Rick’s Tiny House in the Woods

I stumbled quite by accident on Rick Harrison’s blog tonight. Rick has created a quite little place to live in a forest in Wisconsin. He built his tiny house out of a 1950’s travel trailer that measures about 7′ by 12′. His water comes from a slightly elevated 50 gallon barrel, heat from a small propane heater, and his plumbing is a lovable loo style composting toilet. If his plans work out this will soon be his full time home.

While many people will think this choice of lifestyle is a bit extreme I’m always inspired by folks that have the courage to step outside the norm and build themselves such extremely sustainable lives. Rick had a bit of a head start having lived on sailboats for 20 years.

My hat off to you Rick… and I’m really looking forward to following your progress online.

Rick’s blog: The Realm of the Eighty


6 thoughts on “Rick’s Tiny House in the Woods

  1. paddy says:

    Roughing it in Style. You gotta raise your glass and give a hearty Cheer to Rick and people like Rick who live out their Dreams. Sweet Hide-out Rick.

  2. Claudia says:

    I love what Rick has done — it’s very inspiring and it’s fantastic how he shares his experiences in creating his home!

  3. Kelly says:

    I LOVE THIS SITE. Love it, love it, love it. After my most recent, less than ideal relocation I realize I simply don’t like a lot of space. I feel out of control and it feels too empty (or it fills up too quickly).

    Please keep adding “extreme” folks like Rick to the site. I’m inspired by people who don’t spend much on their housing costs (and who don’t give a rat’s behind what anyone thinks).

    • Marisa says:

      Kelly, I guess I am one of those people you are talking about. I don’t care what others think about me doing my own thing…. my kids all think I am crazy because I want to downsize from a 14×60 mobile home to a 10×20 building… truth is, I practically live in my living room and kitchen now.. so it’s not like I will be missing anything when I move into the new home..

  4. Marisa says:

    I just found this site today, and LOVE it! It is very informative. At the present time I am turning a portable building, 10×20, into a home for myself. All materials I have used so far have been given to me and found by dumpster diving. I took windows out of a very old camper that was given to me years ago, the insulation was given to me, and a few weeks ago I tore down an old small barn and used the wood for my interior. I have already painted the walls. The more I do to the home, the more anxious I am to move into it… I live at the back of ten acres of land, surrounded by trees, and have two large ponds. I built my greenhouse out of pvc pipe, what the old timers call a “hoop house”.

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