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65-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Builds Awesome Tiny House on Her Own

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Some people forge through life with bravado and courage. The unstoppable Vera Struck happens to be one of them. Back in 2012, Struck was a 63-year-old cancer survivor with no building experience. She wanted a home to call her own but, most of all, she wanted a sustainable living space. Finally, after years of waiting, she decided to build it herself, one piece at a time.

Derek Diedricksen of relaxshacks.com happened to teach Struck one of her first tiny house classes. He met with Struck again in 2015 to check out what she had built on her own. The footage he collected will give you tons of DIY ideas. It will also leave you feeling like you have no excuses anymore.

She constructed the entire home on her own over the course of two years. Furthermore, she chose non-toxic materials and off-grid options to make her space sustainable. She nicknamed her abode “The Silver Bullet” and also uses it as a sustainability classroom.

The Silver Bullet

First of all, the bright double doors usher you inside the house from the adorable front porch. Struck says she likes to meditate or have her morning coffee out here.

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She utilized reclaimed materials throughout the inside of her home. One such invention is the pull-out closet made from an old PVC pipe.

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She built these adorable kitchen drawers from old wine boxes she collected.

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Due to a general lack of storage space in tiny houses, magnetic jars make keeping spices easy and clutter-free.

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The flooring on the bathroom is in progress but she collected these rocks from around the world.

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Since she wants to cut down on plastic waste, she came up with a genius solution. She recycled water bottles into a shower curtain. And she relies on a classic compost toilet for easy trailer travel.

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One upstairs loft hosts a sustainable water heater and a cozy guest bed. Rather than using traditional AC, she built her own DIY air conditioner using a basic cooler, fan and ice.

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The bookcase serves as elegant stairs and storage.

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Because her sleeping loft is small, she inserted two pet portholes that she says reminds her of sleeping on a ship.

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She takes the charming Silver Bullet on tour around the country teaching sustainable living workshops. You can follow her journey, and maybe even sign up for a class with Vera Struck, at silverbullettinyhouse.com. And if you don’t have time for that, check out the full home tour from Derek Deidricksen:

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