The “Golden Elephant” Tiny House Built of 60% Reclaimed Materials!


Have you ever considered constructing your own tiny house with as little costs as necessary?

This tiny house is appropriately called the “Golden Elephant” by it’s crafty creator Zach Thomas and was constructed on 60% reclaimed materials!

It’s an impressive size of 8.5′ by 24′ long, 13.5′ tall and features two interior loft areas.

Zach along with his friends Cedric and Andrea have a blog here that shows the process of building this amazing tiny house along with all of their other projects.

I was impressed by how they cover every step of its construction including most recently the electricity. He used this book for reference/help.

I’m sure if you were considering building your own tiny house on wheels this blog would provide you with the right insight you need or maybe just some inspiration?

How do you feel about using a 24′ trailer for your tiny house project instead of the more common 20′ or less?

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  1. Due to family, pets, and work, the smallest tiny house my husband and I could go for, is a 24′. Often my own schematics actually go up to 28′, and I use a trick in my work that I saw someone else do that gets the absolute max space – I put the porch *over* the tongue of the trailer. I even have designs that use a collapsible greenhouse-tent to be attached to the rails of the porch, which means tomatoes, herbs, strawberries, can easily be grown. What the tongue gets you is about 3′ more porch space, so, what I often do is (for a 24′ trailer), I design a 22′ house, thus giving me a 5′ porch. Or for a 26′ trailer, a 24′ house, so on, so forth. Lots of GoogleSketchups have been gone through as I continue muddling around. I’m fond of grambled roofs, but with the desire for space and ability to use solar panals – best is to go with a saltbox I’ve found. That means beds go width-ways of the trailer rather than length (so you don’t bonk your head when sitting up). When I find one that satisfies me most, I’ll have Mr Louche go over them for safety and viability, then I’ll know what to do for myself and my husband’s needs as soon as we’re out of the military.

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