Do You Dream of Exploring Tiny Living Alternatives?

Do you dream of exploring tiny living alternatives but aren’t ready to take the plunge into a tiny house? Here’s an idea… build a low cost camper van and give tiny temporary living a try.

If you’re a tiny house dreamer you’ve probably seen the videos made by Exploring Alternatives on YouTube. The video below is a tour of the tiny living space they built to travel and meet all the people they interview. Each summer they take to the road in their budget DIY camper van.

Their setup isn’t for everyone but it has several cool DIY features that should be pointed out.

  • Their futon bed is a simple wood platform with a flip-up portion that provides 3 different positions for sitting, relaxing, and sleeping.
  • For convenance they have a sawdust toilet that’s hidden in plain sight.
  • They found that a simple 12VDC vent fan mounted in their roof dropped the interior summer temperature by 10-20 degrees.
  • For storage they simply use plastic containers stored in the space under the bed – instead of complex custom cabinets.

With this budget van they can live, work, and explore all summer. So if you’re considering exploring tiny living alternatives like Exploring Alternatives, consider building a super simple van and start your own adventure.

To learn more about converting your own van check out the website The Vanual. It’s a great resource for DIY camper van conversions.

To see more videos like this subscribe to Exploring Alternatives on YouTube.

Family of Five – Nomadic Tiny Living Success Story

Denver & Vanessa Miller live on the road full time with their 3 boys – all under 5. Denver has a job where he can work remotely and can live anywhere – so they live everywhere.

Jenna from Tiny House Giant Journey recently visited with the Millers while at the annual Tiny House Jamboree and filmed this detailed tiny home tour. On the outside it’s clearly a converted school bus, but on the inside it’s all owner-built tiny house.

For more great videos like this subscribe to Tiny House Giant Journey on YouTube. Learn more about the Nomadic Millers.

Off the Grid Living in London in a Boat Made from Scrap

Here’s a peek into what it’s like to live off-grid in London. With sweat equity and resourceful scavenging this narrow boat owner has carved out a low cost way of living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. This video was brought to you by the folks at, where you can learn how to free yourself.

The Unlikely Lives Tiny Home Collection by Billy Ulmer – Stories of Tiny Living

I’m creating a resource for people who are curious about tiny homes that answers the questions I always have when I struggle with big, scary decisions. My goal with each tiny home interview was to emphasize connection, not scrutiny or entertainment value, and then to convey that to you like you were there too – listening, seeing, and connecting.” – Billy Ulmer

Learn more about The Unlikely Lives Tiny Home Collection.

How Long Does It Take To Build A Tiny House?

In building our 28′x8’6″ tiny house on a trailer, we have been keeping track of how many hours have gone into each task. Here are some points to keep in mind when reviewing this time log:  Andrew has been building professionally for nearly 20 years. Nearly all of the tasks so far were completed by Andrew working alone. He works for 8-10 hours per day on our house so his time is largely uninterrupted (except for when we stop to film each step for our upcoming tiny house build instructional video)…” – Gabriella

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8 Survival Tips For Your Tiny House Build

Having been involved in several construction projects over the last 20 years, I am deeply familiar with the physical and emotional process that happens when building. I liken it to the process of being in labor, something I have experienced twice being a mother of two. As it is with labor, just because I have been through it before doesn’t mean that I have figured it out and that I won’t go through many of the same challenges and frustrations that I have experienced before. When a process is intense, it is easy to forget and draw upon the learnings previously received which is why it is so helpful to have a variety of emotional tools to deal with challenges as they arise.” – Gabriella

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