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This Custom Built Gypsy Wagon Tiny House is a guest post by Eric Elliot. 

I decided that it was time to build a tiny house when the rent on my studio apartment doubled. I didn’t want just a simple, boring box, so I decided to build a modern gypsy wagon.

I began by making a model, which was very helpful, since my idea of canting the walls out, in the traditional style, turned out to be a big mistake. Every angle would then have to be separately calculated, so I decided to simplify things and build the walls square instead.

Since the wagon was going to be small, even by tiny house standards, (just over 100 square feet) I wanted it to be as comfortable as possible. I was working on a limited budget, but I spared no expense on insulating the walls, roof, and even floor. That was the best decision I made on this project!

I’ve always wanted to built a house with my hands, and this was my opportunity to make every element attractive. I built a diamond pane bow-window for the bedroom, and made all the windows in the wagon stained glass. Small vent windows at either end allow for a nice cross breeze.

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Custom Built Gypsy Wagon Tiny House

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Images © Eric Elliot

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This is a 23′ green caravan tiny house. As you walk up the steps to the delightful covered porch you are greeted with a Dutch-style door. Go inside and you’ll find a wood-burning stove and two cozy chairs for relaxing in the living area. There’s also a dinner table with a built-in bench seat with built-in storage space underneath.

To the left side of the wagon is the kitchenette with a small sink, refrigerator, and a toaster oven. Beyond the kitchenette is the bathroom. At the rear of the wagon is the sleeping area with three beds, enough for four people to sleep comfortably! There are beautiful details through the entire wagon including exposed beams, carved corbels, a barn door, and a built-in dresser. Would you live tiny in this tiny house? Let us know in the comments! Please enjoy, learn more and re-share below. Thank you!

Beautiful 23′ Green Caravan Tiny House

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Images © YouTube/Roosterman

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This is a 70 sq. ft. vardo caravan wagon.

The Trillium Caravan is a sleeper camper in the traditional style of the 19th Century English vardo, built by master woodworker Jim Tolpin.

Jim says, “It is impeccably detailed in hand-hewn wood and steel fabricated to the highest highway-worthy standards. One needn’t sacrifice the beauty of traditional materials and antique fixtures for modern convenience.”

The interior offers ample seating–and comfortably sleeps two adults in a queen-size bed. There are beautiful stained glass windows in the front and back of the wagon to allow sunlight to come in.

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70 Sq. Ft. Trillium Vardo Caravan Wagon

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Images © Jim Tolpin

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This 105 sq. ft. English Shepherd Hut Wagon Cabin is a guest post by Victoria Schon – share yours!

My name is Victoria and I discovered the English shepherd hut by way of a beautiful article written in the September 2013 issue of The English Home Magazine. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful photos of a little hut on cast iron wheels sitting peacefully in the beautiful and expansive English countryside of windblown summer grasses and wild flowers.

Inside, the hut was charming and inviting, decorated with fabrics of soft warm reds and ivory. The small space was filled with books, pillows, fresh cut flowers, a bed and a desk. This quaint tiny space felt cozy, quiet and rejuvenating. As I pictured myself there, I felt relaxed and inspired. At once I fell in love with the romantic notion that these little huts had restorative powers and I wanted to experience this for myself. I then filed away the article from which to draw inspiration in the future should the need arise, and moved on with my day.

Then something quite unexpected happened a year later. In the summer of 2014, I was driving my dog to the groomer. While stopped in traffic I glanced over to the side of the road to discover sinking into the ground, an old Wyoming sheep herder wagon at a farm market that looked as though it had been there for years! I had driven by that corner for the past 15 years and never even noticed it! I was instantly struck with inspiration and I envisioned myself building an English shepherd hut to match the one I had seen the year before in the magazine article.

As an interior designer, I could also put to use my experience in custom home construction and project management. This little project was going to utilize my complete skill set, experience and creative talents, and it was going to be so much fun! I could not wait to get started!

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105 Sq. Ft. English Shepherd Hut Wagon Cabin

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Images © Victoria Schon

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Here is a guest post by Ricardo Villanueva on building tips for a vargo wagon. 

For me, a vardo is a Romani inspired tiny house that’s built to travel. This means a vardo has more limitations in space, weight, and balance than a tiny house that will only be moved on occasion. If you are thinking about building your own vardo, here are a few suggestions that might help.

1. Before you build anything. Build the whole thing (in detail) in your head or on paper. This will save grief over routes for wiring, plumbing, and gas lines. Yes, the plan will change, but you will know how changes in one place will affect your design elsewhere.

2. Make guides for your circular saw. For example, you can cut up to 8 foot lengths of mdf (medium density fiber board) say a foot wide. Cut this strip using the straight (manufactured) edge as a guide. Then glue these strips together so that your saw tracks along the upper edge. This will produce a straight edge on the strip you have glued. This makes cutting large sheets of plywood or paneling fairly easy.

10 Things I Learned Building a Vardo Wagon

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Images © Ricardo Villanueva

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I’m excited to show you this man’s handmade gypsy wagon micro cabin.

It’s about 6′ wide and 10′ long and the owner/builder, Russ, considers it a really nice bedroom on wheels because it has no bathroom or kitchen.

Russ invested over 200 man hours hand crafting and custom building it all from scratch. It has lots of beautiful detail, built-in storage, and even a gorgeous wood sink!

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Man’s Handmade Gypsy Wagon Micro Cabin

Man's Handmade Gypsy Wagon Micro Cabin

Images © TinyHouseGiantJourney

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