Traveling Carpenter’s Home Away From Home

Hey all! I just finished building my tiny house on a trailer in western NC & thought I would share. It was built using all sustainable materials from the area, nothing pressure treated or finished with chemicals. I am a traveling carpenter who spends a lot of time on the road & this is going to be far more enjoyable than staying in a hotel! Awesome houses on your site, love checking it out daily.

A tiny traveling house on wheels in Western, North Carolina. Owned and shared by Frank Belo.

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.

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  • Reply Doug January 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    That is awesome! Who needs more than that? And beautifully done. 5 stars.

  • Reply Portia January 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    That is gorgeous…and so much more sensible than paying for hotel accommodations.

  • Reply Jennifer Perry January 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    This is beautiful and so brilliantly built!

  • Reply Denise January 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm


  • Reply Julie Smidt January 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Wow! This is both beautiful and practical! I am impressed at your ability to use sustainable materials and non-chemical treated wood. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply Tyler January 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I have seen a ton of these and this hands down is the nicest looking most well crafted I have seen. You have serious skills brother. I have been a carpenter for over 25 years and have built custom teardrops, I am building my tiny house next.

  • Reply Barn owl January 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    This is very beautiful! Well done!!

  • Reply Diana January 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I love your little house! Can you tell us more about it – how much did it cost to build – would you build one to sale? What size truck is needed to tow it? I want one, have been looking at RVs but not overly fond of the chemical smells it them. Thanks!

    • Reply Frank Belo January 31, 2014 at 1:10 am

      Thank you! It was roughly $10,000 I have a pile of receipts I have yet to add up. A large chunk of that was the trailer ($2500) & windows ($1800). I would love to build as many tiny homes as possible. The weight is somewhere around 3500, I plan on weighing it soon to know for sure so any vehicle that could tow that would be great.

      • Reply Julia February 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm

        Blown away by the skill and beauty of your little home away from home….. gorgeous best friend also !

        Is it possible to make one of these, a little larger (with a small bathroom) ? I am very interested….

  • Reply Dwayne Gresham January 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Way cool…

  • Reply Jaime January 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply Amarine Gripond January 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    all-wood, I especially appreciate the different colors of the back wall, made from recycled leftovers ?

    • Reply Frank Belo January 31, 2014 at 1:06 am

      Indeed! A few scraps from my shop & a lot of pallet salvaging around town.

  • Reply rick van den bos January 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    i think you are a artist this looks so perfect x

    • Reply Susiegood January 30, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Wish you were in England your work is fantastic, love your Tiny House . Xxx Sue g

    • Reply Diane Charmley January 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      So beautifully simple. I would love to see the plan you used and more on doing it Green.

  • Reply Pam January 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Beautiful craftsmanship! Thanks for sharing it!

  • Reply Alvah Lindley January 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Please contact me about building a tiny home. Thanks Alvah

  • Reply Lorraine January 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    It’s beautiful, and I agree – you are an artist, as well. Love the decorative use of different colored woods.

  • Reply Mari January 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    This is just lovely and shows great carpentry skills. Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply Eldaka January 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I love the simplicity and functionality of this tiny house. What a great job. I’m gonna have to steal some ideas. Love it!!

  • Reply Jana January 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Beautiful craftsmanship. Please give updates on your experiences living in a small space. Love your traveling buddy! He is adorable!

  • Reply TIMMY! January 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Love it! Someday… for me just two things I would change/add. Move the light from the foot of the bed to the head for book reading. Outside porch light.

  • Reply Patrick January 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    What size is the trailer?

  • Reply DJ January 30, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    The best advertisement you could have is your lovely home.

  • Reply Lynne January 30, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    The craftsmanship is exquisite. Beautiful job. Your building is great advertising!

  • Reply Cathy January 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    This house is beautiful! You do really nice work and it is a clever use of space.

  • Reply Mary Ann January 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Just beautiful….especially the wood behind the bed.

  • Reply Sylvia January 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    This is really beautiful – the wood, the way the table tucks in, the accent wall – sweet!

  • Reply Kate January 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    That is simply beautiful! You have a perfect showcase for your carpentry skills. In addition to beauty, it is so functional–you don’t even have to get out of bed to get a drink of water. Good job!

  • Reply Darlene January 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Beautiful job, Frank! Love everything about it!

  • Reply Elizabeth Mountain January 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Amazing… nice work!

  • Reply Lilith Freeman January 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Ah your tiny home is gorgeous, and so are you and your dog! x

  • Reply sc January 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Wonderful! An excellent showcase of your carpentry skills as well, very smart. i wish you had told us what your dog’s name is.

  • Reply Anne January 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Impressive proof of your talent as a fine carpenter. Beautifully done!

  • Reply Ronnie January 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Please contact me, I live in south western Va. and I’d like to build one of these. I’m a paraplegic and I have some skills that would help with this project. You’re welcome to bring your tiny house with you and park it on my property that runs along the Jackson river, Virginia’s only trophy trout stream.


  • Reply Frank Faria January 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    hey just wondering about the trailer you used, whats the GVWR rated at?

  • Reply rose maclean January 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    love this house looking to build one any chance you can come to Canada and helping. 🙂

  • Reply Ryan January 30, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Love it, very well done. Thanks for the inspiration! Build another one! 🙂

  • Reply Christina January 30, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Hi, I love the wood detail. I live in WNC too! Do you build small houses for others?

    • Reply Frank Belo February 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Thank you! I would love to build more tiny houses, I’m in Black Mountain. Feel free to shoot me an email at Frankbelo@hotmail.com.

  • Reply Katie January 31, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I total agree with all the comments. It’s a remarkable skill in carpentry you have. Not wasted space, all beautifully done. I do wonder on the GVWR and length. Can a SUV (5.7lt) pull it ? I so wish mine can!

  • Reply Bev January 31, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Love all the different wood and the dog too.

  • Reply Pam Chapman January 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Bravo, Frank! Everything gleams with the pure balance of form and function. And your beloved fur-friend appears to be very well cared for. No doubt s/he loves having you so near.

  • Reply Falyn February 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Can’t wait to see this in person Frank! It’s absolutely gorgeous.

  • Reply Name (required) February 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Frank! Do you and your pup want to come to Alaska this summer and build some cabins? No mosquitos, I promise… check out my place on website …Homer, Alaska

  • Reply Florence February 3, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Beautiful and so compact..and what a great smart way to showcase your work! Happy travels

  • Reply Deborah February 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    The carpentry work is well done! Love it!

  • Reply Susan Doren February 3, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    What are your the dimensions? It is beautifully done!

  • Reply Curt Lyons February 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    As a carpenter myself, I say very nicely done. I am curious, how did you make your attachment for your table to sit on the pipe?

  • Reply Barbara L February 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Luv the wood variations. Nice custom touches.

  • Reply Ben Brown February 4, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Friends and I have talked about tiny house building. Myself, I would rather invest my budget in beauty than size. Your craftsmanship is absolutely top notch. Well done indeed!

  • Reply almon February 18, 2014 at 1:17 am

    There’s nothing like true craftsmanship. It shows throughout. I want one!

  • Reply Mare June 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    What a beautiful tiny home! Fantastic job! I hope you get many years of enjoyment from it!

  • Reply Martin July 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    WOW! I want one just like this.

  • Reply joana August 10, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Great Job!! I love it!

  • Reply Jason September 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    That looks nice and cozy! Very nicely done and great use of space. Its like a portable cabin.

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  • Reply Cynthia Taylor July 19, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Really really like the carpenters home but would put a slide out porta potty underneath the bed where the clothes slide out and then empty it in the morning. Solarize the roof so you can use an induction cooktop.

  • Reply pam August 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Are you by chance travelling to louisiana?

  • Reply Lynn August 1, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I’m so impressed with your work! Beautiful Tiny Home. Are you still a Traveling Carpenter? Send me an email, lynn1948@gmail.com, if you head into Illinois.

  • Reply Melinda Watson August 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    This is a beautiful piece of artistry! It’s quite beautiful! Have your travels taken you to New England? I can think of carpentry related jobs up this way. I so would love to share this beautiful Small Home with folks here in W MA, so they could see the possibilities! Thanks for sharing this gem!

  • Reply Gracie August 2, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Your tiny home is your best business card, it radiates quality workmanship. I LOVE everything about it.

  • Reply Jon Reade, Bristol, England. August 2, 2015 at 4:29 am

    What a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, it speaks by itself for your carpentry skills. My grandfather was a carpenter, I’m sure he would have loved to have seen your work.

  • Reply Echo August 3, 2015 at 7:38 am

    what is the length and width of this home? it’s perfect!

  • Reply Shane Walsh Photography January 27, 2016 at 11:32 am

    This is absolutely stunning, I would gladly stay in this for days on end.

  • Reply Cee Jay February 19, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Two things I noticed straight away with the exterior: (1) It’s low in height so all one level, (2) a small porch. The layout of the windows are great in that you have them exactly where you need them and none over your bed area, so nice and dark(ish) at night. The wood panelling on the bed wall has been done in such a fantastic way it looks like a mosaic. Obviously the only drawback is bathing/toilet facilities, but as you are a travelling carpenter you will/should have those facilities where you are staying. You are a very talented man who has built himself (and dusty) a lovely little home on wheels, and I wish you both so much luck with your travels and adventures. Well done.

    Cee Jay/Leigh on Sea, Essex, England, Britian.

  • Reply Lisa Krusko April 7, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    You are so gifted! I think you should build one in the yard across the street from where you grew up! 🙂 Yes, my yard!!
    Hope to see you next time you’re in town.
    Lisa xo

  • Reply sally October 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Fantastic job. Thank you for sharing.

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