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Tiny House Homestead “The Upcycled Micro Home”

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen author of “Microshelters”, talks to Jess Sullivan, who alongside her partner Dan, built a gorgeous tiny house on a farm in Rhode Island.

Jess and Dan’s tiny house is off-grid, with an array of solar panels, a water purifier, and employs a wealth of salvaged building materials, and clever upcycling.The bedroom is a loft space above the kitchen. Built-in storage above the bed maximizes the use of space.

Like many in the movement, they built their tiny house on a flatbed trailer, so it can easily be moved. A wheeled foundation also avoids layers of bureaucracy, because from a zoning standpoint their home isn’t considered a structure.

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There’s also the financial savings that come with downsizing. Dan and Jess have no monthly mortgage or rent payment — they just had to register the 16-foot-long trailer and keep its plates current.

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The couple designed the home themselves, and they built about 30 percent of it with reclaimed, reused and recycled materials.


Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless and/or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

This tiny house has also been featured in numerous books, on tv, and beyond. “The pod” is fully ready for off grid living, has a lofted sleeping area, a composting toilet, and ample storage space.