Gerhard and Mary Ringel are a pair of grandparents from Santa Cruz, California who decided it was time to build their retirement home but they didn’t want just any old house, they wanted it to be as unique as they are. So, they found two century-old streetcars and joined them to make a 750-square foot house. From the outside, you may mistakenly think it’s just a traditional house, albeit very brightly colored!
The exterior was painted a bold yellow color with aqua and purple accents that pop off the house. The house definitely stands out on the street!
Inside, the colors continue! The kitchen has lime green accents with a multi-colored tile floor. The stove/oven is vintage-looking with a full-sized refrigerator. The countertops are a mosaic pattern with glass-front cabinets above.
The couple kept the traditional streetcar roof in some parts of the house and replaced the windows with stained glass.
The living area is long and spacious with plenty of room for a large sectional couch and a huge TV mounted on the wall.
On the far end of the living room, a daybed is set up in the nook which can be used for seating during the day or as an extra bed at night for guests.
A wood burning fireplace is a focal point in the living area and keeps the home nice and cozy. You can also see the dining area in the background across from the opening to the kitchen.
The bedroom is large and has room for a full-sized bed and dresser. We love the door they chose for it, too!
The bedroom also has an office area which they set apart with contrasting wallpaper.
The bathroom is also long and large with multiple cabinets and a pedestal sink. Of course, the main gem is the antique clawfoot tub!
We think these grandparents proved that a home doesn’t have to be traditional to be cozy and charming. They definitely made this a place their children and grandchildren will cherish as well.
If you’re in the planning process of building your tiny house, keep in mind that streetcars and other creative options often make the best homes! There’s a house tour video on houzz you should check it out!