We love it when people find completely unique ways to make small house dreams come true, and we think this tiny transforming truck from Japan is a great example of creativity. Three high school buddies are the brains and brawn behind this project, which took a used Toyota truck and converted it into a two-story camper. The project took two years to complete, but the end product was news-worthy.
Measuring up at 5.2 meters long, 4.6 meters high (when fully expanded), and 2.06 meters wide (when fully expanded), this house on wheels has nearly every amenity one could imagine in a traditional home. On the lower level are two gas burners, a sink, a rice cooker, and a refrigerator, as well as a separate bathroom area with a flush toilet, a shower, and bathtub. The designers describe the extendable upper level as a Japanese-style bedroom, and compared to the eclectic-looking first floor, it has a calm, deliberate feel. Rice-papered windows and skylights filter sun and/or moonlight into the room, where tatami mats line the floor. On their official site, the builders modestly claim not to be carpenters or engineers, but they qualify in our books. The bedroom loft expands by compressed air power, and they’ve rigged up all the wiring and plumbing themselves (separate tanks contain clean, gray, and black water). Other neat features include a retractable outdoor deck, retractable steps to the outside, storage space under the stairs and above the kitchen counter, and all sorts of electronic marvels, like a motorized door lock (not all of us would opt for this feature maybe, but when you build your own house, you do what you want). The camper seats three and sleeps four.
Here is a selection of on-the-road shots as well as interior images:
Images courtesy of the designers (names unknown).