One of our wonderful readers, Sandra, sent me her recently completed designer inspired tiny house on wheels. She is not planning on living in it full-time, instead, it’s a really inexpensive vacation home that’s 100% insulated with vapor barriers.
Since Sandra lives in the wilderness, parking is no issue for her. The tiny house gets parked on the shore of the Great Slave Lake on a private campground. By next year, she hopes to have it hooked up with solar panels. All the lighting is LED and the refrigerator is so small that it uses very little electricity. The fireplace is electric but Sandra notes that she hardly has to use it since cooking and some body heat keeps the place relatively warm.
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Could you see yourself living in this designer-inspired tiny house on wheels?
An RV toilet was installed along with a shower in the bathroom. The only sink is in the kitchen so that the bathroom can be really small (2×6) to conserve the most space.
Before this, Sandra had a 40′ motorhome with a 12′ slide out which compared to this.. She hated.
A 24″ cookstove was used in the kitchen. She used an IKEA wine rack and installed it above the kitchen fan.
Sandra hired a carpenter to do most of the work and this person ended up being quite the perfectionist as you’ll see in the photos the attention to detail is quite amazing.
It all started with an old 8×16 office trailer that she ended up having to tear down completely. Right now it’s in Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada. The locals who’ve learned about the house have loved it so she’s thinking a few more will pop up in the area before long.
One of Sandra’s regrets is going with a single axle trailer. Because of this, she tried to use the lightest materials available that would still give it structural integrity and it proved to be a bit of a challenge.
Some materials acquired were recycled like the roofing which came from old tires. She estimated that the project would end up costing her a total of $20,000 to $23,000. It’s still not 100% finished but is very, very close. I like the log cabin siding and am surprised by how little it’s used.
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