Todd and Shari Snyder, from Hill Country, Texas, a resourceful couple, created their very own home on wheels in the form of a 40 ft. Custom-Made trailer. The couple ditched their spacious conventional house for the stunning compact home they can take anywhere.
The luxurious tiny home has two bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, a bathroom all in 384 sq ft of living space. Identical models sell for just $98,000 (£73,000).
The Snyders made space for a 55in TV in the living room and a 32in TV in the bedroom while the kitchen boasts a full-size fridge-freezer, a Belfast sink, hob, oven and dishwasher with a small table and two stools that roll out from under the counter. The tiny house also has a washing machine and tumble dryer in the bathroom along with a full-size jet-spa bath.
To increase their space, they have sliding doors to the bathroom and bedroom, while Andrew has his room in the loft space.
The project took five months with Todd, 49, who has been building and renovating houses for 15 years. He custom made the trailer from scratch and built their home with the couple’s son Andrew, 12. Shari, 45, took over the interior design, making sure she had space to fit in everything she needed and the home was livable for three people.
The couple has called it the ‘Vintage Retreat’ and is now making similar models for other families through their new company, Hill Country Tiny Houses.
The cost is $98,000 (£73,000), and buyers will need a one-ton truck to take it on the road.
Smaller models for a single person start at $68,000 (£50,000).
Shari said: ‘I had been searching for a business my husband and I could do together that would utilize both our strengths when I came across the tiny house movement.
‘I realized that the best builders and designers of tiny houses are those that live in them and I wanted to be the best so we dove in head first and put our dream home on the market.
‘I designed every square inch of the place to be livable for three people. I thought of all the little details like where would the bingo, and dirty clothes – everything is so functional and yet beautiful.
‘I wanted all the luxury and appliances so I was not missing any of the creature comforts.
‘We probably downsized all our belongings by about 50 percent but I probably should have got rid of more.’
‘But we made it as big as we could because we run two businesses from home and home-school our son so we needed all the space we could get.
‘It’s not really designed as a traveling trailer but it’s a trailer that can travel. We’ve moved it a couple of times, the longest trip we have taken is about 300 miles.
‘It takes a long time to pack it all up with the decks and the slide-outs. Moving from one park site to another across town, packing up and setting it all out again takes about four hours.’
‘You just have to adjust your lifestyle, it makes you do chores straight away instead of putting them off.
‘It has paid off though, we went to a show in Texas where we were up against 50 other builders from around the US and we were voted best in the show.
‘We are the only company that has slide-outs on a tiny house.
‘We’re now on a mission to get other people interested in it. We’ve seen how it strengthens families and eliminates debt and allows you the time freedom to invest in the things that really matter in life.’
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