Having lived in Melbourne, Australia (where real estate is steeply priced) for three years, Filipino Dolly Rubiano planned to lead a rent-free life, thus she decided to move into her own tiny house on wheels, which is currently parked at a farmland in Macedon Ranges, Central Victoria.
She calls the 17.2-square-meter dwelling the Tiny MissDolly on Wheels since she looks at it as an extension of self. Built on a 7.2m x 2.4m trailer, it features two lofts, a spacious kitchen, and a walk-in wardrobe.
At the beginning of the project, she drew inspiration from different tiny houses on wheels on the internet and also from the ones she experienced by renting on Airbnb. She took help of New South Wales-based Designer Eco Tiny Homes to realize the tiny house she wanted. It took them about 10 weeks to complete the tiny house within a budget of $75k-$80k.
Being thoroughly involved in the project herself, Dolly has designed a compost toilet, converted a salad bowl into a vanity sink and has even attached plyboard panels to the trailer. The final tiny house is 4.3-meter tall, which creates a loft area with enough space for her to stand.
With different floor plans and interior decorating ideas in mind, Dolly finally opted for complete white interiors with a kitchen next to the double French doors. It is the largest section in the tiny house, equipped with an L-shaped ash wood countertop, large sink, hob, oven, fridge, drop-leaf table, and plenty of storage space. Right over the kitchen is her loft bedroom with a small skylight. The staircase to the loft bedroom is utilized as pantry storage.
There is also a bathroom complete with shower and a self-built compost toilet. The area above the bathroom is intuitively utilized with a two-level loft. Its upper level provides her with an office space while the lower level accommodates a cozy sofa that doubles as a guest bed.
As a feminine feature, there is a walk-in wardrobe with a vanity and a wall-mounted earring holder. She has also included plants throughout the house that improve air quality and humidity level indoors.
This tiny house on wheels is customized to her needs. She can sit, cook, work, sleep and gaze the surrounding Australian vistas from windows itself. All the basic amenities are on board and this is all she actually wanted.
Tiny Miss Dolly gives her a feeling of having her own home and eventually living more affordably. Maybe a self-sustainable model for the house on wheels in the future can be a useful addition.