Man converts truck into solar-powered home

Joseph Tayyar truck converted to mobile home
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Living in a truck might not sound appealing, unless it's completely overhauled on the inside to be a bit more comfortable. With a bit of perseverance, carpentry skills and some thoughtful design ideas, fifty-year-old Israeli animator Joseph Tayyar converted a truck into beautiful home.

According to Decoist, Tayyar was inspired to begin his project when he saw a television program about homes on wheels. Determined to enjoy the same kind of flexibility, Tayyar spent years fine-tuning his dream: converting a 11.5-meter (38-foot) truck into a real home.

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Tayyar's improvements include properly-insulated walls that are seven inches thick, a modern kitchen, two separate sleeping areas (one of which is lofted up in the rear), an ample seating area, a dining banquette, work area, and a spacious bathroom. Wood is used throughout the converted interior to create a warm and inviting atmosphere that doesn't look all too different from other tiny homes we've seen.

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© Ilan Nachum
© Ilan Nachum
© Ilan Nachum

Best of all, the roof of the truck is covered with photovoltaic panels, providing solar power to this incognito home. There's also a water storage tank right under the bedroom, allowing this truck to be fully off-grid if need be.

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With the renovations costing approximately USD $225,000, this transformed mobile living unit is a tad more expensive than comparable tiny homes, but for Tayyar, it's a more-than-satisfactory prototype that he hopes will inspire others to do the same, perhaps building a movement towards entire "villages on wheels." With rising real estate prices, and the burdens of high property taxes and mortgages, living in a small and mobile lifestyle may be the wave of the future.

Tags: Architecture | Living With Less | Small Spaces