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The North Sister: Their Tiny Home Masterpiece

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Imagine spending your life traveling from one unique tiny home to another, embracing the simplicity and freedom they offer. For Spud and MaryEsther Hooley, this dream has been their reality for over four decades. From a converted caboose in Idaho to a yurt in Mongolia, their journey has been a testament to the beauty and versatility of tiny living. Now settled in Sisters, Oregon, the Hooleys have embarked on their latest adventure: building their very own tiny home on wheels.

Fondly named “The North Sister” after the local mountain peak, their 300-square-foot home showcases the culmination of their construction experience and their passion for community development work around the world. Every inch of this tiny abode tells a story, with handcrafted details and ingenious design elements that maximize functionality and comfort. From custom storage stairs adorned with bamboo for a soft step to a stunning full-sized shower featuring corrugated metal and exposed copper pipes, The North Sister is a testament to the Hooleys’ dedication and creativity.

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  • Spud and MaryEsther Hooley have spent over 40 years living in various tiny homes across the globe, from converted cabooses to yurts and sailboats.
  • Their construction experience combined with their work in community development in different countries inspired them to build their own tiny home, “The North Sister.”
  • The North Sister is a 300-square-foot marvel, featuring handcrafted details and ingenious design elements that maximize functionality and comfort.
  • From custom storage stairs to a stunning full-sized shower, every aspect of The North Sister reflects the Hooleys’ dedication and creativity.
  • The Hooleys’ journey showcases the beauty and freedom of embracing a tiny life, leaving us inspired and dreaming of our own unique adventures.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Annette
    October 25, 2017, 6:08 pm

    What an interesting and inspiring video! I loved seeing the herds of reindeer. Great house too, btw. Thanks for sharing.

  • Glema
    October 26, 2017, 4:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing your lovely home. If you choose to put in a rail on the stairway, you might consider a simple copper piping type of railing to match the rest of the house. Shiny copper rail is pretty but still strong enough to give you something to help get your balance going up or down I would think. What do you think? Too soft a pipe? Maybe a little tougher kind and spray it copper color 🙂 Thanks again, love your home.

  • Melissa
    October 26, 2017, 6:36 pm

    Stunning home! I love every detail & the folks that created it! Wish I could see and meet in person.

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