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The Kaya Box House Truck Conversion (Rasta-Theme)

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This is Steve’s house truck, a horsebox conversion called the “Kaya Box” that features a distinctly Rastafarian-themed interior.

Steve shared his ideas with Dean, owner of HouseBox in England, who made them into reality! For those who don’t know, horseboxes are used to transport horses, but this one has been transformed into a beautiful, handcrafted home. Way to reuse! There’s black, red and yellow tiling in the kitchen and bathroom along with red, yellow and green trimwork on the exterior that would make Bob Marley proud.

Take a video tour (inside starts around minute 11) and read Steve’s testimonial on the last page. Enjoy!

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The Kaya Box House Truck Conversion (Rasta-Theme)

Images via HouseBox

Stepping inside the back door of the Kaya Box.

Looking out from the bed. Nice leather couch.

TV and storage over the bed, along with speakers.

I’m always partial to a little paisley decor.

The man, the myth, the legend 🙂

Desk area with beautiful live-edge counters.

Just love these unique drawers.

Recycling, repainting and reusing all around.

The fridge is hiding (So is the bathroom!)

Rasta-inspired tilework in the kitchen.

Both an artful and practical way to store wood.

Lighting makes it easy to see your book titles.

Now that’s just quality woodwork there.

Images via HouseBox

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Video: ‘Kaya Box’ – Housebox

Steve’s Testimonial:

When I decided to invest into an off grid vehicle, I looked into it properly, but it was Dean’s video of his House-Box truck that confirmed to me that I wanted a TK. I contacted him many months later with the news that I was now the owner of a 1973 Bedford TK. A date was arranged for work to be carried out. We bounced ideas off of each other and although I had very strong views on the style I wanted, I soon learned that I had to come down to earth and live in reality, but with the help of Dean’s infectious enthusiasm and being able to think out of the box, things started to formulate together and the “Kaya-Box” was well on it’s way to becoming something quite extra-ordinary.

Although Dean has had a huge impact on the design and all the gubbins that has gone into creating an amazing home, none of it would have been possible without the help of his side-kicks in the name’s of Jakey, Ed and Speedy. They haven’t just been the supportive muscle but they have brought added encouragement, brains and most importantly humour and camaraderie throughout the whole project. I was meant to be far more involved with the build of the Kaya-Box, however, fortunately for the guy’s I decided that it would be better to leave it to the professionals, and after a few months, I made my last trip down to the workshop, as the Kaya box project was finally finished.

And when I finally saw my new home completed it left me feeling utterly overwhelmed. It had been a very emotional journey however when taking on a project of this magnitude you can’t expect it not to be emotional. What stood before me was no longer a converted horse box, it was something far far more beautiful than that, it was a home, a palace, a castle …it was “freedom”. The House-Box team had turned a dilapidated stinky old horse box that still had straw and various other depositories in it into a thing of beauty, so much so I was actually speechless and in awe of what the guy’s had achieved when I stood inside my new home.

The guy’s at House-Box exceeded my expectations on this project …seriously ! And further to that, because so much time, effort, heart and soul had gone into this project, new friendships have been formed. That is testament to their amazing characters, skills, craftsmanship, attention to detail, infinite amount of knowledge and also the passion for creating something extraordinary. I can’t recommend the guy’s highly enough. Thank you so much for all you have done.
Look forward to seeing you soon ! Steve Tremmel (Owner of the Kaya Box)

Like the Kaya Box? Want a tiny housetruck like it? Get in touch with HouseBox here.

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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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  • Larry Burns
    May 13, 2017, 3:11 pm

    I don’t get it! This is the wrong type of truck to build over the cab, this type of truck you tilt the cab forward to service the engine. How do you do that with a house over the top of it.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 15, 2017, 7:56 pm

      Hi Larry, Horseboxes are built this way, and this one was just converted. It’s not actually “added” to in any way, just transformed. You can see more images of them here: https://goo.gl/gfMBuj

  • Larry Burns
    May 13, 2017, 3:24 pm

    The right kind of truck to use is a flat bed truck, then not only can you build over the cab but you can cut the back of the cab out and make a walk through from the home to the driver seat. And you lift the hood to service the engine. Then you got a real RV!

  • Evening Iris
    May 13, 2017, 3:34 pm

    Wow, this is fabulous!

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