College Student Didn’t Like Dorm Life, So He Built a Tiny Home on Wheels for $15,000

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As the cost of attending college goes up in the U.S., students are coming up with creative ways to save money on (and for) their schooling. A college student named Bradley from Jacksonville, Florida has avoided the dorm life by opting to build his own tiny home on wheels. Nestled among trees with a creek nearby, he calls his 230-square-foot abode Rolling Quarters. The cozy space is perfect for one person and comes complete with a large porch so that he can enjoy the outdoor serenity that's just a few steps away.

Rolling Quarters started out as more a financial need than a desire to downsize. “Right out of high school I went and paid a year's worth of rent and decided that wasn't for me,” he tells Living Big In A Tiny House. “So I moved back home to save some money and pay for it all in cash to build it.” Bradley first secured a 27-foot-long flatbed trailer and then began collecting things from Craigslist. For the items and materials he couldn’t find used, like the vinyl siding, he bought new.

The interior of Rolling Quarters has a cabin-like feel. Branches and greenery line the walls, and the ceiling is left as its natural color. The design has space-saving details that are synonymous with tiny homes, like storage underneath the stairs, a lofted bedroom, and a foldable table that Bradley uses for studying. This still leaves him room for things like a TV and couch—as well as the ability to host 25 people in his air-conditioned space and still have room for a selfie.

Building Rolling Quarters gave Bradley more than just a place to live—it gave him confidence in his own abilities. “It taught me I can do more than I think I can. Before doing some of the things, such as electrics, I thought I might contract that out but after I got my hands dirty and went through the whole process it seems a lot simpler now.”

With the amenities, gorgeous landscape, and the fact he doesn’t have to live in a cramped dorm room, Bradley’s $15,000 cost to build Rolling Quarters was certainly worth it. If you’d like to experience the tiny home for yourself, Rolling Quarters is now available to book through Airbnb.

A college student named Bradley has avoided the dorm life—and saved money—by building his own tiny home on wheels called Rolling Quarters.

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He started with a 27-foot flatbed trailer and constructed the 230 square foot abode on top of it.

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The interior of the home features some space-saving characteristics, like storage underneath the stairs.

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For just $15,000, Bradley now has a cozy home.

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And although he lives there by himself, Rolling Quarters is equipped with a large porch that can easily host Bradley and his friends.

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Take a tour of Rolling Quarters in the video below.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Rolling Quarters. 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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