Yellowstone Travel Trailers

I’m fascinated by travel trailers-  the grandfather to the Tiny Home movement.   I love some of the vintage “canned ham” styled trailers, that aren’t as famous as the Airstream.  Yellowstone is a lesser-know company, and are one of my favorites, as featured on


Yellowstone Trailers:

Yellowstone‘s Slogan – “Good on the go and great when you get there”

In 1945, Elmer Weaver organized the Yellowstone Coach Co. in Wakarusa. The Yellowstone travel trailer was built and sold in Wakarusa Indiana. Yellowstone trailers were well built and the travel trailer of choice for carnival employees.


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Yellowstone was one of the very few companies that didn’t venture into the larger type mobile homes. Here is their 1955 23-footer with 1-bedroom with complete bathroom and kitchen.


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Creative stairs

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Another interesting example of creative stairs to access your Tiny Home loft.  This one is interesting how it also includes valuable storage space.

I’d like to try walking up and down these, to see how difficult it is.  I’m also wondering if the addition of a hand rail may make stability a little safer?

This design was featured in Rocky Mountain Tiny Homes-  CLICK here for more info on the rest of their lovely abode!

Rent a tiny home for the night

bayside bungalowIf you’re considering the Tiny Home/Minimalist lifestyle movement, there are many opportunities to rent a Tiny Home-  check it out for a few nights-  see what its like to actually live in a small space-  try imagining what your lifestyle might feel like before committing to  the leap.

The Bayside Bungalow is a tiny house available for rent, located on the shore of the Puget Sound in Olympia, WA.   The owner states,

“At the age of 26, I set out on my dream – to build a house for myself.  Five months later, I had a tiny house on wheels. 
There is a simple joy inherent in tiny abodes, and I am now setting out to share the joy of tiny house living with people like you.  Please take a look and let me know if you would like to try a tiny house on for size!

For more info and to book your own stay, CLICK HERE.


Tiny R(e)volution

tiny revolutionThere are a number of Tiny Home/Minimalists blogs that I follow.  Tiny Revolution is one of them.  As they describe it,  an Internet home for people interested in simple, minimalist living, and less square feet than most master bedrooms.

The author is quite creative in her posts-  humorous and informative.  I encourage you to follow the Tiny Home life of Andrew and Crystal Odom!


My obsession with stairs

StairsIn my research to design a tiny home that I think will suit my minimalist wanna be lifestyle, I’m constantly confronted with “loft” spaces. Although the idea of climbing a ladder harkens back to my days of building treehouses in my parents orchard, I’m not sure that is too practical as I enter my “golden years.”

Lets face it, a lot of us have to get up in the middle of the night to pee. Do I really want to navigate a ladder while half asleep? More important, I live with three rescue dogs that have slept in the bed every night since they moved in. A ladder will not work.

None the less I like to feature various solutions for getting up to a “loft space”

this one is unique- still don’t think it fits my needs, but I like that it is a take off of a traditional letter, a little more practical.

Orcas Island Tiny House gem

Orcas Island CottageOne of my favorite Tiny Homes that I’ve discovered is this cabin by architect, David Vandervort. This one features refined finishes and millwork. It is located on Orcas Island, one of Washington’s San Juan Islands, surrounded by madrone trees and towering cedars.

The cabin is a 400 ft2 (37 m2) gable-roofed structure with lean-to extensions on either side. All four corner were notched out to create a cross-shaped floor plan. The corner notches are used for the entry porch, firewood storage and small covered sitting areas.

I love the interaction between indoors and outdoors. Although I’m often not fond of an all wood interior, there’s a simple elegance to this design. It is tops on my lists….partly due to the architecture as well as the location.

Could you live here?

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