About

About

Raised in a stick-built house in Canada by a British father and Canadian mother; and yet somehow I ended up in a single-wide trailer, in Reno, Nevada.ย  And yet somehow I love it.
Here is where I tell my story about my trailer, and my passion for small space living, photography, travelling, and running.

26 thoughts on “About

  1. When life hands me lemons I squeezed the crap out of them, take the juice add some ice, vodka, a little gin and if its a really bad day then a splash of tequila on top. Love your guys blog

  2. I love all of your amazing ideas. My husband, plus three kiddos found ourselves in a 16X80 several years ago. We are currently remodeling and haven’t had much success on making all this useless wasted space livable for us. I need a consultant! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks, Amy! Wow, 16×80 – that’s practically a mansion! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you are able to figure out your nooks and crannies, and really make your trailer a home. I love mine! I found I needed to be really open minded, yet very realistic – open to new ideas and realistic as to how much I really need in my home. You’d be surprised at how empowering it is to simplify. I hope we’re able to give you a few good tips here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Loving your blog! I find mobile home living fascinating and fabulous! I’d love to get in contact with you to ask you opinion about some questions I have out of the public eye. Is there an email address I can write to you with? Thanks and keep up the good work!

  4. Totally amazing! This is a great story and I’m glad you shared it. Love the before and after photos. Best of luck to you both.

  5. Could please email me? I have a few questions about your site. I’ve decided to set up my own, but don’t know how to go about it. Thank you so much for your time ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’m toying with the idea of buying a small trailer and fixing it up cottage style. I have school loans and getting a mortgage is out of the question, but I really want my own 4 walls and the ability to decorate them how I want. For someone who has never lived in a trailer, what is your advice for both living in and buying one? I will finish graduate school in about 4 months and will hopefully find something by then. My biggest fears are 1) if I have to move for work can I sell it? 2) Heating it in the winter. (I live in Northern Wisconsin.)

    • Hi Kim. It’s a great plan. Owning a trailer gives you the freedom of a home at a fraction of the price. Depending on how handy you are, you could get something for really cheap and renovate it yourself. The small space makes renovations quick and inexpensive.
      I had never lived in a trailer before I moved into this one in April 2010.
      Heating is a challenge. I had previously used the propane furnace that was in my home when I bought it. It heated nicely, but costs me a fortune to run. This winter I purchased an infrared heater, and it is doing fairly well. I haven’t had any weather below 25 yet, so we will see how it does then. I also have to use space heaters which I only turn on when Iโ€™m in the room.
      The newer the trailer, the better it will likely be insulated, but that will also increase the cost. I put plastic over my windows, and put hard foam insulation wherever I can, but some nights I’m still pretty cold.
      The resale price of trailers isnโ€™t great. If you get it cheap and do some upgrades, you should be able to get out of it what you put into it. So as long as you view it as an inexpensive home and not an investment, you shouldnโ€™t be disappointed. I think more people are seeing trailers as an affordable and practical housing option, and less as a trashy end result of a life of bad decisions. This being the case, selling it down the road wonโ€™t be too difficult.
      ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi Rebecca,

    I found your blog and read too much. LOL. You are now the one responsible for me not getting to my homework. Hmm, Anyway, you seem really cool…and believe me, I know cool because I’m really cool. Ha, not really I’m not. You know, whats weird is I’m writing this as though I actually know you…but thats just because I read about a years worth of your blogs. I could comment on so many different things but I want to say I’m sorry about Cassi. Thats an experience I don’t know but I can only imagine how difficult it must be. A past GF (oh, I’m a guy by the way) had a RB and I really like that breed. One of the few large dog breeds I like. The short hair and air of intelligence they have. Well, I find what your doing and how you live your life very refreshing. You have many of the same views I have…oh, and its so awesome how you take the time to notice other small trailers. Actually, it seems as though you notice a lot of the little things that so many people don’t.
    Well, I could have a 1000 things to share also but I’m not even sure you will get this. Anyway, I will put your blog in my favorite place and follow when I have time. The gist of me is I’m a 39 y/o guy who is going to school for nursing. I live in Tucson, Az. Makes me kinda want to have a blog…but I’m (by choice) not even on Facebook…
    Take Care,
    Matt

  8. I loved your stories of Cassi. I have an 8 year old ridgeback Pumpkin that just had mast cell surgery. I’ve been frantically reading everything out there coming to terms with her life expectancy not being as long as I hope. Thanks for your heartfelt story-it made my cry and that’s a good thing. I needed to get that out.
    Nicole and Pumpkin

    • Thanks, Nicole. Facing the mortality of our sweet pups is difficult. I hope Pumpkin has a full recovery. Give her a kiss on that soft furry spot between her eyes for meโ€ฆ. That was my favorite place to kiss Cassi. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. We live in Sparks! We are moving to Georgia, to live in a single wide. I have NEVER lived in one. We could use any advise or encouragement you can give us.

  10. Were can I view the video of the remodel trailer from the Nate show.? I seen it long long time ago while watching his show.I was recording it that day , but for some reason I didn’t get the part with the trailer / mobile home. And that is the reason I taped it. Do you happen to have the episode number of the show, and or maybe it is on youtube? Thank you. so love it and want to do this as well.

    • I’m sorry, I don’t know the episode. It used to be available to watch on the Nate Berkus website, but I’m not sure if it still is. I believe it aired in the late spring of 2010, and the couple who live in the trailer are James and Tanille. I hope you can find something in a search.

  11. I happened to run across this website late at night n I’m tired. HOWEVER, I’m planning to revisit once I’m more awake!!! I’m so aligned with your mind set!!!! It was a “hard sell” for my boyfriend to get me into a mobile home. It’s been the best choice ever!!!! With our combo of him wanting to live cheap n my need for living in a nicely designed place…. We found a perfect marriage of cheap vs. kick ass!!!!!! I’m so understanding everything you say n it just blows my mind others can’t see the vision????? Love your posts! Lisa, Minnesota!!!!

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