Are you the proud owner of a tiny house, skoolie, van conversion or teardrop that you live in, or built yourself and want to show it at the Colorado Tiny House Festival? Requesting a spot only takes a minute!
Das Kleine Haus
Masyn Moyer | PeeWee
Masyn Moyer is story teller, bus dweller, dream weaver, fire starter, modern hippie, decidedly single, dirty deed doer! Moyer formed The United Mobile Living Association, a membership-driven trade organization for the mobile living community and industry. In collaboration with members, the association is a force for the industry in advocacy, policy and increasing affordable, sustainable and innovate housing options.
Scott Miller | Homer
Hello! My name is Scott Miller. I fell in love with the tiny house movement in high school but never really had the guts to move into a tiny house of my own until I graduated from college last year and started looking at the rental markets for apartments in Colorado. After a few months of searching, I decided that it would be more economical for me to invest in a tiny house than to spend 50% of my paycheck each month on rent. So, I began looking for vans first so that I could fulfill the normal stereotype of dirtbag rock climbers, but with the winter quickly approaching, I found Homer; a 25’ tiny house on the back of an E350 chassis to call my home for the foreseeable future! Unlike many of the other DIYers I didn’t build Homer myself but I did buy him from a guy in Delta, Colorado who did an amazing job building my tiny house and he actually lived in my house for two years before he put it on the market. So, I’m still learning all about Homer’s quirks and how I could make some minor modifications here and there, but for the most part, what you see is what you get! On a side note, I’m currently based in the Stapleton/Aurora area, so its possible that you’ve seen me driving around before; but if you haven’t I’m looking forward to meeting all of you this summer at the Colorado Tiny House Festival!
Cynthia & Ray Thillet | The Murphy
Our dream house for a long time was a log cabin. The trouble was we didn’t have land and it was way out of our budget. Then one year we saw a log cabin on wheels. It was almost perfect but we couldn’t pull it because it was 10 feet wide. This would have been ok if we had a permanent place for it. Three years we took our first trip to Colorado Springs and got to see our first tiny house at Tumbleweed. There were things we liked but too much we didn’t. One night we sat down and drew our ideal tiny house on a sheet of notebook paper even going so far as making it 3D. We had our design now we needed a builder. That year Portland had their tiny house conference. Our goal was to find a builder and to find out how to find a place to park it. We gained much more than that. We became part of a growing community. When we got home we planned on ways to fund the building of our house. We sold 2 houses sold/donated 90 percent of our belongings and moved 2 states away to a 600 sqr ft apartment. After 8 months all was a go-to start having our house built. 1 year ago we drove a 150 Ram truck to pick up our house. The place we are at now was our second choice to live but the best place. We have had our tongue bend and our water heater freeze. We have made changes and could make more. Living tiny was the best thing for us. We come home and smile when we see our house.
The Martins | Tiny House Twin Travels
Hi all. We are Kevin Martin and Ally Shea and we live in a 272 square foot tiny house with our 3 year old twins, Bodhi and River. Living tiny had always been an idea in the back of our minds, but the opportunity came on quickly, so we found a builder who could meet our timeline and rushed in with both feet. We’ve been living and traveling in our tiny house since January and are loving life. There have been challenges, but nothing we can’t handle. We’ve driven from Seattle all the way to San Diego and then headed east toward AZ and up to CO, which is where we’ve been exploring for the past few months. As you can imagine, life before the tiny house felt incredibly rigid with twins. We still keep them on a schedule, but having the freedom to see new places through our children’s eyes has made things much more exciting. Kevin is a digital media specialist and Ally is a teacher with a focus on environmental education, but has stayed home with the boys since they were born. Our home was built by Tiny Heirloom out of Portland, OR. She is named Destiny Unbound and she is 34 foot gooseneck with 272 square feet of living space (excluding the loft). We don’t know how long we will travel with her, but we are soaking up all of the time that we can and are working to improve people’s understanding of tiny houses as we go.
Kae Fink & Reid Pletcher | Operation Off The Grid
The Operation: Off the Grid team is comprised of Reid Pletcher and Kae Fink, a goofy and fun-loving couple who have recently moved to Colorado, and are unashamed novices in the realm of design and build. Reid is originally from Ketchum, ID, and graduated in 2012 from the University of Colorado. Following collegiate and professional successes in Nordic skiing, Reid moved on to the more prestigious realm of American Ninja Warrior athletics (you’ll find his run at the Oklahoma City Finals on Season 8!) and is currently working in sales. Reid enjoys diesel trucks and softshell pants and is strangely capable of unicycling while spinning fire. Kae is originally from Bedford, NH, and graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 2016 with dual degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Economics. Following a year living in Idaho and training full-time for Nordic skiing, Kae is pursuing graduate work in Chemical Engineering while working part-time as a ski coach and a professional gardener. Kae loves getting lost in the woods, climbing (rocks are alright, but buildings and random objects are better), and snacks at any and all times. With the help of some amazing sponsors, we are tackling Operation: Off the Grid, and are psyched to share the process with you! We hope that aspiring tiny home dwellers, regardless of expertise, will find inspiration in our experience (and hopefully avoid some of our pitfalls : )
Zac Henderson & Tiffany Everett | Rolling Vistas
We are Zac Henderson and Tiffany Everett. Combined with our pups Tuco, Frankie, and our Skoolie, Diane Ourbus we make up Rolling Vistas. Typically not living in any one location longer than two years, our current home in Longmont is the longest we’ve ever lived in a single structure as adults at 3 years. Travel is one of the biggest driving forces in our lives, and since Zac is a fine art photographer that does a lot of work in the desert, and since Tiffany is a graphic designer that can work from anywhere, it made sense to find a way to be completely mobile while also living comfortably. That’s when we picked up Diane Ourbus, a 1998 International AmTran Genesis school bus. We’ve built her out into our tiny cabin on wheels, complete with kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living area. Since neither of us had any carpentry skills when we first started, we’ve had to learn along the way. Diane Ourbus is helping us realize the dream of minimal, low impact full-time travel.
** Please note – Rolling Vistas will only be available on Sunday 6/24 **
Adam + Vanessa | Create Wondr
We are Adam + Vanessa living and traveling in our self-built Sprinter van with our dog Caeden. We were motivated to live tiny, and travel so that we could experience this beautiful world, have more time to explore our interests and be present with one another. Ultimately, we believe that by simplifying our lives we get to the heart of what really matters: meaningful relationships and the time to follow our passions – achievable to every person that goes after it. Because when you learn to focus your energy on what’s important you’ll have more time, more money, and the happiness that only comes when you live authentically.
Amanda & Phil | Art Van Grow
Hi we’re Amanda & Phil and we are Art Van Grow! A little over six months ago we bought an 2000 Class C Shashta Sprite RV and re modeled the inside as well as turning the exterior into moving art. Amanda has always been involved in art most of her life & still makes art as a hobby. Phil has always been into both music and art and plays the keyboard and the guitar. Together we decided that we were going to make our home into moving art and support other local artists, makers, musicians, creators, dreamers, and everyone in-between. We are on our first cross-country road trip in our new ArtV Tiny House and we are so excited to support local during our entire adventure! Thank you to everyone for your support & stay sexy (;
Bud Damon | The Streamliner
This used to be a 1980 Streamliner equine clydsdale trailer, repurposed into an old, fat man’s tiny house. Slightly oversized, no ladders or lofts. Leathercraft workshop, drive in and out motorcycle garage. 1936 super chief train car motif. All stainless steel kitchen with one-inch copper exposed pipes. Large bathroom, full shower, composting toilet and urinal. Rooftop beer garden. Quite unique. Truly designed to go down the road at 70 miles per hour!
Amy Martin | Gnomey
Gnomey is an ultra-tiny home built with a steel frame on a repurposes snowmobile trailer. Gnomey sleeps 1-2 people and has solar panels, a wood-burning stove and is wired for both 110 & 12-volt electric. Gnomey also has a porch at the door and plenty of windows!
Tony LoVerde & Melissa Rumianowski | The Great Gilly
Tony and Melissa had already been dreaming about tiny living when their home tragically burned down in early 2017. They took this as an opportunity to start again – not difficult when you have so few belongings! They purchased a 1989 Gillig Phantom schoolbus (“Gilly”) and have spent the last year converting her into a tiny home on wheels. Their adventure begins in fall 2018, where they plan to explore the wild and seek community.
Walt Green | The Catwalk Tiny House
In 2012 and 2013 I started studying the tiny house concept. I thought of the three biggest problems of this industry. First – how to normalize the experience of going to bed and getting up when there is a sleeping loft. Second – the toilet problem. Third – storage. I visualized the solutions to solve all three problems. Winter of 2014 I put the plans to paper. Then in January 2015, I began building the prototype. Following the build, I applied for a patent. *USPTO 15/635,164 6/27/2017. Still pending.
I have solved all three problems. In doing so I have revealed the design failures of all previous builds. If needed, these innovations will transform the tiny house concept from being a novelty to being a working reality.
Walt Green. Inventor.
The Ultimate Truck Camper
Our tiny home is a custom-built Oregon Red-Cedar camper. The rig is constructed on a white 2016 Ram 3500- 4-Door Chassis Cab (Cummins Diesel Engine) with 25,000 miles on it.
The cedar exterior is freshly coated with Le Tonkinois natural marine oil and is completely sealed and leak resistant. We have driven it across 40 states in negative temperatures, rain and ice storms, heavy wind and extreme heat with no issues. The arched shape minimizes wind-resistance and sway.
The arch was built using a durable steel frame, with bent plywood overtop, a thick layer of insulation and cedar exterior. The interior is light stained pine – it smells amazing!
-Lofted Space (Fits a Queen Mattress) with arched window to star-gaze.
-Hard wood floors
-Four openable windows with pop-in screens -creates a great cross-breeze
-Optional pull-out queen couch/bed with storage beneath
-Optional wall-to-wall beige carpet to protect the pine floors
-Optional white storage shelf (with rope system to keep clothes/boxes from spilling out)
This is the ultimate adventure-mobile. A real conversation starter. A beautiful, comfortable space to travel and live in.
Class: Truck Camper
Location: Denver, CO
Fuel Type: DIESEL
Engine Type: 6.7L Turbo Diesel engine
Sleeping Capacity: 4
Engine Manufacture: Cummins
Exterior Color: Red Cedar
Jessica & Forrest Kiser | Bus With Us
We are Forrest and Jessica Kiser; a newlywed couple who decided that we wanted to travel the United States before settling down (if we ever settle down!) We looked into just buying a used RV but saw that wasn’t how we wanted to travel. Two of our cousins have done the tiny house build and we were thinking of going in that direction until we learned about Skoolies! We lived in Orlando Florida but knew that it wasn’t the best place to do this project so we moved to Virginia where Forrest had many friends and family who had carpentry skills that we could learn from. We spent 6 months on the build; building during the day and both of us working at Dominos at night.
We now travel with our three rescue dogs and want to hit all 49 states and parts of Canada!
Our bus is a 2002 International School Bus which we bought from a private catholic school with only 170,000 miles on it. It is 40 feet long by 90 inches wide with 5 feet of that used as our garage to hold our bikes and other items. Luckily Forrest is a mechanic and is able to keep the bus in tip top shape. We tried to use as much reclaimed and reused items for our bus build as possible to give it that rustic look. Our counter tops and shelves are made out of Wormy Oak taken from Forrest’s grandmother’s old barn. Our outside bathroom walls are made out of reused pallet boards that we got from Forrest’s father’s business. The inside of our shower walls are made out of copper penny for roofing. Our cabinets were given to us by our friends and just repainted a Teal color. Our bus has six 300 watt solar panels that were given to us by our sponsors Mission Solar. They run our fridge, lights, and all of our outlets that are used to charge our technology. As we travel we still add to our bus as we go.