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Grandma & Grandson Build Awesome Micro THOW

Remember tiny-house-extraordinaire Marsha? She’s built 8 (or 9?) different amazing tiny homes, and recently helped her 19-year-old grandson build a micro THOW to sell! Due to lots of unexpected happenings this fall (read the story below), Marsha finished up the building process on her own.

This little tiny home fits a bed and a kitchenette with creative over-tongue cabinet space. There’s a 10×10 sink, space for a portable stove top, and a lot of storage for such a micro home. It’s for sale for $13,750. Enjoy the photos!

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Hand-Built Micro THOW For Sale in NC

The front door is cedar.

There’s just enough space for a bed and mini kitchen.

Snuggle into the twin bed.

The exterior is treated pine.

Puck lights provide lighting.

There’s storage over the tongue of the trailer.

There’s also exterior-access storage.

From Marsha:

Remember that tiny house my 19 year old grandson, Zachary, wanted to build? Well, it just got finished! As soon as we started about the end of September, crazy events took place which made the build take a lot longer than it should have. To start with, after the exterior was mostly finished, zach was given a promotion with raise at work and a change of hours which meant he was gone all day most days. His friend, who was able to help us at first, landed a job which took his days. Along with this, my youngest son crushed his foot at a hockey tournament and had to have major surgery and lots of daily care at first. He is just now able to start putting weight on it and rehabbing the foot a little, but gets around on his own again with a walker. My granddaughter had a beautiful baby boy (my first great grandbaby) which I got (and still get) to help hold in the afternoons most days.

In addition to all the “people” stuff happening, prices doubled from the time we estimated the cost and the time we stepped into the door to buy (my grandson was paying for all this), and there were also shortages in materials we had to have, so we went back to the drawing board to see what we could do to stay within budget, use what was available, and still have a solidly built tiny house.

We had sunshine and warm temps the first few weeks of building in October, but then the fall rains started which caused many delays. By this time I’m building alone and missing the camaraderie. It was fun working with my grandson and his friend. They’re really cool guys and hard workers. When the weather turned cold, I really missed them! Lol!

In spite of everything both good and bad, it got finished! Yah! It has a 10″ deep stainless steel sink, a stainless steel hose and sprayer, double glazed window, 1/4″ thick plexiglass insert in the screen door for cold weather which can be removed in nice weather to have a screen door, a portable single burner stove top, an electric oil circulating radiator heater, 8″ memory foam mattress (trimmed about 5″ shorter to fit the space), and a Hassock portable potty. There are 3 large laundry baskets under the bed for storage, and one smaller one under the kitchen counter for laundry. There are 4 USB charged lights, but there is an electric port plug under the counter to which a string of lights or a lamp could be plugged. It can take a 3 receptacle insert. You can also plug in the single burner and radiator heater there, too. The port plug is 14 gauge. There is fiberglass batting insulation throughout. There is a small shed area on the tongue for anyone wanting to switch to propane.

Thanks for your patience. I realize that tiny rustic campers like this are not “hot” right now and not glamorous, but for some of us, it’s all we need to be safe, happy, and comfortable, so I’m hoping the readers will enjoy it. Thanks for your tiny house talk site. It has always been a bright spot in my days. Take care and have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • December 19, 2022, 10:46 am

    Way to persevere!

  • Kathy
    December 19, 2022, 3:05 pm

    I am very impressed with your resolute perseverance through all of the “people stuff” both good and bad that threw themselves into your work. The amazing thing is that you finished it! And a very usable tight little cabin it ended up being. I have to compliment your storage solutions! I fully expect people to use that cool stacked (inside and outside access) kitchen that you designed. Just the best!! And your planning and excellent building skills are stunning. Congratulations!

    • Marsha Cowan
      December 20, 2022, 12:01 pm

      Thank you, Kathy. My skills are a bit primitive, but so is my taste, so I guess that works out. Lol!

      • Kathy
        December 23, 2022, 10:07 pm

        Hey Marsha…. I have a hopefully simple question for you. What are the dimensions of your li’l camper trailer inside? I spent a sleepless night (no kidding!) after I first saw this tinyhousetalk thinking about how I could work with your great design and add a couple of things I would find helpful. Since then ideas keep coming to me randomly. I get like that when I see a plan that moves me. Anyway I think I will do better at putting my ideas on paper if I know the dimensions. Thanks!

        • Marsha Cowan
          December 23, 2022, 11:14 pm

          I’m sorry the dimensions were not included up front. The trailer is 6′ x 8′ technically, but we were surprised when building to find that it was actually 6′ 4″”, so the inside width is approximately 67″ (5′ 7″), and the inside length is approximately 86″ ( 7′ 2″). I hope this helps. Thanks!

  • Denise
    December 20, 2022, 4:30 am

    Marsha, you did a fantastic job. What a perfect little build. I could have really used this last summer when I did extensive camping and my ‘tent’ was the back of my pickup. It consisted of a hard canopy with a mattress thrown in the back. It works, but my back and knees complain about it. Your build allows one to stand and sit without crouching and kneeling.

    I love the set up of your camper with the bed, and right across, the kitchen. The layout for camping and kitchen gear is just perfect – spacious – it can hold everything one needs for camping and sleeping comfortably. I like the fact the loo is right there so there are no night time trips outside in the spooky woods making one a potential target of a predator.

    The wood design is so perfect – I love the use of the pallet wood and in fact used pallet slats for the flooring of the tiny house I built. Your putting them on the walls with all those knots – well, I am in love. Warmth! Is the bed long enough to sleep someone 5’8″?

    I am curious – the water supply – does that come in from an outside RV supply hookup, or does one bring in a water jug and use a gravity fed system? The electrical – outside supply hookup? If off grid, one would use a deep cycle battery for the lower power stuff and a generator for the hot plate and heater? Is there a porthole where one can run a cord through into the camper? Of course, one can easily bring propane and/or butane or a large capacity power station but I was just curious.

    Everything about this build is aesthetically pleasing, both inside and outside. and so practical and comfortable. You did a fantastic job and I am glad to read family was partly involved.

  • Marsha Cowan
    December 20, 2022, 11:58 am

    Hi Denise! There is an RV hose hook up on the outside, a port plug on the outside, and a hook up for a gray water hose on the outside. They are grouped together to the right of the hutch if you’re facing the front. I think you can see them in one of the pictures. The bed is 5’7″, so you might have to scrinch a little, but if you lie a little diagonally, you can gain about 6 more inches. You can use butane or propane if you want. There are currently no openings for propane hoses, but they could be added.

  • Zach
    December 20, 2022, 2:22 pm

    Hello! I am Marsha’s grandson! Thank you for the positive feedback 🙂

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