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Reinish and Chambers built their tiny Whittled-Down covered wagon home for just $1,500 so that they could live in it while they made a cross-country pilgrimage from Santa Fe, NM to Massachusetts two years ago. The final result may look like a pioneer wagon of old but actually has many more amenities, from a solar powered shower to a couch that doubles as a laundry bag (the more dirty clothes you collect, the more comfy the couch becomes). Libby and Tristan estimate that least 50% of the cabin is made of salvaged materials.

“We built the wagon on a 4 x 8′ utility trailer and towed it with Libby’s 4 cyl. sedan,” write Libby and Tristan on their blog, Whittleddown.com. “The construction was wood with a canvas top. Our goals were to build a portable living structure that was light and cheap.” The wagon home is powered by a 50-watt, roof-mounted solar panel purchased at a flea market.

whittled down caravan, whittled down home, caravan home, mobile home, tiny home, small home, small living, green living, green design, eco design, sustainable design, maker faire, Libby Reinish, Tristan ChambersInside, the raised bed provides underbed storage and is topped with a home-made, straw-stuffed mattress.

Lionshead’s personal observation deck is made from salvaged lumber and wire dorm shelf cubes. You can see that he accesses it via a cat door. Photo credit: Libby Reinish

To be fair, there is one thing still missing from the caravan – a toilet – but Reinish and Chambers are planning to build a portable composting toilet soon.

Don’t forget to add Whittleddown.com to your blogroll to stay updated on Libby and Tristan’s tips for doing more with less, something they clearly know a lot about.

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Photos © Yuka Yoneda, except where noted.