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Victorian Prepper tiny house is ready for doomsday

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Notwithstanding its old-school styling, Victorian Prepper sports some modern sustainable technology and design
Notwithstanding its old-school styling, Victorian Prepper sports some modern sustainable technology and design
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Victorian Prepper was commissioned by a Doomsday Prepper client – that is, someone who wants to be prepared should a huge calamity befall civilization
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Victorian Prepper was commissioned by a Doomsday Prepper client – that is, someone who wants to be prepared should a huge calamity befall civilization
Notwithstanding its old-school styling, Victorian Prepper sports some modern sustainable technology and design
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Notwithstanding its old-school styling, Victorian Prepper sports some modern sustainable technology and design
Maximus Extreme Living Solutions set up the home ready for the owner to install a full solar panel system for off-grid living
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Maximus Extreme Living Solutions set up the home ready for the owner to install a full solar panel system for off-grid living
Access to the home is via a single front door
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Access to the home is via a single front door
The kitchen includes a steel apron kitchen sink
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The kitchen includes a steel apron kitchen sink
The Victorian-era inspired styling includes faux-tin ceiling tiles
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The Victorian-era inspired styling includes faux-tin ceiling tiles
The kitchen also includes a fridge freezer and microwave
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The kitchen also includes a fridge freezer and microwave
Its old-school inspired styling includes ornate light fittings and intricate trim
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Its old-school inspired styling includes ornate light fittings and intricate trim
The loft staircase includes plenty of built-in storage space
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The loft staircase includes plenty of built-in storage space
The tiled shower stall
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The tiled shower stall
The tiled shower stall's glass door
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The tiled shower stall's glass door
The kitchen boasts plenty of storage space
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The kitchen boasts plenty of storage space
Bird's eye view of the main living space
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Bird's eye view of the main living space
The largest loft
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The largest loft
Stairs leading to the largest loft
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Stairs leading to the largest loft
The kitchen area
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The kitchen area
More storage space beneath the kitchen sink
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More storage space beneath the kitchen sink
The brick hearth ready for a wood-burning stove
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The brick hearth ready for a wood-burning stove
Domestic hot water is provided by two small on-demand hot water heaters
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Domestic hot water is provided by two small on-demand hot water heaters
The composting toilet
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The composting toilet
The secondary loft for dry food storage
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The secondary loft for dry food storage
The sofa bed with storage space underneath
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The sofa bed with storage space underneath
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When commissioned to design and build a Victorian-era inspired tiny home by a Doomsday Prepper client – that is, someone who wants to be prepared should a huge calamity befall civilization – Maximus Extreme Living Solutions was in its element. The firm duly produced the Victorian Prepper, a towable home ready to operate off-grid and complete with ample storage for food and firearms.

Victorian Prepper measures 8.6 ft x 21 ft (2.62 x 6 m), and its interior is dominated by a relatively large living space measuring roughly 178.5 sq ft (16.5 sq m). This area is decked with a hardwood floor, and includes a kitchen with steel apron sink, fridge freezer and microwave, plus a lounge space with sofa bed.

A brick hearth also clads one wall ready for the owner to add a wood-burning stove. The bathroom has concrete floors, a tiled shower stall with glass door, and a composting toilet. Domestic hot water is provided by two small on-demand hot water heaters.

The home includes two lofts. One is located above the kitchen in the home's turret and accessible via staircase (itself including storage space), and has plenty of room for food, clothing, household items, and firearms. The second is smaller and accessible via ladder, but has been designed to accommodate a year and a half's worth of dry food supplies. Access to the home is gained via combination lock-equipped front door and the exterior is clad in diamond shaped asphalt shingles and wood composite lap siding.

Bird's eye view of the main living space
Bird's eye view of the main living space

Notwithstanding its Victorian-era inspired styling, which includes ornate light fittings, intricate trim, and faux-tin ceiling tiles, Victorian Prepper features some modern sustainable technology and design. The Mansard roof is lined with a synthetic membrane that has a drain leading to a spigot near the front door. This can hold up to 300 US gallons (1,135 liters) if the spigot is closed, but the system is designed to then drain into a barrel to be purified and filtered.

Maximus Extreme Living Solutions finished the home with wiring ready for the new owner to install a solar panel system for off-grid living. Insulation comes in the form of structural insulated panels (SIPs), which the firm says can tackle temperature swings from -50° F to 150° F ( -45 to 65° C) without issue. We were also told that the walls and floor have an R-value rating of 25 while the roof has an R-value rating of 58.

Source: Maximus Extreme Living Solutions

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7 comments
Bob
Interesting design with lots of storage and the rain water collection is a nice touch. Nice little lake cabin but as a prepper sanctuary the only thing it lacks is a big bulls-eye painted on the side. For a 21 foot trailer it would be extremely heavy. A microwave is nice but has a lot of unnecessary power demand for off grid living. Solar panels would need a large battery storage capacity to be useful. The combination lock front door sounds impressive but offers a false sense of safety. As a prepper hideout, I think they need to start from scratch with a lot more stealth and security in the design, a lot more.
Wolf0579
As Bob said, it's not very stealthy. "Cute" and stealth (A prepper necessity) are mutually exclusive. Defensibility and penetration resistance would be high on the wish-list as well.
grtbluyonder
All of these survivalist fantasies are just that. If "doomsday" includes neutron bombs then this will make a nice house for aliens from another planet since the house will survive but the humans inside it won't.
ei3io
Bravo! This is clearly at the head of the line to get into the Museum Of Ugly Architecture with its major effort in naive silly design attempting to be traditional.
It should easily hold that position since there are very few in that line to the MOUA since most small sustainable efficient house designs are really great examples of how "Form Follows Function" can really look nice and create a truly valid aesthetic.
Tanstar
Combine it with the stealth of this one, perhaps? http://www.gizmag.com/antoine-bureau-a-rock-cabin/35268/
Don Duncan
Great insulation, an A. Water catchment, B. But that's it. Design, F-. I would have left it open for customization or choose camouflage. One look does not suit all.
Where's the solar water heater and cooker? Where is the battery compartment? Why so many windows? Skylights are much more practical.
Bob Flint
Does it float? Also how does it stand up to hurricanes, & tornadoes?