This $3k DIY Teardrop Camper Project is a guest post by Nathan Pizzo
I started this teardrop camper about three point five months ago… from a 5×8 trailer… I was trying to build it in 30 days, but I soon found it was a little tougher than I thought. However… it’s all ready to go now, besides some further refinements that are best done at a slower pace. I spent my first night in it last night… in the garage, where the weather would not be a factor, just to get the feel.
My wife was very pleased with the result and said it was cozy, comfortable and nice. I think it’s pretty sharp too. I am not exactly sure what it cost me to build but if I exclude new tools, and other special things I purchased to help me build it… I believe it’s something close to $3000 in materials alone. I think my labor would factor in to make it a higher price also. I built it in my garage.
The plan is to develop a sustainable tiny house community for their unhoused neighbors who are under-served and have fallen into homelessness.
The villagers will be building their own tiny homes on wheels with the help of their team of volunteers from the community. People can help out by donating and/or by helping to build by volunteering their time. And everyone involved will get to learn from each other while helping one another. For about $2,500 a cabin on wheels can be built for a veteran in need or other homeless person.
Hope’s Village of SLO: Tiny House Community for the Homeless
This 11′ by 14′ tiny cabin in the woods was built by carpenter Dave Herrle for only $4,000 in about 6 weeks.
He used as much salvaged materials as he could find to complete it and was deeply inspired to create a simple way of life.
After graduating from college Dave got a desk job that he did not enjoy. In 2007 he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail when he was 27 years old and it absolutely changed his outlook on life. He knew he had to make some changes.
The hike gave him the perspective on living simply that he needed to make a positive change in his life. In his words, “It was in the woods that I promised myself that I wouldn’t spend a lifetime doing a job I didn’t enjoy.”
For the longest time I had a hard time not being “normal.” I graduated from a small liberal arts college, got a desk job, and hated every minute of it. In 2007 my life changed dramatically after hiking the entirity of the Appalachian Trail. It was a gut check in life and I’m lucky it happened when I was 27 and not 67. My time in the woods gave me a perspective on the benefits of simplicity. It was in the woods that I promised myself that I wouldn’t spend a lifetime doing a job I didn’t enjoy. Six years after hiking the trail I am a full time carpenter and have never been happier. To be able to pay the bills while doing something that I am passionate about is one of the greatest things I have found in life. Carpentry has always been my outlet for creativity and now I hope that it will help me in my goal of becoming completely self sufficient…
Ex-Desk Job Worker Builds $4k Tiny Cabin in 6 Weeks