It’s a house with a 12-foot ceiling, a full kitchen, sleeping quarters for four, a 60-inch flat-screen TV mounted on the living room wall, a party deck that could easily accommodate a dozen people, enough windows to fit out an observatory — and five axles.
Straddling the line between the tiny home and the recreational vehicle, a small Oak Creek firm is venturing into building shelters that, potentially, could be either.
According to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Vertical Works Inc., a six-employee company owned by Justin Kreger, has been producing modular homes for most of its eight years in business.
Now, however, the firm is bringing out a hybrid — a 399-square-foot unit that is built on a chassis and qualifies as an RV, but looks like a miniature vacation home and can be used year-round.
The company is showing off its first model, dubbed “The Denali,” at the Wisconsin RV Super Show, being held today (Jan. 8) through Sunday at the Wisconsin Center downtown.
With its unusual design — the tiny structure has three different roof lines, for example, including two that slope into each other — the Denali, which retails for $79,000 to $139,000, stands out in an exhibition hall otherwise crammed with shiny metal boxes.
That was deliberate, said Nathan Kreger, sales manager and brother of the company’s owner. The idea: grab attention and generate talk.
“When you walked in it, we wanted it to be like, wow, this is bigger than my apartment,” Kreger said.
In all likelihood, the Denali and its future brethren — work has begun on a truly teeny, 158-square-foot model called “The Dragonfly” — will end up towed by a heavy-duty “toter truck” to an RV park somewhere and installed semi-permanently for use as a recreation home.
Such so-called park model RVs have been rising in popularity among operators of Kampgrounds of America locations and similar resorts, said Sherman Goldenberg, publisher of RVBusiness, a trade journal covering the recreational vehicle industry.
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