This is one family’s 200 sq. ft. travel trailer tiny house conversion story.
We’re James + Sarah, two passion-seeking nomads who are genuinely inspired by the world around us. We’re living full-time in a 2005 Jayco Jayflight with our baby daughter, Stella and dog, Lavender.
Our beloved self-made home named NOLA, whom we renovated out of a FEMA trailer, was originally purposed for citizens of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She found her way to us and we spent the summer of 2015 completely renovating her interior.
Family’s 200 Sq. Ft. Travel Trailer Tiny House
We both had “career” jobs with big degrees and loans to go with them. We were constantly living beyond our means and we could never get on top financially or be happy with what we were doing. We both decided that our daughter being born would be a fresh start to our lives. We gave up the big house, the big jobs and decided to take a year to hit the restart button before venturing out to create our own business and travel.
The caravan was stripped down to the studs, got fresh electrical and plumbing, a patched roof, walls, floors and a new ceiling. The wood used on the interior is a combination of pine and cedar, both found and purchased. All previous indications of it being a trailer were removed on the inside as we reworked the floor plan to make it more open and functional for us. We wanted to create a large feeling space that was still cozy and inviting.
The kitchen includes DIY cedar counter tops, upgraded wood cabinets and knobs, and a faucet made from brass plumbing pieces.
The bathroom features an up-cycled garage sale found end-table turned vanity, a new camper toilet, a custom built shower and cedar shelving.
The bed area cleverly uses a book shelf partition to keep the space flowing, while creating separation. A macrame hanging crib gives us versatility with a growing child, and the bed houses 75% of the storage space in the trailer with cubby holes and an under bed storage space accessed from the outside of the trailer.
We currently are nestled in a grove of pine trees on a temporary commercial property in upstate New York. We have full hookups that provide us with fresh water and power as well as WiFi.
Video: Family’s Renovated Travel Trailer Tiny Home
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