Man rebuilds salvaged trailer into 200 sq. ft. tiny home, sells it on Craiglist

Ron Rusnak
© Ron Rusnak

We've seen numerous examples of gorgeous tiny homes that have been built from scratch, or constructed from recycled materials to reduce costs. But one can also refurbish a trailer into a tiny home, which is exactly what Ron Rusnak of Ashland, Oregon did with this handsome dwelling that he created from the retrofitted shell of an old trailer -- which he eventually sold on Craigslist to a Portland homeowner for $36,500, less than three weeks after first listing it.

Seen over at Oregon Live, Rusnak rebuilt the trailer as a tiny 200-square-foot guesthouse, which is fully insulated from the elements. There are lots of windows to let light in, and the two doors in the project both are glazed to let even more light in and to make it feel more spacious.

© Ron Rusnak
© Ron Rusnak
© Ron Rusnak
© Ron Rusnak

There's a nice-sized kitchen inside, with 24-inch cabinets, and it's equipped with an apartment-sized range, which suits people who like to cook and bake, and a sink with an pull-down faucet.

© Ron Rusnak

Here's a view from the sleeping loft, accessible via ladder; it appears that the mattress fills the whole sleeping loft. There's built-in storage in the living room, and the bathroom has a 32-inch shower. The exterior has a removable 5-feet by 16-feet cedar deck, which helps to extend the available space a bit more, providing a place to lounge on on warm days.

© Ron Rusnak
© Ron Rusnak
© Ron Rusnak

It's hard to imagine that this lovely home used to be a trailer, thanks to the careful details and workmanship in this project. You can see some of these trailer-like remnants under the facelift here.

© Ron Rusnak
© Ron Rusnak

This contemporary re-do of a salvaged trailer demonstrates how tiny homes don't have to look a certain way, or be built from the ground-up. With a bit of creativity and commitment, one could choose to re-use a trailer instead by remodelling -- and make some profit from it too. Read more over at Oregon Live.

Tags: Less Is More | Living With Less | Oregon | Small Spaces

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