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Video: Tour A Tiny Home In Northeast Portland

Ecotrope | Oct. 30, 2012 1:39 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:29 p.m.

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John Labovitz likes to keep things simple.

He lives in a tiny house on the back of an Isuzu truck in northeast Portland. He makes the most of about 119 square feet living space with a single cooking burner that runs on denatured alcohol, a tiny wood stove built for a sailboat, a desk that doubles as a seating area, and lots of hooks.

The house is custom built to look like a upscale gypsy caravan with a vaulted ceiling and boxcar layout. It’s parked in a driveway near NE Alberta.

“I sometimes refer to it as my Victorian RV,” he says. “I imagine this is how an RV would have been built in 1900.”

The house doesn’t have a bathroom. He uses the facilities at the house next door.

Northeast Portland resident John Labovitz says he doesn\'t have any regrets about moving into this 8.5-by-14-foot tiny home that he built on the back of an Isuzu truck.

Northeast Portland resident John Labovitz says he doesn't have any regrets about moving into this 8.5-by-14-foot tiny home that he built on the back of an Isuzu truck.

His house doesn’t have a sink or running water, but he has a water jug and a big bowl he uses to wash his dishes.

“In my design process, I thought a lot about what I really used it for and how I really used it,” he said. “So I asked myself: What is a sink? To wash vegetables or wash my hands, I have different ways of doing that. It’s kind of like a really nice version of car camping, which I’ve always liked.”

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