Two homes with mobile-origins and beachy interiors — even when they sit in the snow

August 8 |
Photos courtesy CRAFT

I found this caboose-cum-permanent home owned by Marcia Weber. She lives in it year-round in Pennsylvania — and the whole thing is just 350 square feet.

I love it. The caboose house looks like a peachy li'l beach cabin.

I may be partial to this caboose house because my dad has long said he'd soon be moving into a very similar caboose he bought 30 years ago. A caboose is so perfect for a tiny home, with that little top nook for a bed!

Over on Tiny House Blog we've got Hornby Island Caravans' second-ever completed caravan, outfitted with clapboard siding and made spacious-feeling with generous windows. It's meant as a guest house/place to play a stand-up bass.

I could so very easily live in this itty bitty space. All by myself. Cozy.

That color of blue!!!!!! Those rounded-corner windowsills! I die.

Via CRAFT.

  1. That little caboose in the snow! So pretty! LOVE! But so cold too, it seems. I wonder how she manages…

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    • Log burner? Although I can't see a chimney. I know we couldn't live without ours in the winter

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  2. Oh my goodness, the caboose! I'm writing grant applications for a very similar caboose owned by the museum where I work, and have been getting very familiar with ours as a result. I had JUST been wondering if anyone converts them, because ours looks like the perfect small living space. She did such a lovely job!

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    • When I was a kid, my Uncle passed away rather unexpectedly, and we all had to go up to Manitoulin Island for the funeral. One of my aunt and uncle's neighbours volunteered to put up any relatives who needed a place to stay at his summer home.

      I say summer home rather than cottage, because it was enormous. In the front yard, the owner had a converted caboose. He moved into the caboose, and left the summer house to us.

      So people have been converting cabooses into living spaces for at least 30 years.

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  3. My boyfriend and I are always joking about our tiny house, and then I see posts like these… makes our house un worthy of the term 'tiny'.

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  4. Everything from Hornby Island is magical and lovely. My husband spotted that caravan on my iPad from across the room and is now trying to find a way we can have one. We're transient for another few years but can't wait to own a tiny home.

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  5. Those are beautiful! I could see staying in one for a retreat, or if I were a single person who liked being outside.

    I want to nap in that blue bed. I want to nap in it and read books and write all weekend.

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  6. My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in the Red Caboose Bed and Breakfast in Sequim, WA. It was awesome! I love the caboose house with its patio. I love the tiny spaces.

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