A woman transforms an old train carriage into a magnificent off-the-grid house with breathtaking views…

We’ve all heard of people going off the grid and living in really small spaces. But have you ever considered living in a carriage?

These vintage train carriages were found by a woman from Central Otago Region in New Zealand, who then restored them by herself. You can see that her tiny house is constructed with so much love and care as we take you on a tour of it.

Mandy used to work on yacht and boat repair projects with her ex-husband.

We’ve all heard of people going off the grid and living in really small spaces. But have you ever considered living in a carriage?

These vintage train carriages were found by a woman from Central Otago Region in New Zealand, who then restored them by herself. You can see that her tiny house is constructed with so much love and care as we take you on a tour of it.

Mandy used to work on yacht and boat repair projects with her ex-husband.

When she stumbled across these abandoned carriages and saw tremendous potential for them, she had no idea how useful her knowledge would be. She used to want to buy a house near the beach, but these carriages found her instead, and she hasn’t looked back since.

She said that it was quite difficult to reconstruct these carriages.

It was very damp when it first arrived. She even discovered the bodies of dead birds within! Even though the windows were shattered and it seemed to be a hopeless situation straight first, Mandy was certain that she could breathe fresh life into this once lively railway carriage.

The location offers you a breathtaking view in every direction.

The breathtaking views will always be there to greet you the second you go out onto the deck of either cabin, no matter the time of day or night. Even though Mandy has a little bathtub outside of her house, she admits that she needs to be careful about how much water she uses there since water is hard to come by in the region.

Because she does not have access to running water or electricity, she collects rainwater and puts it in storage for later use. Solar panels that are connected to a reliable generator are the  source of electricity in her house. Because she has this lovely fireplace that warms the whole property, she does not have any issues with the heat in the house.

On the first carriage, you will locate the main home that Mandy lives in.

As soon as you step foot inside, her stunning lounge area will be there to greet you and make you feel at home. Her kitchen is located to the right, and although she admits that she doesn’t spend much time in it, she nevertheless put the same amount of attention into repairing it as she did her other rooms.

There is a comfortable bedroom with a private bathroom off to the left as you enter.

You’ll notice that the toilet is missing, but you don’t need to be concerned about it since she has a separate long drop toilet located outside of her house. Her bedroom does not disappoint. It seems to be cozy and pleasant, and has a look at the view that can be seen from that window!

The other carriage is another place for guests.

She was adamant that they not be completely refinished, meticulously cleaned, and expertly polished. She was able to preserve the seat numbers, old markings, and even the water spots on the wood. It has come to my attention that these teeny-tiny flaws really complement the overall elegance of the interior quite well.

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