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Kenya Tiny House with Standing Loft For Sale

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Do you remember when we showed you Kenya’s first tiny house? Well, it’s for sale now! Carefully designed to traverse Kenya’s roads, this tiny home has some great features like two stand-up loft bedrooms and fold-down benches that become additional beds. David has been living in it off and on for three years as he’s traveled between Kenya and France.

Now that he’s moving to France more permanently, he’s looking for someone to purchase his one-of-a-kind creation. Below, he carefully describes the many features he added to the tiny house! He’s asking €40,000 (~$43,000 USD) and you can get in touch with him via email.

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Kenya’s First Tiny House Looking for New Home: €40K

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The general layout includes steps up the drawbar to the front door and porch, entering the kitchen/Galley moving to the sitting room. To the rear of the sitting room is the ablutions room with clothes storage. From beside the fridge there is a stairway to the gallery which gives access to the two bedroom platforms.

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The chassis is a welded structure, with circles cutting out the weight all over it, with reinforcement which you can see as you walk inside, across the walkway.  The chassis is canted up both at front and rear to allow the unit to go through a donga with a rake of 22 degrees on either end. This will allow you to ford most river beds with ease as will the fibre glass floor which seals the cabin area on the chassis.

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However, as these are not driven axles, you will need to be on the watch when you go through sand. The suspension is achieved with a moving beam axle, so that as a bump is encountered, the first wheel encounters it and moves upwards, and so the house cants away slightly from this but in most cases the tyres will take the give needed. This is the safest type of axle for this sort of tall structure.

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The axle bogey is bolted to the chassis, so that if you need to do maintenance on the bogey you can put the house on supports and take out the running gear completely. It supports 16×750 standard Land Rover tyres, and there are two spares locked on the back of the unit. The suspension is independent for each moving beam, with physical braking on drum brakes for all 4 tyres. The axles are the exact width of the road limit in Kenya. You can share tyres with your Land Rover.

The drawbar is a standard 50mm unit with movement to allow the unit to brake when the vehicle slows, thus applying brakes through hydraulic circuits (housed behind the tow bar) . It pivots up and down using the dolly wheel jack to allow the trailer to be coupled/uncoupled with the vehicle.

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The frame on the chassis is made of 50x50x1,2 steel tube material throughout. Onto this is glued and welded panels made of Duma, an integrated galvanised and aluminised rolled steel of 1mm material. On each side there is a glued stretch panel, improving both strength and straightness of panels along the length. This is then filled and painted in green and black colours.

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The electrical system is based on an Ecore unit that monitors use of power through a control panel which you have in the Galley. This will alert you on use of power and when you are asking it for more than the solar cells and batteries it relies on and may have to put on a generator. It gives you the option not to put on the power guzzling item that will put on the generator. There are 24 solar cells of 80 watts, giving 1800w during good sunlight.

These are raised off the roof by 100mm to create an airgap that keeps the Bush Home free of being heated up by the sun. There are 2 x 200AH batteries in the base of the Galley, with room for 8 if you want more depth of power. The generator gives another 3.5Kw of power should you need it. There is a power hook up point for stationary living in a campsite, although the power system on board should in most parts of the world fully supply all needs.

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Water is stored in three vats in the rear of the unit underneath the cupboards in the ablutions room. These are connected together and feed to a pressure pump, that pressurises the whole system. There is a tap on the outside which is actually intended to only be switched on when you have a hose connected to it to put water in (otherwise bugs get in). This goes to a ball cock in the first tank, which defines how much water is allowed in and doesn’t overfill the unit. For in the bush there is a water entry point on the opposite side if you wanted to put a hose into it or pour water from buckets etc.

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There is a hot water panel on the rear section of the unit, with a tank on top that holds 14 litres with its own pressure pump. With care this is enough for 2 showers. The tank is close to the shower which is the main thing that needs hot water.  There is a basin in the galley and another in the ablutions room, as well as a shower unit dish-washer and clothes washer, all using the water supply. The waste of all of these goes to a manifold under the shower, and there is a hose (long) that unhooks from its holding wire on the side, so that this can be put into a french drain or similar, and hooks back up for travel.

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Toilet is cassette type. It will do about 9 flushes before it’s full. It runs off 12v power and has an entry door outside with its key. Once open, this door gives you access to a wheelie trolley unit that can be tipped down a conventional toilet. You have to release the inside part of it to do this action, which is best done daily as a routine if it is in use.

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There are two tables that can be used either inside or outside, that are fixed beside the internal windows on the starboard side. There are 3 chairs that sit under the drawbar when not in use, and for travel, go on the floor wedged down by cushions.

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Windows are all aluminium with a tinted brown glass. They open upwards and outwards in all cases, except the front door, which is armoured glass. There are curtains all round that give you privacy and can all be taken off to launder.

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Fibreglass is used in the flooring, the upper gallery, the bed base, the shower, and the various water holding units.

The cupboards are all recycled wood, as is the floor of the rear bedroom. The cupboards generally fit between steel tube parts of the structure, and are very simply fixed and removed. In the rear cupboards, two cupboard parts are bolted together and once unbolted one will come out sideways across the unit and the other will then come out backwards through the structure. This simple mechanism allows the entire cupboards on one side to be locked by one bolt.

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The roof is a primary wooden laminated rafter, with panels of plywood covered with fibreglass, with solar panels raised off them by inbuilt risers. This allows the panels to shield the roof from the sun, keeping the internal temperature down. Once fixed in place, all services were installed as a loom, and then internal panelling was put in place. Most of this panelling can be removed with the small screws holding them.

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Electrical services come from outlets that give both 12v and 240v supplies differentiated by the type of outlet.  There are dedicated equipment sockets, and additional ones for when you have an added requirement.

Air Conditioning unit is in the 24th slot on the roof, and is a 2200 unit so it can take more power than the house can generate, so should be used with caution!

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The Galley includes sink with fold away tap and glass cover, stainless surfaces throughout, fridge (absorption type) running off electricity (240v or 12v) or gas, dishwasher, grill/microwave oven, three burner hob and various cupboards with specifically chosen cooking kit and stores.

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Outside there is a 4.7 Metre awning that comes out on the starboard side (use the remote to deploy), allowing you a nice area to sit and rest out of the sun, and perhaps eat and dine with friends. There is a power point for 240v beside the front (right side) and at the rear under the awning there is an external 12v outlet.

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The deck on the front of the house has a box step up to the front door. The lid of this hides your travelling tool box. The fold down step is folded up for travel and held in place by a bungie.

The drawbar is solidly fixed to the house chassis. You have at the rear two vertical beam units that you use to set the house firmly at a level position before engaging two hinged corner levelling clamps at the front. Water flow and the fridge depend on these levels being correct. When doing a long term stay, it’s best to put the chassis up on blocks, so as to not have square wheels when you do leave!

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Centre of gravity. This unit is designed to travel in any conditions, but there are limits to the sideways gradient of the road that is safe. You should generally keep the unit within the 25 degrees it is designed for. With the upstairs windows open, the steel structure beneath them is strong, so that if you plan to traverse a particular section that has a camber and you can’t avoid it, that you can lash the unit consecutively to tie points along the way, while driving at very low speeds.

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Height. The overall height of the top peak of the roof is 4.3M. As the height of anything on the road in Kenya is limited to 4.7, you are within this. There are, however a range of old bridges that aren’t high enough to allow you to pass, so you need to be aware of them, and find ways around them. Ideally you unhitch the car, drive till you have a route that takes you to the far side, then go back, hitch up and use the new route.

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Width. The extent of the sideways width is maximum with the eaves of the roof at 2.65metres which is the limit in Kenya.
The trailer has a full complement of lights for movement. This is achieved with a connection to your car which is standard and it will mirror what indications your car is giving. The rear has additional chevrons as required by Kenyan law and a lit number plate. The rear cover for the tires makes them more difficult to steal from a location, as they are locked and the locks are difficult to get at. Make sure your driver is licensed to pull this sort of trailer, as a normal car drivers licence isn’t adequate. The pipe coming out the front is there to edge over road banners over the roof!

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This is a prototype. It originally had a ladder going upstairs at the back of the sitting area. We removed this when we installed a stairway. Originally it was designed with two independent axles, which we changed for the walking beam axle, as being more stable, and at the same time we increased the track width and added the mudguards. So I have not put in all the original drawings, as they aren’t in keeping with what has been installed. We also moved the generator inside and declined to put a frame out there for hanging a motorbike on!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • David Percival
    March 29, 2024, 4:02 pm

    Thanks for a great write-up. It didn’t capture the fact that last year I replaced the roof with fiberglass, to increase its integrity, replaced a lot of internal paneling with Alucoboard, and put in a bigger and better water cylinder with an element. So when coming home late, you aren’t reliant on solar hot water, an old limitation. Also, someone wired 240v into the toilet so that’s at a friend having a makeover! We live in Africa!

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