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Tiny Leaf House can accommodate a family of four – and it has wheels

Tiny Leaf House can accommodat...
Leaf House is a tiny portable home design that takes up a small amount of space, is big enough to live in comfortably, and accommodates a family of four
Leaf House is a tiny portable home design that takes up a small amount of space, is big enough to live in comfortably, and accommodates a family of four
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Leaf House is a tiny portable home design that takes up a small amount of space, is big enough to live in comfortably, and accommodates a family of four
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Leaf House is a tiny portable home design that takes up a small amount of space, is big enough to live in comfortably, and accommodates a family of four
Leaf House is the creation of small home enthusiast Laird Herbert from Whitehorse, Canada, who was inspired by the idea of building his own home
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Leaf House is the creation of small home enthusiast Laird Herbert from Whitehorse, Canada, who was inspired by the idea of building his own home
Living area with sofa bed and raised sleeping quarters
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Living area with sofa bed and raised sleeping quarters
The interior features a living area with sofa bed, raised sleeping quarters and a fully functional kitchen
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The interior features a living area with sofa bed, raised sleeping quarters and a fully functional kitchen
The home has been constructed using Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) timber
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The home has been constructed using Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) timber
Designed to withstand the cold Canadian climate, Leaf House Version.2 is a custom built, fully self-contained portable home
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Designed to withstand the cold Canadian climate, Leaf House Version.2 is a custom built, fully self-contained portable home
The interior features a living area with sofa bed, raised sleeping quarters and a fully functional kitchen
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The interior features a living area with sofa bed, raised sleeping quarters and a fully functional kitchen
Leaf House interior
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Leaf House interior
The home features many self-sustaining elements including a composting toilet and propane tankless hot water system
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The home features many self-sustaining elements including a composting toilet and propane tankless hot water system
Leaf House interior
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Leaf House interior
The home’s design elements are simple enough to blend in with its surroundings
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The home’s design elements are simple enough to blend in with its surroundings
The house is mounted on wheels, allowing you to pick up and go whenever the urge arises
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The house is mounted on wheels, allowing you to pick up and go whenever the urge arises
Leaf House Version.1
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Leaf House Version.1
Leaf House floor plan
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Leaf House floor plan

Leaf House is the creation of small home enthusiast Laird Herbert from Whitehorse, Canada, who was inspired by the idea of building his own home. After testing out several prototypes, Herbert has finally finished work on what he calls Version.2 ... and the result is a tiny portable home design that takes up a small amount of space, is big enough to live in comfortably, and reportedly accommodates a family of four.

Designed to withstand the cold Canadian climate, Leaf House Version.2 is a custom built, fully self-contained portable home. Better yet, it is mounted on wheels, allowing you to pick up and go whenever the urge arises. The home has been constructed using Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) timber, recycled materials, natural finishes and eco-friendly building products.

The home is built on top of a trailer base and offers a further four feet (1.2 meters) in length over Version.1. The interior features a living area with sofa bed, raised sleeping quarters, fully functional kitchen, bathroom with a compact bathtub and an open dining area. Furthermore, the home features many self-sustaining elements including a composting toilet, propane tankless hot water system, propane GE range half fridge, Ecoheat electric baseboards, LED and halogen lighting and a 35-gallon (132-liter) water storage unit.

The interior features a living area with sofa bed, raised sleeping quarters and a fully functional kitchen
The interior features a living area with sofa bed, raised sleeping quarters and a fully functional kitchen

Incorporating a tin roof, the home’s design elements are simple enough to blend in with its surroundings. Pack some portable deck chairs and outdoor furnishings, and you can create an extended exterior living area.

Leaf House Version.2 is currently on the market for CAD$44,500 (US$43,429), which is a steal if you take into consideration that it cost Herbert CAD$40,000 (US$39,038) to build. If you fancy something with a personal touch, you can commission Herbet to design your very own tiny house prototype.

Source: Leaf House via Jetson Green

17 comments
yrag
Impressive. Nicely done Mr. Herbert!
Wesley Dart
As lovely as this looks... am I missing something? Isn't this just another version of what we would call a caravan in Australia?
Slowburn
Nice camper trailer.
Denis Klanac
I was once traveling on a country road behind a car towing a caravan, the area we traveled through was very windy as country roads usually are, anyway the caravan got its roof ripped clean of due to the wind. I don't think this would fair very well to cross winds as it looks like one huge sail from the side.
robinyatesuk2003
I have to agree with Dennis, no way is this going down a motorway, autobahn or where big trucks pass close by.Thanks to Bridget for an interesting post
Mike DuBois
I do not know nor have i talked to Mr. Herbert but the point is being MISSED.... This IS not a caravan nor a house trailer. First, the COST of making this wonderful HOME far exceeds that of a house trailer. This is a HOME and it is MOBILE, not intended to be on the road other than displacing / relocating. The product as opposed to a caravan is year round live in, connected to services. In the country, a well and septic with propane tanks is all that COULD be required to live comfortably. MORE than a caravan but MUCH less than a cottage and wonderfully laid out. This is a HOME. Congratulations Mr. Herbert and should you read this, contact me! mdubois at caledoncontrols dot com
Jay Lloyd
Interesting, but is it more practical than an Airstream? Also, where do the other 2 people sleep?
RVishPaul
Having spent many months in a 36' RV, this seems a bit tight for 4 people to live in year round. It appears to be a neat and efficient structure. I'd hate to 'get out of the wrong side of the bed' as it's shown here.
kuryus
It has a very clever layout. It would be great for a couple long term, but I'm not sure if 4 would be comfortable for more than a week or two. It's very nicely done all around.
Musikmec
Why not just buy a nice 5th Wheel RV. They have three times the amenities as thing, and are easier to tow and move around. That looks to me like it might tangle with a lot of wires and overpasses. Trying to reinvent the wheel.