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Gypsy Mermaid DIY Tiny House: Built for Just $15K!

This is the Gypsy Mermaid DIY Tiny House on Wheels (with a giant pizza oven!).

It belongs to Robert and Rebekah Sofia, who built the entire home for around $15,000, using many reclaimed and recycled materials. Rebekah got in touch to tell us they were recently featured in Ocala Style Magazine, and you can follow along with the build and their new tiny life on Rebekah’s blog, Gypsy-Mermaid.

Enjoy the pictures and then read Rebekah’s answers to our interview questions about her tiny life and building their home below!

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Gypsy Mermaid DIY Tiny House: Built for Just $15K!

Images via Ocala Style

Blue French doors open to the comfy couch area.

Great storage steps lead to a bedroom loft.

Just look at this giant pizza oven. Spectacular.

Images via Ocala Style

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From Rebekah: 

We are Robert and Rebekah Sofia, just the 2 of us now. We have 4 grown children. Ages 36, 33, 31 and 27. One fish 🐠. We will start out in Belleview, Florida but will probably move on. We have friends with property who want us on their land. So, that’s it for now. We want to simplify and have more money and time to do the important things in life. We heard of tiny houses from a friend and then looked at tinyhouseswoon.com. We’ve been working since October 2015. So, about 1 and 1/2 years, one or two days a week. We crafted everything ourselves. We did hire professional foam to be sprayed in. We are moving in the end of June.

We are already experiencing freedom as we de-clutter! Obviously, choosing items to discard is a challenge, but it’s worth it! You really don’t need much 😊 Our house is special because we really put a lot of details into it. My husband and I are both artists and he is a sculptor, so he will be doing a piece for the house soon as well. Also, we “scavenged” and got a lot of stuff free! Our favorite part is our pizza oven! We love 🔥😊

Advice? Do research! We researched and planned for a year before we started. Really think about what is important to you and your lifestyle, not what is fashionable. Ultimately, you have to live with it! I have a website/blog gypsy-mermaid.com which I really need to update! I would prefer people follow me on Instagram and Facebook. I will also be preparing pizzas in our oven! We do window cleaning to support ourselves 😊😊


  • $15,000 to build
  • 26 ft. long
  • 13′ 3″ high by 8.5 ft. wide

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.

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  • Steve of TinyQualityHomes.org May 5, 2017, 1:31 pm

    I like their story and how they got involved in the THOW movement.

  • Rebekah Sofia May 5, 2017, 5:25 pm

    Hey Natalie😊Thanks for sharing! People can find me @ ms.frogg on Instagram as well😊

  • Rick C May 5, 2017, 5:40 pm

    I like the Southwestern/adobe interior styling.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 8, 2017, 6:37 am

      Me too! Especially with the pizza oven.

  • gale May 5, 2017, 6:00 pm

    This is a work of art. You would not think they put it together with salvaged material. The price is also fantastic. Great job. Hope you enjoy for many years.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 8, 2017, 6:36 am

      I know! It looks SO quality-built. They did an amazing job.

  • Sam May 5, 2017, 11:35 pm

    Congrats on your beautiful art. Enjoy!!!thanks for sharing pics.

  • Marsha Cowan May 6, 2017, 1:08 am

    Beautifully done! Really unique.

  • Susie May 6, 2017, 3:41 am

    This is too beautiful for words…..since it is close to me I must see this TH….its just amazingly well done….

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 8, 2017, 5:54 am

      You should get in touch with Rebekah via her blog and see if you can visit some time 🙂

  • Gabriella May 6, 2017, 8:45 am

    Excellent orchestration of colors, that match between delicate tints and cold and warm contrasts. The stove is an original sculptural, but perhaps a bit heavy for balancing the structure? Overall, Art to Contemplate.

  • Tassie Biesecker May 6, 2017, 12:13 pm


  • Patty May 8, 2017, 2:48 am

    This is such a beautiful and unique tiny home. It is really gorgeous! I love how the colors and aesthetic all work together. Great job!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 8, 2017, 4:52 am

      The colors were great!

  • Bigfoot May 8, 2017, 8:12 pm

    This is really cool & kinda funky. I like it a lot. Great job Robert & Rebekah ! I enjoyed the varied design elements. When will the pizza be ready 🙂

    • Rebekah May 8, 2017, 8:56 pm


    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 9, 2017, 7:25 am

      That’s what I was thinking. It’s lunchtime here and I’m hungry!

  • Jim Burt June 4, 2017, 11:16 am

    Love the trailer. BUT, the pizza oven seems like a bad idea. Too much space! How often do you actually use? Does it not heat the trailer up.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee June 5, 2017, 3:47 pm

      Maybe they use it for heat too? That could be cool!

    • Rebekah sofia June 5, 2017, 4:33 pm

      We actually love fire for ambiance and cooking! And it doesn’t heat it too much because of the double insulation in the firewalls. We can use it for heat if we want as well! We love it!😍😍

  • Jay October 3, 2017, 2:47 pm

    Can anyone tell me what flooring this is? I see it a lot and we love it!

    • Cynthia March 5, 2018, 6:38 pm

      — I’d like to know about the flooring as well. It’s lovely.
      I’m curious how the fireplace/oven was accomplished, too!

  • Kim W March 6, 2018, 1:53 am

    Just beautiful! Really cosy and I would think the pizza oven will keep the house nice and warm in bad weather, as well as providing great food!

  • Sheila Plourde July 2, 2018, 3:28 pm

    Saw this before. Love the entire inside and outside. Classy!! Well thought out.

  • Rebekah Sofia July 2, 2018, 3:40 pm

    Thank you so much!😍😍

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