Here's what most couples do not do immediately after they get married: Honeymoon over, most couples return to their jobs, start paying bills and maybe shop around for a house to buy. Patrick and Lauren, from Wanderlust Tiny House, did the opposite. Frustrated with the all-consuming rat race of life, this couple bought a Tumbleweed Barn Raiser which is a basic micro-shelter with none of the trimmings, a shell wrapped in Zip System Sheathing.
Now they had a framed box on wheels. It required windows, walls, cabinets, and infrastructure. It required piping, roofing, wiring, power, trim, paint, a ceiling and a floor. Basically, it needed everything, including a kitchen sink.
Is this a good time to quit your jobs? Patrick and Lauren went the extra mile and did that, too. Their website now chronicles their travels and boasts of a finished tiny home with dozens of clever storage ideas for everything from dog food to dining room chairs to toilet paper.
Let's see take a look at the home they call Wanderlust.
This close up shot features one of the two front-to-back oriented dormers. The one facing forward is much wider than the one facing the rear of the home. But it also shows a nearly-completed Wanderlust. The last of the Zip System Sheathing -- the green-colored paper -- is visible on the near side of the dormer.
You can see the finished product below:
One reason to include this shot is that it includes the front door. When you step inside, this is approximately what you see, except here Lauren is pulling one of three small ottoman storage units out from under the couch, which is made of three-quarters plywood and finished boards.
In this photo, you can see the same couch on the left, so this is your next view as you enter the house and turn right. You see how the peak of the house follows the stairs to the sleeping loft. Behind the stairs is the kitchen in the background.
The white rectangle at the top of the stairs, but to the left, is the headboard to the bed, but it is made up of a storage chest, which will be more visible in a follow-up photograph.
The shot above and below shows the dining room arrangement, which is entirely stowed away when not in use. The folding chairs are clipped into place on the ceiling and the dining room table ...
is pulled from its place flat against the wall to a horizontal position, where heavy brackets snap into place, keeping it level without any legs to get in the way.
Patrick and Lauren have two dogs. This bin, on a sliding shelf under the stairs, contains the dog food.
Here's the view from the kitchen toward the front door. This kitchen also includes some clever storage ideas visible on the couple's Wanderlust Tiny House website.
When you bounce down the road, your beer glasses bounce, too. This couple found the solution: Take the drill bit designed for boring large holes and nest your glasses in the glass rack, so they don't slide around as you drive.
You also don't want your toilet paper roll to bounce itself empty as you skitter down a bumpy road. To solve that problem, simply have the rolls mounted vertically.
The bathroom is complete with a composting toilet and a shower.
The bedroom is decidedly small: In fact, it's a sleeping loft, rather than bedroom loft. But it holds a queen-sized bed and the storage chest on the left that serves as a closet and a headboard.
The colors here are inviting in this, the smaller of the two dormers. The recessed lighting, meanwhile, could be described as a clever way to stow away your light fixtures.
On the road, the windows in front are boarded to keep them clean and safe.
This photo also finishes the story. Not only did this couple quit their jobs and build a tiny house after they got married, but they also hit the road. Their website now chronicles their travels and, suffice it to say, there is no shortage of photos of Patrick and Lauren with wide smiles posing in settings as stunning as the one in the photo above.
You can check for updates on the house and the crafty couple's travels on The Wanderlust Tiny House Facebook or Instagram but, first, don't forget to follow Lauren in the video below for a more comprehensive tour of the Wanderlust Tiny House: