I’m excited to introduce you to John Russell and Debbie Hanson. They’re a couple who’ve gone from divorces and 2,000 sq. ft. homes into a DIY 200 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels that they call their Ritz on Wheels.
It cost them only $15,000 in materials to build it themselves and just under a year in labor. Inside you’ll find all the comforts of home. A full-sized shower, kitchen, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, and best of all… no mortgage. When asked by a local newspaper reporter what they do in the house, Hanson responded, “We sit on the couch. We eat. We sleep. We go to the bathroom. That’s about it.” To make best use of the space Russell created several multi-functional components in the house like the fold down table, wheeled furniture, and a large floor to ceiling closet/storage space. Please enjoy and re-share below.
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Couple Living Large in their 200 Sq. Ft. Ritz on Wheels
Images © RitzOnWheels
We moved around a lot the past two years and thought about buying a house and decided at our ages (49 & 50), it was not the journey we wanted to embark upon. We wanted to simplify our lives post divorce for both of us, travel, and be adventurous. Getting rid of pieces from the past and downsizing was therapeutic.
We started building in July 2013 and finished in May 2014. John had a boat trailer and we went from there. We designed it & made changes along the way. We researched tiny houses and tried to pull the best from the best. And we have no regrets. It’s a true statement that you can live a big, fulfilled life in a tiny house. Next weekend is Chapter 2. A move to a more permanent location for the winter and possibly beyond. 40 acres about 45 miles from the RV park we have been in. John made improvements to hookups for sewer, electrical and water just tonight. Our kids (4 total – all young adults) all embrace what we are doing & we hope it teaches alternative ways to loving life. Not just living life.– Debbie
Believe It Or Not, The Construction Started with This Boat Trailer
And later you’ll see how John was even able to add a third axle to it so it can better handle the load.
Construction Photos and Progress of the Ritz on Wheels
Foam Board Insulation
Installing Metal Roof
Windows and Sheathing
Building the Interior
Completed Tiny House Photos of the Ritz on Wheels
Images © RitzOnWheels
They also built a school bus conversion! Check it out below….
Our big thanks to Debbie & John for sharing their inspiring tiny house living story with us!
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