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Student Builds 215 Sq. Ft. Tiny House with Earthquake Salvaged Materials

This is Stefan Cook’s DIY 215 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels that he built using salvaged earthquake materials in New Zealand. When a roommate introduced Stefan to the idea of a tiny house, he almost immediately decided that he would do it someday.

From the outside, you’ll notice that it’s pretty large for a tiny house on wheels. It’s approximately 26 feet long (or about 31 feet long if you include the entire trailer) and about 8.2 feet wide and 14.7 feet high. When you go inside, you’ll find a very open floor plan with a kitchen, living area, bathroom, and an upstairs sleeping loft. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

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Student Builds 215 Sq. Ft. Tiny House with Earthquake Salvaged Materials

Student Builds 215 Sq. Ft. Tiny House with Earthquake Salvaged Materials

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Video: Student’s DIY 215 Sq. Ft. Tiny House on Wheels Built with Earthquake Salvaged Materials

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  • Janp
    November 16, 2015, 3:53 pm

    Out of misery and devastation came something wonderful. Good job although I hate this came from such a loss. Very nicely done and roomy. How much did this cost ultimately?

  • Sharon Fried
    November 16, 2015, 4:40 pm

    Very, very nice!

  • Michael of Michaelangelo Design
    November 17, 2015, 12:06 am

    Well done guys. I was in Christchurch for most of the devastating quakes and my house suffered some minor damage .. thankfully. The debris is still being cleaned up and most is has being tipped without a practical end use… separation of materials seems to be the problem. It’s great to see that some of it has been used for housing renewal.

    January 20, 2017, 7:42 am

    Very nicely done….!

  • Barnie
    January 20, 2017, 5:10 pm

    Awesome project

    February 10, 2017, 11:55 am

    Always glad to read that young people can come up with salvaging wood and other things. More power to them. Well done!

  • amsterdamsel
    November 17, 2017, 3:11 pm

    Beautiful house, but, Holy Hannah, those stairs look treacherous!

    • Colin Ross
      December 1, 2019, 1:37 pm

      Yes, those stairs and lack of railing on loft is far from safe.

  • Ryda
    October 23, 2018, 9:48 pm

    Having lived through 2 major earthquakes, one being the San Francisco Quake in the 80’s ($96,000 in damage). I worry the structural integrity of severely stressed materials. Let me put it this way… Would you use car parts from a auto accident?

    • Colin Ross
      December 1, 2019, 1:39 pm

      Ever heard of an auto wrecker that sells used auto parts?

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