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Old 01-27-2013, 09:30 AM   #812
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Originally Posted by WMD View Post
Just bought this piece of land and plan to build a tiny-ish house, 600 to 800 sqft...The design I'm leaning towards would be a rustic settlers cabin on the outside and state of the art contempory inside. Whatever I build will have shop space for sure...

Beautiful piece of land! Hopefully you share whatever you build on there!

Though I've got to admit -- the rustic cabin outside, and contemporary inside reminded me of the scene from Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, where they meet the redneck in Alabama. They get invited back to his place -- a little shack in the woods. Go inside, and he's got a model wife, and a modern house.

Originally Posted by PirateJohn View Post
...up to 8'6" wide and 13'6" tall a trailer complies with Federal law...

...12' wide and over will require an escort vehicle... ideal house at 12' wide and 40' long would be a piece of cake for a professional mover...

Your point about large glass areas being heavy and poorly insulated is well taken...I have seen some designs that have hinged metal or wood shades that fold up for protection from the sun...
Sounds like you've got a good idea of what you're getting into. Personally, if I were building on a trailer base, I'd prefer it small enough to tow myself -- but to each their own. If you do wind up building something, I think we'd all love to see the finished product!

A quick search for "modern park trailer" got me a few results.

This company has numerous modern designs. I found a few pictures, but no floor plans. They look great, though!

This design is probably my favorite. It's 8.5'x36', so any Joe can tow it (not sure on height, though. I would assume it'd be under 13.5', since it fits the other dimensions). It's apparently designed by the above company, though I can't find any more information on their website. Just imagine if the little front porch could fold up easily -- fold the stairs onto the deck (or remove, and store), fold the front half of the deck up, and the front half of the awning down, and you'd be good to go!

This model, built by some company called Breckenridge, appears to also be a wide load. It's much simpler in design, though, and incorporates a large wall of windows. The concept renderings even mention some louvered shades, though I'm not sure how they would function / store in real life.
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