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Expanding Solar Tiny Home on Wheels

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 economical 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.

Expanding Solar Tiny Home on Wheels


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I’m curious, would you ever consider a design like this for your future tiny or small home? And where would you plan on putting it?


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  • Avatar Scooter January 20, 2015, 2:39 pm

    Cool! Reminds me of George Jetson’s car folding down into a briefcase! 🙂

  • Avatar Karen R January 20, 2015, 3:04 pm

    Fabulous!!!!! But the price?

    • Avatar Enid January 21, 2015, 8:45 am

      That is certainly my question. There are a LOT of solar panels there. What is the output expected on a sunny day vs a rainy day?

  • Avatar Lisa E. January 20, 2015, 3:29 pm

    At the moment homes like this are really only “concept designs”. BUT… just as once upon a time Capt. Kirk’s “communicator” was only a futuristic concept, it eventually turned into our very common “flip phone”. I think housing like this has much to offer as we struggle to go Green and try to come to terms with living inside a sustainable reality (before we destroy the planet and ourselves into complete and utter extinction.) One day, the THOW’s that we are so lovingly building will be looked upon as charming antiques and relics of the past as we transition into solar living in fold-up housing such as this. Great job and very interesting!

  • Avatar nadia abduljabbar January 21, 2015, 3:25 pm

    I love it esp. the solar thing

  • Avatar Elle January 21, 2015, 3:32 pm

    Yes I would! This is a great concept. I’d love to see a prototype of this. Most interesting to me is the way the solar panels are arranged to harness light from sun-up to sun-down. (I know panels can be automated to rotate with the sun but don’t know whether that would actually be more cost effective than this panel arrangement.) I like the deck very much -you have to have a porch or a deck. 🙂

  • Avatar kid January 21, 2015, 11:21 pm

    Great concept. Like where this is going. I do wonder as well as what the cost of something like this would be. Even though this is on wheels I could see this as something that could be set up as an on site home as well.
    We need more concept ideas to help the TH industry grow and to inform people of the advantages of TH living. would like to see more TH concepts.

  • Avatar lucy May 2, 2015, 9:53 am

    I’d absolutely love something like this if I had tons of money. One thing occurs – I guess storage would be pretty much impossible in the fold-out parts?
    Still, extra incentive to shed stuff, no?

  • Avatar Marcy May 2, 2015, 11:40 am

    I’d like to see an actual one. I hope on gets built and pictures are posted here.

  • Avatar Callie May 2, 2015, 12:51 pm

    I absolutely Love this concept. I have 1.5 years to build time and am considering ALL options at this point. One of the drawbacks of tiny house living is the actual entertaining area. I now have grandchildren so to accommodate them, each of my floor plans were getting longer, but I don’t want to tow anything more than 28 ft max. Implementing something like this for one side of my TH plans would make all the difference in the world. I rate it Doable.

  • Avatar MB May 2, 2015, 12:53 pm

    YES! I would love it!

  • Avatar stephanie piccolo May 2, 2015, 12:58 pm

    Am also looking at all different designs but definitely want to utilize solar and want it mobile. Loved this look!

  • Avatar PJS May 2, 2015, 1:00 pm

    This is a beautiful design! I have lots of questions though…Price? Once this design is opened are there built-in furnishings, kitchen sink, toilet, bed??? How big is it? Opened fully? Closed? Thanks!

  • Avatar F. GILLY May 2, 2015, 5:58 pm

    The Dream House. But where do you put furniture, etc when it is folded up????

    • Avatar Sharee July 26, 2016, 1:40 pm

      Folding furniture. Just saw sink that folds into the wall. Few things that I can’t imagine could be compacted: refrigerator, washer/dryer…no wait, that could be a washer/dryer room (imagine a car wash room or convertible shower area that washes and blows dry). Yep. I want one.

  • Avatar Joyce May 2, 2015, 10:27 pm

    I suppose this would be ideal for a barren land area such as the dessert or perhaps polar areas where you get the most sun. Like another person said, where is the furniture stored or are they built in like another folding house that has been featured? Perhaps some colored windows would reduce some of the blinding bright light reflections and add more colorful beauty.

  • Avatar gale May 2, 2015, 11:33 pm

    Glad to see others are wondering where the heck the furniture is when folded up. Alex can you let us know? Otherwise a super cool idea.

    • Avatar jake July 26, 2016, 2:36 pm

      Folditure.com has some great products; e.g, dining for 20 people, stored hanging in a closet on 20″ of a clothes rod.

      • Avatar Michael July 26, 2016, 6:53 pm

        Folditure.com has some interesting stuff though it looks futuristic and complicated. I am a big fan of fod away furniture especially in a THOW because they are out of the way if not needed. There are more simple solutions. The biggest space saving thing is the bed. For me lifting it up to the ceiling is best because you don’t need to fix nothing and its always ready to use. Much better than a cramped sleeping loft. But dining table, chairs, working desk, even comfy chairs are others.

        • Avatar jake July 26, 2016, 10:28 pm

          I agree. I like the idea of using counter-balancing; no electricity. However, deploying and locking, both up and down, must be easy. I prefer a tray ceiling when the bed is down, and a coffered ceiling when the bed is up.

  • Avatar robert May 3, 2016, 4:53 pm

    Too many moving sections, leaks will form sooner or later. Great concept.

  • Avatar Michael May 3, 2016, 7:03 pm

    A great concept indeed. Small to be towed – gig when parked. However, I tried to get in touch with this people but failed.

  • Avatar Carolyn Vick May 3, 2016, 7:19 pm

    Love, love this look. Would live in.

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan May 3, 2016, 11:38 pm

    Hmmm…looks complicated… :/

  • Avatar Cris Yahner-Divadkar May 4, 2016, 10:02 am

    This is a wonderful concept. I’m thinking new designs in furniture, lighter weight building materials. I already sleep on an air mattress over a collapsible frame. There are so many possibilities! Keep us posted…I just may be able to afford my own home if these are built affordably and accepted. ♡

  • Avatar Sarah July 26, 2016, 4:28 pm

    This is very cool, and I too think of George Jetson in its futuristic design. I am hesitant to say this (because I don’t want to be booed LOL) but I am a person who really doesn’t like too many windows, esp since you don’t always seem to see them with coverings at night. I am a more private type of person and love the light during the day but also want wall space to display my art work. JMHO.

    • Avatar Alex July 26, 2016, 4:58 pm

      Good point, Sarah! Thanks!

  • Avatar Richard Legg July 26, 2016, 9:57 pm

    Have there been preliminary estimates of cost to build?
    What is the overall footprint dimensions when fully deployed? What are the primary materials, weight, towing considerations.
    Has anyone working on a prototype? I’ve been looking for something like this since I started reading the Tiny Home website… It is a wonderful concept and I’d love to build one!

  • Avatar Trish July 27, 2016, 2:22 am

    Looks made to order for Hawaii. Many people already have outdoor kitchens and showers. I rarely cover my windows, want the ocean and mountain views available and my neighbors aren’t too near. Living water has proven to be the most calming artwork I have experienced in my many years of living.

  • Avatar Michele Bellon July 27, 2016, 3:07 am

    Sold. This is so great I don’t even care about furniture.

  • Avatar Sabrina July 27, 2016, 6:32 am

    Not to offend anyone, but I don’t believe these homes have any place in the future – they are just too inpractical. No plumbing could be placed on the walls that fold up, and you would have to store all of the furniture (bed, couch, table, etc. ) in a space one third of the intended size while travelling. I think it is a great concept, but if anyone actually were using this home and going across the country with it, they would certainly have a but of trouble.

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