Jennie’s Restored Spartan

Aloha! I just wanted to share my new tiny home. I found this old Spartan trailer at a yard sale, gutted it and my mom and I remodeled it with the help of a few friends. I am obsessed with tiny living and I just love your page 🙂

A vintage Spartan trailer restored in California. Shared and owned by Jennie Porter.

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.

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  • Reply Kathy January 22, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a great job you did, and what an inviting space! Love it love it love it. Would love to know how you cook, and, and,

    er….is there a bathroom? Outhouse?

    Usually when I’m fantasizing about my tiny home, it MUST HAVE FACILITIES, but I’m sure that stumbling to the outhouse in the middle of the night in Hawaii is a lot more pleasant than currently 12 degree New York.

    In any case, GREAT JOB!

  • Reply Jill January 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Love your space. You have a great eye.

  • Reply Dan January 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    That’s gorgeous! Did you restore the exterior too?

  • Reply [email protected] January 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Good job!.. I’m sure your work will motivate a lot of people!!

  • Reply Jenny January 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    What an efficient use of space, Jennie! Very aesthetically pleasing too! I loved Paia when I stayed in Hawaii… A beautiful small town with big ideas 🙂

  • Reply Heather January 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Oh my gosh – I’m in love with this! Is there a bathroom and kitchen? I love this so much!


  • Reply Ann H. January 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Wow!! Great looking, you did a wonderful job. I love everything about it! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Deanna January 22, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Very nice job on the restoration. How long did it take you? I am gathering all info. I can because I hope to start building myself a tiny house in the next couple months.

  • Reply Debbie Kesley January 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I am currently in transition from a one bedroom apartment to a ‘shared’ home with other single adults to save some money and hopefully within 2014 have my own vintage trailer! My personal space is a 12×12 bedroom with a couple of kitchen cabinets and a bathroom shelf. What does not go into my room, in the closet or under the bed has now found a home somewhere else. I’m determined to “downsize” to live life LARGER! You did an amazing job! I love the remodel and it is quiet inspiring.

  • Reply Cindy January 23, 2014 at 2:15 am

    I love this … great design. I live in my 50′ Spartan Executive Villa. I would have loved to see how they got yours to Hawaii.

  • Reply Jennifer January 23, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Love the accessories! And the Gustav Klimt!! 🙂

  • Reply Pat January 23, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for the inspiration ! Looks great! But , just wondering …does it have a kitchen and bathroom? Love it!

    • Reply Jennie Porter January 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      It will some day, I just have not started all the plumbing- that will probably happen in the summer 🙂

  • Reply Mike January 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Astonishing! Applause, applause!

  • Reply Jimmie January 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Ours is gutted and waiting for a new trailer. Yours looks like it won’t be towed. I absolutely love what you have done with it. A truly beautiful, livable place. I would like to see the bathroom and kitchen. Love that you turned the end into a closet! We have a ’55 royal mansion that we had to totally gut and ended up with a trailer that literally fell apart. Ours has to be towable and keep the two of us and four poms from killing each other!

    I just can’t say how much I like the fact that you were able to find beautiful, old stuff and make it so wonderful. Great job.

    • Reply Jennie Porter January 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Mike, thank you! Inside the big black armoire is a microwave and fridge. Eventually the dresser next to it will have a sink in it, and the end closet will be the bathroom and the closet will be moved to the other end behind my bed. But for now, I don’t have it ready for plumbing. 🙂

  • Reply littlebird_am January 23, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Love this! It looks so comfortable. 🙂

  • Reply nancy johnson January 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Nice job on the restorations. Did you spend alot of money?

  • Reply Har January 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Awesome! Let me know when you need a trailer sitter.

  • Reply Hugh Wolfe January 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I’m fascinated with these older travel trailers, so many possibilities… Jennie do you have a website or blog where you have covered your trailers restoration?

    • Reply Jennie Porter January 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      No, I just put up pics on my facebook. Basically the same pics that are shared here.

  • Reply Cahow January 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Dear Jennie: I sure hope you see the positive comments directed at your artistic endeaver.

    And from one artist to another, “Thank You” for debunking the myth that if you live in a tiny house, you MUST live like a monk with a mattress on the floor, one cup, one plate and not much else.

    LOVE your giant “Three Bears Bed”!!!! Also, all the found objects/bartered objects and the wicked cool Day of the Dead surf board.

    It’s people like you and your Mum who show people tempted by tiny house living that they do NOT need to dump 99.9% of their belongings and they can still live small but grandly.

    Your photos brought me much joy, today. 😀

  • Reply Yojimbo January 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Really, really rockin’ tiny pad.

    Only thing I don’t like is the headboard covering the windows and the corridor-like linearity of the furniture placement.

    But that’s just me. Super cool, really great vision and execution. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply john February 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    One of the coolest looking homes i’ve ever seen! You should be quite proud of what you’ve built…i would live there in a second!
    The outside had me completely fooled, i had imagined some retro looking rv furnishings and too small spaces, this is just so impressive it’s inspiring me…

  • Reply Interioridea May 31, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Wow! this house is amazing!!

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  • Reply Jeff Hayward August 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Love it! Could you tell me where you got the desk?

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    • Reply Jan November 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Hey, did you find the weatherstripping for the windows? And doors? Where you able to reuse them? I’ve got a 40 ft Spartan that I’m gathering materials to remodel, but not gut out. I’ve got a few roof leaks to do 1st…someone that’s done this, please give me advice!

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