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Tiny House with an Expanding Roof


It’s always fun to see something totally new in the tiny house world, and this cottage on wheels really fits the bill. It’s incredibly compact, but what stands out is the roof that actually collapses down for transport or maintenance! There’s also a deck built onto the trailer for outdoor living.

Right now, the builder hasn’t finished the interior because he plans to sell the home, and is offering to complete it to the client’s preference, or sell it as-is. The basic design has a large downstairs room, and a loft for sleeping. What do you think of the roof?

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Here’s the tiny house with the roof lowered.

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The current unfinished state of the interior.

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This is the reclaimed trailer he used.

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Images via Edmund Sylvester

Highlights:

  • Asking price (if left unfinished inside):£9950 (~ $12,217)
  • Loft bed which has enough headroom for two adults to sit up in bed and read a book or watch TV
  • Small landing alongside the bed platform has full headroom.
  • 70 sq ft on the ground floor
  • Space for a shower/WC compartment, small kitchen and dinette
  • Overall size is 2.4m (8ft) x 6m (20ft) including its own on-board ‘patio’.
  • Long sloping roof has an 8ft x 4ft panel of translucent triple-wall polycarbonate which provides thermal insulation as well as letting in light
  • Fully insulated and has double-glazed windows (toughened glass).
  • The roof pod can be lowered to facilitate transport
  • Roof surfaces are sheathed in glassfibre (with a 25-year guarantee).
  • Twin axle Al-Ko galvanised caravan chassis on which the cottage is mounted and which is in full working order is not new.

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  • jerry dycus
    June 19, 2022, 8:49 am

    Interesting and far better than most for traveling.
    I’d had gone with a flat roof and make the porch area inside space instead would be better than a loft.
    I’d fold out a porch and solar porch roof instead of wasting trailer length and can be enclosed by screen or fabric greatly increasing living space.
    And/or put it on the roof up in the breeze, away from the mosquitos with a great view.
    It’s not that hard to make your TH into a trailer than buy a separate one. Just design in the hard points to take the axle suspension and bolt the trailer tongue too saving a lot of weight, cost.

  • ArtT
    June 19, 2022, 8:59 am

    This looks like it would be very hard to tow, a safe trailer has to have 10 to 12 percent of its weight on the tongue but this looks like all the weight is on and behind the axles. I would be afraid of moving it very far. On the plus side though the front deck looks nice.

    • Alison
      June 20, 2022, 4:26 pm

      It looks like the deck is at least partly over the tongue of the trailer, so it may not be as unbalanced as it seems. Hard for me to tell.

      • James D.
        June 21, 2022, 1:23 am

        The deck is entirely over the tongue of the trailer, it’s that long, and when folded down most of the weight of the roof leans forward. Add, the deck also adds weight to the tongue…

        However, builder points out it wasn’t designed to be street legal and it’s not a new trailer, a twin axle Al-Ko galvanised caravan chassis… While builder also notes, “The cottage has its own substantial, fully insulated base frame so that it can be unbolted from the caravan chassis, if desired, and mounted on blocks.”

        So should be possible to adjust the position of the cottage and/or swap out the trailer…

  • Marsha Cowan
    June 19, 2022, 9:21 am

    Pretty doggone clever. Wish I’d thought of it. Adorable windows, and I love the stair to the loft. Nice touch of class to the tops of the stair posts, too. The deck is great. Why don’t you finish this first one so we can see it ready to go, then you can offer the finishing option on your next models. Lol! Great idea! Great job!

    • James D.
      June 19, 2022, 1:04 pm

      Pretty sure this was meant as a one off, his website says it was a retirement project but circumstances now has him trying to sell it. So there probably won’t be a second one…

      • Don
        June 19, 2022, 6:00 pm

        I am at a loss. How could the collapsing roof work as a loft as well? And giving the price in pounds first would cause me to guess shipping would be astronomical.

        • James D.
          June 19, 2022, 6:42 pm

          The roof is sitting on the loft when it’s folded down. So, when it’s raised it opens up the space and gives you access to the loft. Similar to pop up roof campers, for example.

      • Marsha Cowan
        June 19, 2022, 8:18 pm

        Oh, sorry to hear that. Well, I am not sorry he gets to retire, just sorry we won’t see the house finished. Wonder if there is someone to whom he is passing along this clever design? I certainly hope so, and I hope he has a wonderful retirement, too : )

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