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Couple Build Incredible ‘Gypsy Mermaid’ Tiny House for only $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 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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  • May 5, 2017, 1:31 pm

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

  • 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
      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
      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
      May 8, 2017, 5:54 am

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

  • 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
      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 🙂

    • May 8, 2017, 8:56 pm


    • 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
      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!

    • LA
      December 29, 2019, 1:37 pm

      Do you have plans for the Pizza oven? I think it’s so cool and my kids would get a huge
      Kick out of the fact that when they come to visit we can build pizzas! Any help on the design would be appreciated.

      • Rebekah Sofia
        December 29, 2019, 5:59 pm

        Hello Kim, thank you for your kind about our Tiny House and our pizza oven! My husband is a mason so he built the pizza oven by hand with fire brick. There are some YouTube videos that you could watch, and you can also buy kits to make pizza ovens for those that aren’t experienced. I wish I could offer more help. But hopefully that will answer your question? I really hope you get to build one because we really do enjoy using it and I’m sure you would too! All the best!

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

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

  • July 2, 2018, 3:40 pm

    Thank you so much!😍😍

  • LA
    December 29, 2019, 1:35 pm

    Do you have plans for the Pizza oven? I think it’s so cool and my kids would get a huge
    Kick out of the fact that when they come to visit we can build pizzas! Any help on the design would be appreciated.

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