IT’S every couple’s dream to build a beautiful home together.
But for one kooky US pair that home is a tiny caravan trailer, lovingly built from scratch and finished with a cosy wooden interior.
Stevie and Margarita, who have chosen not to share their last names, from the US state of Virginia and the Ukraine respectively, spent six months building their pint-sized digs to create a truly unique living space.
The couple, both 24, raised the wooden frame walls on their tiny home trailer, varnished the interior’s wooden surfaces and fixed the seating area in place.
The finished product – which measures 7 x 16 x 11 foot displays the couple’s expert workmanship and features a homely kitchen with custom-built copper sink, cosy bedroom-come-dining area and galvanised shower room.
It took Stevie and Margarita six months to complete the build but they spent a whole year drawing up plans before they even started.
But now the couple have realised their dream of ditching the nine-to-five lifestyle for a life on the road.
“We had just graduated from university and knew we wanted something more than day jobs and rent,” said Stevie.
“We stumbled upon tiny houses on the internet and it seemed like the right thing at the right time; to create our own shelter and have it be portable since we were eventually headed west.”
“We needed independence, mobility, integrity, and creativity, building our own tiny house just fit the bill.”
“Before we had really committed to taking on this huge project, we spent about a year drawing up and scrapping floor plans, looking for ideas and inspiration online, emailing and calling people who have done it before, anything to try to get an idea of what we were in for and how to get started.
“We taped out to scale floor plans of the tiny house inside of our living room to get a feel of just how small it was going to be.
“We started stockpiling materials from craigslist, travelling all over to get the quality stuff we desired for as cheap as we could. We drove seven hours north to Pennsylvania from Virginia to get our sheep’s wool insulation.
“We drove all around North Carolina to find windows. I must’ve called twenty-trailer dealers and manufacturers before choosing a person to make a custom one for us.
“Once we picked it up, everything seemed more tangible, the commitment and all.
“We just started tackling one little project after another, researching different aspects of the build as they came, believing in ourselves and that all of our hard work would add up to something beautiful in the end.”