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Katy’s Vardo

Last July, KT Anderson and Dee Williams had a workshop in Portland, Oregon and the group started the construction on a tiny house house on wheels as part of the workshop.

I have been in touch with Katy and Dee as I wanted to see their completed project. I am calling the project Katy’s Vardo and here are some pictures of the project in process.

Katy plans on using the Vardo for an office/spare bedroom and also use it to show off their work as she and Dee launch their new business.


Here is a recent note from Katy: The Vardo is shaping up. It’s been very fun to work. I finished the french doors and the back window. The electrical and insulation are in. I had to have the metal roof panels custom made, formed in  the radius. This was a bit of a run-a-round but I finally found the metal fabricator that rolls the roofing out to any pattern curve. I’ll put it on myself when they are ready. I hoping the interior goes a little faster than the exterior. There are just a lot of details.

Dee and I are starting The Portland Little House Construction Co.  The Vardo will be our first model to launch the business with.  So as soon as it is finished we will have an opening and send out a little promotion card or email.  At that time we will start a web site and all that. For now, folks can contact me.

Katy Anderson at:
Kupiak(at)mac(dot)com or call at 503-577-4566.

or Dee Williams at:  Dee.Boxcar(at)yahoo(dot)com

Thanks Katy, I look forward to seeing the finished Vardo and will do another update with pictures and an announcement of your business grand opening.







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Michael - December 2, 2009 Reply

WOW… it’s beautiful! Very cool approach to building the rafters. Looking forward to seeing more from Katy and Dee.

Bill - December 2, 2009 Reply

A nice looking trailer. I hope they have much success in their new venture.

ej - December 2, 2009 Reply

Looks great.
The ceiling is really nice.

Tammy Strobel - December 2, 2009 Reply

Yay! This is so awesome! It was fun being part of the construction process. The little house looks great. 🙂

Rickles - December 2, 2009 Reply

Gorgeous!!! MOREMOREMORE! 🙂

We’re building a bowtop Vardo now so this is really cool to see.

Dimensions and more photos please!

    Rickles - December 2, 2009 Reply

    Looking again, that thing has got to be tongue heavy…

      Kent Griswold - December 2, 2009 Reply

      Hi Rickles, the trailer is 8′ x 10′ and the deck looks to be about two feet, so I am saying the interior is about 8×8. I just got another note from Katy and will be getting more pictures and details soon.

      I would also enjoy seeing what you are doing, you can contact me using the contact form above…Kent

        dee williams - December 6, 2009 Reply

        Hey Kent,
        I tried to send some photos of katy’s finished vardo. Just wondering if you’ve seen them. UGH… i am such a luddite when it comes to e-mail. It’s like having dinner with inlaws — always pushing the wrong buttons.

        If you haven’t got the photos, I’d love to send a few photos of the finished vardo (called “don vardo”). Katy designed it as a backyard writing studio/guest house, complete with radiant heat floors, a kitchen nook, writing table, and pull-out double bed. Folks can contact her if they’re interested in more information, or if they’d like to buy it.

        thanks for all you do! Dee

Logan - December 2, 2009 Reply

The aesthetics are fantastic! It is a very beautiful tiny house! The french doors and elegant ceiling are only a preview of your great work Katy! I can’t wait to see the interior result after experiencing your finish carpentry skill first hand! We are looking forward to more workshops!


Paul - December 2, 2009 Reply

Two words:
Pure Awesome!

Always loved the Vardo concept and this is gorgeous.

Best of luck with your new venture in the PDX.


Scott - December 2, 2009 Reply

Really looks great. I think you will be charting a new era for the tiny house movement. All our best. Please keep us updated when you get your website.

Susan McReynolds - December 3, 2009 Reply

This is glorious! What a pleasure to live/work in. What an example of the old time principle of artisinal craftsmanship. In a way it reminds me of an Irish tinker’s home back in the day. Probably romanticized what a lovely daydream 🙂

ThisTinyHouse - December 3, 2009 Reply

you go girls! i’m coming to see you next year!

Patricia Wehner - December 4, 2009 Reply

You two women inspire me so! What is the name of your new business? Your Vardo is gorgeous, and the work is beautiful. LOVE the French doors!

Christina Nellemann - December 4, 2009 Reply

I love it! Katy, you did a fantastic job with the ceiling. I am looking forward to the Portland Little House Construction Company and additional photos of the interior. Well done!

Craig - December 4, 2009 Reply

This thing is awesome! I can’t wait to see shots of the finished interior. Quality craftsmanship, very inspiring.

Randy Labbe - December 22, 2009 Reply

Beautiful vardo. Does anybody know how much it weighs? Thanks.

    Kent Griswold - December 22, 2009 Reply

    Hi Randy, I’ll try to get in touch with Katy and see if she has the finished weight…Kent

Alex Lowry - April 23, 2010 Reply

Way to go! I’m “willing” you Karma as we speak. I really like the Vardo concept. Its great to see more people acting outside the box rather than just thinking about it. I wish you lots of success.

Judy - June 13, 2017 Reply

What is the cost of building something like this and can we buy a plan?? What does it look like on the inside?

Thank you,


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