Want to buy a portable retreat for less than what it would cost to buy a car? Check out Studio H’s newly completed project: a tiny solar-powered abode on wheels for sale on eBay for a starting price of just $10K. Built atop a trailer bed, this portable and eco-minded 112-square-foot building was created as part of Studio H’s yearlong design and construction youth program in Berkeley, California. The proceeds of the project will be used to fund Studio H’s 2016 student build project.
Every year, Studio H teaches high school and middle school students from Berkeley’s REALM Charter School how to design and build public architecture projects. Since this year’s theme centered on housing, the Studio H class designed and built two identical 112-square-foot tiny “homes”—each approximately 7 by 16 feet—atop trailers. One structure was donated to the social service-minded Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon, where it will be used to provide transitional housing to the homeless. The second abode is up for auction on eBay, with a starting price of USD $10,000.
While the tiny portable dwelling isn’t what would be considered livable for most individuals—the mobile building lacks a bathroom, kitchen, and plumbing—it could serve as an excellent retreat or writer’s hut. Built with stud-framed construction, the well-crafted structure is partially clad in reclaimed and stained palette wood siding, while gray Delta Rib 3 metal panels top the roof and an exterior wall. Clerestory windows and other glazed openings bring natural light into the small space.
The all-white open-plan interior is kept minimalist but customizable, featuring a lofted bed with storage space and a small cabinet. The home will also include four 250 W solar panels (battery sold separately), an electrical inverter, as well as installed electrical switches and boxes. The home is on sale for a starting bid price of USD $10,000 and has a ‘But It Now’ price of USD $20,000. The trailer has been permanently registered in California and includes the state license plates. The home can only be delivered to U.S. addresses.