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Sauna on Haida Gwaii, BC, Built by Colin Doane

Note whale jawbone front rafters, big bone door handle.

…That’s one of Colin’s buildings on the land we live on (North Beach, Haida Gwaii). Pictures never really did justice to this sauna, none that I’ve seen anyway.

We were in Victoria on Christmas Day when we got the phone call from our caretaker that the structure had completely burned down. Hard come, easy go…

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Gypsy Vardo for Sale in Reno, NV

For the first time, we are offering one of our Gypsy Getaway Wagons from our rental “fleet” for sale!

This is an ideal opportunity for the aspiring Gypsy spirit to wander the country or for those who might just want a backyard retreat or Airbnb investment opportunity.

The Big Dog Gypsy Getaway Wagon is being sold as is with the following features and amenities:

  • Built on a single-axle 5′ × 14′ trailer with 2″ ball hitch and 7-way plug
  • Finished wagon weight of approximately 2900 lbs.
  • Canvas roof and one layer of R-21 reflective insulation
  • Full 120-watt solar set-up with 2½-volt batteries, 2½-volt charging plugs, portable power inverter, and three LED lights throughout the wagon
  • Propane tank and two-burner stove
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  • 18-gallon water tank
  • Sink and shower attachment
  • Custom stained glass window
  • Colorful custom exterior paint design with lush interior fabric
  • Dutch entry door with custom wood ledge
  • Custom wood 4-shelf rack, three storage bins, and raw wood seats and countertops
  • Everything down to the linens and tea kettle & French press for morning coffee!

With all the upgrades and amenities, this wagon would retail for $22,050. We are offering it for the 20% discount of $17,500. This is below even the staring price for a custom build so a rare opportunity to have the freedom of your very own Gypsy Getaway Wagon.

We are small enough that we are not able to offer financing but the wagon can be held for 30 days with a $2,000 nonrefundable down payment. Payment in full will be due within 30 days of the first committed offer. This wagon sale is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis so don’t wait. Alterations are available if you have specific details or amenities you would like and those can be discussed during the purchase.


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Bicycle-Powered Tiny House



Greatly inspired by the builders of the Pacific Northwest, Phil Reimers wanted to create his own tiny house paradise in Tofino. As an artist with considerable skill in working with wood, Phil was able to capitalize on the incredible resources around him including an abundance of driftwood to build himself an incredible home…

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Alan Beckwith's Homestead

…Alan did everything himself: carpentry, plumbing, wiring (solar electricity and hydro), and developed his own water supply. He drives a tractor, maintains several miles of roads, makes beer and wine, and raises pigs and ducks. A lot of people have started homesteads since the 60’s, but seldom have they got as far along as this…

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Six Lighthouses the Government Is Selling for Nearly Nothing

The lovely Poe Reef Lighthouse is located in Lake Huron at the east end of South Channel between Bois Blanc Island and the mainland of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, about 6 miles east of Cheboygan. It is not named after the Poe we all probably think of at first, but rather, Orlando M. Poe, a lighthouse chief engineer. The Poe Reef Lighthouse went into service on August 15, 1929 and is comprised of a 71-foot tall white square tower on a concrete crib. Starting bids begin at $10,000.

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Seaside Cabin Built by Bruno Atkey

The wilderness seaside cabin is 43 miles from the nearest road and is on the westernmost point of land on the ocean side of Vancouver Island. It is 20′ × 24′ and framed entirely from beach wood. All the wall and roof sheathing boards are split from cedar on the site, as is the roofing, which is 3′ long. It was built 1987.

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Van Life in Olympia



At just 21 years old, Milla Delphine knows what she wants in life and has a plan on how to get it. Ever since she was little, Milla has dreamed of living on a sailboat. Converting a van to live in full-time was initially just a plan to allow her to save more money in order to manifest her nautical dream; yet in the process, Milla has completely fallen in love with van living…

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