February 29, 2012

WheelHaus Wedge Cabin

I featured the WheelHaus cabins in a previous post and the company is coming up with some great new designs. I thought you would enjoy their latest park model cabin called the Wedge. This is a manufactured park model home built in Wyoming and an alternative for tiny house living.

The “Wedge” design features an angled roof, which starts low above the bedroom and builds to 17 feet in the living room. Trapezoidal windows grow similarly from back to front, offering natural light while maintaining privacy. The front of the cabin is almost entirely glass. A large sliding glass door opens to a private deck.

Each cabin has one bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen/living room and a private deck. The ceilings and exterior are covered with reclaimed Wyoming snow fencing.

The bedrooms are sized to fit a king size bed with two side tables and linen sconces. A set of four drawers and an under-counter hanging closet support a butcher-block counter top, which also serves as a desk. A 42-inch Internet accessible HD flat screen television is mounted above the desk. Track lighting is available for properly lighting art work.

The kitchen/living room was designed to offer both comfort and functionality. The mini-kitchen features a two-burner cook top, an under counter refrigerator, a microwave, a dishwasher, a sink, concrete countertops and modern rustic cabinetry. A large bomber leather sofa, two cowhide ottomans, two barn wood side tables, custom made wrought iron lamps and railroad cart coffee tables make up living room furnishings. A mini-high efficiency gas burning fireplace warms the room. Above the fireplace is another 42 inch HD flat-screen television.

The bathrooms are small, but functional. Heavy duty glass showers, Kohler toilets and custom vanities with concrete countertops/sinks and quartzite floors combine to produce very well appointed facilities.

So if you are looking for a modern, ready made small home, this may be one to add to your list. Learn more by visiting the WheelHaus website http://www.wheelhaus.com/. Jamie just gave me the pricing for the Wedge, it is $75,000.

Moving the Wedge

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Kate - February 29, 2012 Reply

Holy wow these are beautiful! My home will be this beautiful =)

alice - February 29, 2012 Reply

Just on a practical note, that kind of deck overhang doesn’t work well in areas that get a lot of sideways rain. If you live in a very windy wet area the lower and larger the overhang the better and you can still expect wet deck floors a lot of the time. Things higher up are usually OK but probably not with a roof this high.

Tracy Betts - February 29, 2012 Reply

This is perfection. I love every detail. I would just change the microwave for a small oven. Love it.

NewNomads - February 29, 2012 Reply

Love these but no prices on the site which is unfortunate.

    Kent Griswold - February 29, 2012 Reply

    Jamie just gave me the pricing for the Wedge, it is $75,000.

      Anthony Mangieri - March 5, 2012 Reply

      Hi Kent
      My name is Tony>
      You seem to have your head wrapped around the wedge home pretty good.
      I find the the Wedge perfect> Ihave a few questions>
      The trailored photo appears quite smaller than the stationary Wedge??
      Can they ship to NY state??
      Is the 75,000 the price for what is pictured?
      Can the the unit be made slightly larger?
      I am sorry to bother you with these questions and I wont hold you responsible for the answers( just friendly chatting)>
      Love this home
      Tony

        Kent Griswold - March 5, 2012 Reply

        Hi Tony, you will need to get in touch with the company as this is just a blog post about them. Use the link in the post and contact Jamie.

Christina Nellemann - February 29, 2012 Reply

Their previous design is one of my favorites, so it’s so nice to see a smaller version. This style fits nicely into my high desert/mountain location. 🙂

Bob H - February 29, 2012 Reply

This is a great small house. So much nicer than the 8ft. wide units.

JIm - February 29, 2012 Reply

Very nice building, though I think $75k is overpriced. They couldn’t have more than $20k invested in materials.

$40k – $50k is a more realistic price, IMO.

Neil - February 29, 2012 Reply

Anyone know square footage or room dimensions for this?

    Carolyn MVaussies - March 6, 2012 Reply

    From the photos on the road. I’m guessing about 10′ wide on the building, & around 13′ at the roof. Overhang looks bigger than 1′.
    I think the permits & fees for Oversized loads depend on HOW much over 8’6″, you are. As you see some big ones with the escort vehicles, & narrower ones without, but just the signs.
    So if hauling them, a few inches could mean a big change in price to get to your spot.

Richard Gay - February 29, 2012 Reply

A rollup awning would be useful in rainier climates.

Laura R. - February 29, 2012 Reply

How do they move these, and what are the total dimensions?

    Kent Griswold - February 29, 2012 Reply

    I have added a photo from their gallery of the Wedge being moved and have requested the dimensions. I will post as soon as I have the details.

Corin - February 29, 2012 Reply

Can you buy the plans.

Jamie - February 29, 2012 Reply

The units are 400 SQ feet and can be easily moved with a truck. Floor Plans will be available in the future for purchase, we are finalizing every detail so you have a list of items that will be needed if you tackle the project yourself. The units can be built for less using different materials and finishes and could get to the $60,000 mark, keep in mind the chassis/ trailer alone is $8500.00 then you start from there. Thanks for all your comments and questions!

    Sarah - April 21, 2014 Reply

    Jamie, how would we buy a set of plans?

    My oldest son is about to be married and his father (my husband) wants to build their first little house together, just as his father did when we were married. I guess it’s some sort of father/son rite of passage tradition.

    Our son, being somewhat of a free spirit, had aspirations to live in an old Airsteam. However, the future wife quickly vetoed that idea.

    Luckily, they saw this article and have blissfully settled on building a little cabin on our farm as their first home.

    Please advise on how to go about purchasing plans for one of the Caboose cabins (they want to have a child within a year or two and will need the room).

    Thanks so much!

CWA - February 29, 2012 Reply

$75,000? REALLY? I think that’s ridiculous. You can buy a full sized mobile home for that. If the manufacturer can bring the price down by about $20,000 I think that would be more realistic.

    Abel Zimmerman Zyl - March 3, 2012 Reply

    Wow. Looks fantastic. $75000? given all that is included with this design (furniture, nice shower, tv even…) it seems fair enough.

    The big overhang is unusual… A little odd even… And that is what makes it charming. Nice job guys!

    Carolyn MVaussies - March 6, 2012 Reply

    You couldn’t touch the shower door for $500.

gmh - February 29, 2012 Reply

$75,000 SEEMS high, but it is cheaper per square foot than the Tumbleweed Fencl currently for sale on Jay’s site.

I like this plan. It’s pretty and it’s functional. It has nice finishes and if I am reading the description correctly, comes with all that comfortable furniture!

Also, you can have guests over (more than one) and they fit in your living room.

Mary - February 29, 2012 Reply

Fantastic!!!! Except for the animal products!!!!!

Joshua - February 29, 2012 Reply

Another good example of how a little more room adds to the beauty of the structure.

I also get a kick every time people post how the price is too high and that they know what the price should be.

My wife makes mittens using traditional Estonian patterns. They sell for 40-100$. Most people scoff at this price as you can go buy a pair of mittens for 5$. But she knows their worth and the quality.

To satisfy the masses she could use cheaper wool or synthetic blends, looser stitches, pay her knitters less, send the work to Asia, sell for little profit. But she has her customers because of her quality.

I wish all the people who comment on price here would form a company and build some homes at the price they suggest.

So for me who builds houses I say this place is too cheap (quality trailer, doesn’t seem to be any particle board, a fireplace, concrete counter tops – WOW). I don’t know how he turns a profit.

    Mel - March 1, 2012 Reply

    Nicely said.

    Dave - March 1, 2012 Reply

    I agree wholeheartedly. You COULD build it for 15-20k… with a repurposed trailer, and severe cost cutting… getting rid of a few of those nice windows and put a few smaller windows, getting rid of the concrete counters, I spent $15,000 putting a nice bathroom (similar to that one, only a little bigger) in my last house…. cause i hate to do plumbing and tile.

    So yeah, if you built it out of cheap stuff, used some cheap vinyl for the floor and some indoor outdoor carpet, got rid of the fireplace, went with a simpler bathroom with all vinyl, went with a laminate counter and got rid of the windows, you could build it much cheaper… BUT it wouldn’t be what we are seeing here. one of the reasons i like the smaller house movement is that i want nice features like concrete countertops, solid wood floors and big beautiful windows, but filling a 3000 square foot house with those things is impossible for me. it IS possible to put something like this on a chunk of land nearby.

    we just need to make sure we are comparing apples to apples…

    reidar wahl - March 1, 2012 Reply

    Well said Joshua. I am in the same boat. This is a quality product that people need to realize.I build small cabins, furniture and cabinets for a living and get beat up on prize all the time. I could start bisquit joining my stuff together but I think I will stick with mortise and tenons for now!

      Heather - March 1, 2012 Reply

      I also agree with Joshua, Dave, and Reidar. I thought the price was reasonable, especially for the quality materials and finishes. This is a beautiful home. It’s definitely not a Walmart home or builder’s basic with the cheap parts, as most new homes are today, regardless of size. It’s classy. A smaller home should allow you to put in some quality finishes. Not everyone wants a home built from pallets :).

      As well, we have to remember, people need to make an honest living. Anyone who really knows about building, knows how much time goes into these. Love this house!!

Brother Tiberius - March 1, 2012 Reply

If a person has actually done the work, then I’d give that opinion some credence. But to me, $75k seems about right, and it is beautful. Since I don’t have the time to invest in building my own, I would definitely consider buying something like that.

Nan - March 1, 2012 Reply

Beautiful. The setting of the model home is like a dream.

Brian - March 1, 2012 Reply

Well done! Glad to see something like this happening in Wyoming!

Brian

cj - March 1, 2012 Reply

Beautiful! Has the ‘Wright’ appeal.

wyndwalkr - March 2, 2012 Reply

I’m sure different parts of the country reflect what each person’s idea of a reasonable sounding price is.

My 1000 sq ft house was built for $70K (lots of DIY, of course)and the full basement cost just $500 more than the $8500 trailer mentioned above. (Coincindentally, we also own a 7000 lb capacity tandem axle flatbed trailer that was bought new 10 years ago for $1300–I know, 7000 lb is not enough for the above house–I’m just sayin’…)

There is a desperate need to try to change building regulations, so these lovely homes do not need to be always on a !@#$% trailer.

    Tom McNeil - March 3, 2012 Reply

    I hear ya on the trailer thing. For me it ruins the whole thing. A fancy hand built mobile home. The size restrictions make it feel like living in the hallway. Enough of the wood interiors, its to busy looking. Cost will always be more per sq foot on small projects. The key is to make use of modern manufacturing processes in modular home building. Build components that will travel then easily set up in a few days with a crane. I cut a couple of pieces of plywood a few weeks ago. In a metal shop full of “oil smell” I can still smell the wood over everything else. Think of the vapor from all the wood products and glue. In a tiny house thats a problem.. As a craftsman Im learning that there is no more middle class. Partly we need to get over ourselves, not all of us deserve the big truck and boat. Just the ones that dont mind manipulating the workers… My two cents for the day..

Lucas - March 2, 2012 Reply

A dissertation on American wages could be launched from this post. Chinese stuff is cheaper(for now) because the Chinese work FOR LESS than their American counterparts. Same thing with these houses. Americans build them and expect more for their work. Is that right? The market will have its say. I suspect, we are seeing a flattening of wage expectations worldwide. American wages are flattening, while developing countries are on the rise. There is a finite amount of capital available to a growing population of people and that can only lead to one thing: LOWER WAGES or Inflation….The folks here, including myself, who find this home overpriced, expect that to happen now, but it’s going to take some time for the market to bear that out. Especially, when there are still a few cats holding plenty of chips at the table. The DIY/Tiny home movement is a sort of stopgap in the interim for those of us sensible enough not to throw all of our chips into an overpriced unit like this, but realistically we would all like a bit more than we can get for our buck at the moment. Quality construction can be done for ~$100/sq. foot, which would price this hut at about $40K. However, pull this into Jackson Hole and some speculator will drop $75k without blinking an eye and there the market says “yes, it’s worth $75K…..”

They don’t give away those fancy glass Euro showers, either.

tinycottage - March 2, 2012 Reply

my 400 sqft cottage is going to cost 100K.
30K was for the 1.3 acres it’s going to sit on.
however, i’m getting a foundation – not a trailer – well with water treatment setup, septic, stone exterior, hardwood floors, under floor heating, a fireplace, great solid wood (bamboo) cabinets, crown moulding, a garage and garden shed, and yep…one of those fancy glass euro showers.

it’s all relative. it can be argued that square footage cost is high, but with a small house you can use top quality materials (and you should for the wear they’ll take) because you are using less.

i had a choice…build a 2/3 bedroom home for the same price but with lesser materials or go small with quality. infrastructure costs the same…cause hey, that well doesn’t dig itself.

personally, i would not spend 75K for a home on a trailer and then pay for the use of land to sit it on. can’t wrap my head around it. if you aren’t going to travel with it, i’d rather have a permanent foundation.

all that said, the design and outfitting of the unit shown is great.

Lynn - March 2, 2012 Reply

My gosh, this is just beautiful! The finishes, the quality, the use of space and the functionality are all awesome. I sure wish my sisters and I could each buy one for our family land in Newfoundland, Canada!

Charlie - March 3, 2012 Reply

Well yes, Chinese workers work for less, but have you seen how they live (read exist) in factory dormitories? And these are just the ones working for US companies like Apple. Not a pretty picture. On the other hand, we have seen individuals on this blog build their own tiny houses on trailers for less than 10K. I know quality costs, but many of us reading this blog cannot afford 75K for 400 sq. ft. and there are many alternatives but not necessarily attractive as this one. There is always a price differential between what one loves and what one needs or can get by with. And apparently the twain can meet based on some of the past posts that I have seen. I’m still looking, but this post gives me hope. Thanks Kent!

BigGoofyGuy - March 4, 2012 Reply

That is my kind of small house. It has every thing I want in a small house. 🙂 It seems great for long narrow lots of land. 🙂

Anthony Mangieri - March 5, 2012 Reply

I think this wedge is a perfect home>
I would like to place on a slab with beam and point foundation.
How do I incorporate the front patio (deck)??
The trailored item appears smaller than the the inside photos. (perception)??
Worth every bit of 75000 dollars with all the quality materials!!
Can someone help with these questions!
Thankyou everyone
Tony

Painter - April 14, 2012 Reply

I live just down the road from where these are built and visited a few times when the first batch were under way.

They are gorgeous and very livable. The front window wall and high side windows are what makes the design work. They do not feel at all cramped.

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Paul and Shari - November 4, 2012 Reply

LOVE this!! Perfect addition to what we’ve started in Newport, WA!
A few of these around the property and its Family Gathering Time!

khiet - November 10, 2012 Reply

Is it possible to purchase minus some furnishings, and/or with a wood stove?

Bruce Elkin - December 1, 2012 Reply

Looks lovely, but can anyone tell me the R value in walls and roof? With exposed joists, where do the put the insulation? Anyone?

Gary Myrick - December 18, 2012 Reply

Can these be purchased without furniture? What foundation is needed?

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Brian J Weimer - July 19, 2013 Reply

Looks nice, but to fancy for Me, especially at $75k! You can get a little 2 bedroom home ona lot here in Fargo for that almost. Good for someone like 1 of the 1st responders to this post from New York though I’d think?

alan bauters - January 5, 2015 Reply

I was just watching people shop in Jackson Hole. The Wedge was over $300K. I guess paying for the location, if the above comments are true…you can get it for $75K. We built a tiny house, 400 sq ft, from a design of Ikeabox. It cost us $60K total. On our land we already owned. Not high end, but very nice and contemporary.

Julie - March 15, 2015 Reply

My friend ordered one. He received it about 5 months late and it was absolutely awful!! I went to go decorate it and the entire unit had water stains, cracks, dents, wires hanging out, gaps where you could see outside (from inside… where you shouldn’t be able to). Thank goodness I saw theirs before I ordered mine. Truly terrible workmanship. Not livable until they get a team out there to rebuild this thing the right way. Very disappointing.

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