Tiny Bunkhouse in the Woods

Joe in Michigan sent me his story about what he is doing in his life right now and how he is downsizing.

I have been a tiny house fan all my life and a fan of your website for over a year.

In 1997 I had to sell my 2000 sq ft house in the country and move into a trailer park in town. Not wanting to sell my solar panels and equipment with the house, I installed them on my 1979 camper trailer and parked it on my parents back 40 for safe keeping and the solar camp was born.

Mom was quick to tell me where a good place was to place the fire pit and I had a 4ft by 8ft building for the kids to wait for the school bus moved over into the area.


Last year I put in a sawdust privy and power for the camper trailer and a 35 gallon rain barrel with an outdoor sink in. This spring wanting a better place to deal with the food from the cookouts, I added on to the backside of the privy an Arizona kitchen.

I have been drawing and dreaming of my little house on wheels for my retirement years, I came across your article on a 8ft by 8ft finished house for $9,000 this inspired me to start drawing on the 64 sq ft idea.

Needing a temporary replacement for the camper trailer next year when I remove the old trailer from the frame and build my new 8ft by 22ft little house on wheels, I started the bunkhouse which is 8ft by 8ft with a 4ft covered deck.

I have to date finished the exterior and should have the bunkhouse ready for sleeping in a mouth or two. Next spring I hope to finish up on the desk and closet for a finished and complete project.

Thanks Joe for sharing your project, I look forward to pictures of the completed bunkhouse and will plan to do an update when you are finished. Please keep us posted on your 8 x 22 tiny house on wheels as you design and build it as well.

by Kent Griswold (Tiny House Blog)






Arizona Kitchen
Arizona Kitchen

8 thoughts on “Tiny Bunkhouse in the Woods”

    • Hi Jim – Here is what Joe says about an Arizona kitchen: An Arizona kitchen is a three season kitchen with a roof and open walls. in Arizona half walls to keep out the Tarantulas. He sent me a picture and I’ll upload it shortly…Kent

  1. Hello there I really like what you have put together! I am really not sure what you are doing with your building that you are going to put on wheels but I would suggest that you put a loft in there for maximum space.if you cantilever the joists you get a bigger loft and a covered porch at the same time.I have been designing mine for two yrs now and have just been given a very generous offer from the cedar mill that i purchase all my lumber from . they are going to donate the lumber for a demo building for me! I hope you have a good time with yours.

  2. Kent,
    I am new to the Tiny House blog and ran across your entry. I’m enthralled with the little 8 x 8 shed you built. It seems elegantly simple. I’m very interested in plans or any input you may have for me. I’m on a tight budget and want to do one that is perhaps 12 x 12 for a hunting cabin on my property. Any suggestions or other comments would be much appreciated!



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