How To Build An Old-Style Caravan From Recycled Materials

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Here we have a woodland home with a difference! Built using many reclaimed materials, this old-style caravan is full of character and romance. A home like this is so appealing! It is in a natural environment and reminds us of the simple life of the past – a real breath of fresh air in the modern world with all of its demands!



Here at off-grid we’ve been looking at the growing “tiny homes” movement across the world. Aside from the ‘cute’ factor, there is a real calling in many people to downsize their properties and opt for a more sustainable, low-maintenance lifestyle – it doesn’t have to be a romantic dream, it has genuine practical benefits in a time of rapidly growing population and increased pressure on the earth’s resources.

Our ability to live in balance with the earth is being tested – living in a small home is one of the best ways to make resources go further. It takes courage to make changes but if we sit down and look carefully at what we use in our everyday lives and what we need, we can soon learn to reduce the clutter! A lot of the items we don’t really need can be sold or given to those who would make good use of them, other things can be shared with friends or family. Every change that we make towards a lower impact lifestyle is a valuable one!



We all recognise the feeling of coming home after time away and realising how easy it has been to live without so many of the accumulated possessions that surround us at home. There is a great sense of freedom to be found in clearing some space! Once we have got into the habit of regular clearing out, we can downsize without any problems. A small home is quick to clean and will use much less energy to maintain – it’s also much easier to add off-grid services like solar or wind power.

It’s amazing to discover that a small caravan, or “Vardo”, would have been home even to a large family of travelling people! Their traditional lifestyle that is more outdoor based and less reliant on material possessions seems much more healthy than our modern home environment.

If you’re not ready to move in yet, this size of caravan could accommodate a single person easily and would make an ideal guest room, children’s room or a space to work from home – did you know that Roald Dahl sometimes used a traditional Vardo as a writing room?



Ok here’s the link to the full tutorial: http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/how-build-gypsy-caravan-recycled-materials


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