Fresh Japanese Style Mobile Tiny Home is a "Little Piece of Sky"

© Phil Duloy

There's a tiny home on wheels for people of all stripes, from winter-loving families, to downsizing architects and couples wanting to live an off-grid life on the road.

Still under construction but showing lots of promise is this cedar-clad mobile home is dubbed "Sumaya" (Arabic for "little piece of sky" and is being built by Cornwall, UK resident Phil Duloy and his friend Dan McMahon as a way to live light while staying mobile.

© Phil Duloy

According to Inhabitat, Duloy was inspired by years of living in a modified cargo truck and a background in disaster relief work to build this little home for his new family. Its exterior is layered with cedar panelling, while the interior features custom-built ash and oak surfaces.

The inside is quite lovely and well-lit thanks to upper clerestory windows. There are Japanese-style sliding doors that separate the double bed-sized sleeping area from the galley kitchen, toilet/shower and eight-person seating area in the rear -- which can also be converted into a king-sized guest bed. Except for the doors, it's not overtly Japanese per se, but the use of light and space division comes pretty close.

Sumaya/Screen capture
Sumaya/Screen capture

But living small doesn't necessarily mean skimping on details like self-sufficient power and even a sound system, notes Inhabitat:

The Sumaya is powered by a solar-charged battery bank, and concealed radiators combined with ample insulation keep the interior warm and comfortable. All of the lights are LEDs (controlled with dimmer switches), and 13 amp sockets are found throughout. Running hot and cold water is fed by 200 liter fresh and grey tanks. For parties, the KEF sound system is supported by 8 ceiling-mounted drivers and subwoofers with an Alpine head unit, and it can play DVD’s through a mounted projector.

© Phil Duloy

With its cedar skin and nod towards minimalist but ultra-functional styling, this is another fresh take on the mobile tiny home, and we look forward to seeing it once it's complete. More images over at Sumaya.

Tags: Architecture | Less Is More | Small Spaces

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