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15 Portable Houses You Can Move Anywhere

By Gareth Houterman


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Portable houses have always come with a very negative stigma attached to them. This is mostly because we assume that every portable house is just a cramped-up house on wheels which barely has any commodities in it.

The idea of settling down and giving up your dreams of exploring and visiting new places every week gets more and more heartbreaking as you grow older, but it doesn’t always have to be like this.

In fact, you can still live out your dreams by investing into a portable house. What’s even better about it is that you don’t need to sacrifice any of the commodities that come with living in an ordinary home.

If you like the idea of living in your own portable home, how about you take a walk with us as we go over the 15 best portable houses that you can move anywhere with, starting off with:

Casa Invisible

Casa Invisible exterior

This beautiful design was made by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects. Called Casa Invisible, this portable mirrored home was specially designed to be able to reflect all of its surroundings.

This feature makes it blend into the background seamlessly, but as soon as you walk in you should be able to see just how cozy it is.

The interior is made out of light wood, and as far as the commodities are concerned, you have a fireplace as well as a glazed wall.

Casa Invisible interior

Anyone that spends the night here will enjoy their stay, especially since it can all be tailor-made to fit your tastes and needs.

All in all, this portable home is perfect for anyone that wants to show off, but only to certain people, as for the rest of the world you’ll be camouflaged into the background.

The best part about it is the fully customizable interior though which you will never grow tired of seeing.

MIMA Light House

MIMA Light House exterior

Yet another amazing portable mirror house, this beautiful home was built by MIMA Housing, and they really outdid themselves with it.

What’s cool about MIMA Light House though is that it features a bottom mirror strip which perfectly reflects the ground.

On top of it making the home look very futuristic, it also gives the onlooker the illusion that the bottom of the home is invisible.

MIMA Light House interior

This makes it seem as though the home is floating on air, which will leave any guest speechless no matter how many times they see it.

The home is also PreFab, and what’s even better about it is that it can easily be transported no matter where you need it.

So, it really lives up to its name, but that’s not all. The base version of this portable home also comes with the following features:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • A Cooking Area
  • A Bathroom

Freedomky M. House

Freedomky M house

The Freedomky M. Home is any adventurer’s dream come true. This is because the Freedomky is a ready-made home that you can take with you anywhere you want.

Usually, when people are forced to move, they find it very hard to take everything with them, always leaving something behind.

This won’t be a problem you’ll need to deal with though, since if you own a Freedomky house you’ll always just be able to pack up and just drive your whole home away.

Freedomky M house interior

This portable home is also unique in that it sports a very stylish modern rectangular shape. At the same time, it looks incredibly cozy peering from the outside in thanks to its warm wood finish.

The Freedomky M. House also has a sliding glass door which will come in handy to impress your guests when they come over.

It is a low-energy home that you will never have to worry about ruining the environment with either.

Last but not least we would like to mention the fact that this portable home can be ready in just three months.


Fincube Exterior

The beautiful Fincube house by Studio Aisslinger makes its way up on our list thanks to the following features it offers:

  • It’s fully transportable
  • Sustainable
  • Low-Energy
  • It’s Very spacious

There are very few homes out there, portable or otherwise, that can match the quality of the Fincube.

Fincube interior

This massive 505 square foot home gets straight A’s from us in every category imaginable. It is readily available all across Europe, and it can be used for a multitude of purposes, including:

  • Guest house
  • Home office
  • Event place
  • Family home

It is a very green home at that too which comes with some incredible surrounding views. This makes it a top choice for anyone looking for a portable guest house.

The vertical wooden slats and the thick and secure curtains also add to the much-needed privacy of the Fincube.


MINIMOD by MAPA exterior

Rectangular homes are some of the most desired places on the market right now thanks to how modern they look.

If you agree with that statement, MAPA’s MINIMOD may very well be one of the best options for you.

Since it is a PreFab home, you can easily just disassemble it all and then reassemble it wherever you need it.

This makes it a great option for those that are unsure of whether this will be the place where they want to spend the rest of their lives in or not.

mini mod

This portable home also comes with two amazing features that we’d like to bring attention to, namely:

  • Perforated shutter doors
  • Side glazed walls

The perforated shutter doors are amazing in that they add in a level of privacy that you’ll really come to appreciate in time

The side glazed walls on the other hand allow enough light to come in, which will help you relax in your time of need.

HonoMobo PreFab Home

HonoMobo PreFab Home

Right off the bat, the main reason as to why you’d want to invest into the HonoMobo PreFab Home is because it can be used both as its own thing and as an extension of your home.

A lot of owners decide to just place it in their backyard as an alternative garden shed/office. At the same time, you may even use it as a garage or a storage unit for anything you need.

HonoMobo PreFab Home interior

But again, this is only one use that the HonoMobo PreFab home has. Even though it is made out of reused shipping containers, let’s just say that you will not regret living in it either.

It is also one of the more affordable options on our list. It also comes with its very own Solar Photovoltaic system which can be used to save money on power bills.


Coodo exterior

The Coodo is an amazing portable house that even comes with running water and electricity from the get-go.

On top of that you can just drive away to your new location every time you feel like it.

Coodo interior

Coodo homes are usually used as vacation homes, although there have also been a lot of new owners that have decided to use them as permanent family houses too.

Thanks to its clever use of glass walls, you can easily get access to some of the most beautiful views out there.


LoftCube exterior

LoftCube’s idea is simple and yet it is complex enough to fit any homeowner’s needs.

They noticed just how many abandoned places there are out there, mostly because they don’t have the necessities that they need to be lived in.

LoftCube solves this by selling modules that can be attached to any surface whatsoever.

LoftCube interior

So, if your home has an empty void or an underutilized flat roof, LoftCube will definitely help spruce the place up in no time.

These are the main advantages behind LoftCube:

  • They have a very low carbon footprint
  • They serve as a great option for people that want a self-sustaining home
  • They can be attached to any place whatsoever

The only real downside to acquiring a LoftCube is that they can be quite expensive. Most of these modules are upwards of $74,000 for example.

Container Home by Cannatà e Fernandes

Container Home by Cannatà e Fernandes exterior

This amazing portable home design can be attributed to Cannatà e Fernandes, and they really outdid themselves with this one.

Their container-like PreFab modular homes usually measure up to 3x3x9m, and they can easily be transported around on truck to wherever you need them.

Container Home by Cannatà e Fernandes interior

Inside of these modules you’ll also be happy to see plenty of amazing amenities, including:

  • A rather spacious living area
  • A bathroom
  • A kitchen
  • A collapsible bed

Another advantage that comes with investing in one such home is the fact that the overall design of the modules is very vintage-like.

Let’s not forget about the fact that you also have a relatively large opening at the end which allows for a lot of natural light to pass through.

UFO (Unidentified Floating Device)

Unidentified Floating Device exterior

You know what they say, the sky’s the limit, but it doesn’t really have to be now, does it?

The Unidentified Floating Device is a very interesting portable home that can float on water and move around thanks to a tiny yet powerful motor.

Designed by an Italian company called Jet Capsule, the UFO also comes with its very own underwater master suite.

Unidentified Floating Device interior

What’s amazing about it is that in this suite you’ll find beautiful views of the surrounding marine life.

Its green levels are also out of this world, as it works primarily based on the following power sources:

  • Wind turbines
  • Solar panels

All in all, this is a self-sufficient and electric travel home that you will not regret investing into.

Apple Self-Driving Home

Apple Self-Driving Home

Apple has really cemented itself as one of the greatest tech giants of all time, and we do mean that.

Pretty much everything they tried they managed to succeed in, which is why it shouldn’t come off as a surprise that this could be also a huge win for them.

Their self driving iHouse concept aims to have a 350-mile range as well as plenty of features, including the following:

  • A large bed
  • A decently sized kitchen
  • A shower room
  • A gas stove

What’s even better about it is that all of these can be controlled through Apple’s very own built-in voice control. 

It’s true that this might be an April Fools’ joke since it was “unveiled” on April 1st, 2017, but we could really see a self driving home coming from Apple in the future.  


X-Float exterior

Portable homes sometimes seem to be the most modern-like houses you’ll ever see, and who can argue otherwise? Just take for example Agaligo studio’s X-Float houses and rafts.

What makes them even better though is the fact that they also come fully-equipped with the following:

  • Showers
  • Roof terraces
  • Natural water filtration
X-Float interior

The showers are especially great when the temperatures get a bit too warm for your own good and you need to wash off the sweat you’ve been building up.

The porches on the roof terraces will also allow you to star gaze. At the same time, you can use the glass railings to lean over and stare at the river flow to relax your mind when needed.

Toy Box Tiny Home

Toy Box Tiny Home exterior

While trailers are definitely a bit less popular now than they used to be a decade ago, let’s just say that there are still a lot of people that would love to own one.

If you want to go with a classic though, why not spruce things up and go with something like the Toy Box Tiny Home?

Toy Box Tiny Home interior

Looks aside, the Toy Box Tiny Home comes with the following features:

  • Colorful corrugated fiberglass panels
  • An all-white thermoplastic roof plane
  • A system that allows to route grey water directly to the plants
  • Sliding glass doors

All of these together make the Toy Box Tiny Home the perfect portable family home.

Micro House

Micro House exterior

The Micro House was designed by the talented Chinese architect Liu Lubin. He called this his greatest creation, and who can argue otherwise?

While it does live to up its name, being one of the smallest portable homes in the world, it is also spacious enough to live in.

This is because it comes with plenty of room to sit, sleep and cook in. It also features three windows that can also be used as entrances.

Micro House interior

As far as its construction is concerned, you can also expect top-quality materials from it as it features fiber-reinforced foam composite.

This makes the structure light enough to lift and yet sturdy enough to resist heavy impact.

The Blob

The Blob exterior

DMVA Architecten is the brilliant team behind this whimsical sculptural house.

It was built specifically to resemble an extraterrestrial egg, and while it may look strange from the outside, the inside is anything but uninviting.

Here you can expect to find the following:

  • A bed
  • Storage shelves
  • A kitchen
  • A shower
  • A porch
The Blob interior

At the same time, the Blob is unique in that it can also be used for a wide range of purposes, including:

  • Garden House
  • Office Suite
  • Vacation Home

Portable Homes FAQs

Portable Homes FAQs

How Much is a Portable Home?

The average portable home will cost you anywhere between $30,000 to $60,000. Some of them can be as affordable as $8,000 while others can easily cost upwards of $150,000.

The final price will be entirely reliant on the amenities you’ll get with the portable home, as well as with the amount of features the houses will have.

What is a Portable Home Called?

Portable homes also go by the following names:

  • Transportable Homes
  • Tiny Homes
  • Modular Homes

How Much Does the House that Builds Itself Cost?

Most PreFab homes that build themselves tend to cost you anywhere between $27,000 and $100,000.

The Boxabl Foldable Houses for example will cost you $49,500 while the uBox costs around $100,000.

What Is the House That Builds Itself In 10 Minutes?

The house that builds itself in under ten minutes is known as the uBox, and it was created by a UK firm named Ten Fold Engineering.

It’s a portable home that measures around 645 square feet or 60 square meters as soon as it gets unfolded.

How To Build a Tiny House?

There are three options that you should consider:

  • DIY – You buy the materials yourself and do everything on your own
  • Kits – You can also use kits to skip out on the hard work with ready-to-build kits. These come with their very own step-by-step instructions
  • Mobile home upgrades – You can also just turn old mobile homes and RVs into your own tiny home by adding in carefully-planned mods

Final Thoughts

Portable homes really are all the rage right now, and for good reason too.

They are highly practical for anyone that lives their lives on the road, and on top of that if you are already traveling a lot, why not do it in style?

All of these portable homes will surely attract a lot of attention, but then again that’s definitely something you want, isn’t it?

After all, rich people can flaunt their million-dollar mansions as much as they want, but if an earthquake starts, trust us when we tell you they’ll wish they had your portable home more than ever before.

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About Gareth Houterman

Gareth is a passionate architecture and interior design enthusiast with a degree from Rice University’s prestigious architecture program. His journey to becoming a sought-after design expert includes contributing to several major architecture publications before joining HomeDSGN. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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