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Spectacular Dream Weaver Tiny Home Does Away With All the Minuses of Tiny Living

Tiny living has countless advantages, but it also comes with compromises that, to many, might be deal-breakers. It doesn't always have to be that way, and the Dream Weaver tiny house is proof of that.
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In theory, tiny living means downsizing from a brick-and-mortar home, be it a house in the suburbs or a city apartment, into a mobile house. The smaller the tiny, the more mobile it is, so the most compact units, those that sit on single- or dual-axle trailers, can be hauled from location to location with a pickup truck and no special permits.

Another advantage of these compact units is that they're cheaper to buy and less costly in the long run in terms of monthly expenses while also paving the way to a more intentional, less cluttered lifestyle. Depending on the layout, they can accommodate anyone from a single traveler to an entire family, but the biggest compromise will always be, without fail, in terms of space.

Most tinies have no standing height in the lofted bedrooms, no doors except to the bathroom, and little room to move around without bumping into a piece of furniture or that family member you just had a fight with. Space and privacy are among the first two things you have to forget when you consider moving into a tiny.

The Dream Weaver custom tiny house offers standing height, privacy, and off\-grid capabilities
Photo: Indigo River Tiny Homes
There are exceptions, though.

Dallas-based Indigo River Tiny Homes promises "minimalist living [but] maximum comfort," with a range of models of different sizes that each buyer can then customize to their liking. They do smaller dual-axle homes but also oversize park models like the Dream Weaver, a spectacular mobile home that rivals brick-and-mortar counterparts, especially in the way in which it's able to do away with most of the downsides of tiny living.

The Dream Weaver is a fully custom unit based on the company's popular Pioneer gooseneck model, completed in late 2023. It's massive compared to tinies from countries like France, the UK, or Australia and features a gooseneck that holds a living room with standing height. It's also rigged for complete autonomy from the grid and has doors to every room except for the suspended living.

The Dream Weaver custom tiny house offers standing height, privacy, and off\-grid capabilities
Photo: Indigo River Tiny Homes
Privacy and space abound in the Dream Weaver, so it totally lives up to the name. Designed for two-person occupancy, it sits on a triple-axle 24,000-lb (10,886-kg) GWVR trailer and offers a useful length of 40 feet (12.2 meters), with an 8.6-foot (2.6-meter) width and 13.5-foot (4.1-meter) height.

In total, it has 333 square feet (31 square meters) of living space and finishes that could accommodate four people in absolute comfort. As it is, though, the living room in the gooseneck is designed as a lounge slash home office slash guest room.

Entrance is done directly into the kitchen, which features heaps of storage options and features you're more likely to find in a standard home, including a dishwasher, toe-kick drawers, and a fridge and freezer combo with a filtered water dispenser. Another feature more common to standard homes is the ground-floor master bedroom with a privacy door, a double wardrobe, bedside cubbies, and storage under the queen-size bed.

The Dream Weaver custom tiny house offers standing height, privacy, and off\-grid capabilities
Photo: Indigo River Tiny Homes
The bathroom is at the opposite end of the trailer and features a washing station, an Incinolet incinerating toilet, a full-size shower, a sink with vanity, and even more storage that goes under the staircase that leads up to the living. Speaking of the living room, it includes an RV leather sofa, a wall-mounted TV, and enough space to kick back and relax – or work because the owners will add another desk in there.

The Dream Weaver borrows several tricks from the RV industry to offer a heightened degree of comfort, and, no, we're not talking just about that RV leather sofa – though it's quite awesome. It comes with an automatic awning, fold-down furniture that tucks away neatly when not needed and off-grid capability. The bed in the master bedroom, for instance, hides two 100-gallon (378.5-liter) freshwater tanks underneath, taking up half of that storage space.

There's also a rain catchment system in place, but the owners were yet to install water filtration when the video tour below was filmed. With full autonomy in mind, the roof of Dream Weaver has solar panels, while a 20kWh battery pack and 4 Vectron inverters are stowed in a "secret" storage room next to the living area.

The Dream Weaver custom tiny house offers standing height, privacy, and off\-grid capabilities
Photo: Indigo River Tiny Homes
The Dream Weaver tiny home is proof that tiny living can be more than just minimalist living: it can also be very comfortable in a way that brings to mind the benefits of a brick-and-mortar home. Granted, given its size, the Dream Weaver will never do much traveling, but it's still able to move, unlike a standard house.

Another caveat is that this kind of comfort and unprecedented features come at a cost, in the most literal sense. The Dream Weaver is a fully custom unit, so the builder doesn't put an exact figure on it, but a similar unit can go as high as $150,000. There's always some compromise to be made.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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