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Couple Build $10k Tiny Home with Movie Set Scraps

This couple works on movie sets, where Chloe serves as a stylist and Brandon as a carpenter. Typically the couple moves around a lot to take new jobs. So designing and building a portable tiny house on wheels made perfect sense for them.

Brandon said, “We could expand our job search to anywhere in North America, and we would never leave home again.”

Once they knew they would be building a tiny house they began collecting unwanted scraps from movie sets. And nine months and $10,000 later they built their amazing tiny home. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

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Couple Build $10k Tiny Home with Movie Set Scraps


Images © Chloe Barcelou

I wonder if they ever worked on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean? Much of their design influence came from railroad cars, stage coaches, gypsy caravans and old ships.


The tiny house has solar panels and a battery back-up to provide electricity and there is hot water, a composting toilet and heat. They plan on installing gutters and rainwater collection barrels to gravity feed the house’s water supply.


The tiny house is currently parked in a friend’s backyard in the Hamptons. The couple say they plan to go wherever the work is, and have even considered shipping their new house to Europe saying, “… cannot wait to set sail and see the country.”

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Images © Chloe Barcelou

Video: Couple’s Tiny House Built for Only $10k Using Scrap Movie Set Materials


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  • August 5, 2015, 6:41 am

    I love the Jules Verne feeling of this home. It’s absolutely adorable. A perfectly created home for traveling creative people! I really hope they are super careful with low hanging branches; this home is to beautiful to smack into a tree!

  • August 5, 2015, 6:46 am

    Love this! Super creative use of cast off treasures!

  • August 5, 2015, 11:53 am

    Great job! That is a killer look!

  • Zackem
    August 5, 2015, 7:09 pm

    It’s different…!

  • August 5, 2015, 7:39 pm

    Not into pirates but this is great. They could start their own business building TH’s. Imagine what they could do. Add me to the list!!

  • Lynnette
    August 5, 2015, 8:30 pm

    I saw this one on tv. What a neat little house and a wonderful story!

  • ct petersel
    August 5, 2015, 10:44 pm

    what fun is this!!!!! look at that roof! this is totally far-out. what out-of-the-box thinking to make it all work. methinks you had fun with this TH. no doubt. thanks for posting.

  • ct petersel
    August 5, 2015, 10:46 pm

    what fun is this!!!!! look at that roof! this is totally far-out. what out-of-the-box thinking to make it all work. how refreshing ! methinks you had fun with this TH. no doubt. thanks for posting. 🙂

  • Eric
    August 6, 2015, 6:23 am

    Ooooh, that is Sooooo Steampunk. Lurve it!!!!!

  • kristina nadreau
    August 6, 2015, 10:36 am

    very attractive. functional?? Can it actually be towed distances? The roof that rises could be a wonderful advantage if it is actually weather proof and can be operated easily by 1 or 2 people. thank for sharing this creation,

    • Sharee
      September 25, 2015, 12:33 pm

      The video explains that he is a set designer, the perfect person to create such an innovate tiny home. It also shows that the roof is raised by a systems of pulleys and the ship steering wheel. Clever. And she hand painted everything. What a labor of love.

  • Dave B.
    August 6, 2015, 1:23 pm

    Not my personal style, but by far the coolest tiny house I’ve seen yet, and the only one with a chandelier. Absolutely love the steampunk block and tackle/ship’s wheel roof actuation mechanism. Awesome ingenuity and upcycling! It’s a praiseworthy job. What a nice house, that functions as a portable resume as well. Great life and safe travels to you.

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 6, 2015, 7:41 pm

    Whoa! You guys look like movie stars! Beautiful pictures of you both…oh, yeah…and the tiny house. Well, you won’t have to worry about your home looking like anybody elses! Every nook and cranny is unique and specially done with stuff that probably has special meaning to you both. It’s beautiful and gracious. Great job!

  • mame19
    August 6, 2015, 11:55 pm

    It’s a delightful tiny home… they have posted a recent short video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b42fpFlBFfU
    In the video the interior with slideouts appears really spacious.

  • Theo
    August 8, 2015, 10:39 am

    Functional? Yes. Pleasing to the eye? Hardly. I do like the curved roof tho.

    • Sharee
      September 25, 2015, 12:34 pm

      Yes, pleasing to the eye.

    • Theo
      September 25, 2015, 7:56 pm

      I see it’s back for another go around. The rounded roof is still the only part that appeals to me. If they would get some paint on it, that would probably go far toward making it look more appealing.

  • Saturday Sportsman
    August 10, 2015, 4:14 pm

    That is the coolest thing.

  • Cooltruth
    September 25, 2015, 12:57 pm

    Excellent use of recycled materials on this THOW. Good value compared to some I’ve seen on here. Looks kind of like a movie set in there sort of like living in your resume. Would like more inside pictures.

  • AmyCat =^.^=
    September 25, 2015, 3:55 pm

    Love the steampunk-y vibe, and especially the raising roof! THAT is what I’d like to do for myself, though I’m planning a much smaller (weekend-event use) trailer. Would like to be able to drop the top so the towing profile’s lower than my van’s, for better MPG and towing speed.

    …And CoolTruth NAILS it with the “living in your resumé” comment. Great advertisement for the couple’s movie-set skills!

  • Rainie
    September 25, 2015, 5:02 pm

    Love it! So creative; very cozy 🙂

  • Glema
    September 30, 2015, 2:33 am

    So that’s where “Pan” went. hehehe
    God bless and happy trails, just beautiful!

  • January 27, 2016, 3:44 pm

    Brilliant work and internal design! Wishing them all the very best. They are a talented and beautiful couple.

  • Joshua
    January 28, 2016, 5:48 pm

    By far the best looking tiny house I have even seen. Definitely creatively designed and built. It is certainly one of the very few tiny houses I have seen that actually have some personality and style. Well done guys and thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  • lucia
    January 29, 2016, 6:27 am

    Es hermosa!!!! Felicitaciones. Realmente una creacion, mas que una tiny house!

  • Michael
    August 6, 2016, 7:30 pm

    Great, huge and affordable. That’s all about a THOW. I would be eager to learn more about its construction and details. Well done.

  • Judy
    August 6, 2016, 8:26 pm

    What a fun build! I’m more shabby chic but this is fascinating. You can do any décor for your THOW and make it uniquely yours. I can see this becoming a collector’s item down the line, it’s live in art. 😀

  • Susanne
    August 6, 2016, 11:20 pm

    Well it’s great it was so cheap for them to build…?

  • Large Marge
    August 7, 2016, 8:04 am

    We at the Large Marge Institute Of Eclectic Innovators heartily applaud this fine example of weird.

    And the Daisy Dukes ain’t half-bad, neither.

    • Marsha Cowan
      October 8, 2016, 8:33 pm

      . . . 😀

  • jm
    August 8, 2016, 3:24 pm

    Oh yeah that’s great. The roof goes up and the windows fold out. Very creative and takes a lot of carpentry skill to pull that off. Kind of like the old vanagons. Wonder why more people aren’t making roofs that can go up when parked.

  • Jody
    August 18, 2016, 12:02 am

    Wow all for $10,000! So cool, I’ll bet this was so fun to build. Congrats.

  • Lisa
    October 9, 2016, 1:00 am

    Absolutely in love with this home! So unique and creative… awesome job!

    October 12, 2016, 8:35 am

    I love it…! And just goes to show you we can have those movie set dream houses, and not have to spend a fortune to do it…
    Bravo, take a bow…!

  • Marilyn
    October 13, 2016, 2:07 pm

    Would love to have the plans! You should sell them. People could then modify for their own esthetic.

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