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The Texan Tiny House on Wheels by Nomadic Cabins

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Nomadic Cabins is a new tiny house construction company and this is their first model. It’s called The Texas Tiny House.

And it’s for sale right now with a ready-made asking price of $45,000. This tiny home is located in Austin, Texas.

It’s a beautifully finished 240 sq. ft. with a slanted roof design that gives you more spaciousness inside (especially in the lofts).

This tiny house features two sleeping lofts, a built-in sofa in the living area, side-entrance, and much more. Please enjoy and re-share below. Thanks.

The Texan Tiny House on Wheels by Nomadic Cabins


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  • Ben Lunt
    May 18, 2015, 8:54 am

    This does not appeal at all to me. It appears dangerously tall and vulnerable to winds. It utterly lacks charm, and the butt joints on the ceiling are all along the same line. The entire interior is so completely identical as to make it just too much. There are a few things I noticed which I liked, but not so much as to mention and give a false impression. I also saw the same aligned butt joints on the walls in at least two locations. Is that just cheap plywood paneling? Why even DO something like that? Oh, well, someone will like it, I’m sure.

    • John Day
      May 18, 2015, 9:25 am

      I disagree, Ben.
      What I see here is good engineering and construction, sealing all the joints where water would get in, with judicious use of sheet metal siding and roofing. The interior makes as much use as possible of the space allowed within the dimensions permitted on American roads. The open space means flexibility for the owner. That looks like a lot of nice wood being used, too, which is expensive hand work.
      As somebody who lives in Austin, and had not heard of these folks until now, it has given me an interest in their work, not that I would have a use for it, or be able to afford it…

      • Dominick Bundy
        May 18, 2015, 11:03 am

        I agree, The only thing here I see is lacking are closets. Where is the closet ?

      • Vitrvarg
        May 18, 2015, 12:42 pm

        The wood is not expensive hand work. It was applied using adhesive and brads from an air nailer, the whole job would take one day with on person doing the routing, trim to fit and application. This part would cost the builder $200.00 for the day. The seams, floor, inside and outside corners, and ceiling, are amateurish, who ever built the inside has never used a level, line level, or rotary laser level in their life. I would fire the person on the spot when I did an hourly check on progress.

      • Sandi B
        May 18, 2015, 7:21 pm

        He used what looks like tongue and groove on the interior and did not do the best aligning job as the the seams should be staggered and no two aligning up one under the other. This I think is a first build and people have to learn. I think he is including the loft space in the square footage. I also did not see any stairs to the lofts. The built in couch with under seating storage is a great idea and works well here. The door area is attractive, but takes up too much wall space that could otherwise be used. I think the price is a tad high as as was also said, where is the closet. The 6×8 foot open area I believe is left for the owner to utilize however they want — enlarge the kitchen, etc. It is shed construction and I honestly think it is a tad overpriced all things considered, even though I realize there is a lot of hand work here — it needs more work/refining. The lofts are nice and while I know the one is intended for storage, there needs to be more storage, but one can add that. Maybe I just have too much “stuff” that I want to keep with me and I would definitely want a larger kitchen area with a bigger refrigerator. I agree that attention was paid to major details and heading off things like a leaking roof etc.

      • Dean
        May 19, 2015, 1:49 pm

        John Day – I, for one, would like to hear your impressions, once you actually walk inside the structure and see it for yourself.
        I think some of the others that commented negatively may not realize that all the shots were not done “square”. When you get the perspective off a little, it can sometimes really mess with how it looks…all because the photographer got a little “artsy” with his shots.
        The materials used appear to be aluminum and Knotty Pine. The dark wood in the loft, I’m not sure of. Could be some kind of Mahogany, but could be White Pine stained to look like Mahogany, too.
        In my time, I’ve built houses, boats and I was a mechanic for while, too.
        To my eye, it looks like whoever did the work, did a nice job.
        Look forward to reading your personal impressions of experiencing the house, John.

    • james
      May 18, 2015, 12:52 pm

      I agree ,I hate the butt joints and it’s kinda plain to me the price is a little steep .I am a Carpenter and a project manager for the price ,I would want a little better

    • tah
      May 18, 2015, 1:07 pm

      I strongly agree with Ben. Looks like a patchwork mess of cheap paneling. And John Day sounds like a paid shill.

      • Frank
        May 18, 2015, 5:04 pm

        Agree with Ben….also I wouldn’t know how to decorate the interior with all that black inside….dreadful interior vibe

      • Steven Allen
        May 18, 2015, 6:40 pm

        Or maybe John Day just has a different opinion than you. I like it, I’ve seen it up close, and I don’t know the builder. (However, I am open to be paid as a shill, I could use the $$) I wish I was as adept as you at judging something based solely on internet posted pictures.

      • John Day
        May 19, 2015, 8:10 am

        Hmmm, sorry to “sound like a paid shill”.
        I’m not. They say “shill” where y’all live?
        Anyway, I’m a bike commuter, 14 miles each way, and this little house, tucked away behind a glass window and door business, on Burnet Rd. is on my commute route. I dropped in for 5 minutes on my way to work yesterday. The guys were real friendly. I didn’t have time to look inside, but I might today.

    • MaudyFish
      May 19, 2015, 8:53 am

      It’s roomy… one of the things that is important. A pain job could make the place not so rustic. When I look at it, I see a good structure and many possibilities inside.

  • JeffLee
    May 18, 2015, 9:52 am

    Wise to avoid close up pics of the roof as I’m sure it’s a gonna leak. Looks like a simple 5V panel and too low of a slope for it. Shingle Guard or similar sealing membrane underneath can buy you some time but eventually Mother Nature will win.

  • Jerrold English
    May 18, 2015, 10:13 am

    To tall, I agree it does not look to be built to last. There are to many builders just out to make a buck these days. It’s way over priced.

  • Dominick Bundy
    May 18, 2015, 11:05 am

    forgot to add , I especially like the front door and back door aspect this house has..

  • Toney R
    May 18, 2015, 11:43 am

    I like it. Materials are attractives. Design is simple and easy on the eyes. loke the open spaces.

  • Vitrvarg
    May 18, 2015, 12:15 pm

    Not worth $45,000. Even with labor I would pay $20,000 and no more. A slight slant to the roof does not earn it the asking price, it is a flat roof. I do like the wood through out and the upper and lower cabinets. Many good ideas in this build, but as a carpenter for over 40 years the price is a deal breaker. Also, the metal on the single side makes it look like it was made from second hand material. The outside front is not really a good place for the butane/propane tanks, I would have built the storage for them on the rear and out of steel.

    • John Day
      May 19, 2015, 9:52 pm

      Not all of the comments let me reply, so I picked one.
      Whether something is worth a certain price is to be negotiated, and there are several offers being entertained now on this tiny house.
      I rode over there this afternoon, and James was very helpful. I looked and asked questions for about a half hour.
      All of the wood is cedar, and it is all treated, and cedar weathers very well. All of the interior wood is reclaimed cedar from fence posts, so not available in all lengths, and a non-smooth finish, though it is sealed, also. This was built, and sits behind a glass window and door business, and the windows and doors all have double layer glass with an air gap. Everything is sealed well. The roof and metal siding are all 100 year rated aluminum roofing. There are folded corners under the folded corners of roof and corners, to prevent water getting in. The heat pump condenser is in one of those end boxes, the one with the vents, and it has a latch, that will take a lock, to deter theft. The water can be from a garden hose or RV hook ups. The electricity is either 120V from an extension cord, or the RV standard 3 phase 220-240V.
      The doors are good quality external doors and seal well. Having a door on either side of the open space allows for options. That’s a pretty critical area for cooking eating and socializing, and it is also the inside-outside interface area. People might do different things with it in different places and different seasons. I would.
      Both builders, James and Chase are experienced carpenters, and James does windows and doors now. The chassis looks like a standard box frame trailer, pretty beefy.
      I’m no expert, but I didn’t see anything shoddy at all.
      Maybe you like the style it is finished in or not. It looks like it will sell soon.
      I hope this is helpful.

      • Dean
        May 20, 2015, 3:15 pm

        John – Thank you for doing the leg work and checking this place out in person, then reporting your findings here.
        Much appreciated (from me, at least).

      • Vitrvarg
        May 20, 2015, 4:49 pm

        Builders know that you do not line up joins, and no builder uses a butt joint. Sorry, the more I look at this build and the more people try and defend it the trashier it gets. If they can get boards out of reclaimed cedar posts they can resurface them smooth. And you NEVER use treated lumber inside a building, the treatment is toxic and can cause illness and death. You never burn lumber cause of the treatment used, and you never use treated lumber that has not been recut and planed to a bare wood inside a house, even a varnish or urethane sealant will not keep the wood from releasing toxic fumes as it warms up.

  • Mike
    May 18, 2015, 12:28 pm

    Not even remotely worth $45k, Builders really need to quit trying to rip off those who want to go tiny. The whole idea is to be debt free. I pray others do not give up on going tiny due to overpricing such as this example. Seems some builders are trying to make big bucks, the same as some are doing with renewable energy. One can easily & quickly learn how to build their own with a little research & some books on wood framing construction. Even hiring a handyman to help would end up being less expensive.

    • Vitrvarg
      May 18, 2015, 12:34 pm

      This is the down payment to get into a regular, site built home.

  • Mary Lou
    May 18, 2015, 12:56 pm

    Typically I do not like shed roofs. Perhaps it is just me, but they seem like a half of a house waiting for the other half to show up. My bias, I realize. But this house does not even do the shed roof adequately. To be honest, this house just makes me feel uncomfortable

  • Lynne
    May 18, 2015, 3:05 pm

    I design tiny houses all the time and I never put two doors in. A complete waste of space! The way the boards come together does not look good ~ way too much unpainted wood. Cheap light fixtures 🙁 I can’t believe they want to much for so little.

    • Vitrvarg
      May 18, 2015, 3:10 pm

      The light fixtures are ceiling fan light kits, or that is how they look to me. Good wood like this; few knots and good grain, would be a shame to paint, but they should have stained it. There is too much wood, they should have broke it up with sheetrock or some other building material.

      • dea
        May 18, 2015, 4:24 pm

        What’s all the plucking about? It’s pretty nice, like the wood/ metal combo and the spacey interior…it is wood (to those being dippy) duh, and just move on etc…i think its a modern meets country marriage, and finish as you will intendedly? maybe, maybe not, but I wouldnt buy any house without knowing theres something to customize do we buy with everything upholstery etc all done? I’m just saying I’m creative and not a catalog sheep. (sorry Jay no disrespect at all). Yes, like the idea in this one too, a bit pricey but don’t know the area etc…I like the slat-wood interior It probably looks odd by not being staggered each piece lined up giving a panel appeal. What do you think?

  • Terrie Conley
    May 18, 2015, 3:41 pm

    I absolutely love it, but I couldn’t afford to pay $45,000. I’m out.

  • ct
    May 18, 2015, 3:49 pm

    i actally like the idea of 2 doors. and, egress windows, might save a life!

  • Jan
    May 18, 2015, 3:50 pm

    As an Artist, and did interior design etc. I have to agree that this place needs:
    1.Some variation in wall color, it looks too match matchy, like a tinder box. The black, may be somones cup of “tea” but not a good color for the ways it is used. I like color ,,, maybe a pale green wall in the liv area? And that sofa takes me back to trailer homes of yesteryear. A small soft sofa,, and a chair to move around,, Maybe this is a bacholor pad, ,, to have a deer head mounted on the wooden wall? It is just way too plane for me. Sorry, but a nice job was intended. Jan

  • Sparrow
    May 18, 2015, 4:31 pm

    I’m sorry to add to the critical chorus here (although all of the points made seem legit), but this house looks awful to me. All that unpainted wood, that awful metal siding, I agree it utterly lacks charm, and how do you get into the loft? A ladder? That’s a deal-breaker for me.

    For $45,000 I can get into a nice condo in Davenport, Florida. Why would I want to spend that money on THIS?

    • sc
      May 18, 2015, 11:45 pm

      “For $45,000 I can get into a nice condo in Davenport, Florida.”
      Do you mind posting some links? I googled up some condo databases in that area and found a handful of houses that looked “okay” but not what I call “nice”, certainly not new.

      • Sparrow
        May 19, 2015, 1:42 pm

        Try Trulia.com.

      • Eric
        May 19, 2016, 7:16 am

        “For $45,000 I can get into a nice condo in Davenport, Florida.”

        …along with HOA dues? Maintenance fees? Property taxes? And I sure sh*t bricks every time I see how much property taxes are in the US. Surprised there hasn’t been a revolution over that… forget about the Don or Hilary!!

  • Euroa_Rocks
    May 18, 2015, 6:46 pm

    Well, I can not believe the negative comments regarding this terrific little place. To me, it is a clean and simple looking building that sits somewhere between modern and rustic. The space has been well used and I would love to own this tiny house. I’m surprised that given the opportunity to comment on somebody’s hard work, many of you would rather point out your dislikes rather than appreciate another awesome style of tiny home. This is another unique little place to live, what could be better? Keep going mate, and remember to congratulate yourself on having a go at something like building a tiny house, Troy (Australia).

  • Dean
    May 18, 2015, 10:01 pm

    Its nice to see people are starting to pay attention to detail.
    At one time, a lot of these places were just some ol’ tin shed, or a bunch of plywood nailed together, and it all came off as a very “home brewed” product.
    These days, fit and finish are much better. Storage is a lot smarter and the look is outstanding (as evidenced by this particular home, with all the knotty pine/natural aluminum contrast and that loft with the “Mahogany-ish” floor boards).
    This is a nice evolution that is happening within the revolution. =)

  • Bambi
    May 18, 2015, 10:43 pm

    I agree with most that this interior is too dark for some, but if you choose to click in the 2nd paragraph of this article you will see for sale in blue lettering….that will take you to all the details of materials and features on this Texan Tiny House. It does say that two cedar ladders come with this build (to access the lofts)….as well as other helpful and pertinent information. So read on, or look closer, there is more info. listed than what you first see. Their intent was good, but maybe a little too pricy, does have an RV toilet hook-up, and on demand hot water.

  • John
    May 19, 2015, 12:38 am

    Are two doors in a Tiny House really necessary? Seems like you are losing valuable floor/wall space just so you can forgo walking an extra few feet around the outside of the house to get to the back end.

  • Laurie
    May 20, 2015, 7:03 pm

    That’s $187.50 a sq ft????? Are you kidding!

    • Julie J.
      May 26, 2015, 6:06 pm

      There is a community here in Vegas that is considered pretty pricey. The average price per square foot is $122.00. I totally agree with you that the price on this home is ridiculous. Sadly, most pre-built Tiny Homes are pretty pricey per square foot.

  • Alastriona
    May 21, 2015, 2:50 pm

    I personally did not like the work that I saw on this build as it lacked a great deal of talent and knowledge. Obviously they have not taken into account basic building practices when it came to the interior of this house. They also have not taken into account the overall look and feel of their design. Way too much use of wood in the inside, they should have softened the look by using other materials. Also if they are going to be asking that kind of price they should have added a LOT more to their build. On demand water heaters are great but they do not cost that much for a building this size.

    • Eric
      May 19, 2016, 7:19 am

      Seems like a lot of armchair builders are commenting. As my old mate Scrooge used to say… Bah, humbug.

  • Saga
    May 18, 2016, 4:00 pm

    I am puzzled by the hating. I see a modern rustic style, that is much sought after here in Scandinavia. But it is not to everyone’s taste.

    I like to see a design with side-entrance, I have thought about how the layout could be with ome. I don’t understand why two doors, but I like that a side entrance means that the main room is visually becoming into two rooms. I would like a ‘big’ kitchen along one end wall and side entrance makes that possible.

  • Rich
    May 19, 2016, 11:04 pm

    The exterior is attractive. It seems like there is nice space inside. I do like the color of the wood but the butt joints just look like poor quality construction. I personally hate black trim and why would you every use it on a Tiny House since is makes small spaces so much smaller.

  • Mary C O'Donnell
    September 20, 2017, 4:00 pm

    Always wonder why tiny home builders don’t build the stairs with standard dimensions (which is code) treads and risers; there’s no secret to it. M

  • Betty
    September 20, 2017, 4:11 pm

    So much negativity!! 😳

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