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.

Going Tiny Seems Perfect!

Alexis Haifley used to work as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service, which meant moving around a lot. After getting used to the nomadic lifestyle, her and her husband would joke around that a Tiny House would be perfect. The thought of focusing on Family, friends and experiences rather than things appealed to her. Plus she loved the fact that she could customize them however she wanted.

Although they don’t live in it full-time yet, she said the financing and building wasn’t what she was expecting. The things she thought would be difficult, were simple, and there were challenges she never thought would lead to such a domino effect.

They are right now in the process of downsizing and say it will be interesting to see what they’ve paired down to.

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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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Tiny House…Boat?

So there I am, scrolling through my Facebook feed, when I suddenly see something that catches my eye immediately. It’s bright red, and very hard to miss! Then I see that it was posted on one of the many Tiny House groups and pages I follow. A tiny house boat on the water. As it turns out, this little red gem has quite a story as she was converted from an old boring boat, to a bright red star.

It began as an old 1969 Cobia Mini-Yacht, originally bought as just a gutted shell on Craigslist by Katie Trinket Hartwright.

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Katie spend a lot of time and effort to design, and restore her to the bright and beautiful tiny house boat she is now.

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Katie named her ‘Petal’. Sadly, the Emeryville Marina and Safe Harbor called the boat “an eyesore” and Katie was forced to get rid of it by the Harbormaster.

‘Petal’ was purchased from Katie by a woman named Cindy Hanson O’Neil, who now co-owns the boat with her daughter Brittney Vinculado. They have aptly re-named her, and now call her ‘Betty Boop’.

You are sure to find ‘Betty Boop’ in the San Francisco Bay Area near Oakland where she is docked and ready any time Cindy is up for a quick and easy getaway.

Tiny Home Community Being Planned

One tiny village in Alberta may set a huge precedence for the Tiny Home Movement. Big Valley is village of about 350 people, roughly 220km Southeast of Edmonton (East of Red Deer). It’s in that tiny village, council decided to change their bylaws to allow 22 lots measuring 30 feet by 80 feet in one subdivision.

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“Putting them all together in one subdivision will give unity to the area and a community-type feel.”   – Michelle White – Chief Administrative Officer

The only catch…the tiny homes will have to be on a permanent foundation, be connected to municipal water and sewer, and have hook-ups for gas and power. They had to actually look at regulations from the U.S. because they couldn’t find any in Canada. That needs to be rectified!

Council in Big Valley will now go through the processes of passing the new bylaw, engineering the land development and figuring out how much the tiny lots will cost.

You can read the full story HERE.