Designed by ABI in East Yorkshire, England, the Concept Van features moveable walls, a cinema, a ten-seat dining table and beds to sleep ten people, according to what The Daily Mail tells MHLivingNews.
The 30 foot by 13 foot manufactured home – called a “Caravan” in the United Kingdom – prototype has beds that fold up into the walls, kitchen work-tops hidden in drawers, an extendable dining table that stores away when not being used, and a movie screen that drops down from the ceiling.
The Caravan is about the size of a park model home
and is larger than many ‘Tiny Houses.’
Every wall is moveable at the touch of a button to reveal a large open space—only the bathroom does not change. ABI hopes to put the MH into production, although they have yet to publish a price.
Will this sort of option come to the U.S. soon? Short answer, variations of this them are already here! Workforce housing, park models and empty-nester homes are offered by manufactured home builders, such as Indiana-based Adventure Homes, is one source and modular builders are another. The video below is of a model with the senior set in mind.
Factory builders today make homes ranging in size from 320 square feet up to thousands of square feet; on that larger end of the scale, here is a link to a video tour of a 1 ½ story cape cod style home.
If you are considering a modest sized home, like the British Caravans, and don’t have a factory-built home retailer near you that has a smaller manufactured home in stock, stop at an Ikea store.
Photo credit – Ikea/DigDigs.
You’ll see floor plans you can walk into in their stores that will let you know quickly if the modest sized housing is right for you.
(Submitted by Matthew J. Silver to MHLivingNews)