Door and Frame, Vardo Remodel Part 8

Every home needs a door.  It's a tricky bit that must fit well, open and close easily, provide some security, and hopefully, look good doing it.   We found a mahogany, two-panel door at the Habitat Re-Store in Lubbock a couple months ago and since the price was right ($10), we bought it.  It was … Continue reading Door and Frame, Vardo Remodel Part 8

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Progress is slow but steady, Vardo Remodel Part 7

The weekend was cold, I was tired (read lazy), and other things had to be attended to so this update is just baby steps in the big scheme. Although mine is a purely pragmatic build, I wanted an homage to the classic Dunton Reading wagon. Taking a plain profile and giving it simple compass curves … Continue reading Progress is slow but steady, Vardo Remodel Part 7

“Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand and I will move the Earth” Remodeling the Vardo, Part 4

Taking the Biggest Step of All; Transferring the old vardo to the new trailer. Now that I was confident that the box was going to hold up under the stress of the transfer I was ready to slip the trailer under the body.  It was a whole lot less dramatic than I was afraid it … Continue reading “Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand and I will move the Earth” Remodeling the Vardo, Part 4

Naked and Afraid! Remodel of the Little Green Vardo, Part 3

Caution - suggested nudity, implied whiskey, and some old-fashioned Scottish engineering to liven up the day. Now that I have your attention: Saturday morning came and it was time to start stripping down to the bare essentials (hence the first part of the title, suggested by SB). After an evening of pulling everything out of … Continue reading Naked and Afraid! Remodel of the Little Green Vardo, Part 3

Remodel of the Little Green Vardo, Part 2

Preparing the trailer and laying the foundation for the Vardo. A couple of issues had to be addressed before any real construction could begin.  Unfortunately, a day job and early sunsets dictate my work hours so I only have a short time each night to get something done throughout the week.  Here's the summary: The … Continue reading Remodel of the Little Green Vardo, Part 2

A Classic Sheep Wagon in a Modern Setting

I love these old sheep camps.  There are many on ranches from New Mexico to Idaho and beyond in old sheep and cattle country.  They aren't highway capable but it seems they could provide a real housing alternative for low-income minimalists.  For many of us, living this way would be far better than a housing … Continue reading A Classic Sheep Wagon in a Modern Setting