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Stealthy Travel Box Truck - Van Dwelling

Every Sunday I’ve been giving you a round up of the previous week’s new content.

If you missed last week, the recap is right here.

For those of you celebrating Easter, HAPPY EASTER!

So here’s what you might have missed earlier this week here on Tiny House Talk:

I really enjoyed putting together this week’s posts for you guys, especially the post on that Yuba Mundo Cargo Utility Bicycle.

So here are some featured posts that I think you’ll enjoy from our friends around the Internet:


Last week I ran into yet another box truck that was most likely converted into a habitable RV. This one is a little stealthier than last week’s.

Stealthy Travel Box Truck - Van Dwelling

Stealthy Travel Box Truck - Van Dwelling

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Yuga Cargo Bicycle

Have you ever thought about getting rid of your car and maybe using your bicycle to get around?

If you have, you probably haven’t gone through with it because:

  • You’ve got to carry stuff around
  • The places you travel to are too far
  • The weather would beat you up
  • You don’t think you’re in good enough shape

Today I’m showing you this awesome utility bike that’s made by Yuba. It can carry up to 400 pounds of stuff! That’s right, people have hauled/moved washing machines with these bad boys.

So you can bet this is a real replacement for your car–it’s not your ordinary bicycle.

Yuga Cargo Bicycle

If you can, watch this video to see just a few of the crazy things this bike can do: And you thought you needed a car for that!

And it gets better, I’ll show you on the next few paragraphs . . .

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Rachel's Tiny Kitchen in Italy

The funny thing about this interview is that it started a few months ago so many of the things we’ll go over have already happened.


But I’m glad to introduce you to Rachel Meeks and her family. The important message here is that they’ve embraced simple living and it’s opened up some amazing doors for them–as you’ll learn in the interview…

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Alex: Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming book and why you decided to write it?

Rachel: I had a desire to write my ebook Simple Blogging to help others manage the time they spend blogging.

I know it can be a lot of hard work, but most of us don’t have forty hours a week to spend on it. I wanted to encourage people to use their time in the most effective ways possible and help them overcome the challenges I faced when I was getting started such as how to balance blogging time with family time, while still having a great blog.

Alex: Can you tell us how simplifying (in general) changed your family’s life? What has it allowed you guys to accomplish as a family?

Rachel: We have more time to pursue our goals, and simplifying has helped us to realize that our goals don’t look like everybody else’s.  We have more time to spend together.

One way that we have simplified is we live in an apartment with our two children. At first it was just going to be for the first couple of years of our marriage, but then we realized how much we like the benefits.

We’ve saved so much money and not had to buy a house full of furnishings, so when the opportunity came up for my husband to take a year off from work, we’re able to do it.

We’re going to put the stuff we have here into a storage unit and live in an apartment in Italy for a couple of months.

Rachel's Tiny Kitchen in Italy

Rachel's Tiny Kitchen in Italy

Alex: You guys must be so excited! I think a lot of people out there underestimate the power of simplifying, but your family is a great example of what’s possible.

Your motto is “Less, but better” — can you explain what this means to you and why?

Rachel: I have a pair of shoes that I’ve worn almost every day during fall and winter for the last five years.

Initially it was hard for me to pay more for them than I would normally pay for shoes, but I can see now that the quality was worth it.

I’ve saved a lot of time and money by not having to replace them each year. I think the older I become, the less I want to put up with cheaply-made things.

I would rather have fewer things that are well-made.

I apply that philosophy to my time too. I would rather have a few meaningful conversations than a bunch of passing greetings.

I would rather watch one good movie than a dozen television shows that simply pass the time.

Does this make me sound too serious? I still take a lot of leisure time. I’m not super-productive all the time, but I do like to be focused, and that’s not always easy with little kids running around.

Alex: What would you say to other families who want to simplify their lives? And why should they do it?

Rachel: You know, I never really missed anything that I gave away (or that I didn’t buy in the first place). Once it’s gone, you don’t have to think about it. Instead of feeling a sense of loss for the physical things that are gone, I get a sense of freedom.

I am trying to take more risks and get out of my comfort zone a bit (and oh, how I love my comfort), but I could not do that if I had a lot of stuff weighing me down.

Thanks Alex!

Rachel Meeks
SmallNotebook.org— Encouragement for a simple home.
SimpleBlogging.net— Less computer time, better blogging.

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Modern Treehouse - Baumraum - King of the frogs | Tiny House Talk

Baumraum really did it with this tiny modern treehouse.

This tiny home sits on stilts over a man-made pond.

The porch is built with tatajuba wood and the stilts are stainless-steel.

I love the porch because it opens the space to the exterior and gives you an outdoor area to hang out.

There are more than enough windows so it feels roomy, bright, and you’d probably feel like you’re in the outdoors while inside which is so cool.

Below you’ll get to see what it’s like in the interior, too.

Modern Treehouse - Baumraum - King of the frogs | Tiny House Talk

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From garage to simple studio

This garage converted studio is a great example of how to live simply in a regular place.

The owners of the home took the extra unused space and used it as a mother in law suite, as most would call it here in the United States.

You got your own side door entrance along with the kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom.

The first thing you’ll notice is how beautifully decorated the tiny porch is. Along with the rest of the home.

Would you consider converting the extra space in your house into a separate studio to rent out or even live in yourself while renting out the larger part of your home?

Do you think this is a more viable solution for you than a tiny house on a trailer?

From garage to simple studio

Welcome, come on in! Let’s have a better look at the tiny porch.

Tiny Porch

Porch Area - Studio

Let’s go inside so you can have a look..

Entrance to studio apartment

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Free Standing Modern Tree House

This free standing tree house is still way up in the air, like any other tree fort.

This design reminds me of Deek’s Hickshaw (only bigger and up on stilts).

Great for if you’ve got kids who’d love to play in it but also useful if you:

  • Need a separate office
  • Need a place to work on your art or craft
  • Need a quiet spot for your writing

Would you, or could you, live in it though? All I can say there is if people figure out ways to live, travel, and take a shower in a car this tiny, then they can live like a king in here.

Free Standing Modern Tree House

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Tiny House for Meditation by Jeffery S Poss

Could you imagine an entire tiny house just for meditating? This architect designed and built just that so that he could have a place to quietly get away.

He even included a fountain to mask unwanted sounds so that he could use the space as intended. As I was looking at it though I was wondering: you’d probably think about living in here wouldn’t you?

Well… So did I. The two big windows face east and west so that there’s always sunlight coming through the structure.

Leave it to us to figure out where to put what in this tiny space since it wasn’t designed to live in.

I think you could create two separate sleeping platforms in the lofts by the two large windows. This could create two semi private areas for sleeping. But if it’s just you the other can be left alone or used as storage.

Then downstairs you can create your living space along with a mini kitchen and bathroom.

Do you think it could work? How would you design it for yourself?

Tiny House for Meditation by Jeffery S Poss

Photo Credit Jeffery S Poss, Architect

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