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If you’ve been thinking about living in tiny houses you’ve probably also considered a bunch of other ways of living alternatively.

For me when I first started thinking like this I immediately became fascinated with van dwelling, yurts, micro cabins and yes- box truck conversions too.

This led me to discovering Rob Scott’s amazing truck houses and so much more. And today I’m still finding even more alternative housing options that continue amaze me and I really enjoy getting to share them with you through Tiny House Talk, Tiny House Pins and the Tiny House Newsletter.


So I had to share with you this amazing box truck conversion home that was hand built by Joseph Tayyar who was tired of the hustle and bustle of the city life.

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He had the idea in his head four years prior to making it a reality. He spent years planning and building it and did it all himself. Now he gets to enjoy living near the beach, traveling to the desert or even enjoying the city.

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I thought you’d also like this tiny house on a foundation in Paris, France.

To me it just goes to show how you can design and build tiny in so many ways other than on wheels (see our small houses, tiny cabins and apartment categories).

I’d like to see more and more homes like these being designed and built for people all over the world who prefer not to over-house themselves.

As soon as you walk in through the front door you’re immediately greeted by the living room and corner kitchen.

215 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home in Paris, France

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In total we’re talking about 215 square feet of interior space. Let me show you around.

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This tiny cabin is on the Pt. Reyes peninsula along the Northern California coast.


It’s a 260 square foot building designed to support a large group of children for a yearly family summer camp.

The cottage is on a dairy farm and has a fun and yet traditional vibe that expresses the rural setting of the land.

Most of the materials used are non-corrosive and resistant to wear like the galvanized sheet metal on the roof, the batt siding, and painted plywood.

Little White Cottage

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Images: Richardson Architects

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This modern dome home looks like an alien spacecraft.

It was built in 1969 and the design was later features in a January 1975 issue of Popular Science.

Incredibly enough it’s designed to withstand up to 250 mph of wind!

And inside you’ll find just about everything in a regular home. In fact, this is a 3-bedroom house!

There’s a living room, full kitchen, bathroom and patio.

Spacecraft-like 3 Bedroom Dome Home

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Image: Airbnb

I encourage you to take the entire tour to check it out for yourself then leave your thoughts about it in the comments at the bottom:

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I always appreciate a garage to studio conversion because they’re usually small and make great use of space.

This is just that… A studio that used to be a garage which was renovated into a tiny guest house.

It has floor heating, cathedral ceilings, a beautiful bathroom and a full sized kitchen ready for you to cook in.

And it’s in Boulder, Colorado! Another reason I really like garage conversions is because they make better use out of a structure that already existed. And this one- as you’ll see below- has been very nicely converted into a studio that I’d enjoy living in.

Garage Conversion in Boulder

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Images: Airbnb

I encourage you to come on in below and take the entire tour of this wonderful little studio in Boulder:

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This 200 sq. ft. modern and rustic tiny house on wheels by Tiny House Northwest is for sale in Portland, Oregon.

It was built using as many reclaimed materials as possible along with low VOC finishes inside to keep it safe to be in.

The flooring is securely bolted to the trailer which you can learn how to do yourself with these videos.

The slanted roof keeps is spacious and simple in the upstairs sleeping loft so there’s no need for dormers which increase the chances for leaks later on because of the extra cuts and corners.

The exterior sheathing is secured by being screwed and glued to the framing.

200 SF Modern Tiny House on Wheels

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Images: Tiny House Northwest

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This is a Reader Submitted Q&A — Submit Your Own Here

I was just wondering if there are any tiny house trailers that are designed to a lifetime mileage specification?

Maybe designed for 10,000 lbs load for a maximum of 5000 miles over their lifetime?

Or set up a chart that might show what can be done between 1000 miles and 100,000 miles, and the consumer can judge if that extra expense is worth it.

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Image: Tumbleweed

Of course, the rigidity of the final tiny house adds a substantial amount of strength to the final chassis so those calculations will have to be taken into account as well.

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