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It might look like part of the emerging retro caravan trend, but this is meant to be a house for a family of four.

The Leaf House 2 -- there was an earlier and smaller one -- claims to be able to comfortably house a family of two adults and two children for around US$50,000.

The brainchild of Canadian home builder Laird Herbert, it is fully self-contained with a kitchen, bathroom - including small bathtub - composting toilet, gas fridge and heating for water (from the 132 litres on board).

There are still some space compromises… part of the sleeping arrangements include a sofa bed in the ‘lounge’ area, while a mezzanine deck adds more sleeping space. 

The 6-metre construction on a caravan base leans strongly towards recycled cedar timber and other eco-friendly materials. But the design also aims for a proper home interior, with features like hardwood timber flooring in the living area and granite tiles in the bathroom.

Herbert has several other designs - some smaller - on the market, and has become something of a small house enthusiast and promoter, saying he is “inspired by the philosophy of the owner-built home, and a creative approach towards designing and building.”

The Leaf House is a legal size for US roads, and given the dimensions of some of the caravans we've tried to struggle past on Australian roads it shouldn't have any problem here either. It would certainly set a new style standard among the acres of white aluminium favoured by the Grey Nomad set. And would make a statement in any of the suburbs slowly being infested by the blocks of bland McMansions, too.
 

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  • “And would make a statement in any of the suburbs slowly being infested by the blocks of bland McMansions, too.”  I thought McMansions were on the outer now, according to the media.  Maybe not, as it appears hackneyed journalist cliches are still at large.

    David of Brisbane Posted on 11 June 2012 2:01pm
  • Whoever wrote this article obviously has no idea. Why would ‘grey nomads’ want something to sleep four when there is just two of them? Get your facts right before committing your inane comments to the ether thanks,

    Amazed of Warner Posted on 09 June 2012 9:00pm
  • If you and search Tumbleweed homes in the USA, this guy Jay Shaefer has made a business making these tiny homes and you should check them out.

    Roy McPherson of QLD Posted on 09 June 2012 2:11am
  • ‘Tiny house on wheels’. It’s a caravan, and a bloody ugly one at that. What the designer is touting presently exists in any upmarket caravan, so why aren’t I amazed at this ‘innovation’? The claims of $50,000 would relate to double that here, so what’s the point? Epic fail.

    Fred Bloggs of Castlemaine Posted on 08 June 2012 6:51pm
  • With the rising cost of housing and families not being able to purchase a house on a quarter acre block now quickly diminishing, perhaps we will soon be living like gypsies - in travelling houses, going from place to place, wherever the sun may shine…sure beats mowing the lawn

    Micheal John Smith of Lewisham NSW Posted on 08 June 2012 6:43pm
  • We might have more of these in the coming years looking at the economic scene

    vik of Sydney Posted on 08 June 2012 6:39pm
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