Lifestyle

This is Not Your Father's Trailer Park Home

A mobile home may not be at the top of everyone's list when considering building a dream vacation house. Then again, most people don't already own a treasured aluminum Airstream-esque trailer like the folks behind the Locomotive Ranch in Texas.

On a mission to marry the family's two favorite things—the vintage trailer and favorite spot on their South Texas ranch—the architects were challenged with finding a way to keep the rig protected from the flash flood-prone nature of the location without disrupting the fragile ecosystem at the riverbanks. Their solution required wrapping it in a steel-framed and roofed cradle, which in turn lifted the whole thing just above the flood plain. 

The result: a franken-structure that blends in decently well with the property's preexisting rain barns and ranch equipment. Though from the right angle, it could also be mistaken for a retro-modern train station. Either way, you won't find this sort of thing in your town's trailer park. 

The whole setup is secured to the banks by way of a concrete "blockhouse," which itself serves as part of the living space complete with an interior bathroom and screened-in, lofted sleeping space. Hanging out up there is like being perched atop a permanently-docked riverboat.

The screened-in deck means bug-free feasting.

You will need to step outside for a post-meal dip in the old-school barrel-style hot tub. Maybe wait an hour, though; no one likes cramps.

Inside, amenities have been refurbished with bamboo wood paneling—a step up from your trailer interiors of yore. And the lighting's on point; a combination of LEDs and small spotlights flood the place.

The kitchen is fully modern, too. Trailer life isn't looking so bad, eh? Particularly when your real house is only a few steps away.


Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He would pay good money to be allowed to regularly nap in here.