Young family creates compound from vintage Euro-trucks

When Ludivine inherited rural property after the death of her mother, she decided to make it work for her by renting out the main home for income and building portable tiny homes to fit her changing family.

Her then-husband built the first mobile home on top of a 150-euro farm trailer out of local wood, crafting a built-in bunk bed for their then-two-year-old daughter Prâan (below) and themselves (above), along with a shower, kitchen, and mini- room.

The 2.5-hectare (6-acre) plot is an “airial Landes”, a traditional barnyard from the region (Les Landes) that typically includes a main home, a caretaker cottage, a well, and an outdoor bread oven. When Prâan turned six and outgrew the bed in their farm-trailer home, the family refurbished and moved into the small (450-square-foot) caretaker cottage.

When Lou was gifted an old bus from her work with a canoe company (the vehicle was longer needed to transport passengers and gear to the river), she and her new husband Rich hired her ex, J. Christophe (J.C.), to build it out in wood as a rental unit (particularly catered to those hiking the “Way of Saint James” pilgrimage route). When J.C. needed a place for his family to live, they moved in for a year and Prâan spent alternating weeks in the bus with her dad, step-mother, and little sister.

When Lou and Rich wanted to save money to travel, they rented out their caretaker cottage for the summer and moved into a vintage that they parked next to the old bread oven and lived there for two months. They created an outdoor room (with indoor furniture under the overhang of the bread oven) and used a pump-style shower for bathing.

The family doesn’t have a television or computer and choose to spend more time reading or in the surrounding nature, but when Rich wanted a place to watch Patriot’s games, the couple hired xx again to transform an old horse trailer into a two-story tiny house on wheels. This man cave now serves as a rental in the warmer months.

This year the family will add their newest member (Lou is pregnant with her second child Jío) and they have converted Prâan’s closet into his bedroom. The end goal is to save enough money to convert the main home (now rented) into something suited to their future family of four.

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  1. Some of those mushrooms look like actual porcinis, others are just lookalikes. Not any deadly poisonous lookalikes but plenty of similar boletes have an extremely bitter taste or that will give you a stomach ache. Plus it will ruin the rest of the mushrooms you cook them with. 100% identify mushrooms before eating them.

  2. Start with using what you have. And built from there, don’t put yourself in Debt. This would be my dads dream to have a place that all the Kids and Grandkids all lived close.

    Another Great video! It’s interesting how they keep moving, and every time build a new place, but never leave.

    • That’s not a nazi swastika. It has a loop for a necklace that would hold it in the horizontal position, a nazi swastika would be at 45 degrees. The swastika had a lot of good meanings before it was used by nazis.

    • Yup, came to say this. They would have it oriented the other way if they meant it as a spiritual symbol. Especially living in France, they would be more sensitive about Nazi symbolism.

  4. OK, the videos are always great, and show us things that we, the audience, would never have seen or even thought possible in some cases, but the subject here is sad. It depresses me to think of her children living like that. I am sure in the long run it is a close to nature stimulating environment, but I cannot help but think the kids will be different in some fundamental way that would only suit them for live on the margins or lacking common experiences with their peers. The trust does not seem to be plumb/level either. It would be interesting to know what kind of life experiences push people in the direction of doing stuff like this … let alone showing it off to the outside world? 😉 Thanks for the weekly thought provoking videos.

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