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“The Nest” is a tiny house on wheels (6’x6′) with a storage loft. It’s my second tiny house. You can see my first one, “The Darling” here.

I lived in this one for 7 months, then because I was making plans to work in AZ in a contract position, and would be going back and forth from AZ to NC so much, I sold that tiny house and bought a tiny bus.

It was green with a stained door. You can see it all below.

The Nest Tiny House on a Trailer


Images © Marsha Cowan

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I bought a 14′ trailer, but because of poor construction, had to build a 10′ long house instead which meant really changing the plans, but now that I have it, I absolutely love it.

It is built mostly from scraps, bargains, and recycled materials including old 100 year old stable boards from which I pulled a gallon bucket full of old rusty nails.

The boards were used for the outside and inside of the home and add a very warm rustic feel against which I put a lot of white trim and furniture. There is a composting toilet.

I worked on the house for 2 years and I lived in it for 6 months and sold it so I could build one that I’d be able to pull with my car (The Nest Tiny House). I even built an off grid solar generator for some power, so now I sleep with a fan pulling in wonderful cool air through the windows. It’s great!

My Darling Tiny House on Wheels


Images © Marsha Cowan

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Hello Alex (and Tiny House Talk readers), I love hearing about other people’s tiny house adventures. For a long time I thought I was the only one interested in living simple.

I kept thinking, it’s so easy why don’t more people do it? I live full time in a 270 square foot log cabin (you can see it below). Twenty years ago my brother helped me build my off the grid tiny home.

I also have a tiny village of tiny buildings that I built myself, I call this village Karenville. Karenville has a church, glass house, store/cafe, hotel, house, barn, silo and other small buildings.

Karenville: A Tiny Village of Micro Cabins And More in Ithaca, NY


Images © Karenville

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Kirsten is going to show you Jay Nelson’s micro house that he built on a customized bicycle. It’s 27 square feet in size and has everything a surfer needs. It even has a roof rack to store and move around your boards!

Jay’s micro vehicle/bicycle home is made out of plywood sheets covered in fiberglass. He even custom made every window that’s on it. This little custom made RV even has a kitchenette with a stove, sink and drain. He uses a manual water pump that’s hooked up to a jug, sort of like this one. There’s even storage underneath the floor to hold everything you’d have to take with you. It stands about 5 feet tall and is 8 feet long and 4 and a half feet wide.

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Jay Nelson and micro houses he’s built on bikes, rowboats, and cars

Jay Nelson's Micro Bicycle House Photo by Jack Halloway

Photo Credit Jack Halloway via Flickr

I told you it has an electric motor right? It has a range of 10 miles and can go up to 20 mph.

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A few days ago I received Derek Diedricksen’s latest edition of Humble Homes, Simple Shacks in the mail so I was pretty excited to be able to review it so you can see what it’s all about before you order it.

In this video I’ll give you a sneak peak of the book that way you can figure out whether it’s something you’d find useful or not.

It’s a really fun book with tons of ideas. Some very practical and others are straight up funky. Either way the book will certainly get you thinking.

Well, enough yapping on here. Click the “play” button below to watch the complete review.

If you decide you want to order your own copy, you can do so over at Amazon.com.

Humble Homes Simple Shacks by Derek DEEK Diedricksen

Click here to order your copy of Humble Homes, Simple Shacks through Amazon.com.

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