Nomadic Homes (173)

Casual Turtle Campers

Casual Turtle Camper

Peter Pavlowich’s company, Casual Turtle Campers, was featured in our book Tiny Homes on the Move. Peter recently wrote to us with his newest creation:

Lloyd, Lew, and folks,

Thought I might pass along a couple photos of a recent build. It’s a simple little non-cabover design for a second generation Toyota Tacoma. Of the four basic designs that I build, this one is probably my favorite — dead simple, you get a huge bed area, and there’s lots of room for storage underneath. The forward section of the bed platform is fixed, and the rear portion is removable. Five windows, excellent thru-visibility, and some really nice roof lines — I’m quite happy with this one, and the gentleman who ordered it seems to be, too. Thanks for having a look — more photos and info at CasualTurtleCampers.com.

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SunRay Kelley's Solar Electric Diesel Hybrid RV and Reclining Electric Bike

SunRay Kelley

SunRay Kelley continues to invent, design, and build a plethora of buildings and vehicles. I asked SunRay and Bonnie to send us the latest, and here are videos of his campers and electric reclining bike. I don’t know of any vehicle that combines diesel, solar, and electric power like the RV shown at the right.

SunRay was featured in our books Builders of the Pacific Coast and Tiny Homes.
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Bobby's Mobile Art Cart

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Bobby Heffelfinger created this rolling art studio in West Marin county, California, on a 2013 Ford F-350 truck with mostly recycled materials (left over from various building projects). He started with the truck chassis and built a flatbed with 2 × 2 steel square stock.

It’s immaculately built. It’s framed with 2 × 2 fir studs. Siding is 1 × 4 tongue-and-groove cedar. Curved rafters were cut out of fir 2 × 12’s. Roof sheathing is 1 × 6 redwood tongue-and-groove.

It’s 8 feet wide by 14 feet long. Inside, it’s 7 feet to the top of the arch. The roof is 18-gauge copper with standing seams. Windows were built out of redwood from an old water tank.
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Man-with-Mule Bernie Harberts Builds Tiny Home on Land

Bernie Harberts was featured in Tiny Homes (pp. 188-189), documenting a 2,500 mile journey from Canada to Mexico, with a mule pulling a 21-square-foot gypsy wagon. Recently we got a letter from Bernie, as reproduced below. A month or so later he sent us two jars of applesauce cooked on his wood stove in a box stuffed with straw.

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Be It Ever So Humble, There's No Place Like a Tiny Home

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“Imagine living in a place with your possessions, all within a 232-square-foot house. For one thing, you’ll probably need a lot fewer possessions. But Denise Ryals, who builds tiny homes with her husband, Tommy, said a buyer can pack their possessions — and the house itself — and drive it anywhere…”

Article at www.macon.com/…
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Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins

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“All models of the Portable Cedar Cabins are custom-built. We will work with your budget to build the cabin of your dreams. All models have a beautiful pine interior with a rich cedar siding. The models are from 144 to 400 square feet. Up to 400 square feet, the cabins are considered a park model or an RV. All Portable Cedar Cabins are inspected and certified like an RV and you will be given a vin number. If you want a custom-made unit beyond 400 square feet, it is no longer considered an RV. Please refer to the Workhouse Model if you want a larger, custom-built cedar cabin. Dave can also build cedar cabins on skids…”

www.tinyportablecedarcabins.com

Sent to us by Janet Thome

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The $22,000 (Tiny) Dream Home

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“It only cost the Morrisons $22,000 to build their dream home. They now live mortgage-free, which has improved the quality of their life and the closeness of their marriage. Thanks to a brilliant design, this 207 sq. ft. space feels much bigger on the inside. The Morrisons have everything they need. There’s a spacious kitchen, with an oven, fridge, and sink. Definitely no lack of counter and shelf space here! They also included a reading area and an office desk that doubles as a dining table. Under the stairs to the loft is a big ‘closet.’ Not a single inch is wasted.”

Article at news.distractify.com/abby-s-marino/itty-bitty-house

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Student Builds Tiny Home from Material Salvaged after an Earthquake

Stefan’s home measures just 215 square feet and his main aim when building it was to create a comfortable home while keeping the building costs down. While the home is sustainable, Stefan does not consider himself a dedicated greenie or tree hugger. He simply did what he had to given the circumstances. Repurposing materials to create a home is at the heart of any sustainable living endeavor. The tiny home recently built by Stefan Cook of A Biggish Tiny House is a prime example of repurposing and salvaging building materials done right. He’s a resident of Christchurch, New Zealand, which experienced devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Stefan salvaged the materials left behind by the devastation to build his own tiny home and recently gave a tour of it at Living Big in a Tiny House.
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Texas Professor Living in Dumpster

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An Austin professor has spent the better part of 2014 living minimally in a space that’s not as trashy as it sounds: a dumpster. The Dumpster Project — an ongoing project spearheaded by Jeffrey Wilson, an associate professor of biological sciences and dean of the University College at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin — aims to see how humans can live in a comfortable but environmentally sustainable fashion. “If you think about just moving to a smaller space and having less stuff, it creates some voids or spaces in your life that you can fill up with more meaningful stuff, meaningful experiences,” said Wilson, who has been nicknamed “Professor Dumpster”…

Sent to us by Ed Forgotson

Article at www.mysanantonio.com/…

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Jay Nelson's Newest Creation

The prolific Jay Nelson has just completed a new vehicle. Jay’s nomadic creations are in both Tiny Homes and Tiny Homes on the Move. Here’s how he describes his latest:

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Golden Gate 2, named after the last electric camper I built, Golden Gate 1. It’s a car camper made with salvaged wood and bike parts. It has a 90″ × 42″ footprint. Sink, water tank, stove, cooler. The entire inside is a bed.

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