The tiny house movement has been growing quickly which is what brought us to the tiny house fest in Vermont. We were there to show off our tiny house on wheels and check out the other tiny homes.
There were some tiny house builders who had a few tiny houses for sale. Although they were unfinished you could get an idea of what the tiny house will look like when it’s done. These were four of our favorite tiny houses at the tiny house fest.
I’m Colby and this is our bus! this is Dharma she’s a 1975 VW camper yeah so I got her a couple years ago 2015 and once I bought her she was not running just a real hunk of junk but I gave her a lot of love and fixed her up with my stepdad and did a lot of work on the inside which I like to show you guys so we got two closets back here this one is the clothing closet which is fairly small and holds all our stuff that we have right now.
We’re at just at this little tiny house festival so we don’t have it packed out the way we would when we were traveling for you know during the year but we were able to fit everything in there totally totally fine granted two pairs of pants one pair of shorts and then this closet over here naturally the VW bus is known for breaking down and last time we were on a road trip we broke down for a month in Texas.
So we need our spare parts suitcase and also we have our duct tape our other kinds of tape and also the Bible of Oh the Volkswagen the John Muir book of how to maintain your BW and keep it alive so this was very helpful it is definitely essential there’s so many things to learn and all these different designs of how to fix it yourself which i think is really cool this is our bed it’s not this short we actually have a backrest which is up here so we’ll put it up here when we’re parked and along with our instruments which we always carry with us and there’s a yoga mat up there too and frisbee is also essential so this comes down and we’ll put it in this little space that pulls up here so we’ll just fit it in there and that’s how it becomes a full-length bed by the way the passenger seat very comfy I like that Auto recline function yeah very high-tech it’s held together ratchet straps at this point yeah so this bus did not have the swivel seat passenger chair like it does now because like you can see the back of the driver’s seat over here.
There’s this metal frame here and that actually holds the seat up there’s nothing like actually holding the seat together
like that so if you get rid of this backrest the thing would just flop backwards or flap forward which we found out when I cut off the metal piece the metal backing of the chair there so the first time I was traveling on the road for about five months I lived out in Boulder Colorado with my buddy and we worked in the mountains during the summer as campground hosts and I used to have like a little herb garden thing back there on the back side of the chair but it just wasn’t a better to have more space than to have a little herb garden and bookshelf yeah which we could always do here it’s a did you guys build all this stuff out yourselves Colby did yeah yeah I built it all out this was really before I knew REI.
I started working on it and it took me about a year I took about a year building and finding all the different little pieces and because a lot of it is pal wood but I did buy stuff when I needed to like the cedar panels and the siding up here even the sidings of all the doors and everything I made these panels to fit on there and up there I’ve had to replace like four or five of these windows the windshield is new that I did not put in does he have to have someone do that professionally I love thanks yeah people tend to really like this and I just got the sink as a gift from someone so that was really awesome yeah I guess he owned an antique yeah she just had it in the basement and she’s like I’ve been saving this for years and I’m glad that you could have it now you know but yeah its foot pump activated so we got like six gallon tank in here I guess I could open up and show you two and our common and our compost what was your inspiration behind the design I really just loved the like the cabin look so that was really that was really a trying to see how I could make this little space look like a kind of a rustic camper cabin.
I think I was able to do that but also the whole like kind of a hippie Indian sort of vibe you know like sixties music and stuff like that so my grandmother helped me make these curtains they’re like Indian sari curtains really it’s just like a curtain from Pier one Imports that was cut oh this is I tried to fix that on the way here while he was driving yeah something always needs to be fixed so that’s one of them there’s always something to tinker with always something to work on you’re never bored hi my name is Blair and I’m here with tiny bus big adventure and Wayne the bus this is a 1954 ford wayne school bus that we found in a junkyard in Colorado and it was missing the engine and missing the a lot of the windows.
So we tried to preserve parts of the bus that were still usable and turned the rest of it into our tiny house here we have the main living space my husband myself and our two dogs living here full-time we have a queen-size bed underneath it we have our little dog den and his and her closets and then in the far back we have extra storage for traveling over here we have our sink and fridge and kitchen space pantry is underneath the kitchen and that sits right up over the original will wheel wells behind this wall over here we have the bathroom which it’s quite large for a tiny house bathroom but we wanted to be able to have a little bit of separation between each other this is a set furred camping toilet we are currently saving up for a composting toilet or incinerating toilet but the thought per toilet holds about five gallons and you’re able to dispose of it like normal human waste and either a dump station or a toilet my favorite feature is actually the shoe shelf in the front cabinet so the shoe shelf here is all ends of the trees that are on the property that we currently live on and when you open it up it’s currently hiding different gadgets and gizmos but it is our usual shoe shelf so you come in here and take your shoes off make yourself at home and then come all the way inside honestly my favorite thing about the bus is the blue curved roof a lot of times I’ll sit in bed and stick my feet up on the roof but there’s something about the patina mixed with this robin egg blue that just really soothes the soul when we found it in the junkyard the driver’s window had been shot through it with bb’s and we decided that we wanted to keep as much of the original windows as possible because they’re magical like you don’t ever see this kind of swooping slightly curved window and any other kind of architecture so we really wanted to keep it so one of the funny things in the 1950s is there was still smoking everywhere so a lot of school bus drivers would smoke cigarettes well they picked the kids so the original ashtray and the original glovebox and we like to keep this because it has the serial number from when it was an actual running Ford School Bus and though the company Wayne works has since gone out of business you’re still able to track Wayne school buses every so often we’re currently
reconfiguring our water system so at the moment we don’t have running water but we do have tanks underneath and we have solar panels they’re not currently on the top of the bus because we’ve taken them off we’re building a tiny house as well so they’re going on to our our new tiny house and this is just the right height to standing yeah if you’re wearing a cap the top button of your cap will probably knock the ceiling but I’m 510 and have a pretty okay height well the nice thing is with the rounded corners are no rough edges that you’re gonna hit yourself know there used to be our last a lot of people have toured it in our last version of this we recently reconfigured it but we used to have the original shelves here and it just made the whole space feel very small and you’d always knock your head so we took those down and are currently figuring out what to do with them thank you so much hey how’s it going I’m Chris from tiny industrial here in Vermont at the tiny house fest and this is what I brought with me is called little wings a small micro house built on a utility trailer I left the back porch on here or basically turned what is normally the ramp to one of these things into a porch this is built on a six and a half foot by 10 foot trailer I try to I try to build these to get people to think a little bit out of the box some people look at these and they go oh where’s the bathroom where’s the kitchen and let every structure has to have those necessarily so let me show you around inside you’ll you’ll see what I’m talking about it’s not a lot of houses you’ll you’ll find that have first-class airplane seats but this one does look at the tray tables everything works and then over here we’ve got a full-size bed memory foam mattress and a rather large TV so when people ask me you know what is this what is the structure intended to do oh and one of my skateboard lamps up here I like repurposing and recycling upcycling things when people ask me what is this kind of structure intended to do it’s well it’s it’s whatever you want it to do right and that’s that’s kind of the the mantra that I try to promote this would be great for Netflix binge watching I always tell people that this is a great sort of additional space in somebody’s backyard could be a guest house could be a pool house so also be a wonderful thing to take to you know the local football game and set up the barbecue for tailgating that type of stuffs so the
weight is pretty light it’s it’s right around 1700 pounds can be towed by you know your average SUV Ford Explorer or similar and pricing on this this would be around $15,000 but I I like to work with customers in terms of what their specific needs are and and if somebody’s interested in having one of these tiny structures my first question to them is always like what do you want to use it for and you know you you ask that question and a hundred times and you’ll get a hundred different answers usually right some people want to travel some people want to use it as a as a vending space at craft shows other people like I said one sort of a guest space in their backyard a place for the kids to hang out and so on and so on so it’s really about what it is that you want and need and creating that space you