Little Green Camper

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In my profession, I deal with the un-pleasantries of human nature. While working in law enforcement stationed in a metropolitan area, I often find myself needing a break from civilization. Over the years, I have found that time spent in nature is where I could clear my head and find security in the world around me. I started backpacking which relieved the stress and rejuvenated the mind and body. However, I was missing someone, my wife! She was not the sort to venture into the wilderness away from modern conveniences.

So came the creation of my first camper. Living on a budget, I acquired a fiberglass motorcycle trailer from my neighbor. Within a few weeks, I had converted the trailer into a covert camper. It was great for a time. But as my curiosity grew about cleaver ways to make the most of small spaces, I began surfing the net.

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I came across the Tiny House Blog and was inspired from the start. The stories, pictures, videos, and products stimulated my latest creation “The Little Green Camper.” I wanted something that would be comfortable yet completely sustainable for a long stay away from modern amenities. With a bit of planning and quite a bit of trial and error, we finally have a product that can provide that peaceful retreat.

The camper is made of all lightweight wood and salvaged RV parts. The dimensions are 6’ width x 10’ length x 8’ high. It can be towed by a small SUV. It is completely solar powered and includes a 10 gallon water storage. It has ample storage and a table/couch combination that converts to a queen size bed. The overall cost of the build was about $4,000. It took approximately 8 month due to an extremely wet spring and summer. Now it’s ready for the beautiful North Carolina fall.

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I hope this how-to-video will inspire others to take a chance and create their own peaceful retreat. I also wish that others will find inspiration in solar power products and find solitude among nature.

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Patrick and Christie’s Cabin Story

by Patrick Schutt

Who hasn’t dreamed of escaping the stress of the real world and going back to a simpler time? That is exactly what my wife Christie and I did. After years of running the rat race Monday through Friday and dealing with hectic weekends we were frazzled and at our wits end.

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That’s when we decided to build our weekend get away. We acquired a few secluded acres in the beautiful Missouri, and a 400 sq. ft. log cabin kit from Schutt Log Homes ( for $6000.00 and got busy building our romantic hide-a-way. The process of putting the cabin together was simple and so rewarding. We spent time together working on our dream and in the process built our relationship and came away with so many wonderful memories. Continue reading

Tiny House in a Landscape

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape was a post back a year to two on the Tiny House Blog but this is a new picture is perfect for the fall season. The person who sent it to me called it the the perfect autumn weekend getaway cottage and I agree 1oo%.

The cornstalks and pumpkins help frame this little getaway cottage just right. Who can help me track down the previous post that shows the interior and tells all about this neat little space? If you can comment below than I will link to it here and here.

Tiny Straw Bale Village Getaway

Recently I had the opportunity to work closely with to introduce to you the new Applegate Residence, a small straw bale home that can be built for around $20,000. I am very intrigued by this type of construction but I have never actually stayed in a straw bale home. As I was learning more about I stumbled across a page that showed some tiny straw bale homes for rent. I contacted Gabrielle Morrison to learn more about them and she wrote back with the following information and photographs. I’ll let Gabriella tell you more.

Over the course of about 3 years we built a series of 4 charming and beautiful straw bale cabins, all at 200sqft to create a mini “Straw Bale Village.” Three of them serve as sleeping cabins and have plenty of space for queen size beds as well as desks.
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Tiny House in a Landscape

This may not be a true tiny house but I guess that is not to out of the ordinary for some of our Tiny House in a Landscape posts. The idea is to get you dreaming and your imaginations flowing.

This thatched roof getaway looks like a place to relax and take in your surroundings and enjoy the outdoors. A place to enjoy some peace and quiet and some companionship. I think I could relax here without any problem. How about you?