adventure journal pocket shelter mobile house

The problem with houses is that they’re just so… grounded. If the open road is more your style, a mobile house – not to be confused with the speciously named mobile home – can be yours for about $320 per square foot.

$64,000 is a lot to shell out for 200 square feet, until you consider that every square inch – in all three dimensions – of this bad boy is custom built. There is an artistry to building small and maximizing space in a way that doesn’t feel cramped. If you’ve ever squeezed too large of furniture into too small a room, the fine distinction between claustrophobic and homey becomes clear.

Despite its utility trailer size (8 x 23 feet), the Pocket Shelter has every amenity of a home built on a foundation: bathroom, kitchen sink and a wee bit of privacy. The designer and builder, Aaron Maret, sums it up perfectly. “Learning how to build this small is a challenge. But it’s child’s play compared to learning how to live small. It took every bit as long to pair down enough to fit reasonably into such a small space as it did to build it… And it’s been totally worth it. Having only what’s essential (by relatively affluent western standards) frees up a lot of clutter, expense, maintenance and energetic baggage.”

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Photos by Aaron Maret.


Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.


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