This is the Gypsy Mermaid DIY Tiny House on Wheels (with a giant pizza oven!).
It belongs to Robert and Rebekah Sofia, who built the entire home for around $15,000, using many reclaimed and recycled materials. Rebekah got in touch to tell us they were recently featured in Ocala Style Magazine, and you can follow along with the build and their new tiny life on Rebekah’s blog, Gypsy-Mermaid.
Enjoy the pictures and then read Rebekah’s answers to our interview questions about her tiny life and building their home below!
Gypsy Mermaid DIY Tiny House: Built for Just $15K!
Blue French doors open to the comfy couch area.
Great storage steps lead to a bedroom loft.
Just look at this giant pizza oven. Spectacular.
We are Robert and Rebekah Sofia, just the 2 of us now. We have 4 grown children. Ages 36, 33, 31 and 27. One fish 🐠. We will start out in Belleview, Florida but will probably move on. We have friends with property who want us on their land. So, that’s it for now. We want to simplify and have more money and time to do the important things in life. We heard of tiny houses from a friend and then looked at tinyhouseswoon.com. We’ve been working since October 2015. So, about 1 and 1/2 years, one or two days a week. We crafted everything ourselves. We did hire professional foam to be sprayed in. We are moving in the end of June.
We are already experiencing freedom as we de-clutter! Obviously, choosing items to discard is a challenge, but it’s worth it! You really don’t need much 😊 Our house is special because we really put a lot of details into it. My husband and I are both artists and he is a sculptor, so he will be doing a piece for the house soon as well. Also, we “scavenged” and got a lot of stuff free! Our favorite part is our pizza oven! We love 🔥😊
Advice? Do research! We researched and planned for a year before we started. Really think about what is important to you and your lifestyle, not what is fashionable. Ultimately, you have to live with it! I have a website/blog gypsy-mermaid.com which I really need to update! I would prefer people follow me on Instagram and Facebook. I will also be preparing pizzas in our oven! We do window cleaning to support ourselves 😊😊
- $15,000 to build
- 26 ft. long
- 13′ 3″ high by 8.5 ft. wide
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