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I’d like to submit my tiny home for consideration for Tiny House Swoon! My partner and I built our tiny home from scratch out of recycled materials, which primarily came from movie sets we built and tore down (we own a production company in the film business). We use the ship’s wheel in the front, and a system of pulleys and ropes to lift our roof – our office “wings” also expand, with all the walls on hinges, they fold out like a cardboard box. All these features, for less than $20k! She’s still a work in progress, though.

An expanding tiny house via a rope and pulley system built for under $20,000 from reclaimed materials near Boston, Massachusetts. Photos by Morgan Karanasios. Built and lived in by Chloe Barcelou and Brandon Batchelder. More info. here and here.

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.


  • starhawk says:

    Very pretty — /too/ pretty, really. The inside is busier than a beehive at rush hour, which is actually something of a minus. If it were less busy, that would be better — a super busy place like this will put you out of your head.

    Also, why is there not a footboard or some sort of fence/stop/rest to keep you from falling off the end of the bed?! No offense to them, but I sincerely hope this couple does not have children — kids would wreck the place (and themselves) in a hot minute!

  • Linda Rea says:

    I actually like the busyness of it. Never a dull moment. I find it comfy and restful. To each their own!

  • BB says:

    This is like a beautiful fairytale castle! Such artistry and imagination! It’s fantastic!

  • Cussot says:

    It would have been nice to see the moving parts in action in the video.

  • Hunter-Grace says:

    i really like this house…but for me too much clutter….makes my eyes and brain spin……………but love your inventiveness all the same.

  • Linn says:

    I am in awe! The creativity of some people just baffles my brain! They have created their own personal space, with all that they love surrounding them. I saw a guitar, and can I assume that the delightful little tune was sung and written Chloe? Thanks for the fairy tale tour!

  • kristina nadreau says:

    excellent… congratulations .. someone actually lives here……….. I do not like the placement of the toilet , and I am sure they have their reasons.

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