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Mike’s DIY Hand-Built Micro House in Iowa

This is Mike’s DIY Hand-Built Micro House in Iowa.

He spent $300 on the trailer and used cheap and recycled products to (almost) finish the build.

Please enjoy, read more and re-share below!

Mike’s DIY Hand-Built Micro House in Iowa

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Images via Mike

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Images via Mike

From the builder:

I’m just finishing up this project. It started with an old welding trailer. I knew it had a stiff axle, so I bought it for around 300 bucks. Living in the Iowa countryside lends itself to a lot of cool cheap building materials. The floor and steps were built out of free feed bunks. The walls were barn siding. I picked up the cedar in Arkansas. It’s lightly wired. I thought about plumbing, but decided an old arctic boy cooler and wash basin would do just fine. It has an oak floor, is well insulated, and has a/c. Next will be a small mini fridge, a log chair and ottoman, and maybe a fold down bed out of another old barn door.

Highlights:

  • 6′ ×10′
  • 60 sq. ft.
  • An Iowa State University art student painted the antique door.
  • Steps hinge up and chain for transportation.
  • Old trunk on front for storage

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Natalie 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 Scotland.




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  • Bigfoot November 8, 2016, 4:56 pm

    It’s nice to see a small camper build using lots of scrounged/recycled goodies. Building on the cheap, luv it. The trunk on the front goes really well with the overall theme. Good job Mike, thanks for sharing.

    • Natalie Natalie November 9, 2016, 6:21 am

      Yes I love seeing recycled products! Good for the earth, good for your wallet :) — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Marsha Cowan November 8, 2016, 8:15 pm

    This is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Adorable and beautiful, and, I think, the perfect size. Is it for sale?

    • Natalie Natalie November 9, 2016, 6:21 am

      Hi Marsha, I think Mike is happy to keep it, I’m afraid. It is too cute! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Davi Rodrigues November 8, 2016, 10:57 pm

    Nice work, on the cheap too. But…..this isn’t a tiny house; it might make a good guard shack. Houses are supposed to be habitable….to live in. You simply cannot live in this

    • Natalie Natalie November 9, 2016, 6:22 am

      It’s a camper-type thing for the occasional night in the woods that is better than a tent :) — Tiny House Talk Team

    • kevin November 9, 2016, 10:56 am

      I disagree, this is definitely livable. a compositing toilet and a cot is really all that’s needed. it’s a little dark for my liking, but the micro home I’m designing is only 7×10.

      • Natalie Natalie November 10, 2016, 10:03 am

        There you go! That’s awesome, Kevin — Tiny House Talk Team

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