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Gypsy Mermaid Tiny House

This is the Gypsy Mermaid Tiny House.

It’s built by Robert and Rebekah Sofia and located in Ocklawaha, Florida.

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Gypsy Mermaid Tiny House on Wheels

Highlights

  • Built for just $15k!
  • 26′ long
  • 13’3″ high and 8’6″ wide
  • Featured in Ocala Style Magazine
  • Originally featured here on Tiny House Talk

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  • Bill Burgess August 4, 2017, 11:30 pm

    I don’t understand why, I love this…It does not hit my buttons…But I love it because it jump-starts my creative juices…Even with some items that make no sense to my scale Gremlin, I can work around it.Small spaces require small parts and pieces of the puzzle to work well for me..That fireplace has to be reduced by 70% to function for me…

    • James D. August 5, 2017, 3:47 pm

      Well, it’s not just a fireplace… It’s a oven and mass heater… A lot of the smaller options won’t run as long, as efficient, won’t give you a oven, and may be more dangerous with the required clearances you have to maintain to keep the intense heat they produce from being an issue…

      There’s also something to be said for the very nice craftsmanship and the overall cob house feel of the interior…

      • sc August 5, 2017, 4:02 pm

        @James D We answered at the same time…hahaha.
        I have seen hundreds of tiny houses, this may be the first masonry stove heater in a tiny house. I predict this house will be copied extensively.
        I am calling it…Tiny house of the year!

        • James D. August 5, 2017, 5:29 pm

          Hey sc, did you notice what they did with the mini-split?

          Pretty good considering how those things usually stick out like sore thumbs…

          While, as can be expected from a DIY’er, some it does look improvised but it all works well together IMO…

          The drawers in the kitchen with the grid wire sides are also good for storing things like onions, potatoes, etc. So it looks like they integrated some pantry functionality into the kitchen space as well…

          And the bathroom sink is practically a work of art…

          Overall, very nicely done… and all for $15K…

    • sc August 5, 2017, 3:58 pm

      That’s a working pizza oven! Its got metal leaves decoration on the doors, gob smacking gorgeous! its size is perfect, it barely juts out past the hallway and acts as a divider between the living room and the kitchen. A built in fireplace oven in a tiny house! never dreamed I would see that!

  • Theresa Perdue August 5, 2017, 1:53 am

    There is so much going on it should look cluttered or something but it is all put together so beautifully I want to live there. It is all so gorgeous!

  • Val August 5, 2017, 6:13 pm

    That is sweet and smaller fireplace would bring more room. But the whole thing is Wonderful.

  • sherry wood August 5, 2017, 6:41 pm

    I liked many of the Gypsy’s features. Probably the most original tiny home, yet !

  • David Ludwig August 5, 2017, 6:41 pm

    Interior surface material? Dynamic flexing during transit? Total unit weight? Third axel?

  • wiz August 5, 2017, 6:46 pm

    FINALLY!
    A THOW with REAL decorator flair !
    And themed details that simply WOW.

    I know that many people prefer the rustic look, but for me, the elegance, thoughtfulness and creativity of this THOW is truly a work of art coupled with a livable functionality. Here’s to hoping that you inspire even MORE people by your example!

  • George Guthridge August 5, 2017, 6:48 pm

    I am often critical of some of the houses on this site. But this is THE finest tiny house I have ever seen. Stunning.

  • Dana Turner August 5, 2017, 6:52 pm

    I love the interior, and the windows. Just not a fan of rusty/tarnished metal. Would love to see more of the bathroom.

  • Julie August 5, 2017, 6:54 pm

    Well I don’t normally comment but you have done a wonderful job on your tiny home. It is obvious you are artists and you have created a unique wonderful and practical home. I love to be inspired by looking at tiny home design as I might have to down size eventually so I am look at ideas.

  • Carrie August 5, 2017, 7:01 pm

    Utterly “freakin” stunning. I love eclectic decorating! Now my style is very urban stainless steel, mirrors, glass ,uber modern
    Yet I’d take this place in a minute !
    Where is stowage for clothing?
    And my dogs and I must have a security rail along ‘outside’ of stairway and definately for loft.
    One word…brilliant!
    Carrie

    • Suzanne August 6, 2017, 12:05 am

      I’m with you Carrie about the outside railing for the stairs and a railing in the loft but that aside – I love it. The chandeliers are lovely and the lowered ‘walkway’ getting into the loft is a good idea, although I’m short, so it’s not such a problem for me but my tall husband would appreciate something like that. A really lovely home.

    • James D. August 6, 2017, 10:15 am

      Looks like storage is throughout the house… The stairs, the dinette, and the couch appear to all have storage draws and/or compartments…

      Dinette table is mounted to the wall, with the one leg, it looks like it can fold down and there’s a barn door to the side, with a heart shape cutout. So that area can be closed off for privacy…

  • Phatkhat August 5, 2017, 8:47 pm

    Stunning! This is what “tiny house” means to me. A real original, built to be both beautiful and efficient, and built on a shoestring. This is the best one I’ve ever seen! I love everything about it – decor, colors, the outside, the fireplace/oven – ALL of it. Oh, my. Simply perfect!

  • Marsha Cowan August 5, 2017, 9:15 pm

    This is a remarkable house. The outside design alone is breath taking and so clever. Looks like ocean. Love this house!

  • Bob W August 5, 2017, 10:35 pm

    My kind of place. Very artsy and with lots of style to go along with the creativity. What is the height of the master loft from the center to the floor?

    Hopefully, the chandelier with the real candles is for looks only. I’m thinking if those candles were lit, they would burn the house to the ground.

    • James D. August 6, 2017, 9:56 am

      Looks like the chandelier can be lowered when in use and closer to the middle, over the table, should be fine whenever they need to deal with a blackout or just want a little ambience… but otherwise they got plenty of electrical lights in that area, so it’s decoration most of the time…

  • Silver Gypsy August 5, 2017, 10:49 pm

    I have to give this build a two thumbs up – five gold stars. This place is just plain wonderful; in fact, it’s elegant. And to think that they achieved the whole thing for a very cost effective 15K, makes this THOW of the year! (Great job, guys! Absolutely brilliant!)

  • Larry August 5, 2017, 11:33 pm

    Very nicely done. I would have like to have a better look at the enclosed fireplace.

  • Diane the Designer August 5, 2017, 11:51 pm

    My favorite out of all that I have seen. Absolute genius. Loved all of the artful accents and the use of stone and wood grabbed my heart strings. Enjoy it you two.

  • Annette August 6, 2017, 12:30 am

    This is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  • Danielle DiLisio August 6, 2017, 1:04 am

    Adorable! I love it!!

  • Diane Gray August 6, 2017, 1:15 am

    So artsy and beautiful. One of my favorites of all time!

  • Emily Le Moing August 6, 2017, 1:16 am

    I love this! It looks so spacious and the curved oven/fireplace not only makes it liveable year-round but also adds to the beauty. I can’t believe you built this for only $15,000!!! Congratulations. It’s a work of art.

  • Sherry August 6, 2017, 11:26 am

    Love this one! Very interesting interior with inovative decorating ideas. I could live in this if it only had a screen door.

  • Cheryl August 6, 2017, 11:54 am

    THIS is the THOW of my dreams. Not a cookie-cutter feature to be seen. The fireplace/oven/masonry heater is fabulous. I want one in my small house now!

  • Prima Donna August 6, 2017, 2:21 pm

    A big positive WOW!!!! Finally! A Gypsy THOW that delivers on the inside what the outside promises. It’s nice to see a real “home” for all the big bucks these things cost, and not just a 200 generic square feet. I had to do a double take to see if it was on wheels. I tend toward HQ aesthetic and this meets the cake!

  • Nanny M August 6, 2017, 5:42 pm

    Like others have said, not exactly my style, but the happy, elegant beauty speaks to my heart. Love the oven/fireplace especially, the arching beams, the hand rail, unmatched drawer pulls and the dining space.

  • Rebekah sofia August 6, 2017, 8:12 pm

    I am soon starting a consulting site for design . Please check it out 😊I will announce it on Instagram @ms.frogg Merci Beaucoup 👩🏻‍🎨

  • Sparrow August 8, 2017, 12:13 am

    So whimsical and charming! I could totally live there!

  • Dianna Anderson August 8, 2017, 7:19 am

    Stunning! While I truly dislike the exterior metal, the overall interior vibe reminds me of a Los Angeles bungalow circa early 1900’s, which I adore! So many THOWs are sterile and have little character, but this one is massive in its uniqueness. Way to go!

  • Sherry August 11, 2017, 5:44 pm

    Love it! Would definitely use a smaller heat source just to save space,but this place is so cute!

  • Gigi August 11, 2017, 6:03 pm

    This is absolutely magical!

  • Jane Ward August 11, 2017, 7:58 pm

    I love the bathroom sink and the beams on the arched ceiling. I usually prefer more modern rustic, but this gypsy theme is appealing!

  • William Simpson August 12, 2017, 8:52 am

    Gypsy? Mermaid? Romantic.
    The Gypsies I have known are some of the most persecuted people on the face of the Earth. But the Gypsies theme is more Hollywood stile caravan traveling music making dancing magic Gypsies, and not the real Roma.
    Mermaids? They drown sailers don’t they? Still this is a romantic impractical beautiful little place. A real head turner. Thanks for sharing.

  • Charmaine August 12, 2017, 3:43 pm

    Absolutely love this and the price!

  • Eric August 13, 2017, 4:26 am

    Internally I like it. Really, really like it.

    The outside not so much. Looks like the cladding is falling off to me. {shudder}

  • Arlene McCormick August 15, 2017, 1:20 am

    This is absolutely stunning. Love all of the detail, even on the end of the kitchen table!! Both of the sinks!! Everything about this home is worth comment. Even my husband, who is not a tiny fan, loves this one. Really wondering how you were able to pull off such a work of art for only $15K.

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