Instructables Vardo

For anyone dreaming of their own vardo wagon to sleep in or rent out, this sweet, little red wagon was built by J.M. Labrosse and featured by Instructables. J.M.’s step-by-step guide breaks this project down into manageable parts and a PDF of the project can be downloaded from the Instructables website.

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The insulated vardo features a classic shape with a Dutch door, stained glass windows, decorative trim and an unusually shaped deck. It contains a full bed with storage underneath, bench seating, a heater and a fan as well as 110 power and plugs. The 4×8 foot vardo was built on a 48×96 inch Harbor Freight trailer with a 1,720 lb load capacity. The trailer weighs under 1,200 lbs and was framed with both 2×4 inch and 2×2 inch boards.

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The wagon is currently available as an Airbnb rental in Seattle, Washington along with an additional vardo J.M. built.

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Photos by J.M. Labrosse

 

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Arched Cabins

Quick and efficient kit cabins are appealing to people who want to live in a tiny house or have a tiny house as a small investment property, studio space or rental property. However, they tend to be on the pricey side. Arched Cabins, a growing company located in both Houston, Texas and Timberon, New Mexico have created these tiny arched cabins for a low price.

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Each of these colorful cabins can be adapted to fit your space requirements and needs. The cabins have been built to be used as artist studios, retirement homes, hunting lodges and tiny houses. Each can be built as an open floor plan or with a loft. The costs of their five standard widths are actually quiet reasonable and include all structural components, sheeting, insulation and construction instructions. A 12×20 foot cabin is $3,600, a 14×20 foot cabin is $4,000 and a 12×40 foot cabin is $7,200. Larger cabins from 16 feet to 24 feet wide range in price from $4,400 to $12,800 for the kits. Shipping is added on later and is adjusted for fuel costs and distance. Various foundations can be used with an Arched Cabin including poured concrete, wood pier and beam as well as pier foundations made of steel. To save even more money, the smaller units can be built in one day with minimal labor.

The company currently has a promotion going on now where you can get a 14×20 Arched Cabin Kit for $3,695. The kit includes all structural steel components, insulation, Superspan PBR Sheeting and all hardware for construction.

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By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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