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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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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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Godfrey Stephens' Toomany Pocketts Sailing Vessel

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Godfrey Stephens’ latest sailboat is this little 12′ San Francisco Bay Pelican, a model designed in 1959 by Bill Short.

It’s a much beloved boat among sailors. Godfrey worked on and off customizing it. A leeboard on the side provides lateral resistance; this way he doesn’t need a centerboard, and can go up on the beach…

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Mike Basich's Custom Snowchaser

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Photo by Evan Kahn

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Photo by Mike Basich

He bought a 1999 Dodge Ram and started by cutting out the back cab and fitting a massive custom roll bar made out of 2″ square tubing where the end of the cab used to be. He then built a custom camper to fit the truck bed, with a liftable top. This way, after the snowmobile is secured, the roof could raise to allow for a more comfortable living space…

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Ness and Jess' Beautiful Home on Wheels



Ness and Jess are two incredible ladies. After moving to New Zealand, they decided to begin their new life in a strange country by building a Tiny House on wheels. With minimal building experience but lots of passion, this dynamic duo has designed and constructed a true tiny masterpiece.

There’s no doubt about it, this tiny house is packed full of great features and industrial design influence. Much of that character is testament to the couples resourcefulness, repurposing skill and eye for a good bargain.

Elements such as the exposed structural steel beams that have been interwoven with LED rope lights help the home to not only build a bold impression but also somehow warms the raw nature of the materials and makes the cold steel feel like a cosy character piece for the home…
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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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Family Sells Their 3-Bedroom House and Move into Amazing House Truck

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Many people would be really apprehensive when it comes to the idea of moving into a small space with a young family. The challenges such as lack of space and privacy are obvious. Perhaps what’s not so clear though, is the benefits. Josh, Naomi and Kilaian took the plunge, selling their three-bedroom home in Christchurch in order to purchase a house truck where they now all live together full time. 

When it comes to House Trucks, this home is pretty large and very child friendly. At 11 meters (36 ft.) and weighing close to 20 tonnes, this home on wheels isn’t one that is perfectly suited for a grand family road-trip — although the family haven’t entirely ruled that out yet either. This home is beautifully constructed, with exceptional woodwork everywhere you look giving the house a rustic charm and warmth. When the gorgeous design isn’t enough on it’s own to keep you warm though, there is a lovely wood stove which sits in the centre of the living room.

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