75 Sq. Ft. Funky Micro Cabin on Wheels

Pinned on August 30, 2013 at 11:45 am by Alex

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75 Sq. Ft. Funky Micro Cabin on Wheels

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This 75 square foot micro cabin on wheels is located in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada.

Mobile Micro Cabin Features

  • Sleeping loft
  • Fold out table
  • Dining area
  • Pine cabinets
  • Custom drawers
  • Heated floors
  • Fully insulated
  • Metal roofing
  • LED lighting
  • Cedar deck
  • Mini refrigerator

For sale. Asking $26,500. More info here.

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cahow says:

$353.00 per square foot?

Who knew “funk” cost that much! :-0

Doc says:

As much as I like its looks and construction this is a pretty tough sell. No bathroom provision, no plumbing, no a.c. Not required, but many others do in this price point. Just sayin’…

ellen says:

Very cute. I’d love to see other exterior views.

Not every micro cabin has to fulfill the needs of someone whose goal is full time living, or is looking to downsize because of economic constraints, so the lack of a bathroom and asking price isn’t a deal buster for me. They made it, they get to ask whatever they want for it. This would be a really cute backyard guest house. It’s got some beautiful handmade details. I wouldn’t buy it, because I AM living below the poverty level and it doesn’t fulfill MY personal needs, but I can still appreciate the design and work that went into it.

My only practical comment is that I’ve done the 5 gallon water bottle thing before, and you DO get spills because they are heavy and hard to handle, so I’d probably go with a more impervious countertop.

Beto says:

RV Park Models are now much better built due to code and low VOC and have better prices and floor plans. This cottage industry will be erased as soon as the RV Industry begins to make Tiny Homes and offer competitive pricing. This has gotten out of hand and absurd with tiny home prices in the last year. Wait.

cahow says:

Joel: thanks for addressing the “Elephant in the Room.” I’ve only subscribed to Alex’s Tiny House blog for 3/4′s of a year and in that time I’ve seen the asking price for tiny homes sky-rocket! I just did a listing search for small homes in my area of Michigan and for $59,000 you can get a 4 bedroom home on 5 acres of land!!!! Frig/washer/drier/fish pond…and if you don’t know what to do with those 5 acres…rent them out to tiny housers! I understand the price of “art” but the original Raison d’être of the tiny house movement was EXTREME affordability for students, retirees, and for anyone wanting to save money. When you start pricing tiny homes at $353/sq.ft. and higher, it whisks the tiny house movement right out of most people’s budgets. You want ART? Buy a hand-thrown coffee cup!

ellen says:

Eh, I’d have to disagree with your primary assumption about extreme affordability being the number one issue for everyone. People can choose these for a variety of reasons. Personally, it’s the desire for downsizing and simplicity that piques my interest. People can buy—or make—what they want that fits their budget. This is a fledgling field and there is a ton of design innovation being formulated by non (architectural) professional, but highly creative people; do you really have to like ALL of what you see out there? Does all of it have to suit 100% of the people who are interested in experimental/tiny architecture? C’mon. The future is being forged here. Let’s let it evolve.

Very few people are setting up “tiny house factories”—yet. More standard designs will apply in that case, because their business model will be to appeal to more people, without changes which add costs. In the meantime, LOTS of these are “one-off” creative expressions. Do you devalue the creative work of Deek D because you can’t live/raise a family of 8/etc. in one of his whimsical creations?

I can bet a lot of the price-complaints would stop once these people built their own and realized just how much time and money went into one, into any creative construction project.

cahow says:

Ellen wrote: “People can choose these for a variety of reasons. Do you devalue the creative work of Deek D because you can’t live/raise a family of 8/etc. in one of his whimsical creations?
I can bet a lot of the price-complaints would stop once these people built their own and realized just how much time and money went into one, into any creative construction project.”

Ellen: Every one of your points is valid. And as an artist myself, I know that I’m undercut in price for over 30% of the proposals I send out. There will ALWAYS be someone who will charge less for various reasons and for the person who ONLY thinks of PRICE as the driving factor, they’ll never hire me or buy any of your artisan sweaters.

I may be guessing here, but I believe that most of the negative comments about this place are based on the fact that it’s FOR SALE, not merely an artist showing off their wares like Deek. I deeply appreciate Deek’s recycled “whimsey’s” and other fantasy tiny homes like the Owl House…when they are showcases for “stretching the boundaries” of what you can build. But…and this is a BIG but, once you put something up for sale, ALL comments (both positive and negative) should be accepted.

I’m an architect and could make a $100,000 “tiny house” without a bathroom by simply loading it up with the most ridiculously expensive materials possible. Does it mean that I can actually GET the money I’m asking for it, regardless of flying in from Italy master stone and wood crafters? No, of course not! Just like there are only THREE
Lamborghini Veneno’s made in the world, selling for $3.9 million dollars A PIECE,there will always be someone with enough money to buy these cars and custom artisan tiny houses. But, for the Average Jane or Joe, a used car under $10,000 is more in people’s budgets and a tiny house that has a loo and shower under $20,000 is in most people’s budgets. I went to the company’s actual website and they designed this tiny house for an art fair. Here is the broken link to their website. http:// http://www.gnomadik.com

Michael says:

It’s ugly as sin and hideouly overpriced – especially in light of no toilet, no sink, no AC, etc.

charlene says:

It is better than being outdoors living on a bench or under a tree.

M GL says:

Hello. I would like to comment on the Tiny House newsletter which I receive faithfully every day in my email and would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Alex for all his hard work on this website. It makes me sad when folks write negative comments – do any of us pay a subscription fee for this website ? I look forward to receiving my daily email to view the various links. I always check to see what is for sale. Unfortunately, there are not many for sale here in British Columbia and prices seem much cheaper in the US for homes on wheels. I do like the ‘funky micro cabin’ for sale, it is unique and is certainly one of a kind. I understand it may seem expensive to some folks but remember, housing prices are quite a bit more in Canada than the US and the price for the micro cabin on wheels is comparable to some ‘used’ RV’s that are older, uglier and which are not hand-crafted and as unique as this one. We cannot buy a new car for the price of this micro cabin and most new RV’s are more expensive and ridiculously priced here in Canada. I do enjoy viewing the variety of hand-crafted, unusual, creative, environmentally-friendly small homes on this website – that is what this website is all about. I feel inspired by Tiny House newsletter and look forward to viewing more unique small homes made by the many talented folks out there! Thank you Alex.

Alex says:

Thank you so much!


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