This adventurous couple purchased 5 acres of land in the Pacific Northwest where they will be working to develop our off grid homestead 100% from scratch. While they will be working to build their timber frame barn and eventually timber frame house, winter has arrived and they had neither! They are boondocking in their RV and needed a way to winterize + stay warm.
They decided to build this little cabin as an add-on to their RV. Right now, their RV is under a ShelterLogic Garage-in-a-Box which has no insulation whatsoever. They thought that if they could build a small 10′ x 12′ cabin onto the end of the carport that we could heat the entire enclosure with a wood stove. They have been working to insulation the carport fully, so between all of their efforts they have managed to heat the inside to 68 degrees!
The best part of all is that they built this off grid cabin ourselves with reclaimed materials. Instead of spending $3,000+ to build this cabin, they did it for about $300. Most of these materials came from a demolition they were able to help out with which you can see in their other videos. They also were able to salvage many second-hand building materials with a barter flyer they put up around town.
They are loving their little cabin! Have they ever built a cabin before? NOPE! Do they feel more confident about their building skills? Yes! Did they learn a lot that they can implement when building their barn and house? YES!
This is our first bus (which is now sold)as a school bus, but we are also open to custom designing and building it out as per your specifications. Right now, it’s undergoing some temporary camping, road trip conversion items so we can sort of get the idea of what it would be like living in a bus. By doing some temporary conversions things to this bus it’s giving us some conversion experience and some ideas for future bus conversion projects.
Above is the current layout for the temporary conversion. If it were a full conversion, all the interior siding, flooring and seating would be removed/gutted and then construction would be done similar to a new home. The work being do so far would work as home, but it would be best, but its more expensive to gut the bus first.
I plan to do some camping in it, brainstorming for bus conversion ideas, writing in my book, songwriting and just enjoying some scenic mother earth. If you are interested in purchasing the bus click here contact us or in the menu bar and send us an email.
Our first bus will be for sale in a couple of weeks, as a school bus but if you purchase it, Texas Tiny Homes is available to design and custom build you a conversion. The advantage to us doing the conversion is; it would be insurable since we are a professional building company and a Texas corporation. Insurance companies are not big on insuring bus conversions and tiny house trailers done by non professionals.
The bus is a 2002 International Bluebird 3800 and has 61,XXX miles on it. It’s powered by the International Harvester T444E diesel engine. It has air-brakes, front and rear air-conditioning, electric entrance doors, cruise control, AM FM stereo and is 28′ feet long, 8’6″ wide, and will provide approximately 20′ X 8’6″ of build-able space. The bus has two brand new batteries and a brand new starter solenoid.
Name: Natalie Pollard, owner of Villagers, and cat Melon Location: Candler, North Carolina Size: 265 square feet Years lived in: 6 months Natalie’s home may only be eight feet wide, but it is packed with inspiring design details and unexpected features for a tiny home including a large side entrance, a central bedroom loft, and the creative use of heirloom furniture pieces to contribute to that familiar feeling of home. She worked with the designers at Nanostead to create the 265 square foot portable home with the features that were important to her—mostly lots of windows for natural light—and the result is one of the sweetest small homes you will ever see.
Tim Eddy and Hannah Fuller: Tahoe, California Size: 196 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Owned Hannah grew up in a home her parents built (her father is a boat builder), so it was only natural for her to follow in their footsteps. Tim, on the other hand, has never built anything but fires. With that in mind, Tim and Hannah started out with 20 acres of land and no blueprints, and built one of the most impressive houses I’ve ever seen in my life — not to mention it’s fully off-the-grid.