37-Foot Toy Hauler Tiny

It was roughly 10 months ago that Robyn and her Family of six decided to pick up a 1990 37-foot low-boy toy hauler and transform it into their Tiny Home.

Their 13-year-old affectionately named the new home “Taylor” and the following photos and links show and tell about their journey.

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Website/Blog: https://www.tinyhousetaylor.com/blog/

Instagram: @tinyhousetaylor

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School Bus Gets Good Grades!

My last post featured a Tiny Fire House, designed & built to teach Fire Safety. This time we are going to have a look at an old School Bus transformed into a Tiny Home.

The idea & transformation comes from a man who says,

I have never built anything. Ever. I’ve helped paint a few houses on mission trips and I helped install some plastic lattice once, but that’s about it.

My background is in graphic design and illustration. I always wanted to build a tiny house and I always wanted to travel. So I spent years playing around with tiny house designs in my spare time.

Ultimately I decided upon a school bus because I thought “Hey, there’s already for [sic] walls and a roof. Throw some wood and some light bulbs in there and call it a day.” How foolish of me. I ended up doing a complete build on the back of the bus.

He purchased the bus for $2000 from publicsurplus.com. He got it so cheap because the busses were being sold on a new site and not many people had known about the switch yet.

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Although he doesn’t mention how much he spent on the transformation, he did get some really great deals, as he mentions in his posts which were published in this article.

The Tiny FireHouse – Station #9

Just when it seems like I have seen everything the Tiny Home Movement can throw at us… a Tiny FireHouse comes along!

It’s the brain-child of John & Fin Kernohan and was designed and built to help teach fire safety and fire prevention. It is 148 square feet and of course is complete with a fire hose, hydrant, fire gear, and of course…a pole!

The house is also equipped with working fire extinguishers, smoke & carbon monoxide detectors and a ladder fire escape.

The house was featured by the Today Show and as mentioned, tours around teaching fire safety & prevention.

Have a look at some photos and let me know what your thoughts are!

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To see more photos, check out their Facebook page!

Special mention to Nature’s Head Composting Toilets and Trailer Made Custom Trailers used in this build.

The “Superhouse” Completed!

You may or may not recall my post about the “Superhouse” from back in March, but it was about half complete. Well now, it is completed, and has been delivered to site!

Here are some pics from the rest of the build by Finished Right Contracting, the finished product, and a video of the owners seeing it for the first time.

The best part of this may be the reaction from the owners…enjoy!

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Home Show & Bylaw Progress

I was at the Edmonton Home & Garden Show on Saturday, helping out Steve Zaleschuk from Finished Right Contracting. He had a tiny house on display, only at the lock-up stage, so people could see how they were constructed. We had some mixed reaction from people. Some just peeked their heads in, commented that it wasn’t finished, and then went on their way. Others enjoyed the fact that they could see the craftsmanship that goes into constructing a home.

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Steve doesn’t use any O.S.B. or any particle boards in anything. Exterior sheeting is done with plywood and the sub-floor is done with tongue & groove Fir. Wall framing is done on 16-inch centers and the sheeting is glued & screwed on every stud. Loft and roof framing is on 12-inch centers, so once sheeted they are solid.

Once the framing and sheeting is on, and the wiring is run, we do 3 – 3 1/2 inches of spray foam. This is a bit more expensive than batt insulation, but well worth it because it gives us an R-22 value, gives us some more rigidity, acts as a vapour barrier, and is fire resistant.

We also use tankless hot water on-demand units to heat the domestic water as well as the radiant in-floor heating. Just like the insulation, this is more costly from the on-set, but will save you a lot more money in the long run, and saves space.

These are just a few of the examples of the craftsmanship that goes into every tiny we build. Although the units are classed as RV here and as such, are not regulated by building codes, Steve meets or exceeds the building codes on every unit.

Now, some things I also learned about at the Home Show that I hadn’t known about yet are:

  1. The town of Big Valley, Alberta has designated 22 lots to build a small Tiny Home Community.
  2. Sturgeon County (just north of Edmonton) is re-writing their by-laws to accommodate and include Tiny Houses.

Interior Intentions

Ok, I have spent a lot of time looking at tiny houses from the outside and paying attention to a little of the inside if it is eye-catching. But when going tiny, you really have to make the most of space. That doesn’t have to mean going with that hideous two-burner camping stove though.

Let’s take a look at some handy space-saving ideas for your tiny home, and if you have any great ideas or photos of your own, pass them along to me in an email or on Facebook.

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This is a 2-burner stove top, oven and dishwasher.
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This is just awesome, if you can live with a tiny fridge.
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Move over Lazy Susan.
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Freeing up some counter space.
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Didn’t see that coming.
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Great idea for dining.
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From bench…to couch…to dining room table!
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Very handy going from a 2-seater to seating 5.
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Pretty good sleeping up to 4 people in about a 10′ square space…if you like the doctor’s office look.
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Now this is just plain awesomeness.
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Not bad…
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Ahh, the good old Murphy bed.

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