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Meet Sage and his hand-built gypsy wagon. He built this tiny house on a trailer on during weekends which took four months.

Sage paid about $4,000 in materials and did all of the labor himself. Today he uses a lot less energy to live and has much less space for clutter to build up, which he likes. Sage now feels organized and mobile. He lives a voluntarily simple lifestyle in a gypsy wagon style tiny house that he built himself. You can check it out below.

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He Built a $4,000 Tiny House in 4 Months

Sage's Gypsy Wagon Tiny House on a Trailer

Photo Courtesy of Sage Radachowsky at GypsyLiving.org

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You are looking at the Tonita Tiny House built by Slabtown Customs.

From the outside, it’s like the builder’s AnneMarie tiny house design.

It’s 24′ long and 8′ wide and was customized by Tonita, one of our readers who has commented before.

So there’s an 8′ x 6′ covered front porch which leaves 8′ x 18′ for the interior space.

The porch is large enough for two rocking chairs which is nice.

The bathroom is in the rear of the house and has a bathtub, toilet, and sink.

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Tonita Tiny House by Slabtown Customs

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Yesterday Newt showcased Jenine Alexander’s $3,500 DIY tiny house on a trailer.

So today I wanted to introduce you to Matthew Wolpe’s humble abode.

So far it has run him approximately $5,500 in material costs and he seems to be near completion.

He designed and built it himself and it has everything you can ask for in a 120 square foot home:

  • Insulation
  • Full sized bed in a loft
  • Complete kitchen
  • Hot water heater
  • Outdoor shower
  • Composting toilet

On the exterior you might notice the beautiful reclaimed redwood siding which came from fencing and ended up running him just $1 per piece.

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Matthew Wolpe's DIY Tiny House on a Trailer Project
Photos Courtesy of Matthew Wolpe via Oakland Tiny House and Just Fine Design

In addition he’s hooked it up with 120V electrical outlets and a greywater system to take care of used water. If you like what you see, I encourage you to check out the rest: [continue reading…]


This tiny log cabin on a trailer is 8′ x 16′.

It’s in Plattsburgh, NY and if you have been wanting to stay in a tiny house for a few nights–you can take your next vacation in this one!

If your spouse or significant other is hesitant this can be a way for you to give it a real shot.

The owner, Les, built the home himself back in 2009 and he uses it as a rental on his property on Lake Champlain.

There’s a private beach where visitors can kayak, canoe, rowboat or paddle boat.

He built this in a unique way compared to most other tiny houses on trailers out there because he left the sides on the utility trailer intact.

Les designed it this way because he believes it’s stronger this way structurally. I think that’s a good point and I like the way he did it–notice below.

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Tiny Log Cabin on a Trailer - For Rent
Photos Courtesy of Les Delorimier

This little house has the following features inside:

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Right now Jeremy Jackson is traveling the U.S. towing his recently-built Tumbleweed tiny house. He built the majority of it himself. He did it in about one year.

Interview with Jeremy, the man traveling with his tiny house

In this interview with Jeremy you’ll be able to follow his story. You’ll get to learn about his struggles and what led him to where he is today. I hope you enjoy.

THT: What made you decide to start building a tiny house?

J: I woke up one day feeling frustrated with the world and my own life. My business was dying and I have been suffering from an industrial injury. Everything was crashing down on me.

I started to ponder about what would happen when my mother and siblings would pass because I am the youngest. At the time I was living with my mother. Well that evening I checked my email and stumbled onto the Yahoo! article which featured the tiny house movement and Jay Shafer.

I was instantly hooked from that moment on and I saw a spark of hope. I spent the next few months learning everything that I could on how to build a tiny house until I came up with a plan to build one myself because it made good sense to me.

I decided that if I were going to commit to building my own tiny house, I needed to get to it without allowing myself to over analyze the possible pitfalls. So I jumped in head over heals and started buying materials whenever and wherever I could get them.

So I sold all of my valuables, including the DJ and Karaoke business, and just started even though I am disabled and on a fixed income because I felt that if I were to survive, I had to take a risk.

THT: So how long did it take you to complete the tiny house?

J: It has taken me the best part of a year to complete it (mostly by myself) but finally, it’s done.

Interview with Jeremy Jackson: He's Traveling with his Tiny House
Photos Courtesy of Jeremy Jackson

THT: Do you have any dreams you hope to fulfill thanks to this project?

I encourage you to enjoy the complete interview (and photo tour) below:
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Kirsten Dirksen of Faircompanies.com has published her interview with Austin Hay. He’s a 16 year old who has been building his own tiny house on a trailer for the last year.

Austin takes you through his parents house and into his little house in the backyard. Yes, he’s still in the process of finishing it up.

Why go Smaller?

Austin likes the idea of his little house for a few good reasons, which are…

  • Fewer bills
  • Fewer chores
  • No mortgage

Cost to Build this Tiny House

So far he is projecting to spend about $12,000 to build his house because he’s using recycled materials whenever possible.

Otherwise, the estimated costs for his house would be approximately $22,000. Austin bought a double pane glass door for $30, a stainless steel sink for $25, and hardwood flooring for $25.

Fourteen months worth of trash because of the construction of his house equates to less than two modest sized garbage cans.

Austin Hay is a 16 year old who is building his own tiny house on a trailer
YouTube screenshot thanks to Faircompanies.com

Video Interview and Walk Through with 16 year old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Video length: 10:10

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Chris Miller of Forbes interviews a co-worker, Adam, who lives in a tiny house on a trailer.

The home sits on a 9′ by 18′ trailer and is just 130 square feet.

Adam was initially inspired to downsize back in 2007.

Within a year and a half he had purchased building plans and began construction.

His motives were to create his own home that he can take with him.

He’d lived in apartments and homes before but was always missing that permanent home feeling.

Today he’s got that with his little house and he’s able to take it with him wherever he chooses to go.

Engineer Lives in a Tiny House on a Trailer

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UPDATE: I recently added a newer video tour of when Dan held his open house. Check it out right here.

This Monday I drove up to visit Dan over at his Dad’s where he is building his second tiny house on a trailer.

This time he created a new set of plans that he’s using for the home and you’ll see how awesome it’s turning out in the video we created while I was there.

Fun with sugar sand

When I got there I was greeted by a friendly dirt road and I thought “oh no problem”.

But a few blocks down it got worse.

This is what I was facing

Again… I had gone too far. So I turned around and you’ll have to watch the video to see what happened next.

Driving down a dirt road

The little house on a trailer

I was really impressed with the house and how fast they have been putting it together. Currently, they’re waiting on windows so that’s what’s holding them back.

Here’s a shot of the progress while I was there on Monday.

Dan's Tiny House on a Trailer Project Part 2

Video length: 12:11


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