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February 01, 2017, 11:00 PM

Jeremy Tuffli Talks Tiny Reclaimed Homebuilding

By Michael Morel

Home on wheels Jeremy Tuffli

Home in snow Jeremy Tuffli
Interior Jeremy Tuffli
Window Jeremy Tuffli

Oregon, USA - Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Jeremy Tuffli is a builder and professional skateboarder currently putting the finishing touches to his tiny reclaimed home in Portland. Jeremy spoke with Salvo about the experience of building a tiny house and the trend's potential impact on the future of housing.

What inspired you to build your own tiny home? What benefits does it have?
Inspiration for the tiny home came from traveling and prior building projects. I built a camper shell for my pickup truck and traveled with it around the western United States. The camper served as a spark for the house. The tiny home on wheels allows me to maintain a nomadic lifestyle while having a mobile base camp that is truly my own.

What parts of the project are made from reclaimed materials?
The floor of the loft (also kitchen ceiling) is made from reclaimed redwood. I harvested the boards from a house built in 1909, then planed them and cut them to size. The 2x6 floor framing was reclaimed from a skateboard ramp. My shower curtain rod is a rusted piece of metal purchased at a salvaged materials yard.

How is the project progressing? How long will the whole project take start to finish? What is your ultimate plan - how long do you plan to live in it?
The exterior of the house is largely complete and the interior is a work in progress. I will be building cabinets and installing the finished floor over the next few months. The project will take about 20 months total. My plan is to be a tiny housedweller for many years to come and potentially start a community with other tiny living enthusiasts.

You have developed building skills from an early age. How difficult would it be for other people to build their own small homes from reclaimed materials?
Working with reclaimed materials can add a nice touch to a small home for those willing to put in the extra time and energy. Use of these materials is definitely a more sustainable option and great for trim pieces, furniture, and other detailing.

It seems quite a few young people are doing this in the US. Do you think it is helping to solve affordable housing problems there?
Tiny homes on wheels are one solution to the affordable housing crisis, but not the only solution. The tiny house movement is appealing to millennials for several reasons including flexibility and lower costs of living. However, they are still technically illegal to reside in full time in most parts of the United States. As zoning restrictions and building codes adapt to include tiny houses, I think you'll see more people building them.

Thank you Jeremy for taking the time to talk with SalvoWeb about your inspiring project.
Learn more about Jeremy's work at the tufflibuilt website below

Tuffli Design Build

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Date Modified: February 02, 2017, 07:26 PM

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