Sheep Wagon Living

sheep wagon

Hi, my name is Rick Brown and I have been following your blog for quit some time.

About a year ago me and my wife Barbi saw a old sheep wagon for sale and we have some property in Idaho. We often get visitors and ask them to stay but they feel like they are intruding on us and don’t stay. When we saw this sheep wagon I suggested that we buy it and fix it up as a guest house.

When we inquired about the price we were floored at what they were asking, $7,000 and it was in really bad shape. I told my wife that I could build one brand new for that kind of money. I spend approx. $9,000 on materials including the trailer. Here are the results.

You can contact me at rickandbarbi (at) netzero.com if you would like to learn more.

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Tiny House in a Landscape

With our relocating and the making of a transition to a new area  I have gotten out of  rhythm with a lot of blog related items.  One of the items being the Tiny House in a Landscape feature. This is one of my favorite features that John Chapman of New Zealand got me started with several years ago. I am hoping to get back into this feature starting today.

Yesterday, my wife and son and I were visiting Sisters, Oregon a little tourist town about twenty miles outside of Bend. We decided to have some soup at a little place called The Open Door. They are a mix of a gallery and a restaurant. We chose to eat outside and at the entrance was this cute little building being used as a mini gallery. The interior space is only around eight foot by ten feet but the detail and design really enthralled me. I shared this on my Instagram account and everyone loved it so I thought I would share it here too. Though not a tiny house per say it is real inspiration for one in my humble opinion!

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The Coyote Cabin Story

by JB McCauley

For a the past year, I have been following Tammy Strobel and Logan Smith’s story at Rowdykittens.com, and was envious of the great life they orchestrated. The tiny house inspired my husband and I to begin building our own “Coyote Cabin.”

We live near a nature center and the “escapees” come to our backyard, which is a large clearing surrounded by woods. It’s not unusual to spot deer snacking in the vegetable patch. For several days I kept seeing what looked like a large dog near the garden. I snapped a picture while it was investigating what was in the red wagon. My husband identified it as a coyote.

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When we started building our tiny house, we dubbed it the “Coyote Cabin” since it was in the same area of the back garden. Most of the materials are re-used – the trailer from a generous family member, wood that was destined for the dumpster. The design is my husband’s and he is building it without plans. Every inch will be created just for us, including a staircase to the sleeping loft (we’re not getting any younger) instead of a ladder.

I was still working at our local school district as an administrative assistant. Although I loved my boss and co-workers, I needed a change from sitting at the computer in an underground building for most of the day. My inspiration to resign came from two quotes by Danielle LaPorte at daniellelaporte.com:

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“Obligate yourself to your dreams.”

“Fear hardens us. We over-protect ourselves and we get further from who we really are.”

I was afraid. ‘What If?’ kept playing in my mind. It was time to let go of the fear and begin making our tiny house dream a reality. I turned in my resignation the next morning and only have 7 more working days left. My husband is still employed so we will have income. As we begin downsizing from 900 square feet to an area 16 feet long and 8 feet wide, I plan on donating most of our belongings.

It’s an exciting journey and I know this will be a positive change!

JB