“What’s fire-engine red, has wheels and is utterly fantasy inducing? No, not a sleek Euro sports car but the Don Vardo, a 7-by-10-foot mobile structure with French doors, a tiny cedar deck, radiant-heat cork floors and hemlock walls.
Built by Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD), the Vardo represents a new way of looking at living, says Dee Williams, one of the owners of the Portland-based company. “We work with dreamers, people who are realizing they’ll gain greater liberty and clearer thinking by living in smaller spaces,” she says.
Because the Vardo doesn’t have a full kitchen or bathroom, it’s not suitable for a full-time dweller. But with a desk, pullout bed and nook for a hotplate and water vessel, the mobile room would be an ideal guest room or writing studio, the kind of place Thoreau might have chosen to park next to Walden Pond. In modern times, parents facing a returning college grad or a novel-in-progress writer might revel in the Vardo’s flexibility.”