The Pocket Shelter is a 200 square foot tiny house on wheels designed by Aaron Maret originally as a prototype that would be the first in a series of small dwellings. He got sidetracked on finishing the series, however, when he and his partner and young son decided to move into the little house and make it their permanent residence.
The home has many unique and attractive features, including the fact that it is made primarily of reclaimed and salvaged materials. It is built with advanced-framing construction and insulated with bio-based icynene insulation.
The “micro-porch”/mudroom area is a pleasing and practical addition to this little house, complete with the beautiful french entryway doors. A well-lit bathroom sanctuary with a composting toilet sits at the opposite end of the house from the mudroom.
Storage space is always a big priority in the design of a tiny house, and this one is finished with plenty of custom cabinetry and built-in storage areas. The kitchenette space has a sink that can be covered up to create additional countertop space and a 2-burner gas cooktop.
About the building process and adapting to living small, Aaron says:
This tiny house on wheels is a synthesis of thoughtful design, detail-oriented craftsmanship, and a healthy dose of patience. Five years in the making (longer if you count the design time), this has been a labor of love and a playful experiment in alternative construction… and living. Learning how to build this small is a challenge. But it’s child’s play compared to learning how to live small. It took every bit as long to pair down enough to fit reasonably into such a small space as it did to build it. Going through round after round of downsizing, purging, and otherwise shedding whatever is unnecessary took determination and mental and emotional stamina. And it’s been totally worth it. Having only what’s essential (by relatively affluent western standards) frees up a lot of clutter, expense, maintenance and energetic baggage.
See more of Aaron’s work, including videos of the building process of the Pocket Shelter, on his website.