Have you ever wanted to stay in a custom-made tiny house on wheels? If you answered ‘yes’, consider a stay at Caravan, a quirky hotel in Portland, Oregon.
Located in the heart of the popular and vibrant Alberta Arts District, Caravan offers travelers the experience of staying in a custom-made tiny house on wheels.
Its charming tiny houses are all built by local builders and range in size from 120-170 sq.ft.
Each tiny house features creative, funky, artistic design elements coupled with multi-functional, space-efficient furnishings.
All of the tiny houses have flush toilets, hot showers, electric heat, a sitting area, a kitchen and lots of locally made art and sustainable, Fair Trade products.
The Amazing Mysterium is the newest member of the tiny house family.
Like each of the tiny houses at Caravan, is custom-built, locally made and has lots of unique features.
Designed to model a traditional Vardo gypsy wagon, The Amazing Mysterium has a Mollycroft roof featuring custom-made stained glass windows, an adjustable suspension bed, and a beautiful tile kitchen counter.
The Mysterium is 120 sq. ft. and can sleep four guests in the two queen beds- the upper suspension bed and the convertible couch on the ground floor.
Although The Mysterium is the smallest tiny house, it feels spacious inside with its a kitchen, bathroom that includes a toilet, sink, and shower, living room space, and sleeping area.
There is plenty of room for storage, including built-in closets and shelves for luggage, books, and kitchen supplies. There is a kitchen table with comfy, microfiber chairs, a gorgeous tiled kitchen counter, and as with all of our tiny houses, The Mysterium has hot running water, electric heat, a kitchen with lots of amenities, a flush toilet and a shower.
Pacifica joined Caravan in March of 2016. Pacifica was built in Olympia, Washington by nationally known and highly respected tiny house builder, Abel Zyl, of Zyl Vardos.
Pacifica has a very unusual design for a tiny house on wheels.
It is built on a 10ft. wide single axle trailer and is designed to be universally accessible to accommodate those who use a wheelchair for mobility. The billowing and undulating roofline and the concentric arcs of the cedar-shingled exterior reminds us of ocean waves.
The expansive interior space is extremely unusual and hosts many colorful components, namely the Talavera tile sink and countertop, designed and built by Caravan owner Deb Delman, and the custom-made stained glass windows, designed by Abel and built by Mansion Glass. The name Pacifica, a nod to our west coast ocean, embodies all of these architectural characteristics.
As with all of Abel’s curved tiny house designs, Pacifica was designed using a 3-D modeling program, and a CNC machine was used to cut the complex forms that create the arched roofline.
In terms of accessibility, creating a space that is navigable by wheelchair, yet is confined by the innate characteristics of being on a road legal trailer, was a design challenge. The bathroom has a roll-in shower, the underside of the kitchen countertops is cleared of obstructions, and the bed on the first floor is fully accessible.There is also an upstairs loft with a Queen bed, accessed by a gorgeous handmade staircase with storage space.
Pacifica was designed specifically for Caravan in collaboration with Caravan’s owners by Abel Zyl in 2015 and constructed by his crew in under three months.
The Caboose joined Caravan in the winter of 2013, and it is a beauty.
Modeled after a train caboose, the interior pops with detail from the custom built benches, cabinets, ladder, and fold out dining table, to the cobble-wood floor, curved roof elements and copper shelving.
Built with the finest craftsmanship, the builder included his signature artistic elements such as the Mason jar lighting and copper piping.
Within its 134 sq. ft., The Caboose holds an impressive amount of richly designed, unique and artistic features. It features a “cupola” loft- a second story, bright and roomy sleeping loft with a queen bed, big windows and lots of fluffy pillows.
Beneath the sleeping loft are twin bunk beds adorned with custom-made quilts. The Caboose comfortably sleeps up to 4 guests, making it a great option for families.
Built almost entirely from salvaged materials, Skyline is one-of-a-kind, funky and beautiful.
Repurposed metal and wood make up much of the interior and exterior. Featuring stained glass, a triangular toilet and metal handrails, this extremely unique tiny house measures 142 sq. ft. and can sleep up to 4 guests.
Beside the queen bed on the ground floor, a staircase leads to a second level where a cozy couch transforms into a second queen bed, making Skyline a great option for families or two couples.
Skyline’s shed roof, made from recycled refrigerator panels, and high ceiling create a voluminous interior space.
The flooring and walls are made from salvaged decking, there is a street sign in the shower, a crow bar used for a door handle, and the stairs to the sleeping loft are repurposed industrial stairs. Skyline feels particularly spacious with the bar stools, upstairs couch and comfy queen bed, all providing comfortable places to hang out.
The Tandem is a spacious and beautiful 160 sq. ft. tiny house with a homey, comfortable vibe.
Adorned with metal bicycle sprockets, The Tandem was named for the bike culture of Portland and for its double sleeping areas. One queen bed rests in a loft above the kitchen, accessed by a ladder.
A trundle bed on the ground floor serves as a comfy seating area during the day and can be transformed to a king-size bed at night. The Tandem sleeps up to 4 people and includes plenty of room for hanging out, reading, sipping tea or playing cards.
Building The Tandem was a collaborative effort that began in 2011. It was framed on a custom Eagle trailer by Hannah Farrin and friends just north of Portland on Sauvie Island.
Kangablue is a traditionally designed tiny house. At 170 sq ft., it is currently the biggest tiny house at Caravan.
Elegant and roomy, Kangablue sleeps up to 3 people. The lofted sleeping area features a memory foam queen bed that is accessible by ladder.
Featuring a sofa bed on the ground level that transforms into an additional single bed, a comfy reading chair and a bamboo kitchen table and chairs, Kangablue is Caravan’s most spacious tiny house and offers guests a variety of places to relax and hang out.
Kangablue was designed and built by Australian born Benn Kovco in 2014, in the Cully neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Benn built the tiny house on weekends and at night over the course of 10 months while working at his full time job.
The house features a variety of Pacific Northwest woods, including blue pine, also known as beetle kill pine. Blue pine can be any species of pine tree that acquires a natural blue stain after being infected by the Mountain Pine Beetle.
With a nod to the builder’s heritage, his building materials and the fact that this house is as adorable as a baby kangaroo, the name “Kangablue” seems fitting.
Caravan is located at 5015 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 97211. Click here for more information and reservations.