Jalopy Cabins

Jalopy Cabins

Lyle Congdon a graphic designer who runs her business, Wild Spirit Designs in Colorado is also stepping into the tiny house and cabin business and will soon be opening Jalopy Cabins. She contacted me the other day to tell me about this jalopy cabin.

Jalopy Cabins gets its name from the old jalopy truck pictured at the bottom of this article. Lyle has one completed cabin pictured here and it is for sale. Here is how Lyle describes it:


This cabin is 140 square feet. We are asking $10K and can finish it out however someone may want.

I personally think it would make a great guest cabin or art studio/office as is. Currently wired with electricity, and does not have plumbing. We would consider selling it with some of the items in the picture (ie. wood stove, counter/storage).

We’ve moved it once before on a flat bed trailer so I feel pretty confident we could ship anywhere, will just be a matter of cost depending where the person lives. We are located in Southwestern Colorado (Pagosa Springs to be exact!) for a point of reference.

The Jalopy Cabins website is still being developed, if you are interested in getting more information you can email Lyle at info@jalopycabins.com.

Jalopy Cabin Kitchen/Desk

Jalopy Cabin Kitchen/Desk

Jalopy Cabin Stove

Jalopy Cabin Stove

Jalopy Cabin Bed

Jalopy Cabin Bed

Jalopy Cabin Deck

Jalopy Cabin Deck

The Jalopy the cabin is named after

The Jalopy the cabin is named after

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Dave - July 26, 2009 Reply

That is real nice but I would have to change the layout a bit. There is no way I could sleep with my head two feet away from the refrigerator.

Tim R - July 26, 2009 Reply

I really like how they are able to fit so much into such a small space. Is that a shower curtain by the refrigerator?

Kent Griswold - July 26, 2009 Reply

Hi Tim – I don’t think that is a shower curtain as the cabin is not plumbed and if you enlarge the picture by clicking on it there does not appear to be any shower…Kent

Tim R - July 26, 2009 Reply

Take the washtub hanging on the wall next to the wood stove and put it under the shower curtain. Take the bucket with spigot on shelf above the shower curtain and fill with water. Take your shower and when finished empty water from washtub back into bucket and water your favorite plants. Now do you see a shower? 🙂

    Kent Griswold - July 26, 2009 Reply

    Hey Tim, I’m glad you were able to figure that out. It sure looked like a shower stall to me too but I could not figure out how it would be used. Thanks for opening my blind eyes 🙂 -Kent

Tim R - July 26, 2009 Reply

And behind the cabinet doors is a pull-out toilet. Just kidding. 🙂 But I suppose that would be possible.

Lyle - July 27, 2009 Reply

LOL That is a shower and Tim R. nailed it! That is exactly how it works. The layout of the cabin could be changed pretty easily. Here is another option… You could make a sleeping loft upstairs and have a small bathroom (composting toilet?) downstairs. It really is a great cabin. If you have any more questions please feel free to e-mail me at info@jalopycabins.com

    Kent Griswold - July 27, 2009 Reply

    Thanks Lyle, it certainly makes sense, I just couldn’t figure it out. Any other input here about the cabin is welcome too. It’s a cool cabin and I certainly wouldn’t mind having it…Kent

Angela - August 1, 2009 Reply

Do you will make one plumbed with shower and toillet ?
Angela & Angelica

    Kent Griswold - August 1, 2009 Reply

    Hi Angela – Yes, I think that is possible, you will need to contact them directly though to find out. Use the email listed above in the post…Kent

Lyle - August 1, 2009 Reply

Hi Angela,
We could add plumbing to this current cabin and all future cabins will have plumbing unless it’s not wanted. Feel free to contact me if you would like more info!

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Ben - February 15, 2010 Reply

I came across your blog for the cabin and love it. i was wondering what are the dimensions of the cabin for height, length and width? and the total sq. feet?

Eric Nyaga - May 26, 2011 Reply

you build these cabins yourself? May be we cud promote this concept on my site http://www.megabonanza.com? post it on, i promise not to charge a dime.

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