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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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Sauna at Louie Frazier's in Mendocino

After losing two saunas to high river water, Louie built this one on a one-ton Toyota truck frame. A pickup plus a few people haul it back from the river in the winter, with Donna steering the front wheels from the inside of the sauna. Woodstove built from 50-gallon drum gets fed from the outside…

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Tiny House for Family with Separate Office and Kids' Bedroom



For a lot of people with young children, the idea of living in a tiny house would be a complete deal-breaker. Thanks to some clever design though, this family is living the tiny house dream is a comfortable, non-toxic, eco-friendly 30 ft. tiny house on wheels that even has space for a separate kids’ room and private home office.

This family has found a fantastic parking spot which the house can now call home. Settling in for the long haul, the tires have been removed from the house and they are currently getting ready to be stored. The home’s exterior is entirely cedar. Builder, Ben Garratt, of Tiny Healthy Homes has also included a painted bellyband around the home, which allows for all the services to be neatly placed along and which also provides a good attachment point for awnings to be added in the future, as they have been on this home.

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Incredible Tiny Homes’ Diverse Designs and One-Week Workshop

Anyone who has watched HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters” has seen Randy Jones’s Incredible Tiny Homes. Several of his designs have been featured as a buyer’s option while on their tiny house hunt.

What you may not know is how diverse these designs can be and that you can purchase their 16- to 18-foot base models for less than $30,000 or build your own for around $20,000 during a week-long workshop.

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Beautiful Horse-Drawn Wagon

Hello,

I was recently browsing our copy of Tiny Homes which was a gift from Ashlyn and Russell Brown, whose boat appeared in the book.  If at some time you are looking for material for such books, I would direct your attention to my wife’s horse-drawn wagon, Tòti Bleu.

You can see more about it on her blog: totibleu.wordpress.com.

–Mark

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Couple Builds Tiny A-frame Cabin in Three Weeks for Only $700

If you’ve ever dreamed of building your own affordable tiny house you’ve gotta check out this cozy solar-powered cabin in Missoula, Montana that cost just $700 to build.

Photographer Alla Ponomareva and her husband Garrett bought plans for the A-frame cabin from well-known tiny house enthusiast Derek Diedricksen and customized the design to fit their needs…

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