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.



  1. Doug January 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm - Reply

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

  2. Portia January 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm - Reply

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

  3. Jennifer Perry January 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    This is beautiful and so brilliantly built!

  4. Denise January 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm - Reply


  5. Julie Smidt January 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    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!

  6. Tyler January 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    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.

  7. Barn owl January 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    This is very beautiful! Well done!!

  8. Diana January 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    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!

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

      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.

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

        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….

  9. Dwayne Gresham January 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Way cool…

  10. Jaime January 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful!

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

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

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

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

  12. rick van den bos January 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    i think you are a artist this looks so perfect x

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

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

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

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

  13. Pam January 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Beautiful craftsmanship! Thanks for sharing it!

  14. Alvah Lindley January 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Please contact me about building a tiny home. Thanks Alvah

  15. Lorraine January 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm - Reply

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

  16. Mari January 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

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

  17. Eldaka January 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm - Reply

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

  18. Jana January 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm - Reply

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

  19. TIMMY! January 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    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.

  20. Patrick January 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    What size is the trailer?

  21. DJ January 30, 2014 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    The best advertisement you could have is your lovely home.

  22. Lynne January 30, 2014 at 3:55 pm - Reply

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

  23. Cathy January 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm - Reply

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

  24. Mary Ann January 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Just beautiful….especially the wood behind the bed.

  25. Sylvia January 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm - Reply

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

  26. Kate January 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    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!

  27. Darlene January 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Beautiful job, Frank! Love everything about it!

  28. Elizabeth Mountain January 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Amazing… nice work!

  29. Lilith Freeman January 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm - Reply

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

  30. sc January 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

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

  31. Anne January 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

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

  32. Ronnie January 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    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.


  33. Frank Faria January 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm - Reply

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

  34. rose maclean January 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm - Reply

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

  35. Ryan January 30, 2014 at 10:03 pm - Reply

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

  36. Christina January 30, 2014 at 10:37 pm - Reply

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

  37. Katie January 31, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    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!

  38. Bev January 31, 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Love all the different wood and the dog too.

  39. Pam Chapman January 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    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.

  40. Falyn February 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

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

  41. Name (required) February 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    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

  42. Florence February 3, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

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

  43. Deborah February 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    The carpentry work is well done! Love it!

  44. Susan Doren February 3, 2014 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    What are your the dimensions? It is beautifully done!

  45. Curt Lyons February 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    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?

  46. Barbara L February 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Luv the wood variations. Nice custom touches.

  47. Ben Brown February 4, 2014 at 12:40 am - Reply

    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!

  48. almon February 18, 2014 at 1:17 am - Reply

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

  49. Mare June 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm - Reply

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

  50. Martin July 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    WOW! I want one just like this.

  51. joana August 10, 2014 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Great Job!! I love it!

  52. Jason September 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

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

  53. Cynthia Taylor July 19, 2015 at 11:04 am - Reply

    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.

  54. pam August 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Are you by chance travelling to louisiana?

  55. Lynn August 1, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

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

  56. Melinda Watson August 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    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!

  57. Gracie August 2, 2015 at 12:56 am - Reply

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

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

    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.

  59. Echo August 3, 2015 at 7:38 am - Reply

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

  60. Shane Walsh Photography January 27, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

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

  61. Cee Jay February 19, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    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.

  62. Lisa Krusko April 7, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    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

  63. sally October 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Fantastic job. Thank you for sharing.

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