Delightful tourist houses that you can really afford

Delightful tourist houses that you can really afford
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For some… to stay stagnant is to die. Okay that was morbid, but it”s also fittingly dramatic for how many feel with their need to pack up and go.

And it”s that romantic kind of restlessness that results in some jaw-dropping, inspirational homes on wheels,not to mention how these romantics get thrifty — Oh boy, do they get thrifty.

The other fantastic quality about this breed of people is they love to document and share how they did it with others. After perusing through some of these photos, you”ll understand why these inventive homeowners had to share their house-pride with the world.

Scoll on down and see if one of these rolling beauties is for you.

1. Volkswagen Adventure Vans

Image via theWestfalia.com

A VW van in pretty good condition costs about $20,000 to purchase (though they can go for much more), and while there will be some extra maintenance costs for this unique vehicle, for many it’s more than worth it.


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Image via adventure-journal

For example, you are looking at Jimmy Buffet‘s sea-foam green Westfalia above, I kid you not.


Image via samplecar.com

There”s a whole community of lovers of these Volkswagen vintage vans (and I am wholeheartedly among them).

There are even sites like this one called GoWesty where they can convene, trade parts, and talk about how to refurbish this type of van.

And the vans come in all kinds of lovely varieties. Just look at how pretty:

Yes, I could be very happy drinking tea there.


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2. A Sunlit and Modern Trailer Bed House


Images via tiny-project.com

Alek Lisefski built this home, a modern beauty, from the ground up for just $30,000 on an 8-by-12-foot flatbed trailer.

He currently lives in this trailer flatbed home with his girlfriend, and their dog.

While building their home, they kept a blog called “The Tiny Project: less house, more life” (yes there’s abook with even more photos of the whole process).


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The house measures 13ft tall, 20ft long, and 8ft wide, and it can be pulled behind a car.

You can even buy the plans for this house from Lisefski for $250 and make it yourself! Or simply get the whole photo tour of this awesome and tiny traveling house here.

3. A Refurbished Victorian School Bus


Images via vonslatt.com

Jake von Slatt bought this school bus for $2,031 on eBay before converting it into a fully equipped home with a seaside Victorian feel. And what”s even better is von Slatt does a phenomenal job documenting how he built this awesome home on his website, from floor plans, to lighting, to safety tips.

As you can see this is the before:

 

And this is the after (with an incredibly enticing fluffy bed):


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Images via vonslatt.com

The interior dimensions are a roomy 35ft, by 7.5ft, by 6.5ft. And von Slatt says he got the original idea for the project way back in college after reading Jane Lidz’s book, Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels.

4. A Cabin Style Truck-Van


Image via lloydkahn.com

This man, Lloyd Kahn, is all about traveling with a delightfully tiny house (while doing more with less). He extended the walls of this van to create a charming cabin-like home on wheels for himself.


Image via thetyee.ca

You can find out more about his many other projects as he actively blogs and has written many books on “tiny homes.”

But for those who maybe need a starter rolling home, there”s this little gem…

5. The Nasa-Inspired Cricket Trailer


Image via thetinylife.com


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Garrett Finney, a former NASA architect, combined his small-space expertise with his love of backpacking to design this beauty of a trailer that costs between $10,000 and $18,000.


Image via thetinylife.com

Each trailer weighs between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds with an interior length of about 12ft and a width of about 6.5ft. The height from the floor to the raised roof is 6.25ft and he also does custom changes for his clients. Watch it in action here or learn more about it in this video tour.