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In this quick video-based post you’ll get to learn about and tour Derek’s 18′ Tumbleweed Cypress Tiny House on Wheels that he built himself in New Orleans!

This post is thanks to Tiny House Giant Journey and their video on YouTube. You’ll get to learn about Derek’s custom tiny house design along with some important lessons he learned not only after building his tiny house but after living in it, too.

So if you’re thinking about designing and building your own tiny house on wheels in the future, these are the types of videos you should take notes on because there are lots of helpful tips and insights inside. Please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you.

Derek’s 18′ Tumbleweed Cypress Tiny House on Wheels

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Would you ever consider living in a 160 square foot home? It seems too small for comfort, right?  Well, one couple has been choosing to live in just that amount of space right in their own backyard!

Mike and Laura decided to build this tiny home in their back yard, renting out the main house for extra income. Yes, the home is extremely small, but every inch of space is functional. And the home is designed to appear open and roomier. They are able to comfortably cook, eat, sleep and bathe–and here’s the best part–it only takes 15 minutes to clean the entire home! It’s even got its own deck off the living area.

See how Mike and Laura enjoy everyday life, simpler and cozier in a tiny home. It may not be the choice of everyone, but it certainly works for them! Please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you.

Couple Living in 160 Sq. Ft. Backyard Tiny House

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Images © Portland Biz Journal/Terry Iverson Photography

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The next session of Tiny Transition and Downsizing, the 8-week e-course, begins on March 1st, 2015. You can register for the class and see all the details here!

Tiny Transition + Downsizing is the 8-week course that fundamentally changes your relationship with stuff and helps you de-clutter, downsize, and clear out your home and mind, in a step-by-step zero-overwhelm environment. Registration is open for the session beginning on March 1st. Preparing to transition into a tiny home, RV, trailer or cabin? Just want to clear your space and get some sanity in your current home? This is for you.

8 Week Downsizing Course with Mariah

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Have you ever thought, “I’d like to scale down my life, live simpler, smaller”? Or maybe you have some rural land where you relax on weekends and holidays. And it wouldn’t hurt if you helped the environment as a bonus, right? Well, check out the Containers of Hope affordable housing unit, designed by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe.

It’s hard to believe the house was constructed from two 40-foot shipping containers, connected side-by-side, split by a “hallway” with a raised ceiling. This clean and open design, along with the brightness of the home’s many windows, creates an impression of spaciousness in the small, but incredibly functional home.

Affordable? Absolutely! The original house was built in 2011 for only $40,000! You will be amazed at how functional this small “green” home can be! Please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you.

Containers of Hope Affordable Housing

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Images © Andres Garcia Lachner

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The Halo Home located in Göteborg, Sweden was built by a team of students for entry in the Solar Decathlon China. Halo is named after the shining circle around the sun. This little home is completely sustainable and powered by the sun. Pretty cool, right?

The core is the heart of the home and contains the kitchen, bathroom and technical room, which features a compact air handling unit with up to 95% heat recovery. The small home also comes equipped with four sleeping platforms and a semi-enclosed deck, that includes thermally treated wood. There’s also a dining room that was designed to combine both natural daylight and energy efficient LED lighting.

Students rotate in and out of the Halo Home four at a time and share the small space so that they can learn sustainable habits from one another, which will be brought to their next home, making it even better than before. Please enjoy and re-share below. Thanks.

Solar Powered Halo Home Built by Students

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Images © Halo Team Sweden

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Situated on a beautiful lake in Kalvsvik, Sweden this beautiful lakeside cottage was built in 1934 and renovated in 2008. The gorgeous 538 Sq. Ft. cottage features an open kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, bed loft and a large patio. The kitchen is open and airy and is connected directly with the living room so that you can cook and converse with your guests at the same time. The interior is stark white making it feel fresh, open and airy. The door in the living room opens up to a large outside patio with amazing views of the lake, perfect for entertaining.

The cottage’s master bedroom features an open wall that will allow you to feel as though you’re bringing the outside in; the bathroom features a space saving shower that has two swinging leaves that you pull out to form a shower enclosure when needed and can close for additional space when not in use. All in all, the cottage is a masterpiece!

538 Sq. Ft. Cottage in Sweden

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Close your eyes and imagine living on the beautiful coastline of Pescara, Italy. Hearing the waves, smelling the salt water day after day. Now imagine that the house that you’re living in is a tiny beach house perched up high on stilts above the sand. Sound like a dream? Think again!

The amazingly built Trabocco beach house designed by studio zero85, is a simple 4.5 meter space which doubles as a living room /bedroom combo and also comes equipped with a kitchen in the back of the beautifully laid out floor plan.   The inside of this beach house is beautifully designed however, the best feature of this tiny house is the exquisite timber wrap-around deck, which provides additional living and entertaining space.  Set up a patio table, chairs and umbrella and you’ve got yourself a perfect space to enjoy with your friends and family.

The ocean view alone is enough to sweep you away into a dreamland, but imagining yourself sitting on that perched deck with your favorite glass of vino (or other beverage) in your hand is enough to get you giddy with joy. We applaud studio zero85 for the stellar work they’ve done on this beautiful tiny beach home.

Little Stilt Beach House in Italy

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Images © Sergio Camplone/StudioZero85

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