Top 6 Mobile Homes in Our Small Space, Big Dreams Home Awards
See how to live large on the go in these small homes on wheels or on water
Written bySunsetApril 28, 2014
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Winner: Customized for comfort
This house on wheels was designed and custom built by the owner out of the desire to own a home without a mortgage or commitment to any particular location. Like a boat, it uses every available inch to maximize storage. Like a larger home, it features high-end stainless steel appliances, sustainable bamboo flooring and beetle-kill pine ceiling, and custom hand-planed woodwork throughout. The owner lives in the space with his girlfriend and dog, and says that despite its size, it truly is his dream home.
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Arts and Crafts bungalow
This bungalow, built on an 8’6”x20’ buggy hauler, can easily be utilized off grid. With king and queen sleeping lofts, a full galley kitchen, a custom tiled shower, a wallheater, and water heater, the space is cozy and practical. The handcrafted oak cabinets and wainscoting, cork floors, and grass cloth wall covering make the bungalow comfortable. Exquisite exterior details include handmade woodworking, a wrap around roof line, and a one of a kind convertible deck built of 100 year old reclaimed redwood.
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Miter Box house
A labor of love, the Miter Box is an energy efficient tiny-home-on-wheels that uses a variety of energy efficient building measures. It boasts a small kitchen, lots of creative storage, a dinette with a hydraulic table that turns into a double bed, an overhead sleeping loft, a storage loft and a "wet bath" with a shower and a flushing toilet all in 150 square feet. The home was built by Shelter Wise with a passion for small, creative, energy efficient dwelling spaces. It is currently being used on a nightly basis at a Tiny House Hotel in Portland.
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Mobile home by the sea
Located steps away from the ocean, a 1970s-era mobile home was remodeled to take advantage of the dramatic views. Frameless, folding glass doors along the rear and length of the home, along with interior operable wooden shutters, allow controlled movement of light and air. The interior flooring extending out to the patio surface emulate the color of sand, which reinforces the seamless relationship between inside and outside spaces. The result is an open plan with views continuing from room to room, opening onto each other, and serving as both a very private residence and one able to accommodate large gatherings.
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Tiny sustainable home
This off-the-grid 196 square-footer was designed with various sustainable features, including a modified green roof, a composting toilet, and radiant heat floors, and was built with reclaimed materials.
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Built on a 28' trailer, this 221-square-foot home has abundant storage and multiple "rooms," including a full-sized kitchen, guest sleeping space, and a lounge.