Couple From Washington Turned 70-Years-Old Boxcar Into Luxury Home
If you have a love for tiny houses or trains, you need to see this tiny house made out of an old boxcar. The boxcar is now home to Samuel and Barbara Davidson on Mercer Island in Washington. The couple has been using the 260 square foot tiny house for 30 years now as an accessory dwelling unit on their property. Their home is located on Lake Washington, on 4.25 acres of wooded land. Their tiny red boxcar turned tiny house is from 1949 which gives it so much charm and history. The couple bought the waterfront property in the 1950's, and there were a few other structures on the land along with the caboose. There was the original wood cabin from the early 1900's and then a mid-century modern designed by Tucker and Shields a very well-known architecture firm in the area. They definitely stumbled upon a jewel of a property, and they did everything they could to keep it in pristine condition. They worked with the Nature Conservancy to make sure that anyone who owns the land in the future can't change the original footprint of the structures or subdivide the land. They were actually selling the property back in 2010 which is why they made sure to get these stipulations in place.
The caboose still retains most of its original hardware and structure, but it's been restored to enhance the original beauty while making it appropriate for modern day living. Samuel and Barbara use the space as a working space and occasionally rented it out over the years too. They installed floor to ceiling picture windows on one wall of the boxcar which looks out over the wooded area surrounding it. There's also an 8 foot by 20-foot deck which is a great place to sit out and enjoy the scenery. The boxcar sits on railroad tracks which is very cool too. On the exterior, the caboose is painted a nice, rich red colour which looks great against the backdrop of green. A lot of the items they used in the tiny house design were recycled including the beautiful stained glass window on the door. They were sure to use some vintage decor from the era the train came from to keep the character alive. They updated it with electricity, heat, and water to make it more comfortable and even added in a washer and a dryer as well as a full kitchen. They made use of every square inch of the tiny house, making it very functional.
The biggest challenge for them was in creating the heating system and also creating the full kitchen. They managed to fit a full-sized oven and fridge in the place, so they did very well, and there is lots of cabinet and countertop space to cook meals too. They put in windows wherever they could to expand the living space and open it up to the outside world. This is always a good trick to keep in mind when designing a tiny house on wheels or a small space of any kind. They also took a lot of time creating a nice bathroom space with beautiful tiled floors and a lit up ceiling. There's even a shower in the bathroom too. In the boxcar, there's also a bedroom with a closet and a space to eat meals and relax. This is such a great idea for a tiny house, much like using old grain silos or shipping containers for tiny houses. The design is similar to a tiny house on wheels being that it's long and narrow, but it has a bit more space than a conventional tiny house on wheels overall.***
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