Snails Away: the Fine Art Tiny House

Crazy carpenter and compulsive customizer, Daniel Weddle, has built a tiny house on wheels so that he can pursue his dreams as a traveling musician.

Daniel Weddle’s tiny house on wheels is Snails Away: the Fiddlin’ Snail, a mobile recording studio tricked out woodcrafter style with custom rock star amenities. (The house’s name stems from a rounded roofline that was inspired by the scroll figurehead of Daniel’s violin.) With his partners, The New Hoosier Broadcasters, Daniel plans to hit the big-time playing old time folk music around the Midwest. Continue reading

Ross Lukeman’s Cargo Van Conversion Course

  • Anyone interested in alternative home building projects may know Ross Lukeman of Alternative Homes Today. Ross worked for years as an architect, but recently quit his job to run his online business. His home is new as well. Ross recently converted and will be moving into a Chevy cargo van and is offering a course on how to convert your own van for full-time living.


“Converting and living in a cargo van was my way of finally making some big changes in my life,” Ross said. “I wanted to pursue more meaningful work on a full-time basis and I wanted more than two weeks of vacation a year. I didn’t feel like I was in control of my life, and after finally paying off all of my school loans and credit cards, I realized I was at a fork in the road.”


Ross realized that the van dwelling life was a viable option for him with its lower expenses. He took a few months to convert a 2014 Chevy Express 2500 Extended van into a tiny house with a twin bed, an office with a wall-mounted computer, water tanks, a sink and a cooktop. The roof has 200 watts of flexible solar panels connected to a 300 watt inverter. He plans to shower with his nationally accepted pass for 24-Hour Fitness, at National and state parks and truck stops. He has an emergency camping toilet stored under the bed.


The van, originally used by a rental company in Colorado, cost $22,500. So far, Ross has spent another $3,600 converting the van into his tiny home. Larger expenses included the electrical components, a backup camera and window tinting.


“I spared no expense, but don’t want people feeling like they have to put “everything” into their own conversion,” Ross said. “The videos will be there though, and they can omit what they’re not interested in adding. I would say a range to convert a van should be $1,500 to $5,000, depending on their budget.”

Ross’s Cargo Van Conversion Course ($197) will be available September 15, 2015 and will include 12+ chapters of high-definition, professionally shot videos showing his complete step-by-step conversion. Once a week, a new video chapter will be released along with guides and material lists. Everything will be available online so registered students can go at their own pace. There will also be live calls with Ross and a Facebook group so students can get their specific questions answered. Anyone interested in the course can sign up before the launch to be added to the email list.

Photos courtesy of Ross Lukeman


By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Tiny House Trailer

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Guest post by Peter Schweitzer

My wife and I bought it and renovated it right after we got married as we were planning on moving for school and we were not quite sure where we wanted to settle down. After I finished school here in Portland, Oregon we ended up deciding we wanted to stay.

My wife Kate is an artist and I am a photographer so we needed a bit more room to work on our art. We wanted to find some a house or studio with property so we could continue to use our airstream but we ended up finding the perfect house that did not have much of a yard, which is why we hope to pass it on to someone who can enjoy it as much as we did. Continue reading

Gone with the Wynns

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By Alana Morgan

Gone with the Wynns is the unscripted tale of a quirky couple – Jason and Nikki – who traded in a normal, everyday life to satisfy their dream of adventure and returning to nature. The young couple left their home and jobs in Dallas at the age of 28 for a life on the road and haven’t looked back since sharing their tips and experiences on their popular website, Gone with the Wynns, and YouTube channel. Follow on Instragram @the_wynns. Continue reading

The Terrapin Casual Turtle Camper

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Peter Pavlowich from Casual Turtle Campers just contacted me to tell me about a new model he is constructing. Peter says: This is the model I call the Terrapin, and I just got back to Colorado from delivering it to a very nice woman in New Hampshire. She had me keep the interior pretty simple, though it is insulated and finished. This particular unit weighed in at 1,260 pounds.

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