April is a graduate student in English at the University of Oregon.

In this video she’s interviewed on her decision to live in a tiny house on wheels.

Oregon Student Living the Tiny Life

At 19′x8′ the home is just 130-square-feet including the sleeping loft.

It’s got a tiny covered porch and you walk right into the main room. It’s a classic Tumbleweed tiny house design.

Interview: April Anson on Living in a Tiny Home

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Photo by Matt Cooper

She says it’s about 114 square feet but I don’t think that includes the loft. It’s 130 including that according to Tumbleweed’s plans.

Using Reclaimed Materials to Build Tiny AND Green

Everything except the studs, shingles, roof and interior walls came from recycled materials.

The flooring came from bleachers from an old gym! Pretty cool, huh?

Welcome to April’s Tumbleweed Tiny House…

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Photo Credits April Anston

Come on in! Join us for the complete photo tour (and video interview) below:

Photo Tour of April’s Tumbleweed Fencl Tiny House

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I absolutely love her choice of wood and the style of the entire home. It’s simple, rustic and seems homey.

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As you can see (above) there’s plenty of storage to keep everything tucked away.

The exposed beams underneath the loft in the kitchen (below) are just SO COOL..

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Bathroom and Shower

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April’s Tiny House Floor Plan

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Source: Tumbleweed Houses

Micro Kitchen in a Tiny Home

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Tiny Home Sleeping Loft

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Storage or Decorative Loft with Half Moon Window

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Here’s another way to utilize the extra loft:

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And yep – that’s a ceiling fan in the reflection:

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Study/Work Nook with Views in a Tiny House

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Tiny House You Can Tow And Take With You Anywhere

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Curious about towing a tiny house? Check out this post.

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Built in Nightstand in the Sleeping Loft

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Screenshot by Matt Cooper

Friends Helped To Build It With Her While Having a BLAST!

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April’s friends who helped build it with her: Darren and Micah (above).

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April’s said she couldn’t have done it without the help her friends. Jason Reitz and Carter shown (above).

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More helpful fun friends: Karin, John, Rachel, Mark and others. Aren’t they so awesome for doing this together?

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Way to go April – AWESOME pic! Shows just how much fun you can really have building with your friends. :D

Video Interview with April

This interview might answer lots of questions you have on the house that I might have missed in the post otherwise just ask in the comments at the bottom of this page.

The Trailer Before Construction :)

Where it all started..

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Nice Airstream too!

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Congratulations And Way To Go April!

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April Has Her Own Blog!

April’s Tiny House Blog. There are many more great photos of this project right here too.

Love this Tiny House Design? Get the Plans:

You can buy and instantly download the Fencl building plans over at Tumbleweed. If you want to look around at other plans instead download our free plans catalog and we’ll throw in 6 free downloads!

Join us in Congratulating April in the Comments Below!

What are YOUR tiny house plans? Are you planning on building your own tiny/small house too? Tell us about it in the comments. Do you have a blog or photos to share? Let us know we’d all love to see it.

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Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity.

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  • sushineandrain

    Looks like a work of love. You have great friends. Congratulations!

    I love your gambrel/ barn roof. Would you be willing to share the plans for it?

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  • LaMar Alexander LaMar

    Well, it says it is a Fencil but looks more like my Solar Cabin on Wheels design that I published in 2011 for Instructables Independence Project:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZKtGRGW1-U

    The barn style roof, arch window and kitchen, bathroom, loft and ladder placement are exact copies of my design however I did not waste space on a bump in porch and I placed the door in the side for better access and room for a pullout couch bed in the living area.

    I am glad to see they used recycle materials and that reduces costs and helps the environment. I would add some solar panels and I included a front nose for propane strorage in my design and room for a over/under washer dryer.

    So it is good to see these designs being put to good use!

    LaMar

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    • April Anson

      LaMar,
      I WISH we would have found your plans before we built! We actually just free-handed a jig for the trusses and piece-mealed everything together. But it would have been a lot easier had we found your resources- thanks for sharing!!

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  • Michael Carmack

    April,
    I like the fact that you and your friends used reclaimed materials in the building of your tiny house. I wish that more people would include off the grid solutions to their houses though as well as making them more energy efficient and better insulated. I’ve been working on a design that uses a sturdier trailer with larger axles and wheels as well as shocks in addition to the leaf spring suspension. In addition I added another layer to the trailer to hold a potable water tank, waste water and grey water tank along with the pumps and tubing so that you can use your trailer like a true RV when you don’t have a water source and a septic system, etc. I also have added more floor insulation. I decided to save on weight also by using steel framing for the house structure. I have used PEX plumbing (plastic tubing) due to it’s inherent superiority to all the other plumbing systems out there. The house is wired for 110 volts and also has wiring run throughout to support an entire system of LED lighting to conserve energy in an off the grid situation. The front of the trailer has an storage area built in that houses 2 propane tanks, a generator that ties into the house electrical system, the circuit breakers and a bank of batteries for the solar power system along with a charge controller and an inverter.

    The walls all feature expandable foam insulation for energy efficiency, weight and also to lend more strength to the structure. The outside is done with marine grade plywood and a housewrap. The exterior is done in hardiplank (cement siding) due to it’s lifespan. On top of the home I have incorporated solar shingles to keep the battery bank charged.

    I’ve made numerous other adjustments based upon livability, structural integrity, etc. I don’t know if you have checked into stuff like this but it’s something that I think that everyone should incorporate into their designs as well as insulated windows and doors with energy efficient, i.e., Low “E” glass.

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  • Jerry

    Beautiful house, and I’m sure it’s due to the friendships which built it. I’m never really liked the exterior look of a gambrel style roof on a tiny house, always thought it looked too barn-ey, but seeing your interior shots has opened my eyes to the advantages, thanks for posting the pics! Congratulations on your build, and I hope you have many happy years living in it!

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  • Ruth Koson

    April,

    I love your Tiny house and what I like the most is the awesome window that is up in the loft! I love the fact that you used many salvaged materials. I did the same thing when converting a portable building that was a repo in to a cabin and I admire you for the same. I rarely leave comments, but the way you designed and built your Tiny house brought a comment out of me! It is important to use as many salvaged materials as we can. I live in the forest and watch the trees around me being cut down due to supply and demand and we need to encourage others to build with salvaged materials as much as possible since it is easy to cut a tree down, but it takes many years for one to grow. I have lived and watched this movement for four years now and I love not having a rent or mortgage payment. Thank-you for sharing and keep encouraging others to use reclaimed and salvaged materials. I know that we do need to buy some items new, but the more used wood that we use, the longer our environment around us will last. Peace to you and may you find many happy years to come in your Tiny House! From a tiny person who lives and breathes this movement.

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    • Alex

      Thanks Ruth :)

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  • ANJUMAN ARA

    Congratulations! I liked your tiny house, well done. : )
    I am sure you would modify/ improve as and when necessary. I liked it because of it’s simplicity and building cost.
    Your tiny house could be an inspiration for other students to build their own tiny house!
    I would like to know about water supply and sewerage system in this house, hope you wouldn’t mind sharing please. Thank you,
    Anjuman

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  • Brian Oxford

    Very nice! Much respect and appreciation for the hard work it takes to complete this project. Our team built a Jay Shafer design tiny house as well. We use ours as a marketing cabin to promote our eco-friendly vacation village, so “Junior” sees lots of highway.

    Do you plan to travel with your house? Those cedar shakes and beautiful half moon window would scare me! One thing we found out is that these tiny houses are HEAVY!

    Good luck and congrats!

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  • libertymen

    Reality check.In most places longterm living in these is frowned on.Codes,Red tape,zoning.
    Does it come with the huge truck?
    Grad Student in English? Really.
    Get ready to join the UE line when you graduate.

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  • michel livingston

    I was wondering where do you get blueprints for some of your teeny houses I’d love to order one or two that I saw hopefully you can help me with this thank you very much Michael Livingston

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