Nomadic Couple Built a Stylish Trailer Home for $50,000

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Like many people, Brian and Joni Buzarde wanted to own a home, but they didn’t want to be tied to one particular location. Their solution for housing mobility was an unconventional yet practical one—they built a dwelling that would travel with them. The couple’s trailer, nicknamed Woody, was designed and constructed by Brian and Joni, a true DIY project from beginning to end.

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At the time Woody was built, Brian was a recent architecture school graduate and used his education to plan the 236-square-foot cabin. The couple then started the construction process by purchasing a 26-foot-long flatbed chassis and bolting on walls made from structural, insulated panels.

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They clad the exterior in cedar and made it slightly taller at the back, giving the trailer an angular shape. Now complete, it’s 8.5-feet wide and 13.5-feet high at its tallest point, which is at the legal limit for highway travel without a special permit.

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The interior has the look and feel of a conventional (tethered) modern home. It features birch-veneer plywood for much of its space, including the walls, floor, ceiling, and kitchen cabinets. Despite its great similarities, Woody differs from your standard home.

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It employs tiny-house efficiencies: the bed is lofted; the refrigerator is half-size; and there are storage compartments built into the floor. And although a sliding glass door and two skylights don’t necessarily maximize their small space, the additions offer ample natural light and airiness, giving the mobile abode a visual sense of space.

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Brian and Joni finished their project in 2012 for about $50,000 and took Woody from Austin, Texas to a five-acre plot in Marble, Colorado. They plan on living in their home until they start a family.

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Via My Modern Met, HomeCrux, Dwell. All Photos © Benjamin Rasmussen.

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