There are lots of tiny houses that are made to be moveable, but typically, such homes stay stationary for an extended period of time before they're relocated. For Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh, their tiny home was built from the ground up with the idea that it would be a rolling abode they'd take all over the United States and Canada. So how did that work out for them? In just two years they visited more than 30 states and five Canadian provinces. A new short video highlights their home and lifestyle.
In 2013, Spesard and Dutilh found themselves unsatisfied with their lives. "Three years ago, Guillaume and I were stuck in careers we hated," they write on their blog, Tiny House Giant Journey. "We had debt, thousands of belongings, and no money to travel. Finally we came up with an idea that would free us: budget travel and a minimalist lifestyle."
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The couple spent the next year building their rolling home and then set out on the road. They used plans and a trailer from the Cypress Tiny Home company as their base, and when the project was complete, it cost US$31,460. A new film from Goal Zero, maker of heavy-duty solar-powered equipment like the generator used by the couple, highlights the life of Spesard and Dutilh and gives you a peek into their tiny home.
The house is 20 feet long (about 6 meters) and weighs 10,100 lb (about 4,581 kg) when it's got a full tank of water onboard. One of the more charming parts of the house is that the bookcases and cabinets that line part of one wall also double as a staircase to a loft where a queen-sized bed lies beneath a skylight. There's also a tiny wood-burning stove weighing just 56 lb (about 26 kg) that was one of the bigger splurges for the couple, at $4,495.
While the overall look of the home is rustic, there is a dash of tech included in the form of a battery-operated projector that the couple incorporated into the design to satisfy the need for TV on the road. The projector is battery-powered, so when the evening weather is fine, it – and the roll-down screen onto which it beams – can be taken outside. Hooks on the side of the trailer accommodate the screen.
There are a few other fun features built into the home, but instead of ruining the surprise, we'll just let you see for yourself how a tiny life on the road looks in the following video and accompanying photos.