Delta Queen is home for the artist Heather Wilcoxon, she talks about the home and what it means to her with the lifestyle that comes with living on a river boat.
The U.S. since the recession began has had a wake up call to the fact property is over valued but also the fact that getting on the ladder often is not only expensive but like a ball and chain that can financially ruin you if the markets suddenly changed.
16 year old Austin Hay in Sonoma, U.S. has been building a 130 square foot mobile home that he plans to take with him to college and wherever he needs to go from there.
Total cost around $2,500 but more importantly Austin has already got his head screwed on to housing market and being more of a responsible teenager than many adults have been prior to the housing crisis. Starting on a budget home means you can develop as your budget allows without taking on huge debts and its interesting to see that its the younger generations starting to take the lead.
Externally it looks pretty bland and a normal truck with a fixed body. But inside you find its fully fitted out and furnished with a secondary deck for sleeping. Its designed for all-terrain use as well as for mobile living. As the ideas expand for container living so does the opportunities to look at others for inspiration for our own projects.This one shows a touch of luxury that could be achievable either mobile or fixed for container living.
Prefabrication is one way to go in the modular housing industry but primarily it has another function for myself as I look at what has been done to get ideas on how to convert shipping containers and this prefabricated home is being constructed by Clayton Homes, based in Maryville, Tenn., is one of America’s largest manufacturers of mobile homes and prefabricated housing. They are looking at green architecture as it is a market that is opening up especially with rising costs of living many people are looking at smaller homes to either downsize or for their first homes. Although this home isn’t cheap at an estimated sale price of around $100,000 its design and concept is based round a more up market home buyer compared to the usual mobile home buyer. Giving something in between luxury home and mobile housing.
Its design offers a home that can be run on $1 per day due to energy efficent appliances as well as superior insulation and E rated windows this will no doubt be an expanding market in the forthcoming years due to rising costs of energy and large homes finding their prices collapse in the current market. The I-House is no doubt going to fit into many peoples ideas for the future as well as a very capable home.
Space the next frontier is the real problem that puts people off living in a shipping container home. The thing is how much space is enough? The dimensions of a shipping container home aren’t ideal due to its width if the building was actually shorter and wider it could probably encourage more interest for people. But then again if its utilized properly surely even that doesn’t matter as people live in narrow boats without any problem.
Its all about changing peoples perspectives as well as spending a bit of time in the mobile home and boating industries to see what they do about bed space and everything else to maximize the smallest of areas without compromising on quality and functionality.
A Plasma or LCD TV for example probably takes up 1/5th of the same space as the old CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) yet people instead of regaining space move up from a 22” to a 60” which makes sense on a blank wall but if its taking up more space inside a giant TV unit except for the viewing pleasure what else was the benefit of a reduced size TV?
If you look at coffee tables, dining tables etc. most of the time they are actually in the way are they needed full-time or can something be done to adjust the space they take up or even double function such as a coffee table being a lidded box instead of just somewhere to stick a cup.
The double decker bus mobile home idea takes me back to the perception of people moving around in the 60s. Not sure where it fits into today’s society or fuel prices but for those who are minimalistic and want to travel as a group it still does come out as a viable contender especially for things like bands or other acts moving around a country needing to stop in a different town every night.
The design was done by Aristide Antonas who is a Greek professor of architecture and the conversion does seem an interesting although may not be practical for road movement. At the same time with rising fuel prices I can see larger vehicles coming off the road and this also might be a viable reason for converting one if you can get it through town/city planning for something cheap to convert.
The two storey vehicle is designed with 7 beds, a sitting room and a restroom not sure how the caravan club will see it on one of their holiday sites mind.