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Karin’s Tiny House on Wheels in Portland

This is Karin’s self-built 8′ by 20′ tiny house on wheels in Portland, Oregon.

When she needed a home but found the traditional route to be unaffordable, Karin decided to design and build a debt-free tiny home instead.

And this is what she came up with and lives in today. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

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Video: Karin’s ‘Serenity’ Tiny House Tour

Learn more: http://tinyhousegiantjourney.com/2015/11/09/serenity-in-portland-tiny-house-community/


SEE ALSO: Young Lady’s Lucky Penny Tiny Home

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  • LT January 20, 2016, 5:24 pm

    Bravo, Karin, I love your house. It looks very well thought out and organized. I love your kitty window, great addition! You inspire me to do more with my 9×25 cabin. Wish I’d found this site before mine was built. Enjoy your tiny house, you’ve worked hard on it……

  • Brian January 20, 2016, 5:56 pm

    The ladder idea is brilliant. :)

  • Carol Perry January 20, 2016, 9:07 pm


    Wow! Your house is adorable!! You did such a lovely job! I love how you designed it, what a great idea to store your off seasoned clothes in those beautiful baskets. Not only are you using it for storage but it’s a great decorating idea!! I love your stairs the fact that you can show off your decorations and that you can see through them. At first I thought you had a real oven, I would not even realized it unless I saw your video. Also I love your pet windows, your kitty must really love checking out the birds, and squirrels. Your kitty is adorable!! I forgot to mention that your living room looks so cozy and comfy. Awesome garden!! The best thing you got is very little bills and your home is exactly the way you want it. Thank you for showing us your cute place!! Enjoy it!!

  • Marcy January 21, 2016, 10:56 am

    Thank you for sharing your house with us just as it is – a real house where a real person lives. Sometimes the homes we see are antiseptically clean, which is nice, but your photos give others a chance to really imagine a real life in a tiny home.

    And not to forget to mention, nicely done! Really nice use of space.

  • Trish Dee January 21, 2016, 4:22 pm

    Love the ladder. Nice home.

  • Kathleeen January 21, 2016, 4:36 pm

    I like the mini-French doors that open on the long side of the house, and that they open to the outside. I have always loved French doors but thought they would take up too much space on a tiny house. I also like Karin’s upbeat and enthusiastic style. Very inspiring!

    • sc January 23, 2016, 12:19 am

      In the youtube comment section, the owner says:
      “karin parramore 2 weeks ago
      +foxthorne I made the doors from two sidelights I found at the rebuilding center. In case you don’t know that term, sidelights are the two windowed panels that are found on either side of the front door in a big house. I wanted a narrow outward-opening door.”

      Very clever! I LOVE that look. Lots of TH owners put in the sliding glass doors. They let in light, but I think they take up too much space. and being a city person, I don’t feel safe enough with sliding glass doors. I have always loved the french door look, though. I like the whole grand entry 2 doors with the transom window at the top(as shown in link). Zyl Vardos’ “little bird” comes to mind. He also builds enchanting half circle steps!
      That look in a tiny house is fantastic. The awning, the cat door and window, the tiny house community. Amazeballs!

  • Kathleeen January 21, 2016, 4:37 pm

    Ugh. I spelled my own name wrong. Too many e’s!

    • Varenikje February 16, 2016, 11:57 pm

      That’s okay, Kathleeen. I think you can fix it next time you leave a comment.

  • Geert January 21, 2016, 6:46 pm

    Lovely.. also your cat!

  • Gabrielle Charest January 21, 2016, 7:35 pm

    As a fan of blue, I fell in love with this tiny periwinkle home. You, Karin, have done an incredible job in simplifying your life and incorporating that joyful simplicity into your design. Two things that impressed me the most are the amazing stairs and the storage loft. Thanks to your artful floor plan this home looks far larger than it is.

  • Darcy January 21, 2016, 10:19 pm

    An adorable house, bright , cheery and functional. Love the cat porthole window. Thumbs up.

  • Trish January 21, 2016, 10:57 pm

    Cat’s window is awesome.

  • susan secord January 22, 2016, 1:35 pm

    Where do you wash your hair? Front door totally cool–reminds me of doors in new Orleans! But only saw tolit–wheres shower??Good job otherwise–makes me believe I can do this myself as well!!

  • Sandi B January 23, 2016, 6:28 am

    As others have stated love the kitty window, kitty included LOL!
    You did a terrific job on your little home — I am sure you will have many happy years living in it. Well done and very functional. Kudos to you, this is something you can be very proud of.

  • Peter Piper February 17, 2016, 3:30 pm

    Love the house but I like the original outside color better. I probably would have used some darker tan so that it doesn’t contrast to much with the roof color.

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