Have you ever thought about tiny living and have been too nervous or haven’t gotten around to it yet? Here’s a little about my own personal experience with Rhino Cubed’s Zulu Queen.
Guest post by Liz Spencer
Photos by Ian Glass Media
It was an unusually warm late winter night last year when I had the opportunity to spend the night with the Zulu Queen – Rhino Cubed’s 20 foot tiny structure situated smack-dab in the middle of a llama farm in East Boulder. It was my first time sleeping in a Rhino Cube and after months of waiting for the first warm winter day, my boyfriend and a group of our friends couldn’t pass up the 60 degree sunset, bought two large pizzas and a twelve pack of PBR, and set up camp inside and outside the Queen. The llama farm was about three acres big and had three very grumpy llamas roaming in the surrounding grass. Given our google searches, we had predicted that the llamas would not be the most welcoming and brought enough carrots to last us all night.
As we chased the llamas to the opposite side of the yard, I looked back and realized that the green container had vanished into the background. The Zulu Queen was completely disguised by the newly bloomed trees and the shrubbery – it was almost like our camping chairs and tables were sitting all alone in the field. When we returned to the container to eat dinner and finish off our beers, we opened up the back doors to unveil the mural painted by Sam Austin. Even with the cold weather, we felt like we were in living in New Orleans.
The details of the Zulu Queen are remarkable. The first thing you notice as you enter the container is the leather handle and the iron rhino head protruding above you on the front door. The kitchen is more stylish than my Boulder apartment and completely up to date with the latest hardware and surfaces. When you open the back doors and climb into the lofted bed, you can peak your head outside – I can just imagine how amazing it would be to fall sleeping feeling the sunset and summer wind.
Sleeping in the Zulu Queen was magical. It wasn’t too hot or too cold and we were only woken up by the howling coyotes, which weirdly sound like laughing children. In the morning, we made our coffee on the propane hot plate and sat outside trying to savor our last moments in what felt like a vacation.
After staying one night in the Zulu Queen, I could totally see a future life being lived more in the outdoors than on the inside. While I appreciated in the craftsmanship of the tiny structure, I felt more connected to the outside that night. There are a lot of complicated things in life, staying in a tiny home isn’t one.