The folks at Tiny House Tours recently visited with Megan and got the full tour of the fire truck she converted into a tiny house by herself. She and her daughter are living full time on the road.
Megan bought the truck for $2000 and did all the work herself with some advice from her dad. The truck is off-grid, has a simple 4-jug water system, small functional kitchen, and basic toilet setup. They use campground showers for bathing. For more amazing video tours like this subscribe to Tiny House Tours on YouTube. To learn more about Megan, follow her adventures on Instagram.
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.
Inspect the trailer. Look at the springs to see how much they are stressed under the weight. For example if the house is sitting on it’s suspension bump stops, that would indicate an overloaded trailer. Also check the hitch for any stamped weight ratings to make sure it matches the weight of the house.
Ask how heavy the house is empty and full. This will factor into your tow vehicle needs. Also ask about the tongue weight and if it’s well balanced. Ask if the trailer has breaks and corner jacks – definitely features you’ll want to have.
Look at the windows, skylights, and doors for signs of water penetration. Every opening in a wall or roof is an opportunity for rain and ice to penetrate and damage the home.
Ask about how the house is constructed and insulated and consider the climate you intend to use the house. Some types of insulation are better suited for extreme climate conditions with spray foam or SIPs (structural insulated panels). If the house has spray foam insulation the roof doesn’t need to be vented, so if it’s not spray foam look for soffit vents to make sure the roof is properly vented.
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.
The folks at Tiny Home Builders teach workshops, design tiny homes, supply some of the best tiny house trailers, and have some of the best DIY books on building tiny homes available. They know tiny houses.
In a recent blog post, they share some simple questions you might want to ask when interviewing a tiny house builder prior to building your home. Tiny houses are still very new and builders range widely in experience and quality. Doing some initial due diligence before hiring someone to build your tiny home can save a lot of time, money, and stress.
Pictured here is Josh Percival’s Craftsman Tiny House tiny home. He’s been building it part time for himself for the past three years. He started when he was 18. He’s 21 now and launching a tiny house company called Red Door Tiny Homes.
His house is 21 feet long with 18 feet of interior space and a 3 foot porch. It’s finished in wood inside and out – 8″ bevel cedar siding on the exterior and pine tongue and groove on the interior.
He used spray foam insulation for the cold Canadian winters, and 13 windows to let in lots of light. In the kitchen he used custom built maple cabinets. In the bathroom there’s a 32″x32″ shower and composting toilet. The loft has lots of headroom thanks to the two large shed dormers.
Josh will have his home complete very soon, as you can see. There are just a few details left to finish. To learn more about his house visit Red Door Tiny Homes website. Video and screen captures via Exploring Alternatives.
Jordan renovated a 1976 Airstream and hade a simple home for him and his daughter. He lives in Salt Lake City. The exterior is basically stock, but as you can see… the interior was gutted and completely rebuilt. Video (below) and images from houzz.
Greencube is made in Estonia to European Union building standards. It’s a truly turn-key prefab tiny home that can be delivered to the building site on the back of a truck. Just hook it up to utilities and you’re good to go. It’s available across Europe and can be used as a home, sauna, and backyard cottage. To see and learn more visit the Greencube website or the Greencube Facebook page.
Can you build a house in one weekend? Volunteers from Foundations for Tomorrow along with the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy are doing just that as they show residents how to build and power a tiny home in just two days in Sci-Quests parking lot.” – Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center
Learn more about the Tiny Home Build Weekend at Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center