Off-Grid Tiny House Living Empowers a Flipped Workweek

Kev & Jan are empty nesters who’ve built their own debt-free tiny life that includes a flipped workweek. They only work weekends now thanks to their own tiny mobile juice & smoothie bar business – which gives them time to travel and spend more time together.

Bryce Langston from Living Big In A Tiny House visited Kev & Jan and got the full tour of their tiny home. They built it themselves for just $54,000 AUD (~39,000 USD). That price included a rain water collection system and a $9,000 AUD (~$6,500 USD) solar system.

It’s a larger tiny home measuring 14 m long and 9 m wide (~45′ by ~10′). In addition to the spacious interior size, the home also has a large folding glass door to capture the view and a large bathroom/dressing room with dual vanities.

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When You’re Small, Tiny Houses Are Enormous

Bryce Langston recently visited Dolly in Australia and got a detailed tour of her tiny house on wheels. Dolly’s house was designed to fit her perfectly. She has two lofts; one of which is two-tiered and just the right height for Dolly to stand-up. Below this loft is a walk-in closet that she can stand-up in too! When you’re small, tiny houses can be enormous! For more great videos like this subscribe to Living Big In A Tiny House on YouTube.

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Jesse’s Affordable & Whimsical Tiny House

Bryce Langston visits Jesse and tours his affordable tiny house made from mostly reclaimed materials. After living in a van for over two years he had an opportunity to build his own tiny house. It’s totally off grid with plenty of solar power. It has an indoor shower but no toilet. Instead he chose to setup a composting toilet outside the house. The woodwork is incredible and mostly made from reclaimed fence boards.

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Small Off-Grid Earthship Home in Australia

Architect Michael Reynolds coined the term and concept ‘Earthship’ in Taos, New Mexico. Martin and Zoe learned what they could from Reynolds in Taos and applied it to building their small home in Adelaide, Australia. Bryce Langston recently visited this small home and got the full scoop. Learn more about this Earthship. For more great videos like this subscribe to the Living Big In A Tiny House Youtube Channel. Video and images by Living Big In A Tiny House.

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Bryce Visits Doug at his Off-Grid Tiny Home

Bryce Langston visits with Doug, an architect in Wanaka, New Zealand, designed and built his own tiny home. Wanaka is a popular ski and summer resort town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s also not cheap to live there, and it’s one of most expensive real-estate markets in New Zealand – so Doug chose to design an alternative to the high living costs.

Home’s nearby with views like Doug’s cost upwards of a million dollar.  For about $70 a week Doug parks in a local camp site. His off-grid tiny home requires no power of water hookups, which gives him even more flexibility in potential living locations.

Below: Doug’s living room and home office.

Below: Doug’s kitchen and sleeping loft above.

Doug included a few cool features too:

  • The flooring is a giant map of Wanaka.
  • The walls in the living room use a slat system that allows flexible shelving to be moved at will.
  • His grey water drains to a potter plant he keeps outside.
  • His desk turns into a guest bed.

Above: Doug’s map flooring. It’s an actual map of the area surrounding him.

Below: The flexible wall shelving system.

Below: Doug’s million dollar view.

Bryce is a film-maker with a passion for small space design, permaculture, and downsized, eco-friendly living. Join him on his travels as he meets people from all over the globe. Follow Bryce on YouTube and read more about Doug’s house at Living Big In A Tiny House.

Photo credit to Bryce at Living Big In A Tiny House.

This Tiny House is a Showcase of Off-Grid Technology

Bryce Langston visits Paul and Annett in Australia in a remote spot near Byron Bay. Their tiny house is totally off-grid but is like a case study or showcase of a variety of off-grid technologies including:

  • The essential 1.86 kW photovoltaic electric power system with a 20 kWh battery system
  • A biogas system that makes methane for cooking. It converts 1 to 6 liters of table scraps and clippings into methane.
  • An evacuated tube solar hot water heater is their only source of hot water
  • Rain water collection and 10,000 liters of storage
  • Humanure composting toilet

Before the tiny house they lived in Sydney in an apartment, but they wanted to had a strong desire to live off-grid in a rural area. Inspired by Bryce’s videos online, they decided to build their own 8 meter (~26′) long tiny house.

In Australia the total maximum weight of the house is limited to 4.5 tonnes (~9,900 pounds), so they used all lightweight materials like steel for the home’s framing. It gives the house a slightly industrial look. The exterior is cypress and cedar. Pine is used for the windows and doors. The interior is lightweight plywood.

Through frugal choices and by doing a lot of the work themselves they kept the cost down. The total cost with all the high-tech off-grid features was just 65,000 Australian (~$50,000 USD).

To read more visit Living Big In A Tiny House. For more videos like this follow Living Big In A Tiny House on YouTube. Images are screenshots from the video by Living Big In A Tiny House including the selfie made by Paul and Annett. Also be sure to visit Paul and Annett’s website Living Tiny and Green.

Below & Above: The exterior of their tiny home where you can see most of the off-grid technologies. The tiny greenhouse looking thing is the biogas generator.

Below: A view inside their tiny home.

Bryce Visits a Student’s Tiny House on Wheels in Florida

Bryce Langston from Living Big In A Tiny House visits with Bradley in Jacksonville, Florida. Bradley been living in his tiny home for three months. It took about a year and a half for to build the house himself. Before he began construction he saved up all the money needed to build the home.

The house’s nickname is Rolling Quarters, which is inspired by the fact that it is literally rolling living quarters and it was funded by scrimping and saving – also literally rolling Quarters. He also saved a lot of money on the build by using reclaimed materials.

For example his kitchen cabinets were made from some recycled cabinet doors and scrap wood. Up in the loft and under his sofa he uses old gym lockers turned other sides for storage.

Shortly after installing the home at it’s current location, hurricane Irma hit Jacksonville. Bradley decided to attempt to weather the storm, but the flood waters caused the creek behind his house to rise above the home’s floors.

In the following days he had to quickly fix the water damage became permanent. He replaced insulation, the floors, and removed all the cabinets to ensure the house was dry. The reassembly went quicker than expected, but was very stressful. Today the house is fine.

He studies accounting at a nearby college and his tiny home replaces the cost of renting an apartment. He saved all his receipts too, and the house cost him exactly $15,246 and 82 cents!

In the bathroom he uses a Nature’s Head Composting Toilet and the fiberglass shower was picked up off the side of the road for free.

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Images here are all screen captures from Bryce’s video.

School of Life Success Story

Bryce Langston – from Living Big In A Tiny House – visits with Tamra, Jt, and their son Kalon Sage. They have land in Colorado and Texas and spend six months a year in Colorado and can spend the other six months exploring North America or living on their land in Texas.

Many communities have legal limits for how long you can live on your own land in a mobile dwelling like a tiny house on wheels, travel trailer, etc. In this particular Colorado location six months is the limit. Since raw land is relatively inexpensive and their bus conversion is self-contained, they can simply afford to travel or spend half the year at their place in Texas.  This is an excellent option open to many tiny house on wheels owners.

Jt works from home in a small shed home office steps away from the bus. Tamra is currently busy as a full-time mom. This alternative lifestyle gives them time to be home with Kalon Sage and the mountain location gives them a great natural setting to raise their son together.

In the video below they report that their bus conversion cost them just under $20,000 – not including labor. In the construction they used a lot of up-cyced materials like cabinets & countertops from a kitchen remodel, wood framing, and interior sheathing.

Tamra wanted a large kitchen and Jt wanted a wood stove – so they built exactly what they wanted. The bathroom is split in two with the hall to the bedroom between the Nature’s Head composting toilet and stainless steel shower. The bedroom in the back has the same queen size bed they had in the 2,000 square foot home from which they downsized.

For more great tour videos like this subscribe to Living Big In A Tiny House on YouTube. To learn more about Tamra & Jt’s story visit the School of Life website.

Tiny Tall Home

One of the benefits of designing and building your own tiny home is that you can customize it to fit you perfectly. In this case Dylan & Julie – who are both tall – build their home to work best for them. Higher countertops, ceilings, and benches are sized just right. In the video below Bryce Langston from Living Big In A Tiny House gets a personal tour of this tiny tall home.

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