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It’s Natalie here! I do a lot of the writing about tiny homes here, but today I want to show you what my husband and I have been working on — an 8×6 pallet shed using tons of reclaimed materials and rough cut lumber from a local sawmill.

We have three little kids and live in a *small* 1,100 square foot home on about an acre of land where we have goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, quail and a peacock. Homesteading is important to us, but we really wanted to get the animal feed and lawn/garden supplies out of our basement so they were easier to access and didn’t attract mice into our house.

It took us about a month with *many* interruptions from children, sickness, vacation and other projects, but we finally finished it — and for under $400 in materials (which with current lumber prices is a steal). While we are using it for storage, the basic idea could easily be transformed into a tiny living space for one.

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Simple Shed Project for Under $400

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Images via Natalie C. McKee

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Tena lives and works out of her BleakHausTruk, an art & recording studio constructed with hand tools & 99% recycled/repurposed materials found mostly for free on the street or in the trash in San Francisco!

She has about 100 square feet in her 14-foot-long 1997 Isuzu FRR 14 foot that she’s put more than 8,000 miles on traveling around America. The space is completely off-grid, with solar electricity, gravity fed sink & stainless steel bath tub, propane stove top & wood burning stove and compost toilet.

“. I never knew I could feel such peace in a roommateless creative space to call my own. Sadie, my sweet pit mix, was also found on the streets & was similarly suffering from PTSD, so we have been healing happily together,” Tena wrote us.

She spent $13,000 on the truck purchase,  conversion and engine maintenance since 2015. How amazing! Check out the photo tour of her bus below.

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Tena’s Housetruck and Recording Studio

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Images via Tena Lethe

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Wow! Check out this pirate ship in the trees!

This fun accommodation at Tanglewood Retreat in Waimauku, New Zealand was created from a 150 year old sailboat that was deemed un-seaworthy. Stace and her team took the boat, hoisted it into the trees, and transformed it with reclaimed materials into an epic getaway.

Up the spiral staircase you’ll find 129 square feet of pirate-themed fun, including a hidden rum compartment with a skull and crossbones. There’s a big seating area in the back, a cozy sleeping spot in the hull, and a skylight that gives you access to the deck.

Enjoy the amazing video tour from Living Big in a Tiny House below!

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Sleep in A Pirate Ship Treehouse in New Zealand

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Looking to stay somewhere magical in England? This Haven on the Hill fits the bill! It’s all handmade from reclaimed materials and is filled with fun vintage decor.

It has a large porch with amazing views and a pizza oven! There’s a separate handmade outhouse, but guests have access to a full bathroom in the main house nearby. It’s available to book on Airbnb, by the way.

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The Haven on the Hill Reclaimed Tiny Cabin with an Outhouse in England!

Haven on the Hill

Images via Airbnb

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It’s so exciting when you run across something completely unique, and this folding tiny house with wings is undoubtedly one of its kind!

While bump-outs in RVs have been around for a long time, this home features swinging “wings” that fold out when the home is parked. Not only that, but the house is created almost entirely out of reclaimed or recycled materials, making it incredibly eco-friendly. It was handcrafted by Nick (@knicknack on Instagram) and his friend Jay, and is for sale in Salt Spring, British Columbia.

The home is currently for sale and you can get in touch with Nick via Instagram with questions on pricing (according to his Instagram post, the price is 24,000). Thank to you Exploring Alternatives for finding this gem of a tiny home and doing the video tour at the end of the post.

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Tiny House with Wings Built with Reclaimed Materials

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Marie France Roy is a professional snowboarder from Canada who cares deeply about the environment so she decided to experiment with building a tiny home using natural and reclaimed materials. The result is a spectacular organic-shaped cabin that she’s been living in for 4 years now.

It’s two-stories and measures approximately 400 square feet. The main floor is built with a wood frame and cob walls made of sand, clay, and straw. The second floor is built with reclaimed wood.

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Her Magical 400-sq.-ft. Cob Cottage

Tiny Cob House Tour 2

Image © Exploring Alternatives

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This is the Prairie Dog tiny house on wheels by Indigo River Tiny Homes out of Garland, Texas.

It was custom built by the client who hired Indigo River Tiny Homes who collected many of the materials, windows, appliances, and exotic woods that you’ll see in it.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks!

The Prairie Dog Tiny House on Wheels by Indigo River Tiny Homes

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Images © Indigo River Tiny Homes

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This is a tiny house built with reclaimed cedar in Marrowstone Island, Washington.

It’s located just down the road from east beach county park and is available as a vacation rental that you can book using Airbnb.

The tiny house is 240 sq. ft. with two sleeping lofts, a full kitchen, and bathroom with composting toilet. Take the tour below and let us know what you think in the comments. Thanks!

Reclaimed Cedar Tiny House Vacation on Marrowstone Island

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Images via Airbnb

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This is Robin Hood’s Hideout, a magical storybook cottage by Havenwald in Dipping Springs, Texas (near Austin) that you can book as your next tiny house vacation.

Robin Hood’s Hideout is a tiny, storybook cottage made almost entirely of architectural salvage. Cedar, walnut, carved doorknobs, stained glass and a knightly chandelier are just a few of the 30+ vintage materials that charm this little bungalow. Our place is called Havenwald, which means “haven in the woods.” Oaks, cedars, wildlife and starry skies stay here. Tranquility, respect and kindness stay here. When you stay here, we hope you’ll discover why we say at Havenwald, magic stays here!1

Photos © Havenwald

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