The appeal of living a more nomadic lifestyle represents a new take on the American Dream, especially among students in this millennial generation. Lots of writing on the millennials suggests that our suburban growth model perpetuated over the last 50-60 years is starting to come to and end.

It’s got its own solar system to power itself, and a bath and kitchen are independently supplied by rainwater. At the end of the day, you just need the environment to sustain yourself. You’re not tied down to a piece of land and be stuck somewhere. You can really go anywhere and do anything.

A 70 square feet “living system” with a composting toilet, rainwater collection system and solar power that is super lightweight and can be towed by almost any car. Built by REED students at Green Mountain College in Vermont. Shared by Kevin Coburn.

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.



  1. mike January 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    How much did it cost

  2. Mike January 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    That build is ingenious. Now to make the plans available (or a kit) so we can all benefit. Looks so light weight. Love it.

  3. A. DeShong January 22, 2014 at 10:53 am - Reply

    BRAVO!! Way to go! I look forward to purchasing one of these in not too far off future.

  4. Lorraine January 23, 2014 at 5:27 am - Reply

    I agree with Mike, its an amazing design and I’d love plans to build one! Well done guys.

  5. Heather January 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Where’s the shower?

  6. April January 26, 2014 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Reminds me of the nanobots they send in to heal damaged tissue and internal organs. An army of green berets amassing to battle corporate America and global warming. I’m in!

    • Ekko February 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      And a whole lot of plaid!

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  8. Almond February 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    What fuel are you burning in the pet stove?

  9. roger April 6, 2014 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Please keep me posted when plans/kits are available or even more information available.I am 62 years old,wife is 67.I love this project

  10. LoveTinyHouses May 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Very impressive design guys! I love the shape compared to the average stick and panel tiny house on a trailer. Should pull well. I’m curious how you made out with the toilet. I’ve looked into that design myself and disposal of waste is always the tough part, especially in a colder climate where you can’t just bury the compost in winter.

  11. Jeremy Steele June 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Like everyone above, I would love to have a better idea of the materials involved and any possible plans for this.
    Thanks guys and gals!

  12. evo June 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Does the girl come with it?

  13. Sam June 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    I’m a little worried about the warmth. Doesn’t look insulated at all.

  14. Reggie Greenleaf August 1, 2017 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Very interested in the plans for the Otis!

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