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Erick’s Tiny House on Wheels Construction Video

I ran into Erick’s tiny house over on YouTube.

His video takes you through the entire construction process.

It’s in a slideshow format and starts with the trailer floor foundation.

Erick’s design includes a…

  • hot water heater,
  • refrigerator,
  • and other common appliances.

Be sure to notice the corner shelving in the kitchenette area for storage too.

Erick built an inexpensive composting toilet in the back across from the shower that you’ll also see.


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Erick's Tiny House on Wheels and a Video Tour of the Construction Process

Photo Courtesy of Erick / YouTube

Here’s what Erick had to say in the YouTube comments regarding the toilet…

Thanks, but as the toilet goes, it’s really not disgusting at all. First, I use no chemicals, just woodchips/sawdust. Each “deposit” is then covered with said material. My real trick, however, is an exhaust fan system down inside to toilet box. It moves 1 cubic foot of air per second out to nature and at the same time pulls fresh air in at the same rate. No foul or noxious odors of any sort escape into the living quarters. It actually is way more effective than a conventional bathroom.
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDeJopSQLG8 (comments)

Erick built a custom table across from the kitchen area.

The tiny home was built on an 8′ by 20′ trailer which he bought new for about $1800.

Six months prior, he had been dreaming up his own designs…

I had spent about 6 months before starting construction just drawing and sketching rough floor plans and exterior views, trying to think of every conceivable scenario and the best way to use every bit of space and how to suit my needs and whatnot. When I had finally decided on the layout, I actually spray painted a full size layout, all to scale in the driveway. Then I could walk around in the space and get a real feel for the size and design. And then some aspects evolved as I built..
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDeJopSQLG8 (comments)

The exterior height is 13′ 4″ and the legal limit is 13′ 6″.

There’s an upstairs sleeping loft that takes up about half the length of the home.

Erick did something really unique up there to create more headroom

I tried to make the loft as big as possible height wise, so instead of having it sit at the top of the walls, it actually is about a foot and a half below the top of the walls, giving some extra headroom up there. It’s right at about 4 feet high in the center.
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDeJopSQLG8 (comments)

In the comments, I read that Erick purchased most of his windows at auctions, garage sales, and on Craigslist.

Because of this, he was able to purchase windows for as little as $20 each!

The only downside, Erick says, is that you have to design your house according to what you find rather than following a definite plan.

Here is one of Erick’s comments on YouTube, talking about the costs involved in building his tiny house…

Thanks, it’s holding up great with no problems at all. I live in it full time here in southwestern Ohio. Much did come from Lowe’s, mostly because it was the closest source for materials. Cost wise, somewhere in the 16-18 grand ballpark, maybe 20 if you count all the furnishings. I just heat with a very small electric cube heater. Works great although I did plumb for propane as well. I first wanted it to be all solar but the initial cost put that on the back burner for now… someday!
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDeJopSQLG8 (comments)

Erick’s Tiny House Video Tour

Length: 2:42

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  • Oscar
    March 24, 2012, 1:02 pm

    I found that if we were take off the roof and build just a little smaller we could save a little $$ and time.. That’s only for ppl like me who are single and really don’t need that space.. I’m really in to Jap style of room with nothing in it all is stored away

  • sesameB
    March 26, 2012, 11:41 am

    Excellent. I enjoyed this short video.
    Barefootin’ and drinking spring water in rural sunny Arkansas

  • sesameB
    March 26, 2012, 4:56 pm

    Garden and Gun magazine, APRIL 2012/MAY see pg. 133, “Mansion Hopping, Owning a grand estate may be a thing of the past, but staying in one is easier than ever writes Besha Rodell.
    Garden and Gun magazine, APRIL 2012/MAY – Sissy Spacek’s Virginia Farm — see pg. 18, “Talk of the South, actress Sissy Spacek (one of my favorite actresses from long ago) says in this magazine: “I wanted to give my children roots. Have them grow up with animals and dirt between their toes. I love cities. I do. But nature is my refuge. A bug hitting a screen on a summer night is music to me. The wind in the trees, the creek running full after a storm. All of those sounds are a choir that fills me up and calms me. It took me a long time to realize that. ”
    Way to go Sissy Spacek. I agree with your interview 100%.
    Living in a small home in a meadow, barefootin’ – dirt between my toes & drinking spring water in rural south central sunny Arkansas, Nature is my refuge also!!!!

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