Tiny Houses

Tiny cabin in the woods built for a tiny price

Tiny cabin in the woods built ...
Trailer is raised on stilts but can be placed on a removable trailer and towed if required
Trailer is raised on stilts but can be placed on a removable trailer and towed if required
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Trailer is  located in a forest managed by Invisible Studio 
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Trailer is  located in a forest managed by Invisible Studio 
Trailer can be placed atop a removable trailer for easy transportation
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Trailer can be placed atop a removable trailer for easy transportation
Trailer is raised on stilts 
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Trailer is raised on stilts 
Trailer includes a stove inside for heat
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Trailer includes a stove inside for heat
Trailer is clad in corrugated fiberglass and steel
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Trailer is clad in corrugated fiberglass and steel
Trailer's walls are packed with scavenged insulation
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Trailer's walls are packed with scavenged insulation
Trailer's doors were found in a waste container
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Trailer's doors were found in a waste container
Trailer was completed in December, 2017 
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Trailer was completed in December, 2017 
Trailer measures 40 sq m (430 sq ft)
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Trailer measures 40 sq m (430 sq ft)
Trailer was constructed for £20,000 (US$28,000)
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Trailer was constructed for £20,000 (US$28,000)
Trailer's steps are made from offcuts
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Trailer's steps are made from offcuts
Invisible Studio is happy to share Trailer's design with anyone who wants to make their own
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Invisible Studio is happy to share Trailer's design with anyone who wants to make their own
Trailer measures 40 sq m (430 sq ft)
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Trailer measures 40 sq m (430 sq ft)
Trailer is raised on stilts but can be placed on a removable trailer and towed if required
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Trailer is raised on stilts but can be placed on a removable trailer and towed if required
Trailer is clad in corrugated fiberglass and steel
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Trailer is clad in corrugated fiberglass and steel
All of Trailer's joinery, including the stairs, comes from plywood offcuts
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All of Trailer's joinery, including the stairs, comes from plywood offcuts
Trailer is finished in used plywood
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Trailer is finished in used plywood
Trailer's rope handrails and guards are offcuts from a previous project by Invisible Studio
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Trailer's rope handrails and guards are offcuts from a previous project by Invisible Studio
Trailer is clad in corrugated fiberglass and steel
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Trailer is clad in corrugated fiberglass and steel

UK-based firm Invisible Studio made great use of recycled and inexpensive materials while building this appealing little prototype cabin in the woods. Named Trailer (Equivalent #2), it's envisioned as a residence or workspace and its total cost came in at just £20,000 (US$28,000).

Trailer is clad in corrugated fiberglass and steel, while its insulation and doors were scavenged. The skylights were purchased as seconds and polycarbonate serves as inexpensive glazing to ensure plenty of natural light inside. It's currently raised on stilts in a forest managed by Invisible Studio but can also be attached to a trailer if required – hence its name, presumably.

"This building is designed to be able to be legally transported on a public highway and used as permanent or temporary accommodation," explains the firm. "It has a removable wheeled 'bogey' that slides out from under the steel chassis when not being moved. The trailer was driven to site, the bogey removed, and then the bogey used to transport all of the timber frames (which were prefabricated in a workshop) to site."

All of Trailer's joinery, including the stairs, comes from plywood offcuts
All of Trailer's joinery, including the stairs, comes from plywood offcuts

The interior of Trailer comprises a total floorspace of 40 sq m (430 sq ft). The decor is utilitarian and the walls are finished in used shuttered plywood while the joinery is made from ply offcuts. The rope handrails are offcuts too, having come from a previous project by Invisible Studio.

The ground floor is divided into a main living area, as well as a kitchenette and bathroom. A stove provides warmth and two ladders lead to a like number of sleeping lofts.

Invisible Studio told us that it's happy to share the designs for Trailer with anyone interested in making their own. The idea is that someone else could work from the plans and use the materials they have to hand or can source locally, adapting the structure to suit their needs as they go.

Trailer was completed in December, 2017.

Source: Invisible Studio

2 comments
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is really neat. I think it would be a great place to escape to when one wants to relax.
Fairly Reasoner
Finally, one that doesn't look like a trailer, and then they call it that. For our amusement, I guess.