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Living in Sixty Square Feet

Lil Beaver and us

by Heather Terrell

This is our sixty square foot 1964 Li’l Beaver Camper. My husband Shane and I, and our two dogs, are 81 days into our adventure traveling across America, and we will be going until we decide to stop. This has really been a trip of a lifetime.

We did a total rehab on the Li’l Beaver after finding that there was too much water damage to let it fly. We took it down to the trailer, and built it back up. We salvaged the outside shell, most of the vintage windows, the oven, and the sink. We even put in an air conditioner.

We wanted the interior to reflect us, since we would be living in it. As you can see, we wanted to make it colorful and funky. It took us about 4 months to finish. It was the hardest thing we’ve ever done, but it was totally worth it. We knew once it was finished, our road trip could begin. It really hasn’t been that hard living in this tiny space, and I doubt I will ever really want to live in anything more than 1000 sq. ft.

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kitchen and clock



right side of bedroom


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Kathleen - January 8, 2014 Reply

I love it!!

h safre - January 8, 2014 Reply

Oh wow! I love the colors and arrangement. Even though there is a lot to the decoration, it does not look busy. It looks unified. There is something beautiful that can’t help but happen when people put their real personality carefully into their decoration and arrangement. I am also amazed that there is so much put into it with only there being sixty square feet. This is very inspirational.

Marcia Weber - January 8, 2014 Reply

Love this, especially the ants on the kitchen wall. I hope you complete your journey and record it along the way. I love color and you are certainly very imaginative with your use of it. Very clever!

curt - January 8, 2014 Reply

Great job! IT LOOKS GREAT!

Walt Barrett - January 8, 2014 Reply

I just want to say what a great rehab job you guys did on this unit and I love the way you painted the interior!!!
Great work!
Walt Barrett

AJ Evans - January 8, 2014 Reply

This is absolutely adorable. Wow, I’m impressed. I wish you would have explained more about the inside and show pics of the progress getting it to his point.

Beth - January 8, 2014 Reply

OMG!!! That has to be one of the most amazing things I have ever seen!! What a beautiful job on the rehab. Is that a “bathroom” behind the curtain – or just storage? Or maybe its the Grand Wizard who designed this gem! Lucky dogs!!! Y’all and your little (I hope) dogs, too! Enjoy your travels – you have earned the fun! Do you have a blog?

Beth from Bolingbroke, Ga

Resa Pickel - January 8, 2014 Reply

It’s charming. I love what you have done with the inside.

Yojimbo - January 8, 2014 Reply

You guys blogging about your trip?

Brian - January 8, 2014 Reply

How cool! I really like your tiny camper and I am fascinated with your trip. Do you have a blog specifically for your trip and could you post a link to it? If you happen to travel through southeast Missouri, my wife and I would love to go to dinner with you guys and discuss your trip. Allons-y!

MaryKay Carr - January 8, 2014 Reply

Hi is there a shower/toilet in your little house too?

Ann H. - January 8, 2014 Reply

It’s so cute! Love all the bright colors. I don’t see where the sink is. And do you have a bathroom?
Great job renovating it!

McKenzie Musick - January 8, 2014 Reply

That Lil Beaver certainly looks cheerful. What a fun way to travel. Kudos for the great job you did reviving that tiny home on wheels.

Carol - January 8, 2014 Reply

The whole project is beautiful and fun ! What kind of paneling did you use on your ceiling??

Margot - January 8, 2014 Reply

What a sweet little life you two are rocking! Have fun!

Terri - January 8, 2014 Reply

This is really cute and inspiring! I don’t think I could handle having the bugs being painted on the walls (but that’s just me) but I love how it reflects the personalities of the couple living in it. That’s what I love about the tiny house/rv living community – there are no norms to really conform to and everything can reflect who you are.

WHStoneman - January 8, 2014 Reply

Love the ants! So clever.

Nancy - January 8, 2014 Reply

Wonderfully funky! Have fun!

craig - January 8, 2014 Reply

love the place…without the ants though. I would always be trying to squish them ๐Ÿ™‚

Lawrence DiVizio - January 8, 2014 Reply

Fantastic, my wife and I love the interior colors. What are you towing with and is there a bathroom?

Bobbi K. - January 8, 2014 Reply

Great job!! I love the crazy interior!

Lara Elizabeth - January 8, 2014 Reply

This is so fun! What kind of dogs do you have, and where do they sleep?

Walter - January 8, 2014 Reply

This was too cute for words! Obviously a lot of fun and effort involved in making this a campers sanctuary!

Anton Ross - January 8, 2014 Reply

Love your little camper.

Is that a head/shower up front next to the kitchen? I couldn’t tell. Would love to see a shot of that.

Happy and safe travels!

Sue - January 8, 2014 Reply

Good luck on your journey and may there be little bumps on your way, nothing you can’t handle. Love the trailer! I do want to enjoy one at some point in my life. I really do want to travel up the coast of Vancouver Island and this would be the perfect way to travel. Great job you two. Look forward to more write ups!

Bonnie - January 8, 2014 Reply

I absolutely love this camper and your style. I’ve been planning on stenciling ants in my kitchen for years, but never got around to it! Good luck and if you ever want to sell or rent, let me know!

Kristin - January 8, 2014 Reply

super cute! you’re very creative! how big are your dogs? I have 3 & just trying to figure out how much space we would need in a camper so I don’t go insane. thanks!

Paulette - January 8, 2014 Reply

This really made my day and put a big smile on my face! What a great job you did! Unbelievable that you could inject so much personality and joy in only 60 square feet. I’ll be dreaming of this in my sleep tonight.

Ryan - January 8, 2014 Reply

Very cool, as an Oregon State Univ Alum (Beavers) this would be the perfect little camper for me! Seriously that is a very sweet rig you have set up

Maxine - January 8, 2014 Reply

The world needs more people like you creating fun, colourful, imaginative spaces. And living the dream! You are providing a valuable public service by delighting everyone who gets a peek. You have inspired this tiny house dweller. Thank you for posting here. I love the lamps. Happy travels!!

Gracie Rugile - January 8, 2014 Reply

That is a little sweety. You did a fabulous job.

Heather - January 8, 2014 Reply

Thanks so much for the sweet comments! It really was a fun, but tough project.
Ok, to answer a few questions…the ceiling is a textured wallpaper that I put up and painted light blue. There is a toilet behind the green curtain. We towed the camper with a 2002 Land Rover.
We did blog about the adventure, and have before and after pics there, as well as pictures of the dogs ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks again!

Martha Johnson - January 8, 2014 Reply

All tiny homes should be tailored to the person living in them and if it makes this couple happy then that’s great! But, it kind of looks like a college dorm room. :/

Kristi - January 8, 2014 Reply

Absolutely precious!!!!! Your hard work shows. Great job. I applaud you! My dream is to take a sabbatical and see the country. It’s something that is not yet possible for me but someday……..

Eva Suzuki - January 8, 2014 Reply

I love it! So colorful.


John in Brisbane - January 8, 2014 Reply

Wow. Colourful and funky? Mission Accomplished! Very homely – being able to take that little space with you is awesome!

Sue - January 8, 2014 Reply

Kudos on the artwork in the camper!
You two, & your dogs look happy!

Wishing you safe travels! You
could write a book. Your
blog is so entertaining!

Thanks again!

Jane Burgess - January 8, 2014 Reply

That is just gorgeous. Great job! Is there a bathroom too! Happy travels. Xxx

shauna - January 9, 2014 Reply

Very awesome, but…where are the dogs? I want to see the dogs living it up in 60sf with their humans! ๐Ÿ™‚

KilbyH - January 9, 2014 Reply

I love your little trailer. What a cozy, comfy space to see the country in. You two will have great stories and wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing it.

grahamchic - January 9, 2014 Reply

I FREAKIN’ LOVE THIS!!!! I love how they picked whatever shape they wanted for the cabinets & other “traditional-conforming” home structures/design. Just love it!

Jimmy Brackett - January 9, 2014 Reply

Clever whimsical use of color. Enjoy & be safe on your travels.

steve - January 9, 2014 Reply

Great job….especially the colors chosen!!!

AprilMae - January 9, 2014 Reply

I LOVE what you are doing, especially as you are including your 2 critters! Would love to be one of your followers. I added my email above. We live in the piedmont of NC. If you ever come back this way-please know that you will have a place to light.

Benjamin - January 9, 2014 Reply

Wild! A work of art! When you tire of it (if ever) please donate it to the Smithsonian!

elisabeth in CT - January 11, 2014 Reply

Utterly adorable! All I could think of with each image is ‘what a happy camper’ you’ve created…Your use of color is masterful and the whole thing just radiates a whimsical sense of ‘joie d’ vivre’ – Thank you for putting a smile on my face!

jamie - January 26, 2014 Reply

This is awesome!!!!!…..we just scored a li’l beaver same model as yours….we didnt know what the make was until we tore out some rotten wood on the ceiling and found ‘lil beaver’ written on the metal roof in pencil…. I surely hope ours will bring us as many happy memories as yours has given you….

Becky - February 26, 2014 Reply

Wow! Love your renovations and all the colors you used! My husband and I are downsizing to an RV this year. Even though our house is only 1000 sq. ft., it is still a challenge to get down to the basics (like shoes…HA!). Your adventure is inspiring and gives me hope. Thanks!

Diana - June 16, 2014 Reply

This was so very, very special to me. You see, my dad was the founder and owner of Beaver Industries, the tiny company that made the Beaver trailers. When I was 13, my parents and I struck out across country in a Li’l Beaver. We traveled all summer. I watched the first moon landing in a campground in Canada, right outside our a Beaver. Thank you so much. Would love to follow your blog. Please contact me, if you will.

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