TrailerWrap Project, Mobile Home to Modern Pad

TrailerWrap Project

Exploring issues of sustainability and energy efficiency, the TrailerWrap Project aims to provide simple, affordable solutions to improve conditions in mass-produced, low-cost mobile homes.  Mobile homes are a prolific form of living, and important one, but they can be inefficient, ugly, and uncomfortable to live in.  So the University of Colorado at Denver College of Architecture cooked up sketches and prototypes, a kit to transform the common mobile home.  And now, that process is complete and they have the first actual TrailerWrap home.  I’m completely blown away by the results. 

Mobilehome

I should say that even though this is called a ‘trailer wrap,’ that term may be a little confusing.  From the images on the website, which are very informative images showing the entire process, you can see that they stripped that mobile home down to the bone.  From what I can tell, the only existing part of the mobile home on the completed project is the chassis.  Everything else looks new.  It looks good, but it’s also very new, so we’ll have to see what research comes out of this project to determine whether the ideas can scale.  Via Josh Spear.  Images from the completed project flickr set.

Model

Living Area

Kitchen

Hall


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  • http://treehugger.com Lloyd Alter

    I just don’t get this project. the point of manufactured housing is to do it in a controlled environment in a factory. here they have demolished a toxic trailer in the middle of where people live and rebuilt an admittedly gorgeous design on site. it is on a chassis for a reason: so it can move.

    Lovely to look at but not a model for anything.

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  • oscar

    I loved it, looks great. i currently own a 2003 mobile home, and been searching ways in how to make it green but with a modern twist.
    do u have more pics.

  • Robert Hightower

    The second “R” in the environmental mantra is “Reuse”. There are millions of existing mobile homes. This is model of how we may keep some of those from ending up in landfills.

  • halmooney

    The basic bones of a mobile home are solid and useful.
    Also, there are many mobile homes on land that can be purchased at a discount, because the “trailer” is said to be degrading the value of the land.
    But look at what you get – a usable structure you can remodel, a well, a septic system, electrical lines in place.
    Many communities waive impact fees, since these things are already in place.

  • Erik

    I agree with the last post. I have been looking at mobile homes in a trailer park on a lake for 20-30k. With another 20-30k in materials and basic building knowledge I think you could have a beutiful community developed.
    I see this as a great business opportunity.

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