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Woman Builds 112 Sq. Ft. Gifford Tiny House on Wheels

Meet B.A. Norrgard. She’s a woman who attended a Four Lights Tiny House Workshop in February of 2013. After the event, she bought the Gifford tiny house plans and started building.

Five months later, her little house on wheels is complete. And now she’s been hired as COO to work with Jay Shafer and the rest of his Four Lights Tiny House Company team in California. Now that’s a pretty awesome story, isn’t it?

Once upon a time she was a litigation paralegal. And she desired a change. Now she’s helping others simplify their lives to live more purposeful lives. Just like she’s doing. Jay Shafer is calling her a “tiny house superhero.” And right now I just felt I had to introduce you to her. So, please, take a video tour of her new tiny house below, enjoy, and re-share if you feel compelled to!

Meet this Tiny House Superhero (And Her Gifford)


Images © Isha Erskine/YouTube


Images © Isha Erskine/YouTube

To go inside, please watch and enjoy the video below:

VIDEO: BA’s DIY Gifford Tiny House on Wheels

Gifford Tiny House Floor Plan


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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Clarke
    September 29, 2014, 6:57 pm

    I loved that video! A great story, and a beautiful house. Kudos to you BA Norrgard for following your dream, and setting yourself up in a great living situation and career.

    • Alex
      September 29, 2014, 8:36 pm

      Thanks Clarke I’m happy you enjoyed it too! She’s awesome.

  • September 29, 2014, 7:17 pm

    will there be any contests,or sweepstakes?and how does it feel living in a tiny home?

  • Karen Rogers
    September 29, 2014, 7:43 pm

    Affairs! Congratulations on following your dream!!!

  • Karen Rogers
    September 29, 2014, 7:46 pm

    Dart Kindle! What I typed was “attagirl!” Congratulations on following your dream!!!!

    • Alex
      September 29, 2014, 8:36 pm

      LOL, thanks for clarifying that Karen. Blessings! -Alex

  • Monique Swyer
    September 29, 2014, 8:59 pm

    Kudos to you! A dream house with a dream job to match! Can’t beat that!!

  • Andrea Hardy
    September 29, 2014, 11:13 pm

    really cute house. nice aesthetic and decor. loved that quilt on the bed!

  • September 30, 2014, 9:08 am

    Thanks you guys! I’ve received so much support from my tiny house friends! That’s the first type of tiny house community – now for the communities of actual houses!

  • Linda
    September 30, 2014, 8:20 pm

    This is a very good use of space in this tiny house. Love it… but this girl did NOT build her house as she originally said. She had the electrical and plumbing contracted out and all the rest, she had LOTS of help from other people. I always smile when people are asked if they built their own house and they say “yes” then you find out that the entire neighborhood, and then some, built the house.

    I know a family who actually BUILT their house. Nobody helped them do ANYTHING. Man, wife, and 2 children actually built their house.

    Don’t get me wrong, this girl should be proud of herself for this undertaking. It’s NO small task! Even though it’s a small house, the undertaking is quite a large task. So yes, she should be proud of herself, but if I were she, I’d say upfront that “No… no way. I had all the help in the world because that’s what it takes to complete one of these gems.”

  • Andrea Hardy
    October 28, 2014, 11:51 pm

    easily one of my favourites!

  • Linda
    December 28, 2014, 4:55 pm

    Did you build it yourself? No I have it frame an then had it transported and some high school girls helped and then I had some friends help finish it. So no, I didn’t build it myself.

  • Lindsay
    April 23, 2015, 3:05 pm

    Did I hear her say she brought her Tiny House to Dallas? My husband and I are in the process of building our own tiny house and live in the DFW area and find unzonned land to put the house once it’s built has been our greatest difficulty. I would love to link up with others in DFW to hear how they went about it!!

  • Rich
    April 23, 2015, 5:51 pm

    exclnt plan modification… so sensible to use the entry as walkspace in the galley kitchen arrangement and open up the “great room”…. planned right down to the half inch. great job!

  • David
    April 23, 2015, 5:58 pm

    $232.14 a square foot. Think about it!

    • Alex
      April 24, 2015, 8:36 am

      It’s hard to a build a tiny house on the same per sq. ft. cost as a normal house because high cost of plumbing, electrical, appliances, trailer, bathroom, kitchen, etc. in a TINY sq. ft. space.

  • David Feldman
    April 23, 2015, 10:20 pm

    $236.14/square foot and it is not finished.

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