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Mother’s 45ft ‘High Boy’ Tiny House on Semi Truck Trailer


This is the story of Nancy’s 45ft ‘high boy’ tiny house on wheels that she designed and built with the help of Chandler Rogers of Small House Innovation.

Hi, this is my “Little House on Wheels”, built on a 45 foot high boy flat deck trailer.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks!

She Designed and Built a 45ft Tiny House on a Semi Truck Trailer

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It was designed by me with much input from my friend, Chandler Rogers of Small House Innovations, and built by Chandler and myself.

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My daughter, Mary and I had been living in my converted school bus for five years, off grid on solar power. The bus had been converted specifically to my needs, I bake croissants for local farmer’s markets, so the front half of the bus was dedicated kitchen, and the back part of the bus had two beds, storage, a shower, and space for batteries and solar equipment.

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My business had grown, as had my daughter, and we needed more space, and to separate the business from the dwelling.

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I purchased the trailer used and had it towed to Chandler’s shop. Construction started late spring 2017. By fall we were ready to move it to my homesite a few km away. We got it moved just before the snow came, and I spent the winter finishing the inside. We started sleeping in the house in January 2018, and I continued working on it through till spring.

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Chandler and I spent a couple of months in the spring finishing the outside and the inside. The house was basically complete by May 2018, just in time for my busy market season to start again.

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The house is 45 x 10 including the porch at the end. It features two bedrooms, full bath, full kitchen, living room.

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I am off grid on solar power with six panels and eight deep cell batteries. I heat with wood and cook with propane, also a propane water heater. I am known locally as “Croissant Moon”, the croissant lady for the past ten years at the Kaslo Saturday Market, in beautiful Kaslo British Columbia.

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I am currently living in Cooper Creek, a half hour north of Kaslo at the head of Kootenay Lake, where I live in my Little House on Wheels, and create delicious croissants in my off grid, solar powered school bus.

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Small House Innovation is a small house design and manufacturing company that specializes in small homes and spaces. Focusing on prefabricated construction techniques, Small House Innovation offers a variety of solutions for homeowners dedicated to site specific design, and the art of wood craft. With a small group of dedicated builders, we tackle our projects one at a time, with an eye to detail, and a commitment to quality.

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Small House Innovation | Croissant Moon | Video Tour (Facebook) | Video Tour 2 (Facebook)

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  • Paul Larsen October 29, 2018, 1:54 pm

    This looks really nice and well built! I would love to see it live and in person! I am out in the Kaslo area on occasion

  • George Schmidt October 29, 2018, 4:42 pm

    This is great. I love the innovation and the design. I am curious about the final cost. Good job and in a relatively short period of time.

  • Brad October 30, 2018, 12:18 am

    Beautiful and creative build. I have never thought of using a semi flat bed trailer for building… very clever.
    One question though… Most flatbeds are designed with a rather prominent arch in the structural steel to allow for heavy equipment hauling. Did yours not have that issue or did you develop a way to overcome it?
    Thanks…

    • Paul Larsen October 30, 2018, 2:14 pm

      Usually the flatbeds for hauling heavy equiptment are a special design that sit a lot lower, have ramps on the end and may be also a triple axle. These ones would have the arch. The one she used is a tandem axle and would most likely not be used for heavy equiptment. I see lots of flatbeds here in Calgary that are used for pipes, building trusses or steel beams. These are totally flat.

    • Small House Innovation November 3, 2018, 11:51 am

      We took the camber out of the floor by string lining a straight plane and adjusting the floor joist widths.

      • Alex November 4, 2018, 1:19 pm

        Thanks!

  • Cindy October 30, 2018, 8:28 am

    I was just wondering the same thing Brad. I have often looked at those empty trailers and thought what a great house they would make, but never could get past the arch. Wonderful build. Love the kitchen. Nice and roomy!

  • Denise October 30, 2018, 11:04 am

    A house after my dreams – I could retire in this easily – warmth, wood, forests, warm fire. Just needed: Books and a cat or two.

  • Claude Pariseault October 30, 2018, 11:44 am

    The problem here is to find a place to put them permanently, tons of restrictions in Canada.

    • Small House Innovation November 3, 2018, 3:19 pm

      This is more of an issue inside municipalities than it is in regional districts. Because it’s on wheels it’s considered a non permanent building. Regional districts are also beginning to offer alternative building permits for micro homes. Check out the initiative on the sunshine coast regional district.

  • Sue Roberson October 31, 2018, 11:52 am

    This is neat, creative & the owner is a genius!

  • Jerry Dycus November 1, 2018, 5:22 pm

    Nice in so many ways.
    Especially making it 10′ wide really gives it room you can do far more with including using standard furniture for some.

  • Sheila Plourde November 13, 2018, 6:21 pm

    This looks so comfortable, inviting. Love the style in side. The outside is really nice to look at. Nancy did a beautiful job.

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