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“All design, fabrication, assembly, carpentry and cabinet work, except as noted in the acknowledgements below, were performed by The Federal Motorhome Company, under the direction of CEO John M. Driscoll. My wife and partner, Valerie, accepted the responsibility for esthetic considerations, such as colors, fabric, and furniture. Her choices helped transform this vehicle into a home. The project has been a great journey over the past 42 years. We have traveled about 40,000 miles through 20 states and Canada and the time we have spent living and raising our family in it probably adds up to a year.” (source)
The house has been built onto a 1949 Federal flatbed farm truck which he bought in 1971 for just $125.
Then you can gather friends to help put it together using a screw gun and construction glue. At this point you have your basic shell completed and fully insulated.
“The panels allow someone with out the technical knowledge of framing a house to erect a structure that is stronger and better insulated in a weekend. I hope you are inspired to create your own tiny house and that you now have an example of a different construction method to explore.” – Art, TinySIPHouse.blogspot.com
I’m just so impressed with this teardrop trailer tiny home because it has so many useful features packed into a small and aerodynamic package which makes it great for those of us who want to use our build for traveling. For me I’ve always wanted to adventure with a tiny house on wheels but I soon realized that it’s sort of impractical because they’re heavy and huge compared to travel trailers. But here’s a solution that works and you can still get that homemade wood/cabin feel that’s so attractive with tiny stick built homes on trailers.
“Well I broke down prior to the Olympics and installed a Cabinet at the front door. The purpose of the Cabinet was to house my flat screen TV. I did not want to mount it on the wall without having the option of being able to cover it up. So I built a cover which you can see above that cover where the TV is mounted. I have very little shelf space so this has been a good addition in that regard.” (source)
Many times we get discouraged with the pricing found for tiny houses. In most cases they end up in the $20,000 to $50,000 range and they’re even smaller than this house. Most of it is due to the cost of materials including the trailer, labor, and high end materials used to build. But if building a humble home is your main goal.. So you can start living the mortgage-free lifestyle, I’d recommend to look here. This project only ran about $5,000 according to the owner/builder and it serves perfectly as a small cabin that gives you what we all want… freedom!
It took the owner 6 months to build using free time on the weekends. It was done back in 2005.
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” ~Carl Sandburg
I was so excited to find this DIY 192 sq. ft. “bachelor pad” tiny house that’s made out of mostly recycled materials out in the woods in Covington near New Orleans. And he built it for just $10,000! In fact the homeowner, Ben Hurst, who designed and built it was featured in his local paper recently along with tons of great photos and even a video tour of the home. In the article he also shares some helpful tips if you’re in the process of downsizing, just getting started or just thinking about it.
The best part is that Ben also runs his own blog called Small Home Big Life where he shares lots more photos and information on his tiny house and his homestead. So go check it out!
There’s something so inspiring to me about tiny cabins like this. First is the fact that you can easily build something like this yourself pretty easily and affordably as long as you have the land already. Depending on where you get your materials and if you do the labor yourself, something like this could cost you way under $20,000. If you happen to get your appliances, windows, doors and other things like that used or recycled you can really bring the price of your build down. How much do you think it would cost you to build a cabin like this yourself?
If you’re a fan of tiny log cabins like I am I thought you’d also love this one. Notice how they used an all-in-one kitchen unit to complete the kitchen area. The cabin is really basic but seems built to high quality standards. I’d enjoy the all wood interior, how about you?
It’s interesting too how you can’t see the porch in the second photo. I take it that it was added on later on along with the deck. That’s one of the best parts about building on your own land on a normal foundation because you can always add on quite easily and inexpensively.
What would you guess the budget for this project was? I’d say somewhere around $12,000 for materials at most. That figure, of course, doesn’t include paying for labor as I’m assuming it was a DIY project.
“I wanted to have a cabin on my property for quite some time now but with the economy, The prices of having one built has more than doubled… So i had to build it myself . Six years ago i bought a 12×16 shed from a well known company by where i live. It cost 2,000.00 for them to build it and drop it off. Now that same building would cost 4200,00 dollars.After i was finished with this building with the door and 3 windows the total amount i spent was 2200.00 dollars.” (Source)
I just had to share this quick and easy idea on how you can create double curtains using your existing rod for really cheap and then you don’t have to buy new rods. All you do is use bungee cords to instantly create the 2nd rod needed and add your curtains.
The creator of this awesome DIY hidden crafts table that you can pull out at anytime when you’re ready to create has actually shared how to build one for yourself step by step. You can even get the complete material list and everything right here.
If you’re not the DIY type the blogger’s husband is actually offering to build one for you. You can find more info on how you can order one and how much it would cost right here. I don’t want to post the price in case it changes in the future but it should remain less than $500 including shipping/labor/materials.
More current pics of the interior and exterior here. I originally blogged about Matthew Wolpe’s project here where you can see construction pictures. To read Matthew’s top 6 tips on building tiny houses click here.