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Tiny House on Wheels by The Zen Cottages

This is a tiny house on wheels by Zen Cottages.

It’s built by Ben Rawson, who’s an organic local farmer in Encinitas, California.

He’s even working with locals to develop land where people can live tiny in San Diego county.

And this is one of Ben’s latest tiny cottages on wheels. He offers them starting at $29,000 and up.

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Tiny House on Wheels by Zen Cottages

Tiny House on Wheels by The Zen Cottages

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Living Area, Kitchen, Staircase to the Loft Living Area Beautiful Fully Functional Kitchen in this Tiny House THOW Sleeping Loft Kitchen, Living Area, French Doors Cozy Sitting Area THOW by The Zen Cottages THOW by The Zen Cottages
View from the Zen Cottage

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I’m Ben, a local organic farmer in Encinitas, California building tiny homes! My vision is to create sustainable living on a permafarm with tiny living spaces, conscious community, and organically grown food we all share. Currently, I am in the process of looking for land near by, getting the community together who wants to participate, and working with legislation in San Diego county to make sure we do it right. Going tiny wasn’t a plan for me at first. It happened when me, my wife and my daughter were forced to find a place to live with little resources. I had the idea to build us a tiny home on wheels that we could stay in temporarily while I figured out other options. I was farming at the time on a friends property who let us post up for a few months. People started to get interested, they wanted tiny homes too! The problem was that it isn’t legal to stay in them full time as a primary residence. So, I started THE ZEN COTTAGES a tiny home company, started building them for friends and any one who would pay for it. Some people already have land, some people use them as RV’s since we recently became RVIA certified, and some people need help figuring out how to live tiny… That’s why I want to help offer options by getting the permafarm community going. I know what it’s like to need freedom to live. I want people to own their tiny home and part of the land we all share for a price that they can afford, that feels like freedom to me. Like a new American dream… living tiny!


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  • David
    July 14, 2016, 5:52 pm

    One of the most beautiful tiny houses I’ve seen, well done Ben!

  • Debbie Johnson
    July 14, 2016, 6:16 pm

    I love this THOW. Also the price is not so out there. It is actually affordable. It is well laid out, but I would want to do a little changes to mine, :). But I love this.

  • John
    July 14, 2016, 7:51 pm

    You’re going to put mobile home companies out of business. This is really a top-notch home. The quality materials, the French doors, and cathedral ceilings make it really attractive.

  • Cyndi Raper
    July 14, 2016, 8:55 pm

    As my former neighbor, Fred Rogers, was known for saying, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Ben, please let me know when you guys have secured the land or you need additional funding to help out with the purchase. My husband and I are nearly complete building our own THOW and I just can’t wait to get the heck out of Florida. I volunteer to tend the veggie garden and teach jewelry making!

  • Diane the Designer
    July 14, 2016, 10:22 pm

    I really love the design of this one. The couch across from the window and the bed tucked into the side is perfect. Nice kitchen flow too. I imagine the bathroom is behind the kitchen. I can rarely see any closet space for hanging and folded clothing items in most of the designs. I would need a closet of some sort.

  • sc
    July 15, 2016, 5:03 am

    Front exterior is marvelous! the interir side of the house with the windows is beautiful. I dont see any closet space, but another door?
    The loft is claustro with only one side with windows. Kitchen, love the basic layout, but it could be more. I just like windows over sinks, the cabinets look like big store standard. i think with a few changes a decent size fridge, oven and wash/dry could fit in that space.
    But it really does have a nice feel about it.
    I dont understand some of the people who submit their houses. Its a tiny house, why not show all the rooms? it only 4 or 5 spaces, usually. Bathroom, kitchen, sleep and living space.
    where is the bathroom?

  • Large Marge
    July 15, 2016, 9:19 pm

    Thumbs up for a second way to exit in cause of fire, wasps, door-to-door salespeople.

    Although that is California and probably illegal sixteen-dozen ways from Sunday, could the awnings divert rain to barrels or a pond? Since it is California and nearly everything else is illegal… as Barry clearly infers.

    Claustro! Great word!

    “…isn’t legal to stay in them full time as a primary residence…” Who says? Who makes the rules? Voters?

    • sc
      July 17, 2016, 1:48 pm

      This house has windows on the first floor that are as big as doors, but there is no large window in the loft, which would make more sense in a fire situation. but really, thats all optional to what the home owner wants. I would choose closets, desk space, just saying.

    • Sandi B
      September 24, 2017, 3:54 am

      Oh please — the voters here do not get to make the rules — we have insane fruitloopy people forcing things on us that we do not want and Governor Brown is the worst of them all. However, the not allowed to live in Rv’s full time is part of the Federal RV codes and California has just changed some of them. But people need to start standing up to the people who make the rules, which sort of go county by county, city by city, and they want more and more property taxes which is based on the size of the lot and the home sitting upon it. Your standard greed factor. However, with more and more people not being able to afford “standard” homes and need a place to live I would think these rules and regulations on what you can live in full time will ease up. Many RV parks here and across the country allow people to live full time in their RV’s — I would think governments would prefer RV’s to cardboard boxes lined up under freeway overpasses. There is a lot of debate as to under which codes to license your Thow. Fortunately things are slowly changing and more and more places are accepting that people live in their RV full time.

  • Sarah
    September 21, 2017, 5:18 am

    I really like how they got an extra base cabinet in the kitchen by not in enclosing the lines to the stove top.

    If you go to the link you can find a picture of the bathroom.

  • Kathy
    September 21, 2017, 6:40 pm

    I love what I see here….nicely done! The workmanship looks excellent, and the space planning for a 20 footer (plus the cute window seat bump out) is very well thought out. I did look at their website, specifically for the missing bathroom (LOL), but found the the floor plan shown conflicts a lot with the photos shown both here and there on this same model. I also have doubts that, much as we might wish, this tiny as shown is not going to be offered at the quoted starting price of $29,000. And well it shouldn’t be because it is far beyond basic in its finishes and fabulous touches. I look forward to more such quality and innovative tinies from Zen Cottages,,

  • Diana
    January 9, 2018, 1:50 pm

    How to contact?

  • Michael
    January 9, 2018, 6:41 pm

    It shows that a THOW doesn’t need a loft to accommodate the bed and a U-shaped
    kitchen is alway better then the ones in a row. Beside that both are working optically against the corridor many THOW’s are looking like.

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