In January 2020, the Garcia family purchased their second RV, a 400 square foot fifth wheel.
Since the purchase, they have spent approximately $13,500 on renovations to their tiny house on wheels.
They added unusual features to their RV, like a hidden spotlight and a secret safe.
When Molly and Jaren Garcia bought their new RV, it was dingy and full of unused space. So they renovated it. Today, it’s complete with secret storage, a hidden door, and a drop-down spotlight.
Speaking to Insider, Molly and Jaren Gracia said that at the start of 2020 they are ready to upgrade their home.
They had been living in an older RV for about a year, they said, and while the RV had plenty of bedrooms, it lacked the kitchen and living space the family of five wanted.
So for $55,000 they bought a 400 square foot Heritage Glen 378FL. Then Molly and Jaren got to work turn it into a house where they could live with their three children, Lillie, 13, Jaxton, 9 and Willow, 4.
Over the past two years, the family has been adding fun and essentials to their home while sharing their adventures on their WePlusThree. ICT Tac and Instagram Accounts (their TikTok account has 54,000 followers; on Instagram, it’s 57,000).
Now their home has everything from a doorway disguised as a library to an entirely new loft. Take a look inside.
More than three years ago, the family of five decided to sell everything and trade in their suburban home for a motorhome.
Molly said her life before the RV was like being “a single mom”. Jaren worked a 9-to-5 job outside of their home state of Texas, so Molly cared for their three children and juggled school, dance lessons and activities.
“I wanted to be with him instead of having a house with the kids and surviving on my own,” she said of her partner.
Meanwhile, Jaren was coming home as often as possible. But when he lived out of state, he did it in a small motorhome.
One day, the couple discussed the idea of buying a larger motorhome to live in as a family.
As well as being together, the couple said they realized a motorhome would allow them to travel and explore new states.
They agreed to give it a shot. They sold their house, everything in it, and bought a motorhome.
“We literally sold everything, right down to the silverware drawer,” Jaren said.
After a year in their first motorhome, the family was ready for a new living arrangement.
After living in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom motorhome for a year, Molly said her family decided they needed a new layout that maximized living space and minimized sleeping space. bedroom.
Having three bedrooms was nice, but it didn’t give the family the floor plan they wanted, Molly said.
So, in January 2020, the family swapped their motorhome for a 400 square foot motorhome, which included a bedroom, attic, bathroom, living room and kitchen.
“It doesn’t feel like a cramped little RV anymore,” Molly said of their current space.
Jaren and Molly said the moment they got their new home, they started thinking about ways to renovate the space.
After buying their new motorhome, the couple said they sat down and wrote down what they wanted changed.
“We asked, ‘What would work best for us? ‘” Jaren said. “And then we got to work.”
Since Jaren is a contract-based adjuster, he said he has time off between contracts. In this free time, he says he’s been working on renovations.
Since purchasing the RV, Jaren estimates that their renovations have cost them about $13,500.
The couple started with a small update to the master bedroom where they added a decorative headboard bracket and affordable lights.
Molly and Jaren mounted thin panels of natural wood to their headboard, creating a more earthy environment in the bedroom.
The headboard space also had two overhead lights.
To add some interest to the area, they purchased two extra-small Allen + Roth lampshades from Lowe’s. Molly and Jaren used the wiring from the blinds and mounted them to the ceiling. The whole project cost them $14, the couple said in a Instagram video showing the upgrade.
Then the couple realized they weren’t using their sofa beds, so they decided to swap them out for leather couches. While they were there, they redid the RV slides.
The RV came with built-in furniture, which included two pull-out sofas. Jaren said the couches added a ton of weight to their vehicle, and the family didn’t use the sleeper feature.
So they got rid of them.
With the couches gone, Jaren decided to renovate the slides as well. He redid the floor and removed the heavy timber that was bolted around the slides. Finally, the couple painted the interior black and green to match the rest of the colors in their living space.
One day, while showering, Jaren said he noticed the bathroom ceilings were unnecessarily high. So he lowered them and built an attic above the bathroom.
Originally, the family’s three children shared a loft. One day, Jaren found a solution to give them more space.
He said he was in the shower when he looked up and noticed “all that wasted space”.
So he decided to lower the ceiling and add an attic above the RV bathroom.
The shower pan sat nine inches above the floor, Jaren said. He dropped it and moved the plumbing in the floor of the RV. Jaren said it creates more space and more depth in the bathroom so the ceiling can be lowered.
Above, the couple built an attic to match the RV’s other loft bedroom.
Molly said she requested a black door for the couple’s bedroom. Jaren said he decided to take it a step further and turn the space into a hidden bookcase doorway.
“I’ve always been a fan of hidden rooms and hidden doors,” Jaren said. So when Molly requested a black door for their bedroom, Jaren decided to deliver something even more unusual.
He transformed the door into a functional bookcase with five shelves.
It’s not the only hidden door in their RV. Jaren said their fireplace also opens into secret storage.
“One day I just started cutting and sure enough our fireplace opens on a secret hinge,” Jaren said.
Behind this, the couple said they added a safe where they store valuables.
The Garcias are a movie-loving family, so they built a drop-down projector.
Prior to 2020, Jaren said his family went to the movies twice a week. So when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jaren thought of a way to bring theater to his home.
He decided to add a projection screen that can be stored seamlessly in the ceiling.
Jaren said he cut a pocket for the screen and mounted the projector on a beam in their living room. Using a remote control, the family can roll out the screen.
“Now every Friday we drop the movie screen and we can all choose a movie,” he said.
The kitchen has had major upgrades, such as a new oven.
With a large family, the Garcias said the kitchen needed renovations and upgrades. The biggest change was the replacement of the RV’s oven.
“With the old oven, you couldn’t even put a pizza in there if you wanted to,” Jaren said.
So they bought a condo-sized oven and a range hood for the stove. The couple also transformed the backsplash, island, and hardware throughout the space.
Jaren said her creative mind would probably never stop finding ways to update their home. In the meantime, they have completed the renovations and are enjoying life on the road.
Every few months the family moved to a new statewhich means new adventures and new places to see.
Jaren and Molly agree that ditching their house for an RV was one of the best decisions they ever made.
“Your house always stays the same on the inside, but once you open that door, the outside always changes,” Jaren said. “And that’s what we love.”
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