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Tiny House Made from Old Horse Trough and Recycled Skateboards

When it comes to DIY, sometimes just one simple tool can make all of the difference. Nick Orso spent two years researching, planning, and building an eco-friendly tiny cabin on wheels. Using a simple Excel spreadsheet, he created the final design to scale for the “Tiny Cabin That Excels.” Built with reclaimed materials such as old skateboards and a salvaged horse trough repurposed as a water basin, his beautiful timber cabin — which also includes a composting toilet and tankless water heater — may be compact, but it comes with a lot of character.

Nick Orso’s mobile cabin is located in a picturesque lot near a historic estate just out of Center City, Philadelphia. With large french doors and plenty of windows, it makes a perfect woodsy retreat. That said, since it’s built on a standard flatbed trailer, the mobile tiny home can be installed just about anywhere…

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Gorgeous Vardo



The Unity Wagon is a vardo-style caravan like none you’ve ever seen before. Built by the incredible Steve Areen, this home on wheels is beautifully constructed and is designed to take full advantage of the spectacular Australian landscape, making it an ideal traveling home on wheels.

Steve is no stranger to building incredible structures. Earlier, he constructed a spectacular dome home in Thailand, which was actually one of the homes which inspired me to start exploring earth building. Steve’s dome home has large, circular feature windows and this theme has been carried into his new caravan project.

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Homemade Vardo by Paul and Melissa Rodgers

…The walls are 11/16″ tongue-and-groove cedar, which we stained and varnished. The roof is 3/8″ Douglas fir plywood, coated with an elastomeric paint to shed the rain.

With an emphasis on using either natural or reclaimed materials, salvage yards and Craigslist were veritable gold mines — as were our own storage sheds and woodpile. A beautiful old piece of eastern black walnut made a perfect kitchen counter.

For maximum space versatility, the shelves and seats can be folded up and fastened out of the way, and the massive drawers and cupboards under the bed provide ample storage…

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Tiny Camper Build



I built a simple tiny camper on a 4×8 trailer last year. My wife and I wanted something to enjoy for short-getaway camping that could be pulled with anything. We loved the old teardrops and based it off that, but had a budget in mind and little trailer we bought used to begin the build. I finished it in about 30 days working on it a little everyday. It’s not perfect and was not intended to be perfect but it met our needs. I designed it with a back door as it was easier for a tall guy to get in and out. As well, we didn’t need an outdoor kitchen, plus it saved money.
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Life in the World's Most Traveled Tiny House



Tiny House Expedition is the world’s most traveled tiny house. This intrepid family has traveled over 40,000 miles (64,000km) in their 20′ (6m) tiny house on wheels and is still going, as they venture all over North America filming their documentary series Living Tiny Legally.

One of the most incredible things about a tiny house on wheels is the trailer that it sits on. What separates these homes from others is that they are completely mobile and have the ability to travel wherever you go. Most tiny homes don’t take full advantage of that fact and many will only move a handful of times in their life. The Tiny House Expedition tiny house on the other hand is built for travel and spends the majority of it’s life on the move, being towed all over North America with a U-Haul truck.
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College Student Builds Tiny House for $15,000



For a young student heading to college, the thought of paying for accommodation on top of all the other expenses can be incredibly daunting. One student from Jacksonville, Florida, Bradley, has thought outside the box however and has built himself an amazing tiny house on wheels as a brilliant kick-start to his future.

The home is roughly 27 × 8.5 ft (8.3 × 2.5m) in size and is entirely self-contained. The exterior is clad in long-lasting vinyl and is designed to be reminiscent of a Florida beach bungalow. In true southern style, the tiny house has a large porch which enables Bradley to sit outside and enjoy the stunning views surrounding his home.

Once inside, the home is wonderfully welcoming. The design is open and spacious with the ability to see right from one end to the other without obstruction. A large window at the end of the home gives the small dwelling a tremendous sense of space. Bradley calls his home Rolling Quarters, a play on words relating to the fact that his home is on wheels, but also hinting to the saving of money and the ethics of building a home without accumulating debt…

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Bernie Harberts and His Mule Polly's 2,500-mile Voyage Across America

Hi, Lloyd and Lew,

I just wanted to let you know that Rocky Mountain PBS premiers the Lost Sea Expedition series January 4th. The series will also stream on Amazon and Vimeo. The story about this tiny wagon voyage across America featured in Tiny Homes (pp. 188–189). I think this info would really interest readers of The Shelter Blog.

About the Lost Sea Expedition series

The four-part series is about my 14-month voyage across America in my 21-square-foot mule wagon. I filmed the series with only the gear I carried in my wagon — no chase team, sponsor, or film crew.

One new episode will be aired on Rocky Mountain PBS every Thursday in January. The series will also stream on Amazon and Vimeo.

It would be great if you could let readers of The Shelter Blog know about this series. I think they’d be very interested as it covers tiny homes on the move, off-grid living, and the best way to move a rattlesnake with a buggy whip.

I sure have enjoyed following The Shelter Blog over the years and think this series would really interest your readers.

Have a great New Year!
–Bernie Harberts
PO Box 684
Lenoir, NC 28645

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Young Woman's Off-Grid Green-Built Tiny House



This little home is built with a whole lot of heart. When Isabelle Nagel-Brice began looking for a place to live in Colorado, she quickly realised that for the amount of money she would pay for a few years rent, she could instead purchase the materials needed to construct her own green-built tiny house on wheels. With a background in permaculture and sustainable design, she set about constructing a tiny house that was not only a wonderful home but one that was packed full of eco-friendly, healthy home features.

All throughout the build, Isabelle has remained conscious of the materials that she has used to construct her home, ensuring that she was not only building a tiny house that would be healthy to live in but also one that was built with materials that were environmentally friendly and could be recycled or biodegrade at the end of the tiny house’s life.

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Adorable Tiny House Built by Love, Family, and Community



This is a true tiny house love story. A tale of how a house becomes not only a home but a character in someone’s life. When Karissa decided to build a tiny house for herself, her family, friends, and community rallied in support to help make her build possible. She is lucky to have those connections in her life and that fortune became just as much a part of the home’s construction as any timber or nails…

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The Acadia Tiny House

The Acadia National Park in Maine, US, is home to thousands of acres of thick, coastal woodlands that explode in color each fall, and it is these dramatic palettes that have inspired one of Wind River Tiny Homes’ latest creations. The Acadia tiny house pays tribute to its namesake’s rugged beauty, and incorporates a few practicalities for everyday tiny house living that the team has picked up along the way.

So far, as building micro-dwellings go, the team at Tennessee-based Wind River Tiny Homes has quite a few feathers in its cap. Its solar-powered Chimera, the Silhouette with its gym and the Triton with its office and walk-in closet are just a few we’ve looked at recently. But it is the team’s first ever home, the rustic Wind River Bungalow, that serves as the foundation for the all-new, 24 ft. (7.6m) Acadia.

The general layout and shapes of the houses is the same, a steep gable in the front with double dormers over the loft and tongue storage,” Wind River co-founder Jeremey Weaver tells New Atlas. “The rustic exterior touches and interior touches are also similar — shake, rough cut oak and pine. The interior layout is also similar, but the utilization of space is a bit better in the Acadia, with a walk-through galley kitchen and bathroom that runs the width of the house. The storage closet is also an improvement in that it is the full width of the house and can fit a bike inside.”

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Tiny House with Hammock Loft



This home is the cross between a tiny house on wheels and a kid’s dream fort! The entire open area between the two sleeping lofts of this tiny home is filled with a giant hammock providing an amazing place to relax while adding a tonne of usable space in the home!

This 24 × 8.5 ft (7.3 × 2.5m) tiny house is the brain-child of Whit and Cody, two dynamic friends who have called this project ‘Smore Life.’ The smore reference comes from the Shou Sugi Ban technique of charring the cedar to help seal and protect it, which reminded the friends of cooking smores over the campfire…

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Modern Take on a Tiny Home on Wheels

Proving that repurposed materials can be used to create gorgeous design, this 26-foot-long Legacy tiny home is made almost entirely from reclaimed wood. New Hampshire-based builders Wood & Heart designed the house with a compact yet sophisticated living area enhanced by an abundance of natural light thanks to three large skylights.

From the exterior to the interior, the tiny space was designed to offer all of the comforts of a “regular” home. The structure is clad in cedar wood siding that contrasts nicely with Shou Sugi Ban–style charred cedar trim, giving the home a nice rustic feel…

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Salvaged Tiny House with Exterior Climbing Walls

Climbing walls seem to be a bit of an architectural trope in some tiny houses: the fact that you can build your own small, mortgage-free dwelling means outdoorsy types can personalize it with interior and exterior climbing walls, decks, drawbridges — you get the idea.

Avid climber Elke Rabé of the Netherlands designed and built this little gem of a home, using a lot of reclaimed materials. The exterior’s boxy form allows for a good climbing surface…

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