Rhino Cubed – Shipping Container Tiny Homes



Guest Post by Nicole Brooks

If you are looking for a sustainable, secure tiny dwelling with artistic flair, check out what Rhino Cubed has to offer. Rhino Cubed builds tiny structures from re-purposed shipping containers, up-cycling a product that would otherwise become the planet’s waste. Made of Corten steel, a shipping container is virtually indestructible…wind proof, waterproof, rodent proof, and fire-resistent. Sam Austin, chief architect and designer says, “A shipping container is the perfect building envelope and can truly be an heirloom product due to its long lifespan and low maintenance.” A shipping container Cube can be used as a tiny home, cabin or studio. The uses are unlimited. Continue reading

Dwayne’s Tiny House Project

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Dwayne shared a larger home he built sometime back and he recently contacted me about another build he is completing. You can view his cottage home from the last post here.

Dwayne says: I just built a 60 square foot tiny home on a trailer. This model does not have a restroom but it has AC, a fold down custom bed, hardwood flooring, vaulted ceiling, and electrical service with ceiling and exterior lights. Continue reading

Is a Tiny Home Right for You?

Tali Wee of Zillow

Transitioning to life in a tiny home is on trend, but isn’t for everyone. Simply downsizing to an apartment is challenging for most modern Americans. To move your life from an apartment or house into a tiny home requires the ability to part with your excessive material belongings. Plus, you’ll have to let go of any hyper-organized or claustrophobic tendencies, as tiny homes require overlap between work spaces. One moment, your counter is a kitchen space and the next it’s an office desk.

However, most tiny home lovers greet these changes with pleasure. The minimalistic lifestyle can alleviate much of the stress or burden of caring for unnecessary keepsakes and simplify daily life. House cleaning suddenly becomes a quicker task; you don’t have to dust all your trinkets or vacuum rooms of carpets or rugs. You can also limit the habit of spending frivolously to decorate your home. Your tiny home will be chuck full of necessities, requiring little décor, unlike a 2,500-square-foot home with countless blank walls and surfaces.

Most tiny home residents make the move to either reduce the stress of their current rat race lifestyles, to test themselves with a new, minimalism lifestyle or to tighten their spending. Think about heating 500 square feet instead of that single-family home – huge financial savings. Or, contemplate the electrical costs for a tiny home verses your current home? Clearly, the tiny home lifestyle provides some financial benefits aside from the obvious lack of a mortgage payment.

Does this all sound perfect for you? Some considerations you’ll need to think about before following a whim to live in a tiny home are listed below. Carefully walk through the checklist before giving away your possessions and pursuing the tiny home lifestyle. Is it truly for you?

Checklist graphic here.

Courtesy of: Zillow

Skoolies and the Tiny House Magazine

Tiny House Magazine Issue 29

This month’s magazine is a special edition exploring school buses converted into tiny houses.

Retired buses, rescued from the sidelines, are each given a special design and new color as seen by the new owner.

Jeremy Arndt says that: “When we were in the planning phases for our new tiny home, one of the biggest criteria was that it was mobile and drivable under its own power. In essence, we wanted a tiny home, but also wanted an RV to suit our needs and mobile lifestyle.”

Nina Nelson in her interview states: “There are a few reactions I get when people find out we lived in skoolie for a year with four kids. They range from jaws dropping and eyes widening in shock because it’s the craziest thing anyone’s ever heard of.”

Kelly Ross of Just Right Bus says: “When we bought the bus in March 2013 we had to remove all of the paraphernalia that made it look like a school bus. This included the stop sign, the bar the swings out from the front and the lettering on the outside. We roughly sanded off the words and put a spray of metal primer on top to prevent rust and this is how our Petunia looked for about a year.”

These stories and much more are included in this issue of the Tiny House Magazine.

Purchase your copy today.

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The Great American Tiny Home Building Contest to be held in North Carolina

What does a tiny house or small house community look like? Does it have a community center? Can you grow a garden? Can you have chickens? It is near a pedestrian friendly city? Who knows? The conversation has taken place in a number of forums, on a number of platforms, and around many a campfire. Towns like Spur, Texas have launched large scale marketing campaigns to bring out tiny house enthusiasts and posture themselves as tiny house friendly towns. But for one reason or another none have truly been as successful as anyone would hope and this is especially true on the East coast. I think that is why I am so personally excited for the Great American Tiny Home Building Contest (click here to read more about the contest or if you are a builder and would like to enter) held at Coral Sands Point Recreational Village near Lexington, NC.


Coral Sands is a park model tiny home resort located on the Abbot’s Creek section of High Rock Lake near Lexington, NC. Established in 2008, they were literally “tiny when tiny wasn’t cool.” I first came to know about the community in 2010 or so. Coral Sands offers deeded, waterfront lots for sale (or lease) for park model, RV-style tiny homes under 400 square feet. They have the land, you bring the tiny home. They do occasionally have lot+cabin packages available and currently have two. One is 298 sq.ft. with a sleeping loft (no bedroom) and the other is a 398 sq.ft. with a full sized bedroom (no loft). The community currently has 21 tiny home lots for sale or lease.

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In addition to being able to own your land, each site has its own private pier and floater and is allowed the use of the concrete boat launch, swimming area, bath house, and other amenities not available to other High Rock Lake homeowners.  Continue reading