Shipping Containers used to Build a Houseboat


Photo Credit Steve White

“The mantra for the 21st century is to do more with less, and many building pioneers are exploring how to repurpose material to construct homes. A new example can be seen at a marina in Belfast, where Brooklin boatbuilder Steve White has parked his new houseboat, constructed from shipping containers.” (source)

According to one of our awesome readers, Robert F., Steve White (the builder) is the son of Joel White who was known as one of the best boat designers. Joel’s father was author E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web). Interesting, right?!



Read the original article and see interior photos here.

Thank you Robert F. for sending this one in!

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The SIP Tiny House on Wheels











This SIP Tiny House is built using Structurally Insulated Panels. This means that once the design is complete you can have the panels used to build the main components of the home cut by a manufacturer of SIPs.

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,

You can also learn more details about this SIP tiny house and how SIPs work on this post over at Tiny House Talk.

More photos and information are also available at Art’s blog.

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Historic Circus Caravan Renovated into Tiny Home












If you know me you already know that I love it when old things are renovated, rehabbed and transformed into something that can be used today. For me, this is more amazing than a brand spanking new tiny home with materials from any of the big name home improvement stores (although I still enjoy those a lot, too). There’s just something about taking some old and putting in the labor to bring it back to life that makes it extra special. More info on this circus caravan turned to tiny cabin here.

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Tiny Rustic DIY House made of Reclaimed Materials in Portland, OR

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This rustic and modern tiny house has its own entrance and private front yard which is gated. The owners built it on their property because they always wanted to build a house themselves and they did it with the help of friends. When you first enter the house you’re in the kitchen, living area and that’s also where the bathroom is. Go upstairs and you’ve got a sweet loft with a queen bed.

It was built using mostly reclaimed materials and furnishings. Some of the wood, trim and shelving came from an old shed that used to be on the property. More “unwanted” wood was harvested from high end construction job sites. Some of the windows came from an old horse farm structure. And the kitchen stove and refrigerator came from a museum.

Learn more, see more pics and if you’re interested you can actually stay in this tiny house.

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Two Trains Reclaimed and Converted into a Home in Australia




























Images: Airbnb

Even though these aren’t tiny I thought you’d enjoy these awesome train homes. To me it’s always interesting and fun to see something old still being used especially in such a beautiful way like this. These are currently used as a pretty pricey vacation spot and as you can tell from the photos you can actually sleep up to 12 people between the two trains. Seems like people have been using them for marriages and other events too. I can see it being a really fun place to have a family gathering. But this also serves as a great example of what we can do with things that already exist.

For more photos and info or to check availability in case you wanted to vacation here click here.

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Reclaimed Tiny Cabin in the Angeles National Forest








This is Daniel Kent’s cabin by a stream in the Angeles National Forest in southern California. He used to be an actor but he has lots of other talents, too. He can brew his own beer, roast his own coffee, teach and run his own business (he owns a coffee shop).

His cabin is home and was designed by a shipbuilder who is good at making the most out of small spaces. The ladder to the loft is retractable, the couch and coffee table turns into a guest bed, and it is made out of reclaimed wood from another cabin that used to be on the property.

Read more and see more over at Brian Ferry’s page here.

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Photographer: Brian Ferry @ The Blue Hour

Some of Brian’s prints are available to purchase here.

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The Flying Tortoise Tiny House

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I don’t know about you but some of my favorite tiny houses are those which the owner/builders have put in the time to design and build with reclaimed materials. And Colin’s coastal cabin totally embodies that look and feel with his tiny rolling house.

Using Reclaimed Materials to Build Tiny

Colin’s friend, Steve, taught him how to use salvaged materials a few months prior to getting started. Get the complete tour and story of how it was built over here at Kent’s blog post on Colin’s tiny house.

How the Heck do you Build on Wheels?

Colin, the owner/builder of this house, also used Go House Go by Dee Williams and the Tiny House Construction Guide by Dan Louche to learn how to build it and to guide him through the processes of building a wood framed house onto a trailer.

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The $10K 192 Sq. Ft. DIY Bachelor Pad Tiny House


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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!

Video Tour

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Modern Recycled Home Made of Shipping Containers




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Interior of this Modern Shipping Container House Finished

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Credits for this World Flex Home Shipping Container Modern House

Architects: Arcgency.
Contributors: World Flex Home (WFH), Danish Technological Institute.
Engineering and Sloth Møller Henrik Sørensen.
Photograph: Jens Markus Lindhe and Mads Møller.

“Although built in the city of Wuxi (China), the design of the prototype has been developed in Denmark. World Flex Home is a modular system in which the structure is composed of stacked containers 12 m long and 2.5 m high and 2.5 m wide, approx. This two-story apartment together is just one example of the many versions of home that each customer can customize through an online tool that allows you to define the surface, the height, the interior layout, facades, etc” (source)

Learn more and read the original post here.

Using Recycled Materials to Build Future Homes

I’m always inspired by projects that use old materials like used shipping containers as the base or at least as part of the overall design for a new house, even if it doesn’t end up being very tiny (like this one). For me it’s just interesting to see people use what’s already been manufactured and used to build something new and useful.

How Will You Use Reclaimed Materials to Build Your Future Tiny/Small House?

What ideas and plans do you already have in mind for your future home for using reclaimed materials? Will you build using wood that used to be part of an old barn? Will you use an existing utility trailer as the foundation for your future tiny house?

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Like a Rolling Home: $17k for a Reclaimed Tiny House with Double Lofts?


More Exterior Photos of this Double Loft Tiny House


Notice the swinging porch cover. I thought that was pretty simple and clever and hadn’t seen the idea being used on any other tiny houses, have you?


The idea of removing the tires from the trailer for a while is a great way to preserve the tires and save money on that.

The tongue of the trailer is being used to store propane.






Let’s go inside!

Interior of the Double Loft Tiny House


Notice the Dickinson Marine Heater inside. It’s one of the most expensive options for heating little homes but it’s certainly one of the best looking and most space efficient too. You can get one here.



Ladder to the Double Loft


Storage Closet & Wardrobe


The Kitchen




You can find counter top drinking water filters just like this on Amazon right here.





Bathroom with Shower



Obviously you can install your own choice of toilet there whether that’s an RV flush toilet, regular flush toilet or a composting system.

The Sleeping Loft


More About This Tiny Home

Features and special details about this tiny house:

  • Made from reclaimed wood from two Texas farm houses
  • The double loft can fit up to two queen sized mattresses
  • Electric & plumbing done by licensed professionals
  • Custom 6′ couch with storage
  • Two closets
  • Stainless steel countertops in the kitchen
  • Three-burner propane range
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Propane detector and two smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors
  • 30″x30″ shower
  • Hook up for propane water heater

How’s $16,500 for a Finished Tiny House on a Trailer?

Asking price? $16,500. But it’s most likely already sold because it was originally posted back in February 2013. Read the original post here.

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506 Sq. Ft. Solar Powered Silo House



Photos by Chris Goodney

“The corrugated steel cylinders of Silo House are both a nod to the grain elevators of upstate New York and a key component of its solar thermal system. Its three silos/rooms (living room, bedroom, kitchen) flank a square courtyard, and a photovoltaic canopy hovers above the whole. More than 150 Cornell students worked on Silo House for the 2009 Solar Decathlon, and it is now a private residence on Martha’s Vineyard.” (source)

“Silo House puts on a clinic in how to decorate round rooms, and gives another answer for the perennial question “Where should I put the bed?” With a few turns of a hand crank, this platform bed disappears into the ceiling. The bathroom is in the hallway between the bedroom and kitchen, whose center island contains a sink, stove, convection oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher—and can be converted into a large dining table.” (source)

More information directly from Cornell University on this silo house is available here.

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Simple Living in a Converted School Bus


I thought you might find this converted school bus a bit inspiring for simple living. I’ve always liked the idea of using reclaimed materials to build a home. And even better the idea of using something like an old school bus or even a used shipping container to create a new home.

And this photo just says so much to me. This couple looks to be focused on the right things. Each other. And their new family (she looks pregnant). Keeping things simple, not worrying about money and just building a good life without using or needing much.

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Shipping Container Tiny House in Bonaire


Thought you would also like this shipping container to tiny cabin conversion over in Bonaire.

I absolutely love the way they did it. It looks like they used two containers but my favorite part is the outdoor space that wraps around the structure.

That’s where I’d spend most of my time. Enjoying the views and the fresh air.

For more info and pics on this shipping container project click here.

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Funky Artist Tiny Houses


Photo Credit: Unknown

It’s hard for me to tell if this is real or not. It looks like it might be Photoshopped or at least Photoshop enhanced.

Even if it is, the idea is just awesome. I would guess that the materials came from an old recycled barn somewhere and something this funky and unique would only be done by an experienced artist.

Absolutely beautiful. I would use the structure to the right to live in and the other one as some sort of workshop for all of my projects. And I imagine that if this is real, that’s what the owner built it for and uses it for.

But my question is what would you do with it?

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Silo Converted to a Tiny House on a Farm with a Balcony


Photo Credit FlickR/Tea_Austin

What I love about small spaces is that they can come in all shapes and sizes.

And it’s always inspiring to see an old structure repurposed into a home.

In this case a silo was converted into a tiny house on some farm land that way interns have a place to stay.

Did you notice the upstairs balcony? I thought that was pretty neat!

Here’s an excerpt from the photographer:

Converted silo at the farm I visited this week. They’ve put in three stories—kitchen/bath at the bottom, office/sitting room above (where the balcony is), bedroom at the top. It’s all connected by a staircase that spirals around, and the sound of rain on the roof is lovely.

It serves as housing for their farm intern each summer. 
Yes, I was tempted to apply.

Grooms House by Tiny Texas Houses


Don’t miss the interior of the grooms house (I like to call it the RRR house because it’s Rustic, Recycled & Reclaimed) below.


There’s the groom house by Texas Tiny Houses (built using mostly reclaimed materials!) “flying” to its destination.


Photo Credit Tiny Texas Houses

You can find more photos of these two rustic reclaimed beauties right here.

Have you seen Brad’s tiny victorian cottage I blogged about and made a video of on Tiny House Talk?

I’m curious, would you build your tiny house out of reclaimed materials like this or would you rather buy new or maybe even “green” rated materials?

40 Sq. Ft. Tiny Kitchen




I thought you might enjoy this tiny kitchen makeover in this East Village apartment in Manhattan, New York.

One of the best parts too is how it’s all made out of recycled and reclaimed material. From the cabinets and countertops to the sink and stove.

It’s all salvage and restored stuff from the 1950s and 1930s from NYC buildings and such. The designer for this project is Grant Davis Thompson Inc. They also did the construction services. And they had the help of Palmer Thompson-Moss and Isobel Herbold on the design team. I think they did a fantastic job on this project.

You can get more information and photos on this project right here.