They Bought A Rusty Trailer For $7,000, Now It’s A Gorgeous Tiny Home

Giving up your home to live in a 1972 Aistream Overlander trailer isn’t for everyone, but Gabi and Brandon Fox aren’t exactly a typical couple.

The pair roam the Pacific Northwest working as wedding photographers, and they travel in style in their aluminium trailer, which they renovated themselves.

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The project started back in 2015, when the couple picked up the trailer for just $6,500. With a little over $13,000 spent on renovations, the entire cost of their tiny home was around $20,000.

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How the trailer looked when the couple bought it.The Foxes Photography

But it took a lot of elbow grease to turn the Airstream from a rusty mess to a genuine tiny home.

The trailer was rusty, and rats had been eating the insulation.The Foxes Photography

The couple say they learned how to do plumbing and electrical work from online articles, YouTube videos, and “a lot of trial and error.”

Brandon assembles the plumbing.The Foxes Photography
The Foxes Photography

The trailer’s design itself (which was also done by Gabi and Brandon) includes all the amenities of a regular home, and lots of storage space to make up for the cramped quarters.

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I never thought I would say this, but after seeing the finished product I’d gladly swap my home for theirs.

She Built Her Own Tiny Home With Her Bare Hands, And Just Wait Until You See Inside

Most 27-year-old college grads would be happy to own a home, but Kahla McRoberts went a step further and built her dream home by hand.

The project started just 11 months ago, when Kahla and her mother Roxanne borrowed a pickup truck to haul a 20-foot trailer back to their house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. That trailer would become the foundation for a tiny home that McRoberts built from scratch.

Kahla McRoberts

She was attracted to the massive project by the possibility of living rent-free with almost no debt. Plus, owning her own tiny house made it much cheaper to settle down in Colorado, where part-time ski instructor McRoberts feels at home in the mountains.

“I just feel better when I don’t have a ton of stuff” she explains.

But despite describing herself as “a huge ‘project person'” to Lancaster Online, building a home from the ground up was a much tougher job that she ever expected.

Kahla McRoberts
Kahla McRoberts

With help from her architect dad Eric, McRoberts spent two years designing her perfect tiny home, and had to go back to the drawing board multiple times. Then, unexpectedly heavy snowfall delayed the project for months.

Kahla McRoberts

But after less than a year the tiny home is finished, and we’d happily switch places with McRoberts if we had the chance.

They Converted A School Bus Into A Home, Now They’re On An Epic Adventure

Enjoying the adventure of a lifetime, a couple converted an old school bus into a luxury home and traveled across the county.

Making their way from Alaska with the destination of Argentina on their minds, Felix Starck and Selima Taibi (Mogli) along with their Bernese Mountain Dog, Rudi have been documenting their epic adventure.

Originally from Germany, the couple used to share a third-floor apartment in Berlin. They adopted their dog Rudi, but soon discovered that because of his breed he was at a risk of hip dislocation and the apartment wasn’t suitable for their family any longer.

Unable to find a suitable new apartment, Felix who is a film maker, and Mogli a songwriter, decided to take to the road.

The couple bought an old school bus for their trip and started to convert it in a project they called “Expedition Happiness.”

Felix was no stranger to the open road, having traveled 11,185 miles across 22 countries on his bicycle in June 2013, he made a documentary called “Pedal the World.

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The couple bought a yellow school bus for $7,500 in Florida.

That’s when they packed up their lives in Europe and flew to the States to begin their 3-month process of converting the bus into a loft-style home on wheels.

“We were gonna build a tiny home on wheels and travel through North America. Only 4 weeks later we were on the plane to the states with a lot of camera equipment to document everything,” Selima wrote.

And the results are amazing!

Son Built His Mom The Perfect Tiny Home After Her House Was Destroyed By A Hurricane

After disaster struck and a woman lost everything, her family came together to help her rebuild her life. Hurricane Harvey may not be in the news as much anymore, but that doesn’t mean that the victims aren’t still reeling from the effects.

So many people lost their homes and all of their possessions, including Pat Cady. Her home was completely destroyed in the hurricane, leaving her without a place to call her own. Her son, Troy Cady, wasn’t about to let her suffer. “We just had to find a different place for her to go,” Troy said.

The whole family decided to pitch in and get to work on building her an entirely new home out of a storage shed and it turned out better than anyone expected. Here’s what her new home looks like now..

66-Year-Old Lives In Her Daughter’s Backyard In A Stunning “Granny Pod”

Meredith Stannard, 66, knew she would be retiring this year, but instead of selling their house and moving into a retirement community, she and her partner had another plan.

The couple did downsize, but they took it to an extreme by moving into a 613-square-foot tiny home in the backyard of her daughter, Drew, and son-in-law’s house in Seattle.

“Everybody was curious,” Stannard said of her former co-workers. “I started doing these happy hours where I’d have one or two people over at a time. There’s a lot of buzz with people wondering if they could do this too.”

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Drew said that when she first shared the idea with her friends, the reactions were mixed.

“When I told friends, their reaction was either, ‘That’s so wonderful, wish I could do that with my family,’ or ‘Oh my god, you’re crazy, I could never do that with my parents,'” said Drew. “You know whether or not it would work for you and your family.”

The family first toyed with the idea of having a “granny pod” about three years ago when Drew and her husband, Jacob, were buying a house. The couple eventually found a large enough property to fit a tiny cottage.

“Drew’s an only child and we’re very close, very direct with one other, but we wanted to make sure Jacob was absolutely on board,” explained Stannard. “We made sure that they were sure before we even contacted the architect.”

The retiree has since moved into the house and the family dynamic couldn’t be better.

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The family worked with many different contractors to bring their vision to life, and they furnished the home with items from retailers that make furniture for smaller spaces.

The final result is amazing.

Community Builds Tiny Homes For Homeless Veterans And They Look Incredible

In the last few years, the U.S. government has been working hard to combat veteran homelessness. The Department of Veteran Affairs reported that 123,000 veterans and their families were “housed or prevented from becoming homeless” last year. But there are still thousands more that continue to live on the streets, in cars or squat in abandoned buildings.

In an effort to help keep as many of our nation’s bravest men and women off the streets, Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin (VOW) has created something that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the country – a tiny home village for homeless veterans.

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“It’s an affordable way to respectfully help a veteran get back on their feet,” said Jeff Gustin, co- founder and executive director of VOW.

The non-profit organization, which is headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, built 15 tiny homes in the James A. Peterson Veteran Village “without the help of the government.”

The homes are fully wired and equipped with basic amenities that will help the veterans remain comfortable.

You’ll just have to see the interior to see how the builders have managed to turn a small space into an efficient dwelling unit.

Woman Transforms 1950s Trailer Into Spectacular Tiny Home

Back in the 50s and 60s, many people were content with living the American Dream in a fully furnished mobile home, equipped with everything needed to make it as homely as possible.

However, as the years went by, more and more families wanted to splurge on bigger and fancier homes, and trailer homes were mainly used for camping trips or rented out to those who couldn’t afford larger properties.

However, the last few years have seen a rise in the “tiny home” trend and this includes refurbished buses, trailers and camper vans.

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Aubrey Avila, is among this generation’s many fans of mobile tiny homes, and she’s recently shared photos of her vintage 1955 Spartan Royal Mansion trailer.

The outside may look just like any other trailer from that era, but the inside is nothing short of spectacular.

Have a look:

AUBREY AVILA OF BACKYARDBUNKIES.COM

The 272-square-foot RV, nicknamed “Sparty,” is filled with modern amenities that you’ll find in every home, including a fully furnished living room, kitchen, renovated bathroom and air conditioning.

Avila wanted to make sure the space’s vintage charm remained so she used some retro decor all over.

AUBREY AVILA OF BACKYARDBUNKIES.COM

The trailer is currently owned by a pilot and is currently located at a private landing strip in Kentucky. Lucky for us, the listing is still up on Backyard Bunkies so we can get the full tour of the charming home through photos.

Let’s take a peek at the rest of the interior!

Pastor Builds Community Of Tiny Homes For Vets In Need

Donnie Davis knows firsthand how much a warm welcome can mean to veterans of our Armed Forces.

During his time in the Air Force, Davis served as an honor guard at military funerals, helping to remember and acknowledge soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. But after returning home to work as a police officer and a pastor, Davis found that those who needed help the most were being ignored.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says more than 39,000 veterans are homeless on a given night.Mitchell Funk

Davis was surprised to learn that, according to the Veteran’s Administration’s 2012 Suicide Data Report, 22 veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder take their lives every day. As a veteran and a police officer who has grappled with PTSD himself, Davis felt a personal connection to these men and wanted to help lower that number.

Exactly how he could help wasn’t clear at first. Then, someone suggested Davis should build a campground for his church. He realized that he could buy a small plot of land in Franklinville, New Jersey and build something much more meaningful: a community that supports and empowers veterans.

And the home that the pastor has built for his fellow veterans is totally unique…

They Turned A School Bus Into A Tiny Home And It Looks Nicer Than Some Houses

Three friends have decided to take a regular school bus and turn it into the coolest tiny home ever. The three architecture students met at college and discussed the fact that they wanted to create something unique.  

They started by tearing everything out of the bus, revealing that they were in for a lot more work than they had anticipated.

After tearing out the floors they realized that they were dealing with a lot of rust that meant the entire floor needed to be replaced.

Their conversion continued, and over several months they had a bunch of set backs, but over time the bus came together.

They had to make a few changes over their months of work, but the end turned out pretty impressive…

Buying A Tiny Home Just Got Easier: Now You Can Order One From Amazon

If you watch any old TV shows you’ve probably heard the classic department store employee joke:

“We sell everything for the home here. In fact, we sell homes up on the fourth floor!”

“Did anyone order a tiny home?”Amazon

Well that old chestnut is finally a reality. Living up to their nickname of “the everything store,” Amazon is now stocking tiny homes, alongside the other 480 million products offered by the online retailer. With just a few clicks, you can have an 8,000 pound home shipped directly to you.

The product is offered by the Wisconsin company MODS International, and while it’s not as glamorous as other tiny homes we’ve featured, the 360-square-foot building offers everything you need for a happy life.

Don’t judge a book by its cover…Amazon

It may not look like much from the outside – basically the company has slapped windows, an AC unit and some French doors onto a shipping container – but all the homes are fully insulated, with running water and electricity.

Never judge a book by its cover – let’s take a tour inside one of these homes, then reveal how much it will cost you…

9 Tiny Homes That Will Make You Re-Think Your Own House

Tiny homes are all the rage right now! They’re small, affordable homes that are surprisingly nice indoors. Similar to Granny Pods, tiny houses can sit anywhere. They’re a great solution for a family member who needs to live close by, as you can set up the house in your backyard so everyone has their own space.

Take a look at some of the best tiny homes out there. Fair warning: I can’t guarantee you won’t want one by the end of this!

This tiny home has a floorspace of 340 sq. ft. and costs about $75,000.

To get into the house, you’ll need to lower the drawbridge and then enter the electronic code. The house has roof-based solar power, a rainwater collection system, and a water recycling system.

Students from Santa Clara University in California created this tiny house that includes a kitchen, dining area, bathroom, and bedroom. There’s also a rooftop deck!

In total, this house has a total floorspace of 238 sq ft.

$96,000 will get you this amazing house that looks like it belongs in a Disney movie!

It includes a small wood-burning stove for heat and has RV-style hookup for power. Plus, there’s a solar kit in case you want to go off the grid for a bit.

With only 160 square feet, the Vista is one of the smaller tiny homes, but it’s still gorgeous!

This tiny home will set you back about $46,000 but that view is totally worth it!

The Red Mountain Tiny House is actually one of the larger ones you’ll find.

This place boasts 410 square feet, two levels, and will cost you about $105,000.

When He Put An Airplane In The Woods People Were Confused, Now It’s The Most Unique Home

A lot of people want to have a unique home. They want their house to be one-of-a-kind and to have it as something special that no one else has ever seen. There aren’t a lot of people who will actually go out of their way to make this happen, but Bruce Campbell wasn’t like other people.

As a former electrical engineer, this Oregon man realized that his passion for aircrafts could be used to help him make something truly unique. He took a Boeing 727 and turned it into his home.

He started by purchasing the large jet in 1999 for $100,000. He moved the plane into a small forest where he started to work on it. Slowly but surely, he was able to convert the jet into a comfortable living space.

The airplane is propped up on pillars so that it is sturdy and leveled. Campbell wanted to keep as many of the aspects of the plane as possible. He kept most the instrumentation of the cockpit even though it obviously isn’t needed, but he just likes how it looks. The cockpit is kept mostly in tact, but operates as his entertainment room.

It’s still a work in progress, but it’s already really impressive.

He’s done a lot of really cool things with the plane to make it livable. His reasoning for starting this awesome project are pretty interesting…

13-Year-Old Taught Himself How To Make A Tiny Home, And You’ll Love The Result

How’s this for breaking a trend: at a time when almost 40% of college grads are moving back in with their parents, 13-year-old Luke Thill has already built his own house.

The teenager started work on his tiny home in June, with no plans and no construction knowledge. He had become fascinated with YouTube videos of people building the trendy houses, and realized no one his age was making them.

“I was just on YouTube looking around and came across a tiny house idea and then that spiraled into looking at almost every YouTube video there is, it felt like,” he told ABC. “I got obsessed with them and decided to build my own.”

His parents, Greg and Angie, were encouraging, but set some firm ground rules at the start of the project. Luke had to raise all the money to build the home himself by doing odd jobs and chores, and they insisted he should stay under his $1,500 budget. To get him started, Greg showed his son how to build the frame for his house.

Learning from YouTube videos and local builders along the way, Luke traded time, money, skills and materials until he completed this seriously impressive project…

Couple’s Tiny Home Is Less Than 400 Sq Feet, But We’re Totally Jealous

I know it seems like every beautiful tiny home we discover is more impressive than the last one, but this pint-sized beach house really takes the cake.

Its owner, Whitney Leigh Morris, actually had no plans to downsize her life when she first saw the listing for this unique little cottage. It was built in 1924, and when Whitney was searching the market the “tiny home” craze hadn’t even begun, but something about the property spoke to her.

Shockingly, it was a Craigslist find. The home had all the features a young couple expecting their first child could want: it had a backyard, a kitchen, and hardwood floors. Plus, it’s just a short walk from the beach. “The minute we stepped into this house, we knew that our search was over and that it was the right place for us,” Whitney told Babble. The only downside for the pair was fitting their lives into a snug 362 square feet.

That took some creativity and organizing skills, like converting a linen closet into their newborn son West’s nursery. Whitney also made the most of her cozy cottage by stacking storage space vertically, and by adding sliding drawers under her bed.

West’s nursery.

The master bed’s headboard is built into the window.

Whitney shares her lessons with other amateur designers on the Tiny Canal Cottage blog, where her motto is “you don’t have to ‘live large’ to live beautifully.” And these photos from the rest of her tiny home prove she’s right!