Protohaus II – Poll

Ann Holley who has built one of my favorite tiny houses the Protohaus is getting ready to start part two of her project. Ann is calling it a sort of addendum to the ProtoHaus.

Ann has added a new page “New Structure” to There are images of models for the next design and some information there. I am going to let Ann go into the details below:

These models represent the next step of the ProtoHaus project. We are in development of an additional structure that will function as a multi purpose space. First, it will be a light-weight model. ProtoHaus weighs in at 9,500 pounds. A light-weight model (under 1,500 pounds) will be easier to move at short notice and will require less fuel to transport. Second, it will be a mobile education unit.

We would like to take the project on the road without having to break down our whole system. Third, it will function as an extra bedroom where we may house guests. Forth, it will act as an office space. Finally, it will be our vacation home at the beach, in the mountains or even in a commercial parking lot.

Each model has its own advantages and drawbacks. Ann is leaning toward the vardo-conastoga-shepherd hut-airstream hybrid.  I am curious what your choice would be.

Please vote below.

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Kevin Wilbeck - December 17, 2009 Reply

The teardrop style reminds me of the travel trailers back from the 50’s and 60’s. I think they were affectionately called “canned hams”. I wonder if you could use SIP’s for the walls to simplify construction.

Ed Bartley - December 17, 2009 Reply

I find two of your plans acceptable. The hip roof design is the least acceptable if you really want it to be portable. It would not pull any long distance very well even though it might give you the most room.

I like the Shepherds Hut version best – again assuming it will not be cost effective to pull any distance.

I also like the tear drop trailer effect as I love the tear drop trailer to travel with. I am not sure it meets all the other needs.

So, I think the Shepherds Hut fits most of your requirements. Have fun building which ever one you choose.

Ed Bartley

Susan Thomson - December 17, 2009 Reply

Is the Shepard’s hut the 2nd or 3rd design. I thought the second, but that’s different than the order of the poll options. Thanks.

    Kent Griswold - December 17, 2009 Reply

    The Shepherds hut is the second picture down. Sorry I messed up in the poll order…Kent

Bill - December 18, 2009 Reply

My first choice would definitely be the shepherd’s hut. It looks very nice, and sort of like an old covered wagon. Second would be the hip roof. The only problem with it looks like the porch is oversized. The more porch space, the less interior space. Lastly, the teardrop trailer. While nice, it does look like a trailer you would buy today. Aerodynamically, it might be the best though.

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