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DIY Tiny house on a vermont homestead 2

Colby and Aria used to be vanlifers, but are now proud owners of more than 14 acres of woodlands in Vermont, as well as their very own DIY tiny home that’s entirely off-grid (they even get water from their stream).

Their 360 square foot home is heated by wood they cut themselves, and they have an awesome solar array that keeps their home powered. The interior of the THOW feels like a cozy log cabin, and they dedicated a whole 15 feet of the house for their living area.

Aria teaches and Colby is a wedding photographer (@anamericanroadstory), plus they rent space on their land for campers via Hipcamp. We got to interview Colby about the build, their choice to buy land, and what they love about tiny life. Check it out at the end of the post!

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Former Vanlifers Put Down Roots in Vermont Tiny House on Wheels

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Pacific Pioneer: His Party Bus with Big Bar 2

Justin grew up road-tripping with his family as a kid, and wanted to keep that tradition alive as a young adult. So he bought a school bus and created a custom party bus, complete with a one-of-a-kind bar so he can mix drinks (when parked, of course — don’t drink and drive!).

He doesn’t live in his rig full-time, so he created it with space for friends to sleep and congregate so he could travel with a group and have a good place to hang out. Inside the bus he can sleep three, and you can even pitch a tent on the roof-top deck! He chose the bar over a bathroom, and says so far he has no regrets (#priorities).

I love his innovative design for a passenger seat, and his honesty in his Tiny Home Tours interview about the real costs of keeping an older bus running. Including the bus cost itself, he’s spent $12,000 to date. Enjoy the tour below!

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Check Out the Ceilings in His Bus Conversion!

Pacific Pioneer: His Party Bus with Big Bar

Images via Tiny Home Tours

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Oasis Tiny Home

Talk about your own little piece of paradise: This tiny home, named the Oasis, is built by Paradise Tiny Homes in Hawaii (but they will ship to the states if you pay shipping).

The home includes a magical sky-lit shower, a “mango bar” connecting the kitchen with outdoor dining, and one of the biggest round picture windows I’ve ever seen! But the best part, for me, is the stunning blue tile in the kitchen and bathroom.

You can enjoy the photo tour and video tour below, and contact the company to order your very own Oasis here. It costs $112,000. Enjoy!

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This THOW Has a Hammock Loft!

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Tesla-Powered Skoolie with Heated Floors!

Not only does this skoolie feature a layout I’ve never seen before, it includes radiant heating through the floor — even in the shower! The home runs on solar and a Tesla battery, and it was specifically designed for cold climates so they added an epic two-layer shade design in order to help insulate those drafty bus windows.

Shelby came up with a great idea for a marble-like countertop created with epoxy and spray paint, and David even tinkered around and created his very own recirculating shower system. It keeps the shower hot and water clean without a huge tank. He loved the skoolie build so much, he now works doing more conversions for others.

Check out the amazing video tour of their skoolie conversion done by Tiny Home Tours below. And follow them on Instagram here.

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Epic School Bus Conversion with Huge Rooftop Deck

Tesla-Powered Skoolie with Heated Floors!

Images via Tiny Home Tours

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Family of 4 in 250 Square Foot Bus

Chasing the “American Dream” required this family of four to spend some $1,200 a month for only 500 square feet — so they ditched the apartment life and renovated a bus instead! While they had to downsize to 250 square feet, they’re now in a much better position and will start travelling again once it’s safe to do so.

Inside their 38 foot home, they have an awesome l-shaped couch and mudroom area when you first walk in, followed by a huge kitchen with an extra extendable countertop and a nearly-full-sized fridge. At the back of the bus is their toilet, the kid’s bunks, and their Master bedroom.

Hannah teaches English online, while Luke runs a business creating handmade leather goods. Tiny Home Tours did a wonderful video tour and interview with the family, which you can check out below! Follow them on Instagram here.

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Family Ditches $1200/month Rent in DIY Skoolie

Family of 4 in 250 Square Foot Bus 3

Images via Tiny Home Tours

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RAD Tiny Home

Sophie and Henry felt strongly about living sustainably, and building an eco-friendly DIY tiny home — while living a minimalist lifestyle — fit perfectly into that passion.

Their combined experience in architecture and framing made them perfect candidates for building their own home, although it did take them longer than they had thought (a common theme in most DIY projects, I find!). They (@RADtinyhome) had to uproot their lives and move away from the Twin Cities to a more rural area to find parking, but the side effect of that is more time in and connectedness to nature.

Even if you can’t go tiny right now, there are ways to embrace low-waste living, which they outline in this simple guide here. You can read our Q&A with the couple at the end of the post after checking out their awesome tour below! They even did a breakdown of costs to build their tiny, and made a nice pie chart graph to help you visualize it…

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Going Tiny to Embrace Low-Waste Living

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