It’s not the first time I’ve seen a tiny house created from a school bus or a shipping container, but I can state with absolute certainty that this is the first time I’ve ever seen a Tiny house made from an old train car.
Mandy and her ex-husband restored two old railway carriages over the course of eight years. The carriages are located in the Central Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. Before they look in to this tiny home, they have searched about tiny house airbnb, tiny tree house, unfinished tiny house for sale, ranch and lake tiny homes etc… to get some idea.
Let’s have a look at this stunning tiny house restoration, which I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before in my life.
Mandy and her ex-husband were prepared to take on the enormous challenge of restoring these two old railway carriages because they had already successfully completed a number of restorations on boats and yachts.
When you walk into the first railroad carriage, you’ll find the warm and inviting living area, which is furnished with a fireplace that burns wood. The fireplace serves as the primary source of heat in this home and is an absolute requirement for surviving the region’s severe winters.
Together, Mandy and her ex-husband completely removed all of the paint from the original wood paneling and then proceeded to restore the tin ceiling.
The kitchen, although it is on the smaller side, is fully functional and is located right next to the living room. Wow, it has an incredible tin ceiling!
The ample amounts of natural light that are allowed into Mandy’s bedroom come from the room’s two sets of windows. In addition, there is a private bathroom in the room that includes a sink and a shower. There is a bathroom located outside, right next to the carriages, but there are none inside.
“The library,” an additional living room and sitting area painted in this wonderful sage color, is located in the second railway carriage, which is home to “the library.”
Mandy makes use of the built-in bed and storage space that are included in this carriage so that she can transform it into a guest room when she has visitors.
I can’t decide which is more stunning: the outside of the train cars, the lovely and personality-filled inside, or the breathtaking vistas of the mountains and landscape that surround us.
Watch the video that follows for an in-depth look at the incredible repair work that Mandy has done on the train car:
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