bomun
10:51 AM on July 8, 2014 
Another idea: How about a semi-flat one pitch roof over the glass area. Would be simpler to build and lighter.
Reply Bomun
10:49 AM on July 8, 2014 
Wow. Very original design.
It's amazing how much wider the office/living area appears despite having the same footprint.

One way around the insulation issue would be to close off the glass room from the rest of the house at night when it's cold. Then spend your evening on the warm side. Depending on your climate, of course.

Or a simple fix is good old fashion curtains that close off the windows at night. Just make sure they touch the ground or else the cold will pour in still.
Reply jonnie
8:58 PM on June 30, 2014 
It is nice, but I would worry about all of that glass, for three reasons. First, the lack of privacy. Second, projectiles thrown by the wheels of another car, and three, the lack of the insulation, that was replaced by the glass. It would seriously hamper winter use. The style, is a good one, for people into contemporary.


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