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30 Fantastic Tiny Homes Built With Recycled Materials

The DIY tiny house movement is all about reducing consumption. Check out some tiny homes that took it a step further by building with recycled materials.

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Going to School

School busses are a favorite for DIY tiny house builders because they already have wheels but what’s more amazing is the amount of space a school bus can offer. Some modifications to the roof of the bus can make for a comfortable living space like this school bus conversion. Check out how the knives are magnetized for easy storage on the refrigerator.

Check out some of the most incredible space-saving hacks for your kitchen.

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Home for a Horse?

You’ll never believe that this tiny home was built from an old horse trailer. The interior decorating will make you forget that little fact real quick. There is, however, an homage to the dwelling’s past live with a galvanized steel stock tank as a tub inside.

Don’t horse around when it comes to looking for a bathtub, see what you need to know before making a purchase.

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Chill Out

You’ll stay cool in this old refrigerated truck. This thing has gone completely solar and operates entirely on solar power.

Find out if solar is right for you and find out if the savings really do pan out.

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Back to the Future

This 1969 Airstream trailer has been updated to a modern look that stuns as you walk through the DIY tiny house. Inside, reclaimed oak barn siding lines the floors for a gorgeous look.

See just how creative people have gotten with reclaimed barn wood projects.

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Ship Out in Style

Shipping containers have become a viable option for conversion into tiny homes because of the low cost of the containers and the amount of space they can provide. This 20-foot container spills out into the yard with a large deck and features a cozy breakfast bar.

Did you know you can even order a tiny home to your house?

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Rocky Mountain Tiny Homes


The Boulder model tiny home from Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses uses reclaimed corrugated tin and cedar boards prominently as siding. Inside portions of the home use old barn wood. This one with recycled house material starts at $35,000 and is available in 16-, 18- and 20-ft. trailers.

Pack up and jump into one of these available tiny homes today.

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Mini Motives


Macy Miller started building a tiny home in 2011 and it has since expanded to include a family. She and her husband utilized shipping pallets for siding originally and reclaimed windows.

Tiny homes are great for those motivated to downsize, check out some incredible tiny homes perfectly fit for retirement.

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Aaron Maret

Pocket Shelter

Aaron Maret’s Pocket Shelter DIY tiny home puts an emphasis on using recycled and reclaimed material. From the pine floor to the barn wood siding. The entry doors are also reclaimed material.

Love the look of a rustic barn door? See how to make one without using old barn wood.

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Borrowing heavily from an old barn design, the Bitteroot model from Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses has its share of reclaimed corrugated metal for siding. The barn-designed roof actually helps create more loft space in the home.

Check out a lofted bed that squeezes in a car.

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The Rustic Modern Tiny House

Get an authentic tiny home experience by staying in this tiny home via Airbnb in Portland. Building materials for this recycled house include pieces salvaged from construction jobs, windows that come from an old horse farm in the Oregon countryside and a kitchenette stove/refrigerator from a history museum.

Catch a glimpse at other amazing reclaimed barn wood creations.

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Lifehaus is in the midst of building a prototype home with recycled tires as some of its material. Pallets and old utility poles also get thrown into the mix as building material for the house, which seeks complete self-sufficiency. It recycles water and incorporates wind and solar power. It’s an ambitious project for founder and architect Nizar Haddad, who is determined to reduce the carbon footprint of humans with the home.

See the incredible things solar power can do, like fuel a moped. Or find out why a rain garden can help solve a damp basement.

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Curved Roof Tiny House

Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses continued to use reclaimed corrugated metal and cedar for the siding of this tiny, recycled house. But the curved roof really makes it stand out. The additional headroom leads to a storage area/guest loft as the main sleeping area is on the main level.

Corrugated metal is as utilitarian as you might imagine. See how corrugated metal can make an attractive backyard fence.

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AA Tiny House

This DIY tiny home utilized reclaimed, repurposed and local materials for its construction. Its interior features beetle kill pine, barn wood and a salvaged kitchen sink.

One of the biggest adjustments with a tiny home is figuring out to cook with less space. See what can be done with these tiny home kitchens.

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Red Mountain

This behemoth, relatively speaking, 34-foot tiny home takes the name Red Mountain and is the largest created by Rocky Mountain Tiny Homes. There’s even a fold-down porch as an entryway. The lofts include a skylight. The kitchen cabinet is made from beetle kill pine, which is a tree that was killed by beetles.

Great things can be made from salvaged wood, like these gorgeous coasters.

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Into the Sticks

Into the Sticks

Over in the UK, Andy Gill and Kate Fox have a tiny home tucked away where they’ve watched otters, badgers, kingfishers and foxes. Inside the cozy home wine crates serve as kitchen shelves and much of the building material came from recycled and reclaimed sources.

Crates make a kitchen look great, discover the beauty of produce crates.

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House Alive

House Alive

House Alive pre-dates the latest small home craze, taking its start back in 2002 with a mission to build natural homes out of cob, which is a mixture of sand, straw and clay. House Alive says on its site that a cottage for a small family can be built for as little as $5,000 and there are some who have spent less than $1,000 on a home.

Tiny house living sounds pretty amazing as way to to escape the entrapments of modern living but there are a number of things to consider before making the leap to tiny living.

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A Pirate's Life: Charleston Harbor, S.C.

Give this tiny house a trial run, and you can take in your morning coffee and evening cocktails on the deck — along with a stunning view of Charleston’s harbor. Featured on Tiny House Hunters, A Pirate's Life was recently gut renovated using reclaimed materials.

Check out the coolest tiny houses in all 50 states.

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Louve Barge: Paris

This tiny home is in an historic Dutch barge, moored on the left bank of Paris, between the picturesque Pont Neuf and Pont Des Arts bridges. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck, or under deck at the gorgeous reclaimed wood bar in your fully equipped kitchen.

Related: These 13 genius kitchens pack a whole lot of utility into a tiny home.

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Natalie Pollard

Free Spirited Tiny Home

Natalie Pollard's DIY tiny home in North Carolina comes filled with repurposed and reclaimed materials. Pollard found a mirrored armoire at an estate sale and keeps a horseshoe from her family's farm above the door. She used wood she salvaged from a friend's cabin that was built during the Civil War for an accent wall and features plenty of other pieces made by friends.

Learn the secrets of tiny house living from a tiny house builder.

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Reclamation Project

Todd and Pemly Fink downsized from an 1,800-square foot home to build a tiny home filled largely with reclaimed pieces. By using reclaimed wood and other salvaged building materials, the Fink's created a home that works well for their individual needs. However, the 20-inch stove is not the place to roast a large Thanksgiving turkey. But it works perfectly for these two empty nesters.

Photo: Brad Stauffer

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Content with a Container in California

Leave it to California to have an elegant tiny home for sale. This DIY tiny home is made from an old shipping container. It includes a rooftop deck to enjoy the gorgeous Californian sunsets. It's available for $69,000 and can be shipped.

Find out about another unique design when you take a look inside this tiny home.

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Up, Up and Away

Tiny house builders can rely on a variety of materials and this Florida tiny home incorporates windows from a Boeing airplane. The 8-foot-6 wide, 20-foot long, 13-foot-10 tall tiny home also has a skylight to view those airplanes flying by.

Find out how to work with rough sawn lumber to create a rustic look like many of these tiny homes.

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Choo-Choo Home

You won't believe what this tiny house used to be prior to renovation. The adventurer will love living in these old caboose train cars that have 330 square feet of living space.

Any train enthusiast will love this reader project.

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Louisiana Saturday Night

This Louisiana tiny house is Louisiana in a lot of ways. From the cypress wood to the antique New Orleans corbel brackets, this tiny home was made from recycled house material.

Like the look of reclaimed wood, then you'll love this reclaimed wood beer caddy project.

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Barn Wood Elegance

B & B Micro Manufacturing has created a tiny house that is closer to a high-end RV than a tiny home. This model, "The Arcadia" includes three skylights and a reclaimed barn wood ceiling.

Making a skylight leak-proof would be especially important in a tiny home.

Learn how to build your own beautiful and affordable tiny house or add the perfect cabin on your rural property with Family Handyman's DIY University Build Your Own Tiny House course.

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Road Less Traveled

Tiny house enthusiasts often turn to old school busses to construct their abode, like this one in Nebraska. Once inside it hardly looks like a school bus with wood floors, a wood stove and a great looking wood table. You can't go wrong using recycled house items even if you're in an old bus.

Storing wood can go wrong if you don't stack it right, see the right way to stack wood.

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Ship It!

Living in a shipping container in Nevada sounds like the story of someone who lost a really bad bet. With 160 square feet and gorgeous wood decor it will feel like you won the lottery.

See why you need to add geometrics to your home decor now.

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Semi Suite

This Oklahoma DIY tiny home combines new with old by using old wood from semi truck trailers and galvanized steel from a 50-year-old barn.

Working with recycled house items is rewarding but there are some things you should never buy.

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On the Right Path

This tiny house converted an old school bus but it added additional room by raising the ceiling. The wood walls came from a 1942 Hyde Park Cottage and features butcher block countertops as some of the materials that make up the recycled house.

This tiny home doesn't use granite for its countertop and neither should you. Check awesome countertops that aren't granite.

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The Little House

Reclaimed Space has inverted the notion that everything is a little bigger in Texas with The Little House. The home features board and batten reclaimed from an 1830s whiskey refinery. Inside, reclaimed wood from Texas farmhouses makes up the floor and bead board from a Texas church went into the ceiling as some of the recycled house materials used.

Try tuning up a shed before venturing into tiny house life.

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