This "Simple Home" has legs

simple home on truck
© Gerhard Feldbacher

Back in the early days of the shipping container, there wasn't much of the handling infrastructure to move them from truck to ship to train; in fact, there wasn't any. So my dad's company designed their containers with big square sockets at the corners (this was before dimensions and corner castings were totally standardized).

container on legs© Steadman Industries

A truck outfitted with hydraulics would back under, lift up until the container was off the ground, you would pull the legs out of the sockets and then the truck would drop down and drive away.

simple home on legs© Simple Home

That's why I was so excited about Gerhard Feldbacher's Simple Home; it is delivered on a flatbed and supported on legs. This makes it a lot easier to transport and set up than a shipping container, there is no need for a crane to drop it on the ground. The Home to Go model is made of wood, is 8'-6" wide (the widest you can go down the highway without special permits and licences) by 25' long.

simple home construction© Gerhard Feldbacher

It is built of one of my favorite materials, cross-laminated timber four inches thick and a ventilated larch exterior so it will cool and comfortable inside.

simple home bedroom storage© Simple Home

It's a lovely little interior design as well, with a pop-out bedroom and fold-down deck. I love the old suitcase storage.

kitchen simple home© Simple Home

There is a kitchen that folds up and a bathroom behind. There is no explanation that I can find about where the water goes from the bathroom and kitchen, whether there are tanks or not.

Prototype drawing© Gerhard Feldbacher

It does beg the question of whether such a home should just be on a chassis like a trailer and get towed instead of being transported on a flatbed. I do like the extra height, and often those wheels and chassis on trailers get very little use. Nice work; this one has legs. More at Simple Home and Gerhard Feldbacher, found on Tiny House Swoon.

simple home side© Simple Home

Tags: Austria | Less Is More | Living With Less | Shipping Containers


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