Phil Duloy has built one of the most beautiful mobile homes we have ever seen. The “Sumaya” is a sustainable, energy-efficient rolling house wrapped in cedar. Phil was inspired to build the Sumaya for his family after living in a converted cargo truck, and the house is able to comfortably accommodate three people. Loaded with features that make it as green as it is attractive, the Sumaya is certainly an achievement in compact living.
Phil is the son of an English mother and Lebanese step-father, and the Sumaya pays tribute to his heritage as well as his commitment to environmentally conscious living. The name itself comes from an Arabic word meaning “little piece of sky”, and the cedar adorning the exterior is the national symbol of Lebanon. After moving to England from Washington DC 15 years ago, Duloy began working in disaster relief, and wanted to create something more comfortable than his converted cargo truck for his fiancée and newborn.
The exterior of the Sumaya was hand-built by Dan McMahon. It is paneled with cedar, and it includes ash and oak on the interior. The mollycrofted roof and sides are outfitted with a number of windows, allowing natural light to shine through. The bedroom can accommodate a full double size bed, 2 wardrobes, storage and a set of reading lamps.
The main cabin is separated by Japanese sliding doors. It houses the wet room (with a shower and toilet) and the galley, which includes a catering-grade oven and sink. Located outside the galley are the two exterior doors, a glass-fronted wood burner, and a seating area that can hold up to 8 people around a large table. The table can also be converted into a king-sized bed to accommodate overnight guests.
The Sumaya is powered by a solar-charged battery bank, and concealed radiators combined with ample insulation keep the interior warm and comfortable. All of the lights are LEDs (controlled with dimmer switches), and 13 amp sockets are found throughout. Running hot and cold water is fed by 200 liter fresh and grey tanks. For parties, the KEF sound system is supported by 8 ceiling-mounted drivers and subwoofers with an Alpine head unit, and it can play DVD’s through a mounted projector.
Sumaya can be seen rolling around the UK – most likely in the vicinity of Cornwall – or in Lloyd Kahn’s upcoming book on unique and unusual homes.