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NY Artist’s Q-Hut: The “Tiny House of Steel” on Wheels

This is a NY Artist’s Q-Hut of Steel on Wheels!

Jean-Marc Superville Sovak is an artist and illustrator and is building the house with his wife, Julie Chibbaro, author of “Into the Dangerous World.”

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NY Artist’s Q-Hut of Steel on Wheels


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Screenshots via YouTube

Video: Tiny House of Steel


  • Prefabricated S-Model SteelMaster
  • 16′ x 11′ x 10′
  • Quonset Hut design
  • Steel
  • Still unfinished
  • Sits on ton dual-axle deckover galvanized trailer


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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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  • Barnie
    November 22, 2016, 5:04 pm

    I’ve long toyed with buying a prefab steel building like this and convert into a residence, but never considered this concept of a THOW fashioned from a prefab steel building set on on a trailer. It’s kind of a genius idea! Not a lot of info here though, even inre their intent, so I’m very eager to see how this turns out.

    • Natalie
      November 23, 2016, 7:32 am

      Me too Barnie. I’m hoping they finish it up soon so we can admire it 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Bigfoot
    November 22, 2016, 6:47 pm

    I once bought a Quonset style building for use as a shop. I had also contemplated the conversion of such a structure to residential use. Not very attractive structures (to me) but there are a lot of benefits to this style of construction. Less threat of fire damage, fairly easy to construct, open floor plan, no need for roofing or exterior cladding, long service life, & the steel is available in various gauges & strengths. My shop was designed/permitted for 160 mph wind loads (was in Florida). Like Barnie, I had never considered a steel Quonset for a THOW. This is the first one I’ve ever seen & I think it’s a fantastic idea. I hope we get to see the finished product & hope to see some more builds with this material.

    • Natalie
      November 23, 2016, 7:33 am

      Yes this is a whole new concept for me! I think it’ll be really remarkable. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Michael
    November 22, 2016, 7:29 pm

    Great idea, very aerodynamic for towing, low maintenance and very economical. These structures are offered for a low price especially when it comes to a possible size of a THOW. I think none otf THOW builders can offer an empty shell for that price and weight.
    Would be interesting to know how much he spent so far.
    It should be an advantage to have trailer and house structure made from identical material.
    Just learned that properly galvanized material is lasting for decades without any maintenance.
    Hope we are going to be posted about work in progress.

    • Natalie
      November 23, 2016, 7:34 am

      I will certainly keep an eye on the build! — Tiny House Talk Team

    November 24, 2016, 9:38 am

    He is most certainly on the right track…! Less is more….! And by building they way he has he has made his tiny house floor space look as if he has tripled it….!

    November 24, 2016, 10:08 am

    Ya know what I have not said enough about steel structure building and in this case houses…! Living here on Florida’s treasure coast and by the way is the whole reason why I am so much in favor of these type structures, is because of our weather here in Florida… We live somewhat a lavish life here in Florida,but every once in a while mother nature throws us a curve ball…! I speaking about the hurricanes that we have to deal with, and I know about them first hand having lived thru so many… I even lived aboard a 48′ ft. sailboat thru one of the worst that has lashed it’s horrible superior might against us who share this part of the country…! I could go into great detail on this but I think you get the point after seeing all the anguish that mother nature has thrown up against us in recent years.. But back to steel structures which is the point of this comment, they are built to with stand this type punishment, and they are portable as you can see how this family chose to show us how they intend to use it… But it also breaks down and rebuilds very easily as well on concrete slabs…! The wind just rolls over it because it has no sharp edges to catch wind under to cause lift which is why we lose so many homes during these type storms…! Even the US Government has seen it’s great potential when it used and still does in a lot of cases today, for barracks for our military’s young men and women to be housed in…! Now if that is not a great statement of it’s great use and superior structural capabilities, I don’t know what is…! These buildings are cheep and easily movable, and once more offer great space under it’s arched roves for making some of the best tiny houses….! What more can you ask for…? OK…! I said enough… You figure it out….

    • Natalie
      November 24, 2016, 10:45 am

      You are right, very smart structures indeed 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • jm
    November 26, 2016, 12:57 am

    It’s neat. Very labor intensive for now. Still difficult to insulate. Probably won’t get good cell phone reception. But interesting. Might be on the right path.

    • Natalie
      November 28, 2016, 8:26 am

      Didn’t even think about cell phone reception! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Sandi B
    December 2, 2016, 1:12 am

    This is fun to see. I have talked with the people at US Steel about this very thing — they build a lot of really great houses based on the Q plan. I remember staying in a Q structure one summer when we were at the ocean — it was your basic unit, but really was kind of fun.

    Anyway they will give you the plans to insulate, put in windows and doors etc. I was never sure how it would work out building it sideways on a trailer. The panels can be put up and fastened by just 2 people as each 2 foot panel only ways about 40 pounds. I agree it will be very interesting to see their finished home.

    • Natalie
      December 2, 2016, 8:32 am

      I didn’t know about those. Thanks for sharing Sandi! Sounds great. — Tiny House Talk Team

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