The Stealthy Stag is just that. Named in honor of a family heirloom, a pair of stag antlers that's been turned into the centerpiece of the build, it's a cargo trailer that's been converted into the most magical, surprising, treehouse-like tiny house you're likely to see this month. Or ever. It's the work of an artist, so no wonder.
This is the home of Boulder, CO-based artist Caley Cason, and it's been recently featured on the popular Tiny House Giant Journey channel, which focuses on alternative housing solutions. It's a full DIY (do it yourself) conversion that started with a stealth cargo trailer that Cason bought off the lot for $8,500.
The trailer is 7 by 14 feet (2.1 by 4.2 meters), offering 88 square feet (8.1 square meters) of interior space. It's a dual-axle trailer with leaf spring suspension, and the only custom touches in the added window by the door, the propane containers on the tongue, and the roof-mounted 200W solar panel.
Cason chose an enclosed trailer for privacy reasons because they're the kind that doesn't attract attention in the city landscape. He also wanted that cocoony feel inside, which goes perfectly with the space he crafted, drawing inspiration from apothecaries and treehouses.
The kitchen is at the front, and it's where the apothecary inspiration is most obvious. It features open shelving and intricate handiwork, but it is still very functional, with a two-burner propane stove, a large sink, a 30-gallon (113.5-liter) fresh water tank under the sink, cabinets, and even a ventilated cupboard for the kitty litter box.
A thick iron rod across the ceiling is perfect for pull-ups or the farm swing that doubles as a guest chair.
Opposite the bathroom is a miniature office space, with a standing desk by the window and a special shelf for Cason's cat. As is the case with all humans, this is the cat's home, and Cason is more like a guest – a joke you'll appreciate best if you're a cat person.
The bedroom is at the rear, with a queen-size mattress positioned inside a gorgeous nook that is just as good for sleeping as it is for work. There's ample storage underneath and around the bed, thanks to custom shelving. Cason plans to lower the bookcase on the rear wall and use the trailer's drop-down platform as a deck, which would halfway open up his bedroom to the outside.
Cason has invested $25,000 in his tiny home so far and more than three years of work, during which time he's also lived in it. He's not yet done, though, and speaks of further improvements and additions, like the rear deck he has in mind and finishing the composting toilet.
Cason is clearly very skilled with his hands, and it shows in his "livable [piece of] art" that he calls home. Unless you're too, chances are The Stealthy Stag won't be much in terms of inspiration, but it sure is very pretty to look at!