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For Alex Kennedy this tiny studio in her mother’s backyard garage is perfect for her needs.

Plus she is able to have her own home without paying expensive property taxes somewhere else in Melbourne, Australia.

Converting this old two car garage in her childhood home back yard makes this space even more special. And how much better can it get living next to family?

With the help of designer Sarah Trotter of HEARTH Studio she was able to turn this garage into what you see below a functional yet cozy cottage for herself to call home.

Large glass French doors open up to the garden giving Alex a beautiful view all the time.

Almost all materials that went into re-designing and converting this garage into a livable tiny home were salvaged materials.

Woman Converts Backyard Garage into Studio


Images © Lauren Bamford

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I want to introduce you to POD House. Based in Switzerland they build and design these cool round shaped cabins. Used mostly for camp sites, unique living experiences and hotel extensions.

Or if you are looking to put one on your property as a place to get away they can do that too.

But are they big enough to call home? Or maybe just to be used for glamping, backyard offices, vacation spots?

As POD House says, “Step in and feel good.”

You make the call. Check out some of their four different models below.

POD House: Unique Tiny Living Experiences


Images © POD House

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This $3k DIY Teardrop Camper Project is a guest post by Nathan Pizzo

I started this teardrop camper about three point five months ago… from a 5×8 trailer… I was trying to build it in 30 days, but I soon found it was a little tougher than I thought. However… it’s all ready to go now, besides some further refinements that are best done at a slower pace. I spent my first night in it last night… in the garage, where the weather would not be a factor, just to get the feel.

My wife was very pleased with the result and said it was cozy, comfortable and nice. I think it’s pretty sharp too. I am not exactly sure what it cost me to build but if I exclude new tools, and other special things I purchased to help me build it… I believe it’s something close to $3000 in materials alone. I think my labor would factor in to make it a higher price also. I built it in my garage.

Now to find some good places to use it!!

Man Builds $3K DIY Teardrop Camper in 3.5 Months


Images © Nathan Pizzo

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Situated just outside of Stockholm, Sweden you can vacation in this awesome bus converted into cabin with a rooftop deck.

I think this is by far my favorite bus conversion I have come across.

Once you check it out for yourself I think you will love it too.  The vibe here is funky meets cozy.

The rooftop deck seems to be a wonderful spot to hang out, eat and drink.

The couple, Jon and Stina, converted this bus a while back and decided why not rent it out.

Besides the cool deck there is plenty of space to chill inside the bus with up to 4 twin size beds.

Bus Converted into Cabin with Rooftop Deck


Images © Jon Backlund & Stina Ekstrom / Marta Vargas

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A compassionate group of people in San Luis Obispo County, California are creating a village of tiny homes to benefit their homeless neighbors.

Right now they’ve completed their model 7′ x 16′ Cabin on Wheels which they are lovingly calling The COW.

The plan is to develop a sustainable tiny house community for their unhoused neighbors who are under-served and have fallen into homelessness.

The villagers will be building their own tiny homes on wheels with the help of their team of volunteers from the community. People can help out by donating and/or by helping to build by volunteering their time. And everyone involved will get to learn from each other while helping one another. For about $2,500 a cabin on wheels can be built for a veteran in need or other homeless person.

Hope’s Village of SLO: Tiny House Community for the Homeless


Images © Hope’s Village of SLO

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This expandable gypsy caravan design is called the Fat Gypsy and is created by Edmund Peter Sylvester.

It’s a 12′ long design with the design elements of a traditional gypsy wagon only this one is expandable.

He’s working on finishing up the plans, instructions, prototype, and more by Christmas time in case you’re interested in getting to be able to build this for yourself.

Related: 24′ Trailerable, Folding Houseboat Design

Man Designs Expandable Gypsy Caravan: The Fat Gypsy


Images © FatGypsy.com

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This 11′ by 14′ tiny cabin in the woods was built by carpenter Dave Herrle for only $4,000 in about 6 weeks.

He used as much salvaged materials as he could find to complete it and was deeply inspired to create a simple way of life.

After graduating from college Dave got a desk job that he did not enjoy. In 2007 he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail when he was 27 years old and it absolutely changed his outlook on life. He knew he had to make some changes.

The hike gave him the perspective on living simply that he needed to make a positive change in his life. In his words, “It was in the woods that I promised myself that I wouldn’t spend a lifetime doing a job I didn’t enjoy.”

For the longest time I had a hard time not being “normal.” I graduated from a small liberal arts college, got a desk job, and hated every minute of it. In 2007 my life changed dramatically after hiking the entirity of the Appalachian Trail. It was a gut check in life and I’m lucky it happened when I was 27 and not 67. My time in the woods gave me a perspective on the benefits of simplicity. It was in the woods that I promised myself that I wouldn’t spend a lifetime doing a job I didn’t enjoy.
Six years after hiking the trail I am a full time carpenter and have never been happier. To be able to pay the bills while doing something that I am passionate about is one of the greatest things I have found in life. Carpentry has always been my outlet for creativity and now I hope that it will help me in my goal of becoming completely self sufficient…

Ex-Desk Job Worker Builds $4k Tiny Cabin in 6 Weeks


Images © Herrle Custom Carpentry

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