50 Square Feet Cabin

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Its was a real fun little project. I live on a farm in Iowa and just wanted to show it off.

A 50 square feet cabin on wheels with reclaimed materials used heavily. Built and shared by Mike Tucker in Iowa.

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.

2016-09-19T08:26:05+00:00

18 Comments

  1. Shenphen Drolma September 19, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

    A collection of bad karma from hunting animals. Sad.

    • Griffin September 19, 2016 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Not to mention dead trees…

      IT’S A CABIN!

      It is VERY hard to be a vegetarian in
      the Great White North-
      Ipiaks,Eskimos and Inuits traditionally lived on nothing but meat for much of their time.

      Perhaps you would prefer a cardboard box on the streets of Calcutta?

      The rats in India eat or spoil enough of the food supply to feed ALL those that suffer from starvation&malnutrition.

      I strongly suggest that you people let us that reject such nonsense to solve your problem…

      I liked this cabin-

      Small&efficient.

      • Lone Hansen September 20, 2016 at 3:25 am - Reply

        Like there is no shops around at all? Pull the other leg. Hunting is for fun – to feel like a “real” man. Nothing else. It is nothing but egocentric behaviour.

        • Patrick September 20, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

          You poor folks must be so far removed from nature to have such a naive opinion. Country living must just be your fantasy – maybe why you look at tiny houses on the internet..

  2. Kathy September 19, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply

    This is the perfect little cabin. Thank you for sharing. I love how you upcycled pieces inside and out.

  3. Diane Womack September 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    To Shenphen Drolma. Sad that you don’t realize that if deer are not hunted they can overpopulate and die of starvation. That they shed their horns naturally. That if your ancestors had not been hunters, you would not be alive today. This is not a format for declaring your views on hunting. It is about the tiny houses. To Mike Tucker. Your craftsmanship really shows. I love the antique doorknob, hinged front steps, and railings. Nice use of space with the cool bed! Great work. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mike T September 21, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      thanks Diane. I didn’t want to get in to my karma, and the slaughtering of helpless animals in this post. I refrained from my first impulses, but the good people on this site handled things quite well. In fact, I have a BS in Wildlife Conservation, and care a great deal about wildlife. No animals were harmed to making of this cabin. You are correct, they are “shed” antlers. I can see others realize proper management practices are(unfortunately) needed in order to compensate for the loss of habitat and natural predators available for wildlife. This is one of the things that has attracted me to tiny houses, and tiny house communities. It does go deeper than my ego, although us males do need that boosted once in awhile. Around here, some females are active hunters too, which I think is great. Thank you all for the comments, I realize tiny houses can’t fix all of the problems facing us, but they sure are a fun distraction.

  4. Sarahjane Dooley September 19, 2016 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    This is the only travel house I can imagine being possible to haul around. The others all seem too big and difficult to drive anywhere.

  5. Donna Clark September 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Nice job. What size trailer did you build it on?

  6. Kurt Packard September 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Nice work Mike! Don’t listen to the hippies, there’s no negative karma for providing for you and your family. Hunting is a tradition that goes back to the dawn of MAN. Awesome little get away you have there.

  7. Pat Greene September 19, 2016 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Absolutely charming. I love it.

  8. Leah September 19, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    CUTE! I like it.

  9. Mia September 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Cute little cabin. Good reminder that extra small can still be a great solution. Also- actual vegan here, going on 13 years. Still like the cabin! Recognize each person is in their own journey and context.

    (Besides, if you want to convince someone of a ‘better’ way, whichever that is, attacking isn’t really a good way to accomplish that. Stop driving people away!)

  10. Ben September 20, 2016 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Really like the house.

    As far as the for/against comments about hunting, keep them to yourselves. 99.99% of us are here for the houses and don’t want to hear it.

  11. Mike Wofsey September 21, 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I keep coming back to this page to look at this cabin, it’s deeply appealing to me, this is something I could potentially build in my garage, turn it on it’s side to haul it through the door, and then bolt onto the trailer. I find the small size inviting, maybe a perfect little weekender for my son and I.

    As for the hunting, how did that start anyway? I saw nothing in the photo to suggest the builder is a hunter, not that there is anything wrong with hunting deer. Any leisurely hike around an area with a lot of deer will turn up an antler or two when they shed them. I’ve found several without even looking for them.

    One more thing, I really like that photos were included of the construction, it makes the design more tractable to me. Thank you!

  12. Doug September 23, 2016 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Do you sleep in the chair? It’ a nice sitting area.

    • Robyn J. September 26, 2016 at 12:57 am - Reply

      He states in the video that he likes to hunt and fish, plush numerous decor regarding both, which he points out. Not making a comment for or against hunting, just answering Mike’s comment. Doug, he also says in video that he can fold out the chair and sleep in it.

  13. Robyn J. September 26, 2016 at 1:01 am - Reply

    The craftsmanship in this is really nice. I personally would probably remove the large cabinet and the chair and put a futon without arms in there; a loveseat sized one would be ideal. I agree this would be easier to pull.

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