You may already know Marsha Cowan. She who recently sold her Tiny Red Bus, remember?
Marsha has also built another tiny cottage before, on a 14′ trailer, you can see that one here. It’s known as The Darling Tiny House and one of our wonderful readers even shared an illustration of it here. And before that, she built one called The Nest. So she’s no stranger to building! And today, I’m here to share the continuation of Marsha’s tiny house journey with you. So grab a hot cup of tea or coffee and enjoy, in her own words and images, below. 🙂
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Marsha Builds Her Next Tiny Home for Only $4.5k
The tiny red bus sold a few weeks ago to a wonderful lady in California, so I used that money to build this tiny dry 5 1/2′ x 9′ camper at my wonderful friends’ house where we worked all day everyday for twelve days to build this and get me back to my AZ town where my classes had already started. I couldn’t have finished it so quickly if my friends had not been there to help me. It has a portaplug that supplies electricity to the inside by hooking up to an extension cord with four outlets and two usb ports and also has a surge protector on it. Otherwise, this camper is pretty much like all my others. . . Rustic and primitive. I still haul water inside from the spigot, and I still use the camp facilities, so life is simple.
There is a portable on demand water heater on the other side of this storage shed, so soon I will hook it up and have hot water when I want it.
On demand hot water heater.
Bay window out back. Inside it gives me a 12″ deep shelf.
Front door has wire mesh screen and sturdier screen for protection.
This loveseat, which is 52″ across, folds out into a full sized mattress, 8″ memory foam. Very comfortable. When pulled out, it leaves about 15″ of space in front of the kitchen counter in which to walk or come and go out the door if necessary.
Floor and front of sofa.
Tiny “door knocker” 🙂
There is a vent in the ceiling inside that draws hot air up and into the attic and out these roof vents. There will be a cover over the ceiling vent in the cold weather, but the roof vents will stay open to let out humidity. There is wire mesh screen behind the decorative screen just like in the front door.
Decided on shelves over the sofa and kitchen in leiu of a loft. The rest of the ceiling is high and gives a wonderful feeling of space in here.
Tiny sturdy laundry sink (specially ordered at building store) and butane stove. That is a tiny white refrigerator you see on the shelf, and a tiny trash can beside it that I have used for 4 years. My old bus tags are on the wall. The antique porcelain potty is used only for storing washclothes and hand towels. The cooler stores my socks. Lol! Everything has to store something in this tiny camper!
Summer Clothes are in crates. Winter clothes are in plastic storage bins in the storage shed.
Shelves over the sofa
Blinds are drawn up to let in the prestorm breezes in these pictures. Otherwise, they really help keep the sun out.
My rv court owner painted this miniature of my tiny red bus a couple years ago for a Christmas present.
I have a friend who does stained glass, and has given me about five stained glass fixtures for my windows over the past several years. These are peppers.
Curtain goes over the door at night for privacy. Otherwise, hang on the end of the rod.
Still have the antique family chair.
Tiny cutting board
Much of the inside finish on the sofa, counter, and shelves was done with these small pieces of wood cut off wooden crates. Not through with them yet.
Porcelain pot for holding water. I “got a round tuit” attached to the shelf underneath the basket. Lol! Gift from my friends. We also got permanent markers and wrote our names and all kinds of things inside the walls for posterity before we put the insulation up. It was a fun build! Oh, including the trailer, which was bought new, the build cost just at $4500.
Marsha’s Past Tiny Homes
Our big thanks to Marsha Cowan for sharing her wonderful new tiny home with us!
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