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Whimsy Wagon: Handcrafted Caravan For Sale


Now here’s a micro home for you! This handcrafted whimsy wagon has so much character in such a small space.

The exterior looks like something from another time, and there are lovely carved and painted details all over. Seating for two on the covered porch, and inside there’s a couch/bed taking up the back of the wagon. Some built-ins provide storage and a spot for a hot plate. And a stove keeps the place warm.

Three windows on one side open up to let in light and fresh air. It’s for sale for $43,000 in Rhode Island, and you can contact the seller here.

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Stunning Handcrafted Caravan in Rhode Island: $43K

The details on this wagon, like the pattern in the corners, make it one-of-a-kind

I love that the porch is just big enough for some seating.

 

Built-ins allow for a little electric stovetop and some storage.

A tiny stove in the corner keeps things cozy.

I love the wood-work!

The bed/couch with a little storage beneath.

There’s a tiny table attached to the wall.

How cute are these?

Some beautiful carving details.

Highlights:

  • Construction: Spruce framing mounted on an aluminum flatbed trailer
  • Cherry floor
  • Butternut Wood Paneling
  • Walnut accents (the darker wood)
  • Features: Wood burning stove
  • 12 Volt lighting
  • Oil lamps on gimbals
  • Galley with a butane stove
  • Insulated Covered porch with built in seating
  • Simple cooler and Porta Potti outside
  • Switchboard for electric Under bed storage space
  • This is truly a magical piece. In addition to being a permanent tiny home, it could be used as a whimsical mobile home, an Airbnb, or a beautiful addition to someone’s garden. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like a virtual tour or more details. Thanks!

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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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  • Alison
    December 14, 2020, 6:39 pm

    It’s really cute. Beautifully crafted woodwork on the walls. I wonder why the builder chose to have the windows open inward like that. Seems like that would make the space seem smaller.

    • James D.
      December 14, 2020, 7:19 pm

      Well, it would seem it’s because it’s an artistic recreation that as the listing indicates is inspired by Roald Dahl’s “Danny the Champion of the World” and the illustrated “Wind in the Willows” by Arthur Rackham and those may have been the only windows they could get that fit the look…

      Generally speaking, though, trade offs either way…

      Inward opening windows are easy to clean from the inside, allows the use of external shutters, flyscreens and balustrades, but it’s harder to keep things on the interior window sill.

      While outward opening windows can be restricted for ventilation by a build in night latch, an opening restrictor or by the handle operated brake but it’s easier to keep things on the interior window sill and as long as the upper part isn’t the section that opens, outward opening windows tend to be better for allowing windows to be open while it rains.

      Considerations can include things like climate. If it’s a hot, humid climate, then there may be a need for fly nets to be on windows to prevent mosquitoes, for example, and if not conditioned then good ventilation can be a priority as well.

      There is also the consideration that this is moveable and if the windows are left open while it is being moved then outward opening windows would have the risk of being hit or snagged…

      That said, some people also feel inward facing windows are more visually pleasing. So can just be a preference… But, depending on your budget, there are windows that can be opened in multiple ways for opting for whatever suites your present needs or mood/preference…

  • David
    February 14, 2021, 9:50 am

    These window have no hinge at bottom. They can simply lift out and sett aside, allowing full opening. This ,with the particular bevels on sash and jamb ,together with gravity, makes a snug fit when closed. This design was used in some motor yachts in the 1920s and 30s.

  • Joe Longstaff
    April 3, 2021, 12:00 am

    While being cute there seems to be nothing that should warrant $511 per square foot,that’s $43k. Being only 84 square feet it’s only a weekend tripper. For that kind of money I want more space the random use of wood is only an increased maintenance point. My daughters 24ft unit cost $6500. It has a rosewood fire place,black cherry cabinets and red oak flooring. The folding front porch is made of pallets and construction waste wood. Anagliptic wall paper makes the ceiling look like tin ceilings. The bulk of the windows came from kijiji for very little cost. It has a humanure toilet and 12vdc lighting that has an inverter so it will plug into house current when available. We bought books from Deek Dedricson. Most tiny house folks will know him.

    • James D.
      April 3, 2021, 3:23 am

      Generally speaking, nothing hand crafted and custom one off builds is going to be cheap and costs aren’t all determined by just size and materials.

      Understand, people build things for many reasons, but not all of them will be reasons that everyone will agree on or understand. Fact is what people value is not all the same and thus there will be things other people may value that you do not and vice versa…

      Like previously mentioned, comment above, this was an artistic recreation that as the listing indicates was inspired by Roald Dahl’s “Danny the Champion of the World” and the illustrated “Wind in the Willows” by Arthur Rackham… So, like most art, simple functionality and cost effectiveness wasn’t the point for those that built it…

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