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Tiny log cabin on wheels with hinged overhangs


I’m excited to share this Stanley Rocky Mountain Tiny House with you built by Greg Parham of Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses in Colorado. He emailed me yesterday to let me know he has just completed and sold this little log cabin on wheels. And one of the reasons I’m thrilled to share it with you is not only because it’s completely unique and awesome throughout, but because I know you’ll love the flip up/down hinged overhangs. Pretty smart!

One issue when building tiny houses on wheels is dealing with overhangs because we’re limited to a road width of 8’6″ in most areas. In this case, with the flip up/down design, you can have the best of both worlds… Check it out now right here for yourself and please re-share below.

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Log Cabin Tiny House on Wheels with Flip Up/Down Overhangs

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Images © Greg Parham/Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

After building his ‘Boulder’ tiny home on wheels, Greg went on a sabbatical trip for some tiny house inspiration where he saw this tiny log cabin in Stanley, Idaho:

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My travels took me through a wonderful little town called Stanley, in the midst of the magnificent Sawtooth mountains and along the Salmon River in Idaho. Stanley Stanley Tiny Houseis probably my single favorite town that I passed through on this trip. It has a little bit of everything for the outdoor enthusiast. Scattered throughout the small town and along the outskirts are structures from a bygone era-beautiful, rustic, and tiny log cabins. After photographing a few, I knew right away that I had to build a log cabin tiny house on wheels and name it after this place. (source)

So Right After Selling his Boulder Tiny House, He Started Building the Log Cabin

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He Applied Two Coats of Natural Tung Oil to the Floors

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Greg Bolted and Welded the First Set of Logs to the Trailer

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He Designed and Built Genius Hinged Overhangs (See Below)

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And.. He Also Designed and Built a Hinged Flip Up Porch (Keep Scrolling)

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Little Log Cabin on a Trailer with a Flip Up Porch

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Amazing Glass Enclosed Shower Inside

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Nature’s Head composting toilet was also installed (but now shown here).

Custom Built Countertop Using Salvaged Maple Slabs

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The kitchen drawers were built using reclaimed materials, too. And there’s a medium size sink, double burner stove, and a double door mini refrigerator in here too.

Living Area with Corner Ready for a Colorado Cylinder Stove for Heat

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Cozy Sleeping Loft in this Off Grid Ready Tiny Log Cabin on Wheels

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View of Kitchen, Living Area, Bathroom Entrance, and Storage Nook

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Elk Antlers Found in the Woods by Greg Used for Decor and Hanging

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12′ Long Tiny Log Cabin on Wheels Ready to Tow

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Images © Greg Parham/Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

After all was said and done, I met all of my design goals. The final dry weight came in at 4,800 lbs, a bit more than I was hoping for, but with still within range. The final cost came in at exactly $22,000. Even though it is only a 12′ trailer, it feels very spacious and is very much livable . The log cabin construction method, although a bit testing at first, proved successful and very unique.

So, I think that about wraps up this neat little tiny house. I hope you enjoyed learning about it. For more updates, be sure to like the Facebook page. There’s also an album there with more detailed construction photos for those interested.

Greg (source)

=> Read the original post over at Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses to learn more about this little log home on wheels and the inspiration and story behind it.

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Related: The Durango Tiny House (The Tiny Home Greg Lives In) by Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

Our big thanks to Greg Parham of Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses for sharing🙏

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  • Avatar Deb

    I am stealing this idea. 🙂

  • Avatar Rick

    That is really Awesome & well thought out i’d say, great job Greg… 🙂

    • Avatar Alex

      Glad you liked it too Rick!

  • Avatar alice h

    Great solution with the eaves.

    • Avatar Alex

      Had never seen it before. Very clever! Thanks Alice.

  • Avatar coffeewitholiver

    The folding overhang is a clever solution. Having a sufficient length of overhang does more than make your house look good (proportional), it is an important component in keeping rain and wind-driven water out of the walls.
    Serious kudos to Greg. It obviously works well for metal roofs. I think it’s possible to design a workable model for other roofing materials, with experimentation. I think it would work with my roof’s material, EPDM, and I wish I’d thought of it! I went with a 10 foot wide roof, with 12 inch overhangs, so will need to mess with wide-load regulations. Greg’s solution is an elegant and clever way to sidestep that hassle.
    Parker

    • Avatar Alex

      Thanks, Parker, I agree- very smart thinking!

    • Avatar Eric

      Think I might change my name to Oliver… so I can have coffee with Parker. ; )

  • Avatar Marsha Johnson

    Love it! My favorite is the glass on the shower walls! Easy to keep clean and mold free, thanks Greg!

  • Avatar Cahow

    The man is an artist. LOVE the glass enclosed shower and the salvaged maple slab counter tops. Good for him that he met his goal and got an instant buyer for this charming home. 😀

  • Avatar Mike

    One criticism.. It would be better to take the glass/plexiglass off the shower walls. It looks like moisture could get behind it and cause mold. Better to seal the wood with a few coats of sealer and just let it dry after a shower.

    • Avatar Marsha Cowan

      The ingenuity and creativity of the tony house community never ceases to amaze me. How absolutely clever and practical for hauling. Notwithstanding the ingenious building techniques, this house is gorgeous!! I, too, love the plexiglass idea. I would put fat rubber washers between the plexiglass and the wall to allow air to get back there and dry out any water vapor that might accumulate, and it would also give you a niche to slide something back there to clean up if you ever needed to. It does show off the beautiful log cabin wood and design, so I would find some way to imitate it. Again, absolutely great tiny house cabin.

      • Avatar Marsha Cowan

        Sorry, that should say “Tiny house community”. Lol!

    • Avatar Alex

      Sealing the wood there sounds like a smart preventative solution. Glad you pointed it out to educate all of us even though he probably already did it. Thanks Mike!!

  • Avatar Gene Lueg

    I hope he takes several extra spare tires with him when he moves that thing. That is an extreme amount of weight for a single axle trailer. Otherwise nice job.

    • all my houses come with a spare. The tires are heavy duty load E rated for 2900# each. Some of the weight of the trailer rests on the tow vehicle too. Ethan traveled 1,200 miles and didn’t have any problems.

      • Avatar Alex

        Thanks Greg appreciate that update 🙂

  • Avatar Candide33

    Love that he solved the lack of overhang that is pretty standard with the tiny houses. I have a French Creole plantation house that was built around the time of the Civil war and I love it but always hated that it did not have any overhang on the sides of the house, just the front and back. I have seen hundreds of French Creole houses and they all have pretty much that same design and the sides of the houses always have those streaks down the side where the water runs off of the roof. Of course it was made out of cypress so it didn’t cause any harm but it looks terrible and it was a bear to keep washed down because it is like 20 feet from the ground to the roof line. It requires a pressure sprayer and bleach, not exactly green maintenance.

    It would be easier to wash down a tiny house but who wants to have to do that every Spring? Then there were all the hurricanes, no overhang and gutters makes it hard to keep the wind driven rain out of the attic. You can see some of the damage and some of the remedies that previous owners had tried around the edges inside the attic. We put trim and spray foam but the water still gets in during hurricanes.

    While no one really has more than about a decade of experience with a tiny house, almost 200 years of no overhang is more than enough to know that it is not a good idea. We decided that when we build our tiny house we are going to have the eaves and porch separate and attach them when the house is set up in its destination but if you were going to move it more than a few times, the hinges would definitely be the way to go.

    PS, where we are going, no hurricanes!!! 🙂

    • Avatar Alex

      Thanks Candide glad this was insightful and valuable for you!

    • Avatar Margaret McCauley

      I agree tiny houses on wheels as they are currently built are a relatively new concept in the mainstream. But tiny houses on wheels are not. Shepherds, nomadic cultures, chuck wagons, even Conestoga wagons were homes on wheels. And many homes are built tiny very simply by those who cannot afford a larger home and those who live in areas of harsh winters build small with few windows to conserve heat.

  • Avatar Kaleb

    I was so happy to see that he made use of hinges. The past couple weeks I’ve been working on a design that I’d like the steps up to the deck to fold up while underway. Since I’m a short woman, the idea of having to move and place steps when stopping hadn’t appealed to me and decided to go the route of hinges. Thanks for sharing!

    • Avatar Alex

      Good thinking on a set of staircases for the house- sounds very useful. Keep us updated! Thanks Kaleb!

  • Avatar Paul

    To all those commenting about space between the wall of the shower and the wooden wall… if you look “closely” at picture 9 you can see that the fastenings of the glass to the wall actually have grommets that keep them separated so any moisture getting behind the glass will run down into the shower tray…

  • Avatar Theo

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    Tin roof? Wait for rain, or hail. The fit of the “logs”, and quality of the work definitely do not thrill me. The floor looks like it was laid as it came from the mill, with no sanding. I think the overhangs would work better folded down, and fastened.

  • Avatar Michael

    I am amazed about the weight he achieved. It shows that using all natural materials doesn’t mean to be much more heavy than chemical. products. The fold up eaves as the porch are great and provide a much better look than the standard narrow and tall ones.
    Logs are a material which I have in my mind for a while already.
    When you ever have been staying in a log cabin for a while you may have experienced the wonderful smell and climate inside. Beside that its healthy. Wood is a great insulation, too.
    The downside of being heavy could be resolved.
    Although its too small for me and I don’t like lofts its very well thought and done.

  • Avatar Cooltruth

    Beautiful little log cabin but it might be better suited for parking it in a permanent spot. It might get expensive hauling all those logs around. Did you have help getting the logs in place? They look heavy duty and solid. I’m totally impressed by this little portable cabin!

  • Avatar ZACHARY E. MOHRMANN

    Final cost $ 22,000.00, I love it……!

  • Avatar Kathy

    Take good care of your doggie!

  • Avatar Michael

    I have been thinking about log construction before.
    However, when you go 20ft and beyond weight will be too much for
    a THOW.
    The fold up eaves are great – all THOW should have it to protect walls and windows from the elements when parked. Wondering that nobody came up with this solution before.

  • Avatar Ariel Miller

    Funny how nobody thought of fold up eaves before. If you extended that idea to the roof peak you could almost have a portable A frame. At least portable covered space outside of the main house on both sides.

  • Avatar ZACHARY E MOHRMANN

    Oh…! The flip down overhangs, I have to say it is a first, that’s for sure….!

  • Avatar Paul Larsen

    Love this little house and the rustic feel ! So the fit of the logs is not exactly perfect but that’s part of the rustic feel. The fold up eaves are a great idea!, as is the back porch. As far as weight is concerned , prob not much more than a similar sized RV, If the trailer has electric brakes , that would be an asset too.

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