In German, Volkswagen means “people’s car” and back in the 1930’s the German auto maker rolled out the first Beetle. Since then, automobiles have come a long way in technology and overall look. But the people’s car maker has, for the most-part, kept the same shape and exterior look of one of it’s most popular models…like a beetle.
In the 1970’s, people wanted the Beetle to be more ‘functional’ off-road. I know, weird right? Queue the birth of “The Super Bugger”, a cross between the Beetle and an RV built on a 1968 Beetle chassis. Back in 1975 (the year I was born) a third-party builder named Super Campers out of Costa Mesa, California built and sold the Supper Buggers for $6,000. They were constructed of fiberglass paneling and only had a small kitchen and seating area.
(Photo credit: MyStarCollectorCar)
So while scrolling through Facebook I came across a photo that immediately caught my eye. It was an odd looking bus/RV conversion. Upon further inspection, it became more interesting. Then upon further investigation it got very interesting!
Back in 1987, a group called ‘The Twelve Tribes’ took a 1950 Aerocoach and a 1961 GMC Motor Coach and merged them into one fantastic hippie-mobile, travelling around to concerts and festivals ans basically just living, “a life of love and unity”. The original Peacemaker is on it’s third paint job, third transmission, third engine and numerous tires.
In 2005 the group merged a General American Motor Coach and a 1955 GMC Scenicruiser to create the Peacemaker II.
Read the Twelve Tribes story HERE.
Read a write-up about the original Peacemaker HERE.
More photos and information HERE.
If I told you you could build a Tiny Home for just $20,000 you would probably say I was full of crap. Well, time to cut the crap! Canadian Engineering student Tyler Bennett completed his tiny home on wheels, complete with a heating system built into the ceiling and an elevator bed to store away when not in use, for just $20,000CAD ($15,000USD).
Tyler was able to save money by using systems and practices that you wouldn’t normally find in traditional tiny home construction. At a modest 140 square feet, the tiny measures 8.5′ wide by 20′ long by 13.5′ high (exterior measurements). The trailer it’s built on is rated for 10,000 pounds but only weighs 7,800 pounds all in, including future solar panels and batteries.
One of Bennett’s favourite features is the hot water heating system which he ran through the ceiling. Bennett also introduced a heat recovery ventilator which draws moisture from the interior and also circulates fresh air. Basically the unit heats the incoming air before it enters the home, eliminating the cold exterior air mixing with the warm interior air and creating moisture.
Another outstanding feature is the queen size elevator bed which operates on a ‘block and tackle’ pulley system which raises and lowers the bed using just a single hand crank.
To read the full article written by Bridget Borgobello, click HERE!
On of the most interesting ideas I have been following lately is the Tiny Town Association which is a Non-Profit founded by Ed Peterson. Ed’s idea is…
To build towns for THOWs (Tiny Houses On Wheels) within commuting distance of host cities. This Tiny Town model adds appeal to the host city by increasing the available, affordable housing options, without affecting the space occupied by traditional homes.
Ed has done a lot of leg work on the idea and has even built one of the models of tiny home that would be offered.
The Logan is a 32-foot tiny home designed on a single floor to accommodate seniors as well. The design is the result of many trials and boasts a one-piece acrylic walk-in shower with seat and a convenient second exterior door.
Ed has been able to secure some sponsors who have helped him build The Logan, including Timbercraft Tiny Homes who sponsored the set of plans for The Logan and Longevity Acrylics who sponsored the one-piece acrylic shower.
But not only has Ed come up with a model tiny home, he has also come up with a lot of statistics to go along with his vision.
To get an explanation of these stats and to read more about the Tiny Town Association and it’s new charity 24Pillars which is focusing on providing tiny homes to the homeless, check out these great resources:
Tiny Town Association website
Tiny Town Association Facebook page
I love Tiny Homes enough as it is, but when I see a tiny with a twist I am mesmerized! When it comes to saving space and making the most of what you got to work with, nobody compares to Europeans. I stumbled across the company Optinid based out of Rhône-Alpes in Southeast France. When you see their designs, there’s no doubt Eric, Christopher, Jonas and Yoann are creating some unique tiny homes.
I have to begin with my favourite part, albeit the part that would never be viable in Canada. They call it a “Sunroof” and they aren’t far off. If you live in a sunny climate, this is a feature that will have you sold! They are the first to ever introduce the idea of a retractable, roof allowing you to sunbathe by day, and stargaze by night!
What they do on the inside to conserve space and make sure everything has a purpose is amazing as well. From utilizing a tabletop as part of the stairs to the seating area transforming into a bed.
Looking at the exteriors of their tiny homes is also a treat. They utilize low sloped double roof lines in most cases to maximize interior space. Their selection of materials and colours also makes for a beautiful exterior.
Here’s a short video of the sunroof in operation.
Check out their Facebook page for more photos of their designs.
I recently saw a comment on one of my posts from a man named Steven Vincent. He simply said “Check out Roatan ! I DID AND MOVE HERE 10 YEARS AGO !!!” I asked him if he meant the island in Honduras and he confirmed it was. He went on to tell me he has built two tiny homes there and is in the process of building four more on his own land. The best part is there are no bylaws or codes holding him back. That’s not to say he is cutting corners or building them shabby, because as you will see in the photos, they are built with some pretty heavy timber.
Hopefully he will provide us some more interior photos soon…Enjoy!
Check out the Fenix Eco Cabins page for more info & photos.