April 21, 2024

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Baldwin, 37, now operates the Airbnb full time and cares for his two young children.

Khylen Baldwin stands in front of his tiny home.

Khylen Baldwin stands in front of his tiny home.

Khylen Baldwin


He paid £500, or roughly $600, for the 1980s vehicle on Facebook Marketplace.

Horsebox before conversion

The horsebox before conversion.

Khylen Baldwin


A friend helped haul the trailer to Baldwin’s home with a tractor. Baldwin said that though it was very run-down, he “could see in my head that it would look great.”

Tractor hauling horsebox

The tractor hauling the horsebox.

Khylen Baldwin


He said that for the first few months it “just sat around” in his backyard in Devon, England, while he tried to figure out what to do with it.

The original unconverted horsebox

The original unconverted horsebox.

Khylen Baldwin


Baldwin’s first step was to install floor-to-ceiling windows, offering what he said was some “much needed” light.

Conversion Process of Horsebox Airbnb

The conversion process of the horsebox Airbnb.

Khylen Baldwin


He did all the wiring and plumbing himself. There aren’t any plug sockets because the vehicle is off the grid, but it has solar-powered lights and running water.

Kitchen Installation in Horsebox Airbnb

The kitchen installation in the horsebox Airbnb.

Khylen Baldwin


Baldwin said he hadn’t done much construction work before, so he used YouTube to figure out how to convert the trailer into a functional tiny home.

Construction in the horsebox Airbnb (with the owner's dog)

Construction in the horsebox Airbnb (with the owner’s dog).

Khylen Baldwin


He did most of the work at night, after spending days caring for his children while his wife, a schoolteacher, was at work.

Construction work in the horsebox Airbnb

Construction work in the horsebox Airbnb.

Khylen Baldwin


Baldwin ripped out the seating at the front of the trailer and turned the driver’s cabin into a double bed.

Sleeping area in the horsebox Airbnb

Sleeping area in the horsebox Airbnb.

Khylen Baldwin


He built a second double bed in the narrow space above the driver’s cabin. He said the trailer can accommodate a family of four, though it’s often rented by young couples.

Double bed on top of the cab

The double bed on top of the cab.

Khylen Baldwin


He said he wanted to make the most of the trailer’s original structure, so he turned the tailgate into a sheltered deck.

The outdoor deck at the horsebox Airbnb

The outdoor deck at the horsebox Airbnb.

Khylen Baldwin


He bought a second, smaller horse box and turned it into a separate bathroom, complete with a composting toilet.

The exterior horsebox bathroom

The exterior horsebox bathroom.

Khylen Baldwin