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Heaven on wheels: A mobile tiny house from the Great White North
Yukon-based tiny house builder Laird Herbert unrolls Leaf Version.2, a cozy, amenity-filled home-on-wheels that's built to withstand the gnarliest of weather.
Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Image: Leaf House/Laird Herbert
Looking to combine your rampant wanderlust with your love of homes with seriously reduced square footage this summer?
Look no further than Leaf Version.2
, a mighty handsome 215-square-foot (55-square-foot sleeping loft with queen size bed included) tiny-house-on-wheels from young, Whitehorse, Canada-based tiny house builder Laird Herbert. So, okay, you probably wouldn't want to haul the home all over kingdom come like a traditional camper trailer, but it does lend itself to easy relocation in the event that you require a quick change of scenery. And it’s also garnering a fair bit of attention — the Leaf website appears to be down at the moment and I suspect a recent blurb on MSNBC
might have something to do with it.
Designed to withstand chilly Yukon winters and comfortably accommodate a family of four, green specs of Leaf Version.2 include FSC-certified wood and metal siding, spray foam insulation, triple-paned windows, LED, halogen, and CFL lighting, low-VOC paints and finishes, and EcoHeat electric baseboards. In terms of facilities, the ceramic tiled loo features a compact composting toilet, Kohler sink, and mini bathtub/shower combo. Adjacent to the dining area, the fully functional kitchen is equipped with a propane GE range and half-fridge. The Leaf Version.2’s water storage unit is capable of holding about 35 gallons (the water itself is heated by a propane instant tank-less heater). There’s also a RV Shurflo water pump
This is my second tiny home that I have built. I lived in one full-time for a year over the winter and sold it last spring. I’m 28 years old and have lived in the Yukon for the past five. I am pretty happy puttering away building things. I’d much rather do this then sit in a cubicle! My passion is actually the design, that’s what I enjoy the most. So I’m diving into it full-time (hopefully) and will be building two more this summer (one for myself and another to sell), under Leaf House, which is my new company named after the famed Leaf House on Hornby Island which is where I spent my summers as a kid.
Leaf Version.2 is currently up for grabs for a little over $43,000. In the event that it gets snatched up, head on over to Tiny House Listings
to a view an array of under-500-square-foot homes of both the wheeled and non-wheeled variety that are both for sale and for rent.
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