Do-it-yourself Tortoise Shell Home

William Kastrinos of Tortoise Shell Homes has come up with the perfect answer for the do-it-yourself tiny house builder. He has constructed a 128 sq ft, 8′ x 16′ home built from Codding Steel with a built in full size shower already plumbed and ready to use. You get all this at a low price of just $7,500. Bill calls this home the “Naked Galapagos.”


You as the do-it-yourselfer get to choose your siding, roofing, interior walls and appliances. The cool thing is that you can build this and pay as you go. Complete it in a week or a year, you decide.

I’ve had the privilege of seeing these in person and they are well constructed and have been test driven all over the Sonoma Coast. These are built to last and with proper completing should give you years of enjoyment. If you are looking for that tiny house to live in full time or that vacation get-a-way, or an extra room to add to your existing house, be sure and check out the “Naked Galapagos” from Tortoise Shell Homes.

Pictures below give more detail to the Codding Steel construction of the home. The Galapagos is also available as a finished and completed home for $19,500.

For more information contact Bill at 707-206-7581 or email him at and let Bill know that you heard about the “Naked Galapagos” from the Tiny House Blog.




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Michael - July 28, 2008 Reply

WOW! This is totally cool. $7,500 is an amazing deal and he’s solving the weight issue with all the steel. haha a steel of a deal. (sorry couldn’t resist).

Kent - August 4, 2008 Reply

Hi Mike,

Yes, Bill says the “Naked Galapagos” weights in at just 2,500 lbs. It is a “steal of a deal!”


steve - April 13, 2009 Reply

looks like something id be interested in,

Jim - August 3, 2010 Reply

Really nice concept. Too rich for my blood, but for those that have the readies, a very nice package.

Ryan - September 26, 2010 Reply

Does this model have a half loft for sleeping? I have not seen a finished Galapagos yet and would love to know. Updated pictures on his site would be nice too. 😉 Thanks guys!

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