If you know your Old West history, you may be familiar with “schooners,” which were covered wagons used by pioneers striking west for new lands and new lives. These covered wagon schooners were of course named for the small ocean-faring vessels which were originally referred to as such.
This is the concept behind the Prairie Schooner tiny house designed by Wander Homes. I fell in love with this home from the moment I saw it, because it combines both schooner concepts into one seamless design—there are prairie and nautical elements woven together. You wouldn’t think that would work, but it totally does. Let’s take a tour!
Here we see the outside of the Prairie Schooner. You can see the western design inspiration in the shape and materials of the home, but the nautical influence comes through in the lovely compass rose accent by the door.
There are a number of custom options for the materials. You can choose from any of eight different siding colors and six different colors for the stonework. Ten colors are available for the metal roof, and you can even customize the plumbing fixture finishes inside.
Walking through the front door, here is the view you see of the kitchen and the steps leading up to the loft. The layout is pretty similar to what you may be familiar with from looking at other tiny homes, but the homespun look of all that wood is very homey. The countertop is an elegant touch as well.
This gives you a better angle on the countertop and the storage under the steps. You can also see the couch. The TV seems somewhat illogically placed, but trying to find a spot for TV screens in tiny houses is a common challenge (the bedroom seems most logical in most cases).
Past the kitchen, we find ourselves in the bathroom.
The materials are gorgeous in here, especially the tiles in the shower. This room definitely is one of the highlights of the home. The finish on the plumbing is very appealing; this is one of the features you will recall that you are able to customize.
This is the view looking out from the loft over the living area.
Beverly Johnson of Wander Homes describes the goal of the company: “Our goal is to build each home to meet the unique needs of the owner. Whether they want to live off-the-grid, or in an area with Internet access. We want to get to know the customer and create a space that is ‘home’ to them.”
The biggest highlight of the Prairie Schooner to me is this amazing bedroom. This is quite a spacious loft. There is plenty of room around the bed, and there is also more vertical space than one would typically expect. The windows are bigger as a result, and the whole space feels very roomy—like a proper bedroom rather than a squeezed little alcove.
Want to learn more about the Prairie Schooner and Wander Homes’ custom designs for tiny house living? Visit them at the link below.
Wander Homes: http://wanderhomes.net/index.html