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Ickle 'Gypsy Wagon' Built from Junkyard Scraps for $8K

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When is a micro home more than micro home, at least in terms of sheer diminutive cuteness? When it's a 'gypsy wagon,' duh. This pint-sized cabin was fashioned in the style of a vardo, a traditional Romani wagon-home, with a few modern updates, like a foundation made from an 8'x20' truck chassis bought at a salvage yard. Built in the mid-2000s from mostly recycled materials, it currently rests in a cedar forest in Canada, though this mobile gnome home can go anywhere a truck can tow it.

On the inside, this movable shelter pares things down to the essentials—one pretty much has to with only 160 square feet—equipped with little more than a sleeping area, a kitchenette, a small desk, and a cast-iron wood-burning stove. The curved walls and softly arched ceiling are covered with white-washed canvas, while the floor is made from hemlock boards, the top of a joist structure that's nailed to fir beams, which are in turn bolted to the chassis below. It's relatively open for such a small space, with an array of windows that includes two curved skylights and a porthole with a frame built from a repurposed '70s picnic tabletop.

In total, the project cost its creator about $8K. So, to compare, a bit less than one eco-friendly micro-hut, a Japanese-inspired cottage, a former hermit hut on a hippie commune, and one Finnish designer's DIY cabin, but more than one couple's windowed-covered West Virginia retreat and a homesteader's paradise.

· An Enchanting Tiny Home You Have To See To Believe [Inhabitat via HuffPo]
· All micro home coverage [Curbed National]
· All mobile home coverage [Curbed National]