This Custom Built Gypsy Wagon Tiny House is a guest post by Eric Elliot.
I began by making a model, which was very helpful, since my idea of canting the walls out, in the traditional style, turned out to be a big mistake. Every angle would then have to be separately calculated, so I decided to simplify things and build the walls square instead.
Since the wagon was going to be small, even by tiny house standards, (just over 100 square feet) I wanted it to be as comfortable as possible. I was working on a limited budget, but I spared no expense on insulating the walls, roof, and even floor. That was the best decision I made on this project!
I’ve always wanted to built a house with my hands, and this was my opportunity to make every element attractive. I built a diamond pane bow-window for the bedroom, and made all the windows in the wagon stained glass. Small vent windows at either end allow for a nice cross breeze.
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Custom Built Gypsy Wagon Tiny House
Images © Eric Elliot
There are attach points along both sides (disguised as decorative flourishes) for rigging awnings, which helps keep the place cool in summer as well as providing a pleasant exterior space that add extra living/entertaining room.
Most tiny homes have loft bedrooms to save space, but being a child of the desert, I knew that just under the rafters is where all the heat ends up, and opted for a lower bed that would be more comfortable in summer without burning a lot of electricity. No ladder to climb, no bumping my head, and it still leaves plenty of space underneath for a sliding table and lots of storage.
The wagon is equipped with an out-of-the-way composting toilet, and also a shower. The shower is designed with removable racks for hanging wet towels or coats, and the walls are decorative backsplash material. All the lights are LEDs and the strings above the bed (beaded Christmas lights) provide more than enough light to read by.
Speaking of reading, Cicero said, “A room without books is like a body without a soul,” and I agree. So a built-in mini library was an absolute necessity.
The kitchen has a two-level sink, a stove, and plenty of storage. The small closet has a folding door and retractable clothes rod. Additional hooks for hanging things are located wherever I discovered a need for them.
There’s something magical about a space custom-built to suit my tastes. Even before the wagon was finished, I found myself going out to sit and read or play music. It turns out that the den-like space under the bed is a magnet for the dogs. Everybody seems to like the place!
Images © Eric Elliot
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