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 πŸ™‚

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

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.



  1. Kathy January 22, 2014 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    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!

  2. Jill January 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Love your space. You have a great eye.

  3. Dan January 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm - Reply

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

  4. [email protected] January 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm - Reply

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

  5. Jenny January 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    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 πŸ™‚

  6. Heather January 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm - Reply

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


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

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

  8. Deanna January 22, 2014 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    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.

  9. Debbie Kesley January 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    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.

  10. Cindy January 23, 2014 at 2:15 am - Reply

    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.

  11. Jennifer January 23, 2014 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Love the accessories! And the Gustav Klimt!! πŸ™‚

  12. Pat January 23, 2014 at 9:13 am - Reply

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

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

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

  13. Mike January 23, 2014 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Astonishing! Applause, applause!

  14. Jimmie January 23, 2014 at 11:14 am - Reply

    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.

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

      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. πŸ™‚

  15. littlebird_am January 23, 2014 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Love this! It looks so comfortable. πŸ™‚

  16. nancy johnson January 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm - Reply

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

  17. Har January 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

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

  18. Hugh Wolfe January 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    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?

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

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

  19. Cahow January 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    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. πŸ˜€

  20. Yojimbo January 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    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!

  21. john February 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    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…

  22. Interioridea May 31, 2014 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Wow! this house is amazing!!

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  24. Jeff Hayward August 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm - Reply

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

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

      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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