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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!

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

Screenshots via YouTube/Dylan Magaster

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

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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  1. “Artisan Crafts Beautiful Tiny House from Salvaged Trailer.” Accessed December 27, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTQr_S1or2A.
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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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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
      December 28, 2016, 8:33 am

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

    • 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.

    December 28, 2016, 12:04 am

    I love it it’s different…!

    • Natalie
      December 28, 2016, 8:27 am

      Me too 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

    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
      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
      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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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…

    • Deborah Rodriguez
      February 21, 2019, 9:57 pm

      Susan, I had the same idea. I was given a 5th wheel and I am now stripping it. I know how I want it but I now need help building it. I dont have the strength to do it myself. I was told I needed to have blue prints . Who does that? Whats next? I have no clue, can someone help?

  • 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!

    • Diane
      February 21, 2019, 2:45 pm

      Marsha he could always put peep hole in the door so he could view whoever was at the door without destroying it’s beautiful character. They are tiny and virtually unnoticeable.

      • Marsha Cowan
        February 22, 2019, 9:53 am

        True. . .but when I say ” out”, a window sized opening.

  • 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.

  • LaMar
    February 20, 2019, 7:11 pm

    I like DIY handcrafted houses and cabins especially if they use recycled materials and my cabin build used alot of recycled materials to keep costs down BUT I still recommend at least having a basic plan and using proper building techniques or you will end up with a poorly designed house that will probably cost more to heat and cool and could get you into safety issues.

    There are tons of small house plans out there you can get ideas from and I have designed many easy to build small house and off grid cabin plans that can be adapted to your needs. So use some plans for ideas and get some basic building skills before you tackle a project you and your family are planning on living in. -LaMar

  • Santosh D
    February 25, 2019, 3:09 pm

    Loved the ‘monkey bar’ to get on the loft. Easy way to force yourself to keep fit. If you can’t do a pull-up .. no sleeping in the cosy loft ! hahaha !! genius idea to an otherwise sedentary looking lifestyle ! Awesome !

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