John’s Tiny House

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I’m currently 20 years old and in pastry school. Im located right outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I started my journey by buying a used RV that I demolished and saved the trailer underneath.

Then I started building my home and my uncle came up with the plans for me. As being a pastry chef I needed and wanted a large kitchen, so I made that a main priority. My home is eight foot by twenty-four feet. I have a stair case with a large living room which will also have a projector, as I don’t want to mount a TV, because I don’t want to make the TV the center point of my home. My room will be in the loft. Right now the loft isn’t complete. My plan is to move into my house around the end of April. The bathroom will have a stand up shower sink and composting toilet. The front of the house once I move it will have a deck attached to it.


In my build I used as much recycled and reclaimed items as I could. My windows, siding, house wrap, wooden crates, bathroom door, outdoor light fixtures, are all reclaimed items.

I wanted to build a tiny house to get away from the crazy stressful life that many people that I know live. Also to have the freedom of being debt free and not being overwhelmed with big payments. Since I’m a pastry chef for my career I don’t know how much I’ll make or where I’ll end up but a tiny house gives the freedom to not worry about that because I can bring it anywhere with me.

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I will be graduating college this year, and my plan is to to travel and see the world, and see other cultures in person. Once I move in I would like to start full time YouTubing baking and cooking videos in my tiny house and show others how it can be done.

Thanks for letting me share my story.

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Lisa E. - March 10, 2015 Reply

What a heartwarming story! Bravo! Love your entry way (very snazzy) and I’ll be looking for those pastry vids on YouTube! Be sure to keep us posted and give us lots of pics. Good luck to you. You’re an admirable young man who deserves every success! 😀

Gail - March 10, 2015 Reply

John, What an awesome build you’ve got going on! This is the same thing I am planning. The shed roof pitch is perfect! I won’t be putting in a loft, but you utilized that space perfectly. Good job!

Gail - March 10, 2015 Reply

One more thing….do you have more pictures of your sub floor build on the reclaimed trailer? I have the same thing….old travel trailer frame, and not really sure how to anchor the wood to the metal. Thanks!

    John - March 10, 2015 Reply

    Of course Gail I will try to make a youtube video of how I attached the base frame to the trailer. It was a little for difficult then having a new trailer but it was worth it! 🙂 It is attached by 24 “U” bolts and so that the sub floor laid flat I had to make a cut out to the wood so the blot was flush.

      Gail - March 17, 2015 Reply

      Thanks! I look forward to the video.

Pat - March 10, 2015 Reply

Absolutely beautiful AND practical. I love the eleven foot ceiling in the living room. You have done an amazing job – kudos to you. I also really like the narrow cabinet that you added under the stairs – perfect for those large cookie sheets. I look forward to watching your youtube videos. Thanks for sharing!

Diane Brooks - March 10, 2015 Reply

I really like the full stairs and the open beams. I will enjoy reading your blogs.

S. Taylor - March 10, 2015 Reply

Because you are a college student I was even more impressed with your carpentry skills. I love your ideas and how you implemented them. It reminds me of my VW Karman Ghia and how I thought that every space counted. You inspire me.

Corby - March 10, 2015 Reply

What a cool home! It’s good to see someone from Wisconsin doing this. I live just a few miles south of downtown Milwaukee and have always lived in spaces less than 350 square feet. It’s a lot more fun making the best use of small spaces.

If you ever have an open house, let us know. I’ll watch for your youtube videos in the meantime.

alice h - March 10, 2015 Reply

Practical design, well executed. A shed roof is my favourite too, much simpler and fully functional. That kitchen has some serious counter space. I would never have thought of putting the door over the wheel well but having such a nice high ceiling makes it work.

Dawn - March 10, 2015 Reply

really nice job! You should consider putting a pull out pantry type unit in that 6 inches where you said you will store water glasses.

Dan Whitmore - March 10, 2015 Reply

John, thank you for sharing your project. You are well on your way to success and independence. Keep posting your progress.

Dee - March 11, 2015 Reply

Amazing, John. Looking forward to hearing more about you.

Dave - May 19, 2017 Reply


I want to build a tiny house but I can’t find a place to put it. Where did you put yours? Is it your own land or is it on land that already has a primary home?


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