The Terrapin Casual Turtle Camper

exterior Terrapin

Peter Pavlowich from Casual Turtle Campers just contacted me to tell me about a new model he is constructing. Peter says: This is the model I call the Terrapin, and I just got back to Colorado from delivering it to a very nice woman in New Hampshire. She had me keep the interior pretty simple, though it is insulated and finished. This particular unit weighed in at 1,260 pounds.

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Six People, a Tiny Home, and a Big Dream

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Have you ever considered growing a garden, raising chickens, or even moving into a tiny, off grid home? Today I will introduce you to a family of six who live in rural Maine in a 200 square foot bunkhouse camper, which they renovated to support an all-season off grid lifestyle while building a new house with cash. Today, the mother of this family, Naomi Kilbreth, shares their story with us.

Welcome Naomi! We’re very interested in learning more about your unique family story. Please tell us about yourselves.

Thank you for introducing me to your readers! I would love to tell you about ourselves! You already know that my name is Naomi. My husband’s name is Glen and our four children are Nemo (age 8), Daphney (age 6), Atlas (age 5), and Amelia (age 3). We have been married for 10 years, and for the past four we’ve been settled on our homestead on the outskirts of Central Maine. While Glen spends most of his days as the supervisor of a wood manufacturing plant we are a close knit family. We do everything together from arrends to weddings, and while we absolutely appreciate being grounded at home we like to think of ourselves as being fun and adventurous.

How did you come to decide that starting a homestead was the right path for you?

Our decision to start a homestead and save money to build a house was based on a number of circumstances which coincided and demanded that we change our lifestyle. Job security was terrible for carpenters after the housing bubble burst, and Glen was laid off in December 2010, not to find work again for almost a year. We also had three kids and had chosen to raise them in a politically incorrect way which made us concerned about being stuck on the grid (ie. home birth, home school, no pediatrician, and we use herbal remedies…. we’re definitely DIYers!). Taking these issues into consideration, we looked at all of our options and decided that living on a piece of our family’s land and choosing the cheapest forms of housing, heat, electricity, water, etc. were going to be our best bet for getting back on our feet and having the freedom to live how we wanted to. Continue reading

Kokoon Kompak

Kakoon SIP Tiny House

Tiny House on Wheels is a Park Model shell that has the best insulation and longest warranty available.

This tiny house trailer is a professionally made insulated shell, that can be finished by the owner with their personal design and details. Kokoon Kompak tiny house on wheels is an 8 foot by 20 foot or 8 foot by 18 foot footprint that comes in three basic roof lines and is suitable for full time living. Contact Dave Rades for sale price of the other two roof lines.

All insulation is exclusive two part Soy foam sprayed in place with no off gassing or formaldehyde, class 1 fire rated. All Kompak’s have R-30 6 inch in roof, R-10/20 in walls, R-10/20 in floor. Optional: Windows, double pane low-e with low maintenance, rot proof, vinyl frames, & doors can be located anywhere in the perimeter. Interior ceiling is covered in wood ( optional) and ready to finish as you like. Continue reading

John’s Tiny House

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I’m currently 20 years old and in pastry school. Im located right outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I started my journey by buying a used RV that I demolished and saved the trailer underneath.

Then I started building my home and my uncle came up with the plans for me. As being a pastry chef I needed and wanted a large kitchen, so I made that a main priority. My home is eight foot by twenty-four feet. I have a stair case with a large living room which will also have a projector, as I don’t want to mount a TV, because I don’t want to make the TV the center point of my home. My room will be in the loft. Right now the loft isn’t complete. My plan is to move into my house around the end of April. The bathroom will have a stand up shower sink and composting toilet. The front of the house once I move it will have a deck attached to it. Continue reading

Gooseneck Tiny House

A River Runs Through It

Greg Parham from Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses let me know about a recent house he custom built for a customer and asked me if I would share it with my readers. It is called “A River Runs Through It” and is built on a gooseneck trailer. I’ll let Greg tell you all about it.

A gentleman that I went to college and used to race bikes with back in my days of collegiate cycling contacted me last year. He and his wife Krissy were interested in having me build a tiny house for their young family to live in so they could simplify life, pay off their debt quicker, and start saving up for their ultimate dream of buying a sailboat and sailing ’round the world. With a toddler, a dog, and a cat comprising this family, as well as a second child on the way, they knew they would need something on the larger end of the tiny house spectrum, preferably 32? or longer. Continue reading