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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

© TheZenCottages.com

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.

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