Designers, artists and environmentalists Geoff and Rose spent two years taking this 1988 Motorhome and transforming into an eco-friendly and incredibly cozy tiny house!
While the truck still runs they don’t intend to travel in it, but rather have it parked on a 200 acre farm in rural Ontario (they even have their own chickens). Neither Geoff nor Rose have building experience, so they learned as they went and carefully researched everything. They even insulated the whole home with wool they cleaned themselves! Woah.
We got the chance to do a Q&A with Geoff which you can read below the photo tour. They documented the entire build from start to finish on Instagram (@woollymammothtiny) so be sure to follow them to get even more details.
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I just love all the wood inside their home. No restrictions on weight since they plan to stay stationary.
That skylight in the loft is amazing. Imagine looking at the stars from there!
Their two hairless cats also share the space with them.
Here’s a great bar eating area with stunning farm views.
Now this is the kind of place I’d like to drink my morning coffee…and afternoon coffee!
Their cab area is so quaint, and since they don’t need to travel they were able to make it a living space.
Personally, their bathroom is the best part of this THOW! Here’s their DIY composting toilet, but wait until you see the bath.
And here’s the magical tub! Where are my Epsom salts…
Another view at a wider angle. Plus it’s a shower.
Such a lovely warm glow in this home. Love their kitchen set-up!
They heat the tiny with the Cubic Mini Wood Stove, which is definitely on my wish list.
Here’s a picture of the couple when they were just moving in.
Oh and their chickens because I love chickens.
Now this is a place I could call home. What do you think?
The piping on the gutter is actually a rainwater catchment systems. Brilliant! Make sure to read our Q&A below.
Tiny House Living: Q&A with Geoff & Rose
What are your name(s)? My name is Geoff Watson, and my wife’s name is Rose Broadbent.
How many people (and animals) are living in your tiny house? The two of us live here with our two hairless cats, Neffer and Luna.
Where do you live? How long have you lived tiny? Our tiny is in rural Ontario, and we’ve been using it as a cottage for the past year as it’s neared completion. Our permanent residence is in Toronto.
What do you do for work? Or do you travel full-time? We are designers, artists and environmentalists part of an art studio called Make Good Studios based in Toronto, and we also run our own design business called The New Beat.
Why did you decide to go tiny? What are you hoping to get out of living tiny? As environmentalists, Rose and I are on a quest to continually minimize our carbon footprint in search for a sustainable, and eventual regenerative, lifestyle. We’ve also been experiencing the rising prices of the city, and we knew we might not ever be able to afford a home, so the concept of something we could afford to own and design ourselves was very appealing. I personally was also frustrated by the fact that I didn’t know how things worked in the home we rent in Toronto. I knew nothing about plumbing, electrical or heating, so building our own home seemed like a meaningful way to learn those skills.
How long did it take to finish your tiny house? The build took us about 2 years, mostly on weekends, with a few full-week sprints as well. The process was challenging because we’d never built anything like this before, and we wanted to be as responsible as possible in terms of the waste we created. It took a lot of research and trial and error, but the learning process was priceless and I would highly recommend it.
How did you build your tiny house? Did you have any help? Did you do it yourselves? We built the home ourselves with the help from 2 friends, Aaron and Geoff P., and had no experience with home design, woodworking, electrical or plumbing, so we had to learn as we went along.Are you comfortable sharing how much your tiny home cost? What are bills/utilites like compared to before?
Our tiny home cost us roughly $40,000 inclusive of our solar setup. Our propane for both heating water and cooking is a total of $100 per year.
Is there anything from your old life that you miss? Our internet isn’t as fast as it was back in Toronto, so that’s perhaps something I miss! Though it has forced me to find other hobbies like woodworking and gardening, and now I enjoy doing that much more than Netflix and video games.
What about some challenges? Since all of the walls in a tiny are technically exterior, there’s a risk of pipes freezing in the cold Canadian winters. We’ve had to deal with that already, but with an open mind, we look at these challenges like learning experiences. My pipes in Toronto froze one winter too! Nature is powerful.
What makes your tiny special? A few things make our home special! First of all, our entire insulation is made of wool that we cleaned ourselves! The interior is entirely white pine wood, so it feels like a huge, beautiful sauna. We collect rainwater off our roof, and use foot pedals to turn on our taps, which lets us save a decent amount of water. The entire house is run by 12V DC power, including the fridge, which makes it very efficient in terms of energy consumption. We do have 110V AC outlets, though they only work when we turn on the inverter, which is usually off. I suppose the fact that we actually built our home on the back of a 1988 motorhome is pretty special too, haha. It can still drive, though we don’t plan to travel in it as that wasn’t our intention. The motorhome was just an affordable base to start with.
What is your favorite part of your tiny? We have a skylight positioned directly above our bed so we can see the stars while we sleep. It also opens, so we have access to our roof, which nearly doubles our square footage!
What helpful advice would you give to others interested in going tiny? Plan as much as you can, but then just go for it! Don’t let life pass you by, take a risk, the rewards will be so worth it. We had no idea how to build a tiny home when we started, but we learned everything one step at a time until it was done. Don’t let the concept of the build overwhelm you, and don’t let other people tell you you can’t do it. We had a lot of people tell us they thought it was crazy what we were doing, and here we are now, living and loving our tiny lives!
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