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Follow a young Cincinnati, Ohio couple, Noah and Tabatha Mehl, as they embark on the adventure of building their own semi trailer tiny house. Noah, an IT Technician by trade and Tabatha, a freelance graphic designer, are leaving their 19th century urban neighborhood in search of the simple life. The couples desire for humble living stems from the agonies of living as renters, yet not wanting to be strapped down to costly homeowners expenses that many young couples get trapped in.

“The problem for us is that the perfect place (at the right price) doesn’t really exist in [our neighborhood].” stated Noah.

Their decision is no revelation as tiny homes are beginning to pop up all over the nation, but the two are delighted to be joining the small house movement.

After several thwarted ideas on the perfect functional design for the home, the twosome decided on a 53′ dry van semi trailer as their foundation. Although smaller than most apartments, the 450 square feet tiny home will boast all the modern conveniences that Noah and Tabatha will need to live and work. The couple’s design comes complete with sliding glass doors, Internet connectivity, a wardrobe closet and most surprisingly a garage.

Couple Building Semi Trailer Tiny House

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Ingenuity is transforming the concept of mobile living as more and more people globally are looking to downsize. Whether considering downsizing for health reasons, ecological reasons, retirement reasons, or simply a lifestyle change, designers like Mehdi Hidari Badie are allowing people to achieve luxury living in the smallest of homes. Badie’s intricate modern mobile home design offers comfort, style, and sustainability by using inventive small-space solutions while preserving the ease of travel.

Mehdi Hidari Badie’s creative design consists of an assortment of steel, aluminum, recycled plastics, and thermoplastic insulation reducing the economic impact of the build. The home itself is powered by a solar panel system to provide electricity to a comfortable and functional living area encompassed with your very own private deck. Its expansive concept, sleek exterior paneling, and architectural style make it unrecognizable as a mobile home once it’s been unfolded.

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Expanding Solar Tiny Home on Wheels

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Images © Mehdi Hidari Badie

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The idea of simple living is no new concept but over the last decade simple living has evolved into the ever-popular concept of tiny house living. The recent movement has grabbed the attention of pragmatic people all over the world as they look for ways to maximize living space and cut living expenses, particularly amongst from retiring baby boomers to millennials who are just starting out.

While these tiny dwellings often measure less than 200 square feet, the modern concept of simple living is not about sacrifice. With innovative designs, homeowners are discovering that life in a tiny home yields a fuller life as it connects them with their family, while freeing them from costly living expenses and mortgage debt.

You and Your Family’s Behavior At Home

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Living in a tiny container house may not be for everyone. In a country where the average house size is 2400 square feet, most people could not imagine being in 160 sq. ft. or less. But creating a comfy, functional container home became an obsession for one person. Christoph Kesting, the creator of The Container House in Guelph, Ontario, sold his own home to finance the 18-month project.

It comes down to the basics. Everyone needs shelter, food, and water. In the modern world that translates to four walls and a roof, somewhere to sleep, a way to cook your meals, clean running water, a place to wash, and a method of disposing of your waste. Everything else is a luxury. Kesting and a group of volunteers worked together to transform the former shipping container into an environmentally friendly tiny home.

The Container Home is structured with mostly recycled or repurposed materials and gets its power from a large solar panel on the exterior of the box. Its structural design maximizes sun exposure with two large French doors. The home is also designed to be partially buried into the side of a hill to help with temperature control.

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