Collaborative Vardo

If you are thinking of building your own vardo as a tiny house or for camping, Instructables recently featured a collaborative wagon built by Paleotool (author of Building a Gypsy Wagon), PaleoPunk and a friend of theirs, AmericanPikey. The instructions for this tiny, wooden wagon are available as a free download. AmericanPikey recently retired and wanted a mobile retirement home, but not an RV. He also wanted the utility and towing cost to be small. The total cost to build the wagon (including the trailer) was $2,400.

 

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The wagon is built on a 10×5 foot flatbed utility trailer. PaleoPunk mentions that flatbed trailers, while expensive ($1,000 for this one) are much easier to work with than a re-purposed trailer which sometimes have to be dismantled and prepared for building. This particular trailer had metal side rails to support the wagon’s walls. The overall length of the wagon is approximately 10 feet long and is 7 feet wide. The floor on the inside is about 5 feet across with one-foot ledges extending over the wheels.
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The wagon has a Dutch door,  the 20 inch porthole windows are made from actual ship portholes, and a Lexan window was placed in the front of the wagon. The bed is about four feet off the floor and has storage space underneath. There is a trap door under the storage area that opens to an enclosed space underneath. Several benches by the bed also serve as steps up into the bed. The wagon also contains a small wood stove made by Marine Stove and a portable propane stove for cooking. The wagon does not have electricity or plumbing.
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Photos by PaleoPunk

 

 

Shepherd’s Hut Colorado

by Bill Young

The Shepherd Hut has been around for hundreds of years and primarily in England, but now they are available in America. They can be used as a guest house, a romantic retreat, a special workplace, a retail space for food service or dry goods. Another interesting use of these huts is to rent them out on a nightly basis, like a bed and breakfast.

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This particular hut has an exterior dimension of 8 feet wide by 14 feet long. The interior space is approximately 7 feet wide by 13 feet long and can be set up with a number of different configurations. The walls are clad in profiled tongue and groove boards as is the ceiling and the floor is hardwood oak. The hut has been wired with six outlets and protected with a GFI circuit and overhead light. The hut is fully insulated and includes a vapor barrier. The metal roof is a rustic copper style. There are four insulated glass double hung windows that flood the interior with natural light. The Dutch door allows for an even more expansive view when open. The chassis is classic Shepherd’s hut and has a turntable-based front axle that allows for steering. The metal wheels are individually handcrafted and are fitted with tapered roller bearings that connect to the axles. The front towbar allows for different types of vehicles to move the hut around.

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The key design feature of this hut is that it can be highly personalized for the new owners needs. The interior can be converted to an entirely open space or incorporate different types of beds, tables, built-ins, or any other fixtures that suit its new purpose.

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This hut’s current configuration includes a double bed with a very large storage area underneath. A large cupboard that can provide a kitchen area with plenty of storage. A small table that can accommodate two to three people. These things are included as part of the basic package. The important thing to note here is that all of these things can be changed, removed, modified or even just moved to a different place inside the hut.The bed for example could be removed and replaced with a sofa or futon. The interior walls and ceiling are also designed to allow for any combination of paint or stain and of course the exterior colors can be changed to the color pallet of your choice. The goal of this design is to give you exactly what you want.

These shepherd huts are for sale if you are interested and want to learn more go to our website: http://www.shepherdshutsamerica.com/

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Wriggly Tin Shepherd’s Huts

Luxury vintage camping in traditional shepherd’s huts, tucked away in the heart of the South Downs.

The double doors really let the outside in and make the hut feel incredibly spacious.

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Five people can just about squeeze around the table!

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The hut is fully equipped for up to five peoplecoffee cups

Boundary is named in homage to the local Hambledon Cricket Club, one of the oldest in the country and deserving of it’s page in this Ladybird book. Real woodpeckers can be heard in the woods surrounding Wriggly Tin.

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DIY draw handles. On reflection, I should have used cricket bails! 

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Kitchen and dining area, with two cosy single bunks in the corner.

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The bedroom. There’s a double bed with a pull-out single bunk above. The double bed can be converted to a single, which leaves more floor space.

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Another view of the kitchen and two single bunks. The wood-burning stove is made by the Windy Smithy. These stoves are brilliant, having a large hot plate for cooking and a little oven for roasting, or even baking bread.

http://www.wrigglytinhuts.co.uk/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WrigglyTin/

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