I loved your very insightful yet practical article: The Art of Living in Small Spaces. I have been pondering down sizing to a mobile mini cabin since the first time I saw one on the Internet.
I am currently down sizing from a 2,300 sq ft home to a 1 bedroom apartment. I want to visit one of the mobile cabins to see how it feels inside.
I live in Phoenix, AZ and it’s hot as hell here, so I haven’t yet located anyone living in one that I could visit. I have seen cottage/mini cabin packages for sale at Lowes Home Improvement that look very similar to the cabin pictured in your article. If I purchased one of the cabin packages and attached an under carriage with wheels, added insulation and what’s needed for living, could this realistically suffice as a place to live, similar to the cabin pictured in your article? Please give me your thoughts on this.
I can send information on the cottage/mini cabins from Lowes if that would help to explain what I’m conceptualizing. The best part is, if I could make this work, I could help other people to replicate mini mobile housing at a low cost.
Considering all of the Boomers and people losing their homes, this could help a throng of people if it’s feasible.
Thanks for your thoughts on this. I appreciate your time, wisdom and insight.
The idea of a tiny house built on a flatbed or other mobile platform is a great one. In fact, the first of Jay Shafer’s Tumbleweed Tiny Houses (the houses that illustrate my article) was built exactly that way. Because the local building code wouldn’t let Jay construct a house as small as he wanted on site, he just put it on wheels!
I’m familiar with the Lowes “Katrina Cottages.” The smallest of those would still be too big to go mobile, and would be too expensive even if you could manage it. (A trailer would be more exonomical.) However, if Lowes or any other source has a shed kit or cabin kit small enough, I don’t know any reason you couldn’t build one on a mobile platform. Or design your own.
Of course, just as with trailers and boats, the key to comfortable small-house living is having tons of clever storage — which is going to add both weight and cost as I’m sure you know. Still, with the right materials, the right size, and the right wheeled platform, your idea could be nicely workable, though probably not as economical as you’d like it to be.
Thanks for the thoughts, and good luck.