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Julian bought this super stealthy 1999 Ford E-150 pop top campervan to use for rock climbing trips and as a mobile home & office when he’s doing freelance photography contracts.

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Accessory dwelling units (ADU) are small homes that can be built in the backyards of larger homes, in cities where they’ve been approved. They’re also sometimes known as carriage, coach, or laneway houses.

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Micah, Jana, and their son Silas moved from Birmingham, Alabama to the San Francisco Bay Area for a work opportunity but they weren’t prepared to pay the high price tag to rent an apartment.

Instead, they contracted a tiny house building company, American Tiny House, to build their tiny house and the family has been vlogging about their experience on YouTube.

Family of Three’s Tiny House Life

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Adam from HoneyBox INC. built this stunning off-grid shipping container cabin on top of a mountain in British Columbia, Canada.

The cabin is built with three 20 foot shipping containers. The middle container is bolted to a cement block foundation using twist locks, and the two outer containers are cantilevered using lashing rods.

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Man Builds Stunning Off Grid Shipping Container Home on Mountain Top

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Mat and Danielle from Exploring Alternatives spent a day at the Storstac Inc. shipping container yard in Toronto, Canada to learn the ins and outs of building with new and used shipping containers.

While building with shipping containers is not necessarily cheaper than conventional building, it does have advantages because containers are modular, mobile, durable, and they have a unique, modern look.

They can be do it yourself friendly if you’ve worked with steel before, or if you find a company to take care of the steel work for you so that you can focus on framing and finishing it from the inside.

Building Homes & Mobile Spaces w/ Shipping Containers

Here are 3 of their key takeaways:

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This is an earthship home built by Jordan.

Jordan from Earthship PEI (Prince Edward Island, Canada) shares great tips and advice on how to build a stunning earthship-style home using recycled tires and earthen plaster made from clay, sand, and straw. He built this beautiful green building with a ton of help from his girlfriend and friends.

Related: Taylor & Steph’s $10k Earthship Home

Jordan’s Little Earthship Home in Canada

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Nicky and Judy decided that a tiny house on wheels would be the ideal solution for the next stage in their lives: retirement. The low cost of living a minimalist lifestyle in 175 square feet allows Nicky to work less (Judy is already retired), and it allows them to enjoy living in their dream home, but with the option of moving to a new location if they so desire.

The couple’s tiny house, which they call “Tiny” for short, was built by Matt from Howling Dog Construction in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Some of the unique features of this tiny home include 17 windows to provide ample natural light for crafting, the winch-powered dog elevator which allows their aging Corgi to sleep in the loft with them, and the impressive amount of storage they managed to build into the house while maintaining a spacious and airy interior.

Nicky and Judy blog about their alternative lifestyle at Learning To Reawaken.

Related: Retired Nomad Woman Living in her Teardrop Trailer w/ Jeep

Challenges & Benefits of Living in a Tiny House 

Semi Retired Couple Shares Their Experience

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