Potatoes make a great comfort food, but can they also make a comfortable home? Now’s your chance to find out!
OK, it’s not actually made out of a real veggie, but it sure does look like one. The 28-foot long, 12-foot wide and 11.5-foot tall structure is created from steel, plaster and concrete.
It was originally built as a promotion tool for Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) Big Idaho Potato Tour and traveled across 48 states over seven years bolted to a flatbed trailer. But now it’s taking a much needed break as it rests in a field in South Boise, Idaho, ready to host adventurers and carb-lovers alike.
Kristie Wolfe, a former member of the Big Idaho Potato Truck Tour team, is the mastermind behind the conversion. A tiny home builder who created a Washington state “hobbit hole” that’s listed on Airbnb and featured by TODAY Home in 2016, Wolfe got the idea to turn it into a house as she traveled across the country with it on the tour.
“I called dibs on it immediately,” the Idaho native told TODAY Home, adding that she’s the biggest fan of her state and potatoes, so it was a perfect fit for her.
“I had already been sketching it,” she said. “It was going to live in my backyard, and I was going make it into a rental.” When she finally found out the potato would be retiring, she thought, “Here’s my chance!”
“When Kristie presented her vision for the potato, the IPC unanimously agreed to donate it to her,” Frank Muir, president and CEO, IPC, said in a press release issued to TODAY Home. “Based on the success of her other tiny houses we had no doubt the Big Idaho Potato Hotel could eventually become one of the biggest attractions in Idaho, further promoting the state’s most important agricultural commodity.”
And who knew potato houses could be so chic?
After 30 days of hard work with the help of her mom and sister, Wolfe completed the potato’s interior.
The spud now features clean white walls (made of 10-inch thick green expanding foam that keeps it energy efficient), a custom queen-size bed, built-in wall nooks displaying books and plants and a rustic DIYed antler chandelier that came from her personal tiny home.
The floor — one of her favorite features in the space — is made from a bunch of wood panels cut to make a geometric pattern, she said.
There’s no bathroom inside the home, but there’s one just a few steps away outside. It’s made from a recycled silo and has some pretty luxurious details including a giant whirlpool, fireplace and a glass skylight.
Does staying in a potato house sound a-peeling to you? Rates start at $200 per night. Find out more information or book your stay at Airbnb.com.