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Brief update on gypsy wagon / tiny house construction

Back on September 4, I shared photos of the beginning stages of constructing a gypsy wagon or tiny house. As a next stage in the planning and design, our master craftsman put together mock ends to help the owner determine the window sizes and locations.

Gypsy wagon : tiny house 1

The feel of being inside them was very real. Because the side ‘windows’ were movable, they got rearranged for the best views on this river property.

Gypsy wagon : tiny house 2

It may have taken a little time to go through this exercise, but I think it was worth it to gain an end product that everyone will be happy with.

gypsy wagon : tiny house 3

And on to the next weekend…

I wanted to share a few photos of my adventure with helping on the construction of a gypsy trailer…or tiny house, as they are being called. But the week has flown by with the pics off the camera at least, but not into the world. I have however, gotten through my copy edits on Volume Two of The Luminated Threads, and seen the second mock-ups of the cover art!  So exciting week for me.

Here’s the short version on the gypsy wagon… and the photos if anyone is interested in the step-by-step process of construction, like I am. A group from church is working on two of these tiny houses on a lovely river property.

gypsy wagon

interior of tiny house

One gypsy wagon purchased by the landowners is already on the floodplain property. It’s a nice way to ‘camp’ at short notice and still be close to nature.


The property floods, so the solution to having sleeping ‘cabins’ available for a few folks who might not be able to tent, is to have portable structures that can be moved when–when, not if–a flood event occurs.

floodplain property

This was not the first workday. The army surplus wagons are already set up and a deck built between them. The flooring was laid down last spring with hardware cloth rodent prevention and foam insulation.

marking the flooring for

Our goal for the one workday was to frame in the three sides of the beds with studs on 16 inch centers, and prepare a level surface for an overhanging edge to widen the inner dimensions a bit. The trailers still have to be a width to be transported on the highway to higher ground.





One wagon had side supports that needed to be worked around by cutting notches with a jigsaw–a little detail which required a lot more measurign and cutting. Something to keep in mind if you have the option to choose a wagon style.


The extension boards fit nicely around.

edge boards

We finished mid afternoon and were able to enjoy the evening on the river.

sharing meals

We have a creative crowd, both for construction and meals!

Hope I’ve given you a few takeaway hints!

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