Scott and Susan Burbank are a retired couple who decided to build their own Freightliner motorhome because, at 6’8″ tall, Scott simply couldn’t be comfortable in most standardized motorhomes. So they acquired a retired semi-truck and spent 14 months converting it into their dream home on wheels.
The truck was originally just an empty shell with cables everywhere since it used to be a mobile computer lab owned by Microsoft. But Scott and Susan worked diligently, spending 10-hour days, 6 days a week, to turn it into the beautiful custom home it is today. They even invented a 5-foot murphy bed-style shower to save space!
Seven years ago, Jeremy and Mira Thompson quit their jobs and sold their suburban home to hit the road in a short-bus they’d converted into a mobile home. After a year on the road, they’d gone through their savings and were thinking about starting a family.1
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Family’s School Bus, Short-Bus, and Whimsical Shipping Container Tiny Homes
This is the story of a father and son duo who designed and built quite an amazing transforming CNC minimalist tiny cabin.
It features two lofts and transforming, multifunctional custom designed and built furniture inside.
Daniel Yudchitz and his father, Bill, are both architects who took their love of craft, cabins and Swiss precision in architecture (e.g. Peter Zumthor) and created a CNC-cut cabin crafted to a fraction of an inch.1
This is the PodShare coliving concept in Los Angeles. It’s a membership-based live/work community, kind of like coworkspaces but you can also spend the night here. You get your own bunk bed with charging stations plus access to a shared kitchen and bathroom.
The catch? Your bunk has no privacy! But that also means no funny business. PodShare provides toiletries, toothpaste, clean towels, and food. Would you ever consider staying in one of these? Have you ever tried working out of a coworkspace?
In search of a more simple life and completeness, the couple, Michael and Diana lived in a 144 square foot tiny home in Northern California for seven years. They feel their house was not tiny but just right for them.
The tiny house does not feel small as you will see below. The natural sunlight and surrounding trees there are magical.
Diana says you enter a timeless time here. And it’s easy to forget about everything but the present moment.
The fireplace is a necessity in this home as it creates heat for the home and bathing water.
With no electricity which means no refrigerator, no meat, no ice cream Diana would cook beautifully colored fresh vegetables in one small cast iron pot over the open fire for their meals.
It had been left abandoned for 20 years and was in complete shambles. But since he is a carpenter and builder he knew he could fix it.
To buy it he needed to put 10% down ($14,000) which was his entire life savings at the time. Boldly, he went for it anyway. From 1987 until today the house has made quite the comeback thanks to Tim’s ingenuity.
One of the interesting things to learn from Seggerman and his Brooklyn house project is how his home has evolved over the years just as he has. His house is always changing with him according to his needs.
Even though this isn’t a tiny house, I believe you’ll enjoy and learn a lot from this project (and video) below.
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