Flow’s Zen Buggy

*Update below where Flow answers some questions and includes more photos

Hi, my name is Flow and I live in Humboldt county. I thought you might enjoy a peek at my new Gypsy wagon a friend and I created this summer.

Designed and built in northern California using as many reclaimed woods as possible, Douglas Fir floor from old school bleachers, a redwood door from old barn, and benches from downed old growth redwood.

Zen Buggy

The bed frame features a Ranma from Japan carved in 1910 and all the lighting is L.E.D. low voltage. It also has radiant heat flooring and an organic futon.

I hope you enjoy!

Flow

* update

Good morning Kent ,

I’m happy people liked my little Zen Buggy. Thanks for all the wonderful complements!
I have really been enjoying it myself. It is so peaceful inside and my sleep and dreams have been the best in years, and every morning when I step out it feels like a Saturday. It is a real bonus I did not intend .
As for answers:
  • The radiant heat is a 3×5 ft system called “rug buddy” I found online. I turn it on in the late afternoon and by time time I turn in my buggy is nice and perfectly warm, even on the coldest nights. (see picture below)
  • As for the build, I will post a step by step progress blog this week.
  • I chose not to put bath or cooking areas in this project because I have all that in another building on the property, this was intended for meditation, reading, hangingout, sleeping and dreaming space.
  • My closet is a Shamisen case made in 1920 in Japan to tie in with the Ranma carving under my bed .
  • The walls I painted with a clay paint called Bioshield, no VOC’s and all the wood was finished with Penofin Verde’.
  • The outer roof/shell is metal galvalume, which keeps it cool when hot out and block 90 something % of the suns uv’s.
  • Also it is insulated with eco-bat, a recycled eco-groovy product .
Thanks again, and here are some more photos.
Peace from,
Flow

Flow and his Zen Buggy

approching Flow's Zen Buggy

entering Flow's Zen Buggy

zen buggy at home

New Photos below:

clay paint & cedar trim detail

clay paint & cedar trim detail

closet & door from inside

closet & door from inside

closet door detail

closet door detail

electrical stash detail

electrical stash detail

rug buddy radiant floor heater detail

rug buddy radiant floor heater detail

view from bed

view from bed

window trim  & clay wall detail

window trim & clay wall detail

window trim detail & outside

window trim detail & outside

52 Comments Flow’s Zen Buggy

  1. Daniel

    Flow, that is the most beautiful wagon I have ever seen!How do we find more pictures? Could you share how the radiant floor was put together? Thanks, Daniel

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  2. Holly

    Lovely!!! I, too, am interested in how you did the radiant floor heating. Also, does this have cooking/bathroom facilities?

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  3. Fred

    Lovely looking, even if the interior shots don’t really give a good sense of layout. I’m interested in the offhand mention of radiant heat flooring. I’m surprised more tiny houses don’t use this technology and wonder if there’s a technical reason they don’t.

    In fact, heating is my biggest concern with tiny houses. Living in Alberta, where it is going to hit -15°C (5°F) this week, I wonder what people do to keep their tiny homes heated when they’re not home. Is it safe to leave one of those Dickson Marine gas heaters running unattended? What if you depend on a wood stove? How do you prevent your water lines from freezing if you’ve got to put in regular 12-hour shifts? You sure can’t go away for the weekend if wood is your heat source.

    In-floor heating makes a lot of sense to me, but this is the first mention of it I’ve come across anywhere on this site. Why do you think that is?

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    1. Abel Zyl

      For keeping your house from freezing, any reliable electric heater with a thermostat control. There are radiant panels, small fan driven units, etc. You could even put a thermostat on the floor units!

      And i think Katie of Portland Alternative Dwellings used electric radiant floor in the Don Vardo.

      My tiny house has plumbing, and i also use 6′ of pipe ‘tape’ to keep things from freezing up… It has a built in thermostat.

      And, nice woodwork Flow! Wow!

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      1. alice h

        In my area we get a lot of power failures in the winter, usually due to high winds and downed trees. They’re getting better at fixing them up quickly but you can still be without power for long enough to get fairly miserable if you only have electric heat. It’s best to have a non-electric backup if you rely on electricity for your main heat source. Back in my Yukon cabin days if you got stuck in town and your fire went out you’d come home to frozen everything. A friend once stuck her frozen houseplants outside the window for the rest of the winter. They were perfect until spring thaw, just a little frosty looking.

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    1. 2kids2cats

      Ha, I was waiting for that, or how this isn’t worthy of being on the blog since it has no facilities and isn’t lived in.

      Beautiful work. It is really a piece of art.

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  4. Scooter

    Of course I like it and want it-might need a little more heat in Alaska for the winter. Just wondering what classic vehicle I would use to pull it?

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  5. Katy Steger

    Awesome and inspiring! Thanks for sharing so much detail.

    i want to say “thumbs up” on Bioshield, too. I’ve used it in most of my house and I love the way it looks and the way supplies clean up afterwards. It is an investment compared to other paints so I do a small area at a time.

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  6. chase

    lol – I love it! Some kick butt posts this month Tiny House Blog – Three for three so far – the Cottage on the hill being my fav so far.

    And the DIY Tear Drop Trailer and now this… way cool.

    Kinda makes me want to go on a road trip. Or streak through the parking lot, eh, road trip for sure.

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  7. chase

    So many kick butt posts I’m seeing this month Tiny House Blog – the Cottage on the hill being my fav so far.

    And the DIY Tear Drop Trailer and now this… way cool.

    Kinda makes me want to go on a road trip. Or streak naked through the parking lot or something, eh some strange looking folks hanging in the parking lot.. so, road trip for sure.

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  8. Nicole Marie

    Beautiful!!! Just BEAUTIFUL!!! Your craftsmanship and arrangement of space are wonderful! Thank you for sharing your dreaming space.

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  9. LibertyTreeBud

    This man was creating love when he created this masterpiece of craftsmanship. This is a work of love, beautiful love.

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  10. Lisa Enlow

    You have managed to do what I’ve dreamed of with beauty & grace. I’m so impressed with the quality of your work & your incorporation of recycled wood! This is so beautiful!

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  11. Gabriel

    Surely the selection of materials is excellent: High-quality wood and the selection of colors is (I believe) praised by feng-shui designers. Just love the soothing effect of “earthly” colors of green olive oil and wood textures in shades of brown.
    I couldn’t see from first look that it is made-up of recycled materials! Everything looks new, and the all-around metal roof offers protection to make it look new for quite long.
    Although I would eagerly select a larger trailer to accommodate a shower and toilet for camping, it is still a good item to put in your backyard and offer extra space for guests and relatives.

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  12. Shawn Park

    Could you tell me about the chassis this is built on? Where did it come from? How much weight does it support? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Shawn

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  13. Casey

    How did you curve the trim piece that covers the edge of the roofing? That is the missing link for a leak proof metal roof while driving. If I could do that…

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  14. Donna

    I went to Arcata High many yrs. ago…I would love to have one of these buggys in Trinidad. I love the redwoods and the beaches. You should build these for a living, you have a gift…

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  15. Frank Niemo

    Do you sell any plans or can you make one for me. Nice work!

    Thanks for your consideration,
    Frank

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  17. Theresa

    Great job. One concern is the electrical field created by the floor heater. In light of all the carefulness to keep the space healthy, it might be useful to look up some of the effects of electrical fields.

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