The Sumaya is one of the most beautifully crafted handmade mobile homes I’ve ever seen. The Sumaya (meaning ‘little piece of sky’ in Arabic) is a sustainable, energy-efficient, dynamic home clad in cedar.
Built by Phil Duloy, he was inspired to build the home for his family after living in a converted cargo truck. The house is capable of accommodating three people comfortably. Duloy moved from Washington DC to England 15 years ago, since then he has been involved in disaster relief initiatives, and after he and his fiancée had their first child, he decided that they needed something more comfortable than a converted cargo truck to live in.
The exterior of the home is clad in cedar, while the interior features ask and oak. The mollycrofted roof and sides are fitted with a number of windows creating a bright, naturally day lit interior. The bedroom, separated from the main cabin by Japanese sliding doors, has a full double size bed with 2 wardrobes, storage space and reading lamps.
The main cabin features a wet room (with a shower and toilet) and the galley, which houses a catering-grade oven and sink. Beyond the galley you’ll find two exterior doors, a glass-fronted wood burner and a seating area fit for 8 people. The dining table can also be converted to a bed to accommodate overnight guests.
The mobile home is powered by a solar-charged battery bank. Heated by a wood-burner and concealed radiators, there is no shortage of warmth to be found in this home, compared to some off-the-shelf caravans. All the lights are LED, and 13 amp sockets are installed throughout. The home also has KEF sound system, supported by 8 ceiling-mounted drivers and sub-woofers with an Alpine unit, and you can play DVD’s through a projector.
The Sumaya is a unique project combining sustainable living initiatives with the comfort and luxury of a much larger home.