The overactive imaginations of designers have created amazing portable domiciles. Ideal for the nomadic homeowner, these great houses on wheels enable you to change location without sacrificing the comfort of your home. Why move house when you can simply move your house? Removal firms pack your bags; your days may be numbered.
1. Derek’s Dinky Domicile
Placed on the market in 2009 for $34,000, this tiny house on wheels was built by dexterous Derek from salvaged Cedar, Douglas Fir and Redwood. So this dinky dwelling is a compact, fully mobile, recycled residence. It’s a great example of innovative eco-friendly design.
2. Mobile in the Meadows
When the local planning department declared cabins were unfit for this picturesque site in Wazama, Washington, Tom Kundig, Jerry Garcia and Kenny Wilson of Olsun Kundig Architects put their heads together to create these wonderful rolling huts, which appear perfectly placed within the natural landscape.
3. A Moving Tribute to the Exiled
This arresting art installation of five linked mobile homes, which spell out the word “EXILE”, reminds us of all those people displaced from their native countries. Created by Cuban artist Jose Angel Vincench, the piece is a poignant call to spare some thought for people living in exiled isolation for personal and/or political reasons.
4. The Marvellous Martin House-To-Go
There is a touching tale behind this portable house. Julie Martin, the founder of Martin House-To-Go, was among the unfortunate people who lost everything they owned when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Martin resolved to create affordable, portable properties that enable people to move out of the path of such natural disasters. A resourceful woman with a noble cause.
5. A Residential Rickshaw
Exploring the concept of shelter, protection and mobility in the modern world, this interesting piece by Brooklyn-based design artist Kevin Cyr, entitled “Little Tag Along”, resembles a habitable rickshaw. Given the current global instability, social and economic, large sections of the world’s population would no doubt like to be able to easily transport their homes and loved ones out of harm and hardship’s path.
6. I Just Called, To Say, I’m Moving In
Well versed in all things mobile, telecommunications giant Vodafone thought they’d hit the road with a new type of home, approaching Waskman design studio and Creative Cul-de-sac to accommodate their plan. The result was this rather sleek modern mobile. Homeowners can take flight or find a roost area, it’s their call.
7. The Aptly Named Wothahellizat
Designed by Australian nature photographer Rob Gray to keep him and his wife safe and secure in the outback wilderness, the superbly christened Wothahellizat is a monster of a mobile home. Off-road accommodation used to mean a tent; today it means a colossal 6×6 condo with over-cab bedroom, balcony decking and garage. Only in Oz!
8. Living the Life of Raleigh
This magnificent mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina, has an elegant exterior, exquisite interior, spacious rooms and the perfect porch. Oh yes, it’s also on wheels. Seeing this opulent abode on tyres is enough to make any Southern belle gasp. Warn Scarlett O’Hara before you drive off, or she’ll be gracelessly tumbling down that staircase.
9. Combine Your Home and Car Insurance
OK, so this rather cool Austrian “Auto Residence” isn’t mobile, but it does have wheels. Maybe this is where Jeremy Clarkson spends his vacations? Conceived by architect and designer Markus Voglreiter, this Volkswagen Beetle-inspired Herbie of a home is also extremely eco-friendly, utilising a highly efficient 3-litre heating and insulation system.
10. H.G. Wells’ Holiday Home
This tremendous time machine of a mobile home could have driven straight out of the pages of a H.G. Wells novel. Built by members of the eccentric Academy of Unnatural Sciences in Berkeley, California, this striking Steampunk house harks back to the iron and pistons of Victorian design, looking like a Brunel and Ford brainstorm.
Well, there you have it. A cracking list of homes on the move, brought to you by home insurance experts, Policy Expert; the UK service that will help through every step of the way. For more info, check out their buildings or contents insurance page.
Thanks again to Oli for putting together this guest post – he knows I’d love to live in any one of these awesome “portable domiciles”