Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

by Greg Parham

Tiny or small houses in America are nothing new. Even before European settlers arrived, small and/or portable architecture could be found among the hundreds of Native American tribes scattered across the continent. Most everyone is familiar with tipis (teepees), but Native Americans also lived in humble structures such as wigwams, longhouses, waddle and daub, chickees, grass houses, and small adobe structures, to name a few. Pioneer settlers usually adopted the tried and true log home with chinking. Apartments in crowded cities during the industrial revolution were often Historic Stanley houses and very small. Tiny Houses in olden days were much more a factor of necessity rather than of choice.

boulder tiny house

Since making the switch to a Tiny House, I have no debt. I have hardly any bills. I have very little house to clean and maintain. I don’t own any furniture, and own very little housewares. I have to write one check a month, to rent the land that I park my Tiny House on, and if I really wanted to I could get creative and find a land sitting situation to live on some land for nearly free. If I don’t like where I’m out, I can hitch up and move on along.

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It is with great pride that I announce the completion of the first model for sale, the long awaited Boulder. I began formulating the concept for this tiny house over the summer, particularly during my trip across the Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming rockies. The desire to build a house with a more modern flair was in my head long before that trip, it just began to manifest itself more completely during that time. So many tiny houses stick with a tried and true gable design with cedar siding, similar interior layouts, tongue and groove pine walls, etc. They’re very “formulaic” if you will. I don’t think there is anything wrong with this, after all, my personal tiny house more or less fits this bill, but, I feel like a lot more can be done in the realm of tiny house design/construction, and the Boulder was a good opportunity to explore new possibilities.

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The other HUGE design goal of this house was to see if I could build a quality, desirable tiny house for around $25,000. There a lot of tiny houses on the market in the $45k-60k range. I understand why, but at the same time I have a deep desire to make Tiny Houses more affordable. All those comments you see about RV’s being so much cheaper just drive me crazy. It’s not my goal to compete with RV’s, after all, I am providing a MUCH higher quality product, but, the whole goal of a tiny house is to own it outright, not have a mortgage, and live simply. For a lot of folks, $50k is just not feasible. $25-30k, well, most cars cost more than that these days so something in this price range is much more likely to get someone who is on the fence about going tiny to jump in!

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I have triple checked my numbers and paperwork, I have cut no corners, left no stone unturned, and it is with abundant joy that I am offering this hand made custom designed Rocky Mountain Tiny House at $27,350. It’s a tad bit over what I was aiming for, but, this being the first build of this model, I had some kinks to work out. I also wanted it to be just a little nicer than had I stuck to a strict $25k budget.

Click here to get all the details and learn more about it.

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boulder tiny house behind truck

Handbuilt Gypsy Camper Dream Home

I’ve been a custom furniture builder for over 15 years and I started to become unfulfilled in just creating high-end furniture. At heart, I always enjoyed the simple things and when I built my first tiny cabin home for my daughter to live in I felt like I found my niche in creating handmade simple dwellings.

Last winter, my fiance and I dreamed of building a gypsy-style camper on the back of an old truck. A month later we found “Buddy” a 4×4 1960 Dodge Power wagon with the perfect faded patina and we started to work on this unique project.

buddy caravan

It became a fun challenge with all of the curves and angles we incorporated to accomplish the traditional gypsy vardo style we were inspired by. We used as many reclaimed materials as possible in the construction of it. Most of the wood was hand-scraped and not sanded which adds its own level of character.

The truck we started with has only 52,000 miles on the original flathead six engine that runs and drives great. We have been on three long distance trips in Buddy creating smiles everywhere we go.

We are offering up this unique traveling tiny home for sale at $14,500.

Check out our video and learn more about Buddy:

My passion is building handmade alternative structures from nails and wood to straw and mud. I would love to help make people’s simple living dreams a reality. Please contact me for custom tiny home projects or alternative dwelling construction. We are in Idaho planning to relocate to Southern Oregon this summer, but can travel for custom orders.

Phone: 208-280-4570
Email: naturalbuilder.jp@gmail.com

buddy side view

buddy porch

interior

bunk and living space

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Tiny House in an Ice Storm

by Marsha Cowan

My very tiny home just recently went through an ice storm here in North Carolina and she didn’t even notice it. The crepe myrtle you see laying on my tiny house was the only one along the neighbor’s fence that lost no branches to the weight of the ice. He simply laid on top of my roof until the ice melted, then slowly raised himself up back to his 25′ height.

The Nest in the ice storm

The house in whose driveway I am currently parked lived four days with no electricity or heat. I had a propane heater and cooktop, so I was able to cook for everyone, and their four year old hung out with me a lot to warm up. I also have rechargeable battery overhead lights, and I keep extra batteries charged as back up, so I was never without lights either.

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This one is called The Nest. She is my second tiny house, and she is for sale on craigslist because I want to build a little bigger one in which my family can find shelter in an emergency. However, if she does’t sell, it won’t bother me because I have really enjoyed living in it for the past 5 months, and I will just keep living here. I see her as a great place for a single lady (or perhaps man) to live near her family or at the beach or mountains.

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She has been through temperatures continuously in the lower teens and single digits and done quite well keeping me warm and snug. She has held up beautifully in high wind storms and blustery wind storms without a sign of trauma. She is a tank!

Here is the craigslist ad for “The Nest”. Enjoy!

http://greensboro.craigslist.org/for/4374918558.html

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