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Artisan Builds His Tiny House from Salvaged Trailer – with No Plans!

This Artisan built his tiny house from a salvaged trailer – with no plans!

The home started as an old travel trailer and today it features beautiful hand-forged hinges, a monkey-bar ladder to get down from the loft bedroom, and a gravity-fed water system for washing dishes. He never had a floor plan in mind, and created the home as he built. Watch the full video below! Enjoy!

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Artisan Builds His Tiny House from Salvaged Trailer – with No Plans!

Screenshots via YouTube/Dylan Magaster

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Screenshots via YouTube/Dylan Magaster

Video: Artisan Crafts Beautiful Tiny House from Salvaged Trailer


  • Hand-crafted
  • Hand-forged hinges/metal work
  • Slat-style loft for ventilation
  • Ladder and monkey-bar system to climb to loft
  • Loft “push-out” window for airflow
  • Gravity-fed water system for sink
  • Metal roof
  • Made from salvaged travel trailer


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.

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  • Diane Hinkle December 27, 2016, 4:19 pm

    I like. Unique, very unique. Did I miss the bathroom? Love the details.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 28, 2016, 8:33 am

      No I don’t believe he has one 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

    • travis skinner July 24, 2017, 11:28 pm

      Hey tiny house people, I have an out house. I don’t like building a tiny bathroom inside of a trailer. I really love outhouses. Mine is built under a cedar tree and I get to watch little birds and animals scurry about while I’m in my bathroom. I have an outdoor shower with an ondemand hotwater heater on a platform overlooking a creek as well. I know most americans view this as a ridiculous inconvenience, but I love it. I think it’s ridiculous to cram an airplane bathroom into a small space. To each their own 🙂

      • Sabell October 12, 2017, 7:45 pm

        Outdoor showers all the way! I’m still trying to figure out the bathroom setup, though (bugs on the toilet, etc.) I do agree with not having a poophole in a tiny space, though. I just don’t agree with pooping in my house however convenient, nor do I care for having guests do such a thing. The Outdoor Crapper and Bugs… still working on it.

  • Mary December 27, 2016, 5:13 pm

    I was inspired by your tiny house design techniques. My goal is to sell what I own, and I have given a lot away, but to live tiny off grid. My son will be graduating high school this year but I have no building skills. I love how you just created a home with no real design plans. It is evolving in an amazing way. I decorated my home in the same way. How are you able to legally live where you do? Do you own the land? I think that is one of the greatest challenges in living tiny. I wish I had skills like you. My gift is marathon running and teaching.

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN December 28, 2016, 12:04 am

    I love it it’s different…!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 28, 2016, 8:27 am

      Me too 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • ROSEE December 28, 2016, 8:53 am

    Great job for a TH that’s built without plans. If he doesn’t have a bathroom, will he built one later?
    Love the kitchen area! Great job!

  • Susanne December 31, 2016, 5:00 pm

    That guy is amazing! What I noticed yet again is that all the builders (99% anyway) are men and not women… Wish I was taught so I could just build/weld what I want… 🙂

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 2, 2017, 9:42 am

      Me too! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • jm January 1, 2017, 8:35 am

    “No Plans!” Hmmmm…now THAT’S a plan!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 2, 2017, 9:19 am

      He did a good job! — Tiny House Talk Team

      • jm January 3, 2017, 4:49 pm

        Oh no doubt! Watched his video–love that guy!

  • susan secord January 3, 2017, 4:06 pm

    I have some skills, but I have decided that only way to get more knowledge in this area is to take more classes at college! There also you tubes that you can follow that will give free classes. I live in a fth wheel that I would like to renovate, I wonder how much materials would cost me. I have sent many questions to numerous people that never respond to me, I wish one would help me-anyone out there??Please someone give me a ballpark cost for tearing this sucker down and rebuilding it. Is any one in the nc area maybe give me a quote to rebuild for me? I also would consider using old materials, since I live in a area that has many items always on craigs list for free!

    • Peggie January 3, 2017, 11:25 pm

      susan my suggestion is to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity or take classes at your local Adult School or even community college that offers woodworking classes. Get the knowledge that you need and give back at the same time with Habitiat.

  • susan secord January 3, 2017, 4:21 pm

    I also meant to ask, did it have to stripped down to only the axel, can you not save more of the trailer?

    • travis skinner July 24, 2017, 11:33 pm

      The trailer that I got was in the Hoh Rain forest area, so it it was realllly rotted. I saved lots of stuff, including the magic chef oven/range, paneling, wiring, and the black iron propane pipe that is now the monkey bar stair case. I saved what I could…

  • Sabell October 12, 2017, 7:49 pm

    I do love pretty much every cozy part of this, and the kitchen space is one of the best, most usable I’ve seen in such a small (relative) space.

  • Nanny M February 21, 2018, 11:21 pm

    So much beauty and artistry! I think he would give good classes. Such a wise young individual.

  • Marsha Cowan June 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

    I don’t like the door (I have to be able to see out), but otherwise, some nice touches. I like the beams in the ceiling, and I like the kitchen area. The back of the seating is clever, too. Nice house!

  • Nanny M June 16, 2018, 9:59 pm

    Watching this again I’m even more impressed with Travis. He knows how to live his life on his terms. I love the deep way he thinks, his attunement, his flowing, his boyish laugh. Inspiring.

  • Tom June 18, 2018, 8:45 am

    I’m guessing that this house is staying where it was built. I don’t think that trailer would hold a house going down the street. I was going to do the same, but then I found an old house trailer frame 12×24 (it was shortened by somebody) for $500. I don’t plan on moving it, but it could be moved if necessary.

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