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How to Convert Abandoned Truck Into a House

  • A truck house is a mobile home built inside the back of a truck with a large cargo area.

    The conversion is gaining pace in various parts of the world, with most people using the technique to address the issue of homelessness and land wrangles.

    In Kenya, BBC presenter Ian Wafula was among the pioneers who embraced the idea of truck houses

    Wafula took six months to construct a two-storey building on an abandoned truck. He used cheap materials, including premade panels, to set up the structure.

    Inside a truck into a house

    Inside a truck into a house


    To improve its aesthetic, Wafula fitted the interior with exquisite features, including a big screen, a bedroom in the loft, and a barbeque area.

    “I initially wanted to build a container home but later decided to get a truck and build around it instead,” Wafula explained.

    The Conversion Process

    Before starting the process, architects advise individuals to seek conversion costs.  

    Turning an abandoned truck into a stylish house involves getting approval from relevant authorities. Although it is not indicated in Kenyan laws, the National Construction and Authority (NCA) approves design structures before construction.

    Obtaining relevant approvals allows owners to start the construction process without facing noncompliance issues from law enforcement officers.

    After getting the approvals, the conversion budget is approximately Ksh400,000, depending on the size and interior design modifications.

    The first step in converting a truck into a house involves removing the rear roll-up door. That is then replaced with a wall and regular man door for entering the truck from the rear.

    To moderate heat, the next step involves setting up insulated walls and ceilings inside the truck.

    Flooring is also critical. But most homeowners use cheap materials and carpets as floors inside the truck.

    Other features installed include doing basic electrical wiring. However, most truck houses use solar energy.

    Some owners fix cabinets in various truck parts to improve the interior designs.

    Truck houses also have air conditioners, bathrooms and toilets, countertops, custom furniture, and window coverings.

    Undated photo of a truck turned to a house

    Undated photo of a truck turned to a house


Jay Ndungu

Jay is a computer scientist and journalist with a passion for the intersection of technology and society. He has a background in computer science, developing a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the industry, including programming languages and software development methodologies. Currently, He writes for Nairobi Times, covering a wide range of topics including technology, politics, sports, and entertainment. With his unique combination of technical knowledge and journalistic experience, Jay brings a unique perspective to the stories he covers, able to explain complex technical concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. His work is dedicated to bridge the gap between technology and society, and to make people more aware of the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

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