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CJ's Tiny Cabin On Wheels

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 11:10 PM

This house on wheels is constructed with SIPs on an 8'x20' trailer that can sleep 4 with a maximum height of 13'6". The house has attached to it a deck on hinges. It can fold up next to the house for transport, which provides extra protection to the large doors and windows on that face of the house. The roof is made of metal and the siding is made of corrugated metal and reclaimed wood. When you enter the house, the living room is to the right. You can immediately see a series of 1'x1' boxes which serve as both stairs to the sleeping loft as well as storage. Some of the cubes are open for more decorative shelving. The others are covered by a 3'x4' panel for more private storage. This panel then swings up on hinges to form a dining table. The couch is made by Clei and is a queen-sized Murphy bed as distributed by Resource Furniture (model: Nuovoliola 10), Seriously, if you have not seen their space-saving solutions, it is completely worth checking them out! (And no, I do not work for them.) Directly in front of the front door is a small closet that contains the washer/dryer combo and refrigerator. To the left is the kitchen with full range (although it shows an electric range, propane would actually be my choice, but I had a hard time finding a model in SketchUp that I liked) and Ikea cabinetry. There is a sliding barn door that opens to the 3'x6' bathroom. In the bathroom is a composting toilet, sink, tankless hot water heater, and shower...the entire room is the shower and so the walls here are covered in stainless steel. The shower head is above in the ceiling. There is a sleeping loft above that can easily accommodate a queen-sized bed (and perhaps a king, although I didn't try) and some modest storage. The maximum height in the sleeping loft would be above the residents' heads at approximately 3'.

As far as green features of this house, they include:

SIP construction

Reclaimed hardwood on walls and bamboo flooring throughout

600W solar panel system mounted to roof (3x200W)

Wind turbine backup to solar system for non-sunny days and night time use

Rain water collection via cisterns

Propane system used for marine heater, range, and washer/dryer

Composting toilet

Quartz countertops

LED lighting throughout

Large windows to take advantage of passive solar heating and open for cooling

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Reply Knot-Kupid
9:22 PM on July 17, 2014 
Nice design but with that Clei Murphy unit for your guest bed arrangement downstairs will you have any real budget left to build the rest of your design ;)
Reply Bomun
4:33 AM on July 11, 2014 
Love the fold-out bed. It's like gaining a whole bedroom.
Ditto on the deck. Fold-out things rock!


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