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Super-Spacious Tiny Home on Wheels in New Zealand



When Antje wanted to build her own small dream house but was told that she must construct a home greater that 150 square meters, she started to look for alternatives. After spending some time researching her option on the internet, she decided that a Tiny House on wheels would be perfect for her needs…

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Flow's Zen Buggy

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Hey now. Lloyd and friends,

Here’s a bit more on my Zen Buggy:

zen-buggy-at-home-3barge-rafter-upDesigned and built in northern California, it started out as a cardboard model and then I went out a bought a 5×8-foot landscape trailer. We put down some sheet metal first so critters wont get in through the bottom, and then my builder buddy, Tim, then welded up the supports and brackets we thought we needed.

We just made it up as we went along, as neither one of us had ever made anything like this.

We then monkeyed around with some plywood and a pencil and some chalk and got half our basic shape jigsawed and sanded, then mirrored it. Then we glued three of these shapes together to make each rib which we then bolted to the frame.

All the plywood was certified sustainably harvested, and most of the wood was reclaimed from Bug at Heritage Salvage in Petaluma and Almquist Lumber in Humboldt County.

Floor was high school bleachers made from Doug fir; the door is 100% reclaimed redwood from an old barn, made by Imperial Door in Sebastopol; cedar from I don’t remember; and the interior benches were naturally felled old-growth redwood from the Humboldt forest, with birch ply for ceiling.

Lots and lots of planing, cutting, screwing, sanding, and staining with Penofin Verdé, she came together.

Insulated with eco-bat and interior end-walls were painted with Bio-Shield clay paint.

It is heated by an under-carpet, radiant floor-heating system called a “rug buddy,” and is perfect for such a small space.

The carving in the bed frame is called a ranma and was carved in 1910 in Japan, and my closet is a shamisen case also from Japan made in 1920.

The outer roof/shell is made of Galvalume, which I was told was the only Energy Star–rated metal roofing. It keeps the inside cool when it is hot out. Scott, the owner of Northern Pacific Sheet Metal, worked out the edging detail in his free time.

The feeling inside is very peaceful and my sleep and dreams have never been better.

I want to thank every one who helped make this dream a reality, and even Bloomfield Farms in Petaluma where we built her, and thank you for letting me share my Zen Buggy.

Peace from,
–Flow

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Small Passive House Can Withstand Earthquakes



This small home on wheels is smart, modern, incorporates passive design principles and was even designed to withstand earthquakes! For those who love the idea of getting into an affordable home but are afraid that a tiny house on wheels would be too small, this may be the ideal solution…

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The 2,500-Mile Across-USA Expedition of Bernie Harberts and His Mule Polly

333Hi Lloyd,

Last we spoke, I was telling you about the “Lost Sea Expedition.” It was just mule Polly and me traveling across the U.S.A. in our wagon. We were looking for stories behind the Lost Sea, the ancient seabed that once covered the Great Plains.

I filmed the journey without a film crew, support vehicle or sponsor. I charged my camera gear off the solar panel bolted to the wagon roof. Now, that footage has been turned in to the “Lost Sea Expedition” TV series.

First, a bit about the journey:

As I bumped across the U.S.A. in my wagon, I folks what they knew about the Lost Sea. Early on, a Lakota elder told me about “buffalo stones” — fossils from a marine creature called a baculite. From there, the story took off in all directions. I thought I was looking for a vanished sea. Instead, I unearthed an all-American web covering topics as far ranging as the Ogallala Aquifer, creationism, evolutionism, prairie fever, and Depression-era horse breaking.

Who knew that diving in to the origins of a long-vanished sea would turn in to a journey to the heart of America?

2,500-mile wagon route across America

I think I dove so deep in to the fabric of America because I went so small. I traveled in the manner of our ancestors, men in wagons with time and high hopes but not much money. I built the wagon myself. It was so tiny, I could heat it with a few candles and my mule Polly could pull it alone. It was big enough for my film gear, a few clothes and some food … just.

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A visitor checks out the wagon. At just over 30 inches, it soon became clear why my friends referred to it as the MRI machine (or the porta-john). Damn, I could barely roll over in that thing, a task that got tougher and tougher the higher I piled the sleeping bags!

IMG_8712.jpegOut there rolling across the land, I learned that the smaller you travel, the more you expose yourself to the weather, the heat, the cold, the ups and downs and the people you meet along the way. Because my mule needed to eat and drink every day, I was limited in how far I could travel every day. On average, I went 8 to 10 miles before knocking off for the night.

That meant every day, wherever I was a few hours before dark, that’s where I spent the night. That also meant I knocked on a LOT of doors asking my well-prepared line, “Hi I’m Bernie and this is my mule Polly. Do you have a place we could camp for the night?”

And that, that dependence on strangers met along the way, that documenting all weathers, animals and climes, is what gives the “Lost Sea Expedition” such incredible insight in to America.

I made the “Lost Sea Expedition” for all those people who dream of adventuring, running away, or just taking a break from life’s responsibilities. I made this series for all the folks I met on the road who said, “Man, I’d love to do what you’re doing but…” and then they’d give me reasons why they couldn’t break free. Hopefully, it will inspire others to finally break the bonds of what’s keeping them back.

Plenty more about the Lost Sea Expedition at www.lostseaexpedition.com.

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Dave Koszegi and His Tiny House on Wheels

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Dave Koszegi, his wife Erin and their children Julia, Francesca and Matteo were on their annual Hornby Island, BC camping trip two summers ago when Dave happened to read Lloyd Kahn’s Tiny Homes on the Move. When the family saw the photos of Derek Diedricksen’s tiny house on wheels, Dave and Erin realized it would not only be a perfect addition to their overcrowded Volkswagen Westfalia camper van, it would also a great family project…

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Bernie Harberts' Lost Sea Expedition TV Series

Bernie Harberts was featured in our book Tiny Homes (pp. 188–189). He traveled from Canada to Mexico for 14 months in a 21-square-foot wagon pulled by a mule. Here is a letter we just received from him.

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Howdy Lloyd,

Many mule miles, no letters…

You featured mule Polly and her wagon in your Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter book. That story continues.

What I never really said much about is that I filmed that 14-month voyage across America. That voyage is now the “Lost Sea Expedition” TV series. The site and official trailer are at: www.lostseaexpedition.com.

I’ve attached some photos for you. I’d love to share the story and news with your blog readers.

Hell, I know you’re busy. You write you could use a clone. No worries. I’ll write the content for you. Just tell me what would work for you (short article, picture essay, blog post, etc).

Hope you and the hummers are well. You and I have lived for we know the jubilation of a thawed hummer flying from our hands!

Keep groovin’
–Bernie Harberts
www.lostseaexpedition.com
A Man A Mule America

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Young Woman Builds Beautiful Recycled Tiny House for $19,000



For many, the idea of building a tiny house on wheels is a wonderful pipe dream, however young kiwi furniture maker Annelies Zwaan has turned that dream into reality by building her very own cottage-in-the-woods style tiny home. Despite having gained many skills working with timber as a furniture maker, the learning curve when it came to building her own home was still steep. With the help of YouTube and some instruction videos, she was able to follow each step to completion…

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Boat Builder's 20 ft. Shipping Container Home



A 20 ft. shipping container can be a challenging space to work with when constructing a home. Thankfully, with years of experience building super-yachts and racing boats, shipwright Evans is no stranger to working in small spaces and when it came to building his own home he has done a truly spectacular job of, quite literally, thinking inside the box.

Shipping containers make a lot of sense as a base for constructing a home. Structurally they are incredibly sound and because they are designed for marine environments, they are well-equipped to handle pretty much anything that nature can throw at them. Most people, when building a shipping container home, will modify the container by cutting holes for doors and windows. In his design however, Evans has left the entire exterior of the container structurally intact, meaning this 20 × 8 ft. home can still be shipped by sea, anywhere in the world…

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Zyl Vardos' MoonDragon

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One of my favorite tiny house builders is Abel Zyl of Zyl Vardos. He is a creative genius and has come up with some very unique tiny homes on wheels…

He just completed his latest called the MoonDragon and is getting ready to deliver it to the new owner in California.

Abel Zyl’s Fortune Cookie was also featured in Tiny Homes on the Move.

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Steve's Vardo Project

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Hi,

I found your blog whilst looking at images for vardos on Google where I was seeking ideas and inspiration for my project. I’m based in Wales in the UK.

I have always fancied building one and decided to do it as a retirement project. I was lucky enough to find the basic structure on eBay, it was originally constructed by a blacksmith as a travelling workshop.

It was an unfitted shell on a twin-axle trailer, I picked it up at the beginning of the month and am making progress towards fitting it out. Whilst I like the traditional look, I wanted something less fussy.

So far I have painted the interior, made and fitted a rear window; although this mounts on the hinges for the original steel shutters so these can be replaced for security if left parked up for any length of time, I am part-way through making a similar one for the door.

Traditionally the bed goes sideways across the rear, so I have followed this and constructed a simple bed which pulls out to double width or slides back to make more space; there is space for storage beneath.
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