Until recently, living in a car or caravan seemed to be primarily a great way to explore the world. Today, however, there’re concepts of connecting house on wheels with completely different ideas...
Two friends from Even Yehuda, Israel, came up with the idea of solving the housing problem in their country. Tali Shaul, psychotherapist, and Hagit Morevski - dealing with, among others, water treatment, decided to adapt an old bust to a house.
To move in instead of scrapping
The idea seemed so interesting that within a few days after the first talks on this subject, they hit the junkyard, where they bought an old city bus. The vehicle wasn’t suitable for driving, but it’s not the problem. Women wanted to use dozens, hundreds, perhaps even thousands of used vehicles and transform them into quite comfortable, yet inexpensive places to live. Their initiative was supposed to draw attention to the idea.
But they wanted to turn the idea into something real. They invited a friendly designer and they all got to work. A vehicle with a length of 12 meters and a width of 2 meters has changed beyond recognition. Actually, only the steering wheel reminds us that the house was once a bus. Windows also weren’t exchange, so they are just another reminiscence of the previous function of the vehicle. Moreover, they let in a plenty of natural light.
This modern place has, among others, a bathroom, bed, wardrobe and kitchen. Bus has been equipped with all necessary equipment, as well as in air conditioning.
Now Tali and Hagit want to sell their unique home to someone, who will appreciate the unconventional design. Such a person could be, for example, a student who wants to live close to his parents, but not exactly with them.
On the green way
Two other women, Americans Cece Reinhardt and Brenda Daugherty, were overwhelmed by the constant rush for the money that they needed mainly in order to be able to pay the loan on the house. In the end, they decided to change their life - to spend it maybe a little more modestly, but in a bigger harmony with nature and their own convictions.
Their new project was named "On the Green Road". The road, however, is not just a metaphor. Women, in fact, have bought a caravan from Airstream, to convert it into a mobile, eco-friendly house. If the ecology in the caravan reminds you of plywood, cardboard and cheap wood, you will be surprised. Green Airstream doesn’t look like a cheap vehicle whatsoever.
The caravan obviously has an energy-saving LED lighting, but it wouldn’t be enough to call the vehicle ecological. Virtually everything you can find inside, starting with the floor, walls, ceiling, and ending with mattresses, lockers and shower door, was made of ecological materials.
There’s also an ecological, compost toilet that doesn’t use water, can be emptied rarely, and yet doesn’t give off any unpleasant odor. The caravan uses solar panels for power and is pulled by a car driven by biodiesel.
The authors of the idea drive with their caravan around the United States and Canada to encourage young people (and not only them) to a more conscious, eco-lifestyle.
House in the truck
Fifty years old Joseph Tayyar from Israel decided that he will arrange his house in a 11.5-meter truck. It's quite a challenge. He, however, made the wall insulation with a thickness of 7 inches only by himself, prepared a kitchen, and even two bedrooms. The truck also has a large seating area, dining area, work area and a spacious bathroom. The entire roof of the car was covered with solar panels.
The renovation cost a lot – 225,000 dollars, but the owner can now save on charges that normally result from the maintenance of the house. The author of modernization hopes it will inspire others to do the same. If there will be more people like that, who knows, maybe someday we’ll meet even 'villages on wheels "- from the assumption cheaper to maintain than single family houses.
Perhaps living in a car or caravan will soon become fashionable just because it’s cheaper and more ecological in comparison to traditional homes? Similar projects show that it’s a very real perspective.
Photos: Lior Danzig, Y Studio, Ilan Nachum