John and Jayme's van

Five Must-Have Products for any Van Reno

Building a van is always a combination of excitement and fear. There are all kinds of different ways to build out a van within a variety of budgets, but there are some things that we think are just worth the extra cash.
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tiny house with four solar panels

Six Questions to Ask Before Buying a Solar Power System

At first, trying to figure out how to design the perfect solar power system can be overwhelming. What size solar panels do you need? What type of solar batteries are best... and how many do you need? How much should a solar power system cost?
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Matt & Sarah | Tiny House Build (Part Two)

Matt & Sarah | Tiny House Build (Part Two)

Part Two of Matt and Sarah's adventure. Witness the two renegades provide the finishing touches to their Tiny House Build.
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Matt & Sarah | Tiny House Build (Part One)

Matt & Sarah | Tiny House Build (Part One)

Whether you are contemplating a tiny house project of your own, researching the best tiny house appliances to use, or simply curious about the tiny living movement, this is a web series you don't want to miss!
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The Dragon Fly House

The Dragon Fly House

Holly and I’s cabin was never a set in stone plan, really more of an idea that evolved organically.   From day one the dream came as we sat by the pond and looked at the beautiful trees. The location called to us, it begged for something.
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The Move

The Move

I built these houses to move. We moved them with steel beams, bottle jacks, and a trailer. The initial move was from one side of the property to the other. It went well, no windows shattered, and the doors still open nicely.
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Water and Waste

Water and Waste

Don't be intimidated about plumbing. It's a lot of fun and PEX is easy. My system includes: a tanks, strainer, pump, accumulator, water heater, sink, and shower. 
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Heat

Heat

I live in a place with cold winters, so I choose to use a small wood stove with a propane heater. My thinking was to use the wood as a primary source, and the propane if I ran out of wood, or decided to go skiing for a weekend out of town. Couldn't let the pipes freeze.
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Solar Energy

Solar Energy

There's a lot of components with today's solar kits. I really enjoy wiring and electricity. I have experience wiring AC, so it was nice to dive into the DC world. I was lucky enough to have a knowledgeable friend help me out, and set me in the right direction.
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Siding - Exterior and Interior

Siding - Exterior and Interior

This is where you can set yourself apart. I played around with colors when finishing my exterior siding. It was risky, but worth it. I used local cedar siding, and many stains to make it look the way it does. Be careful!
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Roofing, Windows, and Doors

Roofing, Windows, and Doors

In the two micro homes I've built, I used both new and recycled windows. In my experience the local window stores usually have a section hidden in the back with left over windows. You can usually pick them up for cheap. Recycled windows can take a lot of work to refinish.
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Framing

Framing

I used two different framing methods when building my micro homes: The first, post and beam; the second, conventional 2x6 framing.  I really love the beauty of post and beam.  The first house I built, I treated it like an art project; it was a home I was going to live in.  
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