California DIY, shipping container tiny home and a cargo trailer bedroom

Lulu is a single mom who’d gone back to school and didn’t have the time or interest in working full-time to pay for rent. So when she had to move out of her more conventional home, she decided to move herself and her daughter into a shipping container.
With no building experience, Lulu spent just one month cutting windows and a door and installing insulation and a basic kitchen (complete with propane-powered campstove and on-demand water heater). 
Then she and her daughter moved into the 8 by 20 foot square foot home, fitting a bed, couch, bookshelf and kitchen cabinets into the 160 square foot box.
When Lulu decided they needed a bit more space, she went from shipping to trucking waste and began to build their bedroom on a used flatbed trailer.
“It’s really mostly built like a shed. It’s a nice looking shed, but it’s really an 8 by 16 shed with windows in it.”
Using only recycled building materials- including used floorboards, windows, cabinets, doors, bathtub, toilet and sinks- she built the entire thing for about ,000 (trailer included).

Original story here: http://www.faircompanies.com/videos/view/california-shipping-container-tiny-home-cargo-trailer-room/

Music credit: “I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie (http://chriszabriskie.com/)

20 thoughts on “California DIY, shipping container tiny home and a cargo trailer bedroom

  • September 28, 2017 at 7:13 pm
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    What about the land you live on have you brought it or do you rent the land

  • September 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm
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    Does she also own the land? What is the water hooked up to? A well? or someone else's house? Lots of questions about how she has permission to park there if she doesn't own the land.

  • September 28, 2017 at 7:53 pm
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    Facebook brought me here, and she's a real-life wonder woman😉

  • September 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm
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    Something that I really love about watching this videos about tiny houses is that it proves a good and old point. That you don't need much to be confortable and have a happy and meaningful life. As long as you really take care of the most important things, like your family you'll be pretty danm good…

  • September 28, 2017 at 8:28 pm
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    Dumb Question: Can you just plop these anywhere or do you need to own the land?
    What if it was in the middle of nowhere, would she still need to purchase land?

  • September 28, 2017 at 9:02 pm
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    But don't you need to pay to live on the property.. The space.

  • September 28, 2017 at 9:13 pm
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    Home is always home

  • September 28, 2017 at 9:13 pm
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    I have watched this about three times in a space of a year. It is one of my favourite documentary from Kirsten. I still wonder about the land she is on, did she buy it or is she renting it? I doubt it. Also, how does she manage to have a fridge? electricity? Does she have solar power? And last question, has she got a website? Thank you Kirsten, thank you Lulu! Love from France/ Spain.

  • September 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm
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    nice work

  • September 28, 2017 at 10:24 pm
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    needs a exhaust fan or one of those whirlybirds used for attics

  • September 28, 2017 at 10:50 pm
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    I saw this video several years ago and this house is my favorite by far!

  • September 28, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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    That's amazing rent free home with everything you need she even found a way of getting hot water on demand that's amazing

  • September 28, 2017 at 11:55 pm
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    Is the greenhouse done? Of so, can we see it?

  • September 28, 2017 at 11:59 pm
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    Lulu, puede ser que tu hermano opine que te gusta la pobreza con mucho estilo… 🙂 Solo te puedo decir que aquí van mis felicitaciones para vos desde tu Argentina natal. Creo que tenés una capacidad única para construir tanto tu casa como tu relación con tu hija y, sin dudas, sabés muy bien cuales son tus prioridades. Congrats Lulu!

  • September 29, 2017 at 12:43 am
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    What a wonderful woman!

  • September 29, 2017 at 12:50 am
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    Hey Kirsten, This video is 6 years old now, would love to see an update of her home with the additions she spoke about. Cheers!

  • September 29, 2017 at 1:47 am
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    Books! You are living on less, you are ingenious to the max, and you have Books! And high end tea. You have your priorities straight. Wish we we neighbors.

  • September 29, 2017 at 2:25 am
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    i'd marry her!

  • September 29, 2017 at 3:20 am
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    Great woman 🙂

  • September 29, 2017 at 4:07 am
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    9m views. very nice

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