Nomadic Homes (173)

Life Aboard an Epic Sailboat in Japan



People don’t often associate Japan with life on a sailboat, but the country is rich with incredible places to explore via the great ocean. Daniel Springett and his family of 5 (plus a dog) have been traveling the world on their stunning 55 ft. James Warram–designed catamaran, but for the last couple of years have called the Inland Sea of Japan home.

This stunning vessel is named Tiare, the Polynesian word for flower, and has been home to the Springett family for the past 6 years. The boat was purchased in Thailand and for 5 years the family sailed the world before settling for a time in Yuge Island on the Inland Sea of Japan…

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Master Carpenter in Japan Builds on Wheels



Mr. Tagami follows a principle of organic architecture. He describes his tiny house designs as growing like seeds, each with it’s own life and character. Before constructing a home, he creates scale models to ensure that his concept works and that the home will be aesthetically appealing.

As a man who is conscious of our environmental footprint,  Mr. Tagami strives to use natural materials wherever possible which at the end of the home’s life will be able to return to the earth and not become a burden for future generations. Great care is taken in the sourcing of materials to ensure that the home is not only healthy for the earth, but also for those who will live in it…

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The House-Box

Our home, completely designed, restored and converted by ourselves, is a 7.5-ton 1979 Bedford TK. To the naked eye it looks like a traditional tweedy handmade home, but scratch the surface and there’s enough sustainable technology to enable us to reduce our combined outgoings from £800 (when we lived in our last “house”) to just £20 on LPG!

We have a comprehensive PV solar set-up, powering a 450-amp-hour bank of AGM batteries, on which we run just about anything we want…

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Godfrey Stephens' Junk-Rigged Snookwis

…An ancient Nitnat canoe (carved from one cedar tree), which Godfrey rebuilt in the ’70s. It’s sheathed in copper, with an underwater Nautilus window and a tiny stainless steel wood stove; there’s room for two. Tilikum (Godfrey’s daughter) is now the caretaker of the boat and keeps it in Port Townsend, Washington…

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Rob's French Army House Truck

… It’s a 1959 French Army Truck — a Simica Unic Marmon Bocquet (or SUMB). The shack is built with wood from local sawmills, reclaimed bits, corrugated steel, and insulated with sheep wool. Friends Jo House and Charlie Goodvibes helped with the building, which took about three weeks, I hadn’t built anything like this before, but now I feel ready to build anything…

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Beautiful Japanese Tiny House on Wheels



It’s possible that this is one of the smallest homes that we have visited on the show so far and yet without doubt it is one of the most spectacular in its design. Japan is a country already world-famous for its small space designs, and so it should come as no surprise that when Japanese master craftsman Tagami Haruhiko turned his attention towards the tiny house movement, amazing things would happen.

The home is crafted wherever possible from locally sourced and natural materials, predominantly cedar. There is an architectural edge to this tiny house on wheels which seems to draw inspiration from the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, yet which has been given a unique and bewildering touch of Japanese-design…

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Ferry Boat for Sale in Brooklyn, NY

Yankee Ferry is definitely a home with a history. Built in 1907, it’s the oldest existing Ellis Island Ferry.

It started as a passenger steamer ferrying people between Portland, Maine and the Casco Bay Islands and went on to serve in both world wars.

It was restored in the 1990s and bought by Richard and Victoria Mackenzie-Childs in 2003. Since then the designer duo have made it their home. And now it could be yours…

Key details:

  • 147 feet in length, a 29-foot beam, eight-foot draft with a steel hull
  • First deck workroom/creative space
  • Second deck with a ballroom with a stage and banquet table
  • Docked at the Henry Street Pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn
  • $1.25 million
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Living Off the Grid in Paradise



Warrick Mitchell lives deep in one of the world’s most remote locations: Fiordland, New Zealand. His home in the country’s oldest national park is nestled in a vast wildness accessible only by boat or airplane, a four day’s walk from the nearest road. Life in isolation can be hard, but surrounded by breathtaking, pristine natural beauty, plentiful wildlife and a small but tight-knit community that is always willing to lend a hand, Mitchell would have it no other way.

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Mike Basich's New Snowchaser

I met Mike Basich about 6 or 7 years ago when we were just starting to make Tiny Homes, I was looking for a snowboard which utilized local wood and recycled plastics, I found a company called Smokin’ Snowboards and they had a pro model for Mike Basich. I googled his name and found a blog with photos of an amazing home built off the grid in the Sierras and soon contacted him.

He became our featured builder in Tiny Homes and a friend. He is a master builder, welder, mason, photographer, legend among the snowboard community, visionary, and an all-around amazing guy.

He has purchased a new truck and is building an amazing home on wheels which has pop-out sides. Mike is featured in our next book Small Homes: The Right Size, which is due out in April 2017.


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Old Ambulance Converted into Home on Wheels



If you’ve ever dreamt of living the van life and traveling the world, then this is a project that you need to see. Michal and Hana (originally from the Czech Republic) arrived in New Zealand with one year to travel the country. In order to make their journey comfortable, they set about converting an old Ford Transit ambulance into a stunning home on wheels.

Outside, the camper van is certainly inconspicuous and can easily be used for stealth camping when the couple wish to sleep in more urban areas. The van is completely self-contained and certified, which means that it has the ability to legally park in a wide variety of wilderness areas throughout New Zealand.

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Josh Meilinger's Houseboat in BC, Canada

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After partly prefabbing the house in the barn, I was led to the perfect foundation: a small 68′ × 30′ retired inter-island BC Ferry with an 18′ ramp and a small crane. It was perfect for the build, but came with many challenges when I pulled the little barge up the Fraser River to start construction…

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