About Me

Hello! My name is Mariah. I am a student of sustainable design and architecture. I also restore vintage campers! (The COMET is of course the natural culmination of these passions). I am an avid Tiny House advocate and participant (for more on the tiny house movement, look here: http://tinyhouseblog.com/ and here: http://www.tinyhousetalk.com/ ). I’ve always been able to see the potential in old camper trailers. When I was in high school, I thought I would just buy one, decorate it, and live in it. Then I found out about the Tiny House Movement and I felt like I fit right in. Sustainable design became an essential part of my life. I realized how many old trailers there are that either get junked or just left out in the cold, perfectly usable structures made with valuable materials. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to breathe a new, eco-friendly life into something used. I really hope The COMET can become a model for other people looking to live more sustainably and more healthy on a budget. I’ve got DIY attitude to boot so The COMET  will be created as cheaply and as efficiently as possible. I really believe that living in a tiny space using only renewable resources is not a sacrifice, but a step towards freedom and happiness.

Me with the tiny house I helped to build, in my famous Ritz crackers sweater. Photo courtesy of Swan Moon.

Me with the tiny house I helped to build, in my famous Ritz crackers sweater. Photo courtesy of Swan Moon.


Let’s get to it!

15 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Awe , Yer awesome , I have the Rar 1978 all fiberglass Van mate 1978 Dode van fiberglass clown in California ,, Thank you ,, so much ,, please let me know if you know of a goood home for her ,, Thank you so much Bob Guilliams

  2. lscheuer says:

    Mariah. Lovin’ your adventures and watching where your path is leading you.

  3. OurBoler says:

    Looks like a fun project!! Glad I found it, look forward to seeing more. I am currently fixing up a 1974 Boler for my family. something special about vintage trailers.

    • Thanks! I love the old Bolers! So light and easy to tow! Let me know how the re-do goes, send pictures and I’ll post them here 🙂 There definitely is something special about vintage campers – you said it!
      Thanks for reading!

  4. OurBoler says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog, and nominated your blog for the sunshine award. http://www.ourboler.com/sunshine-award-nomination/

  5. A girl after my own heart – lol. I have too have decided to re-do a 1972(? ) Frolic travel trailer – AKA The Pink Paradise. Progress is slow but exciting! I love your posts – can’t wait to read more. Check out my posts on my re-do and let me know what you think 🙂

    • your Frolic project sounds very exciting! Please do send pics! I love seeing other people’s camper projects. Let me know how things progress, and don’t hesitate to contact me with a question or two. And I LOVE the name The Pink Paradise – so cute. Thanks for the compliments and keep reading! And if you’re in the area of VT or the Northeast, consider bringing your Frolic to the rally I’m co-hosting at the Brattleboro KOA July 20-22 this summer.

      • David Boring says:

        Heya Mariah! Thanks for posting your work, it’s been very inspirational.

        Coincidentally, my girlfriend Kim just went crazy (well, crazier,) and bought an 1969 Avalon very much like yours, and we’re in the planning stages of a complete rebuild. She wants to make it into a fully-equipped, tiny house, which will be quite a challenge. She wants to make it into a functional installation piece. I’m not sure how that’s going to work.

        Would you be willing to share your SketchUp model with us? Even having just the outer shell would help us a bunch. If that isn’t something that you want to do, no worries.

        Thanks again for the blog! Stumbling onto your COMET project has really gotten me excited about the rebuild. We’ll be eagerly watching your progress.

      • You’re girlfriend sounds awesome! Her and I are on the same page. The COMET is going to function as my full time tiny house as well (it’s like my super-affordable version of a tiny house on wheels!). Also, sounds like we have to exact same trailer. I am curious about what you mean by “functional installation piece”, like an art piece? Sounds cool.
        I’d be happy to share the sketchup model with you guys! Can you email me through the Contact page of this site so I can email it to you?
        Thanks for reading, can’t wait to hear more about your own project. Keep me updated!

  6. Deana says:

    Wow, love what you are doing! How do you find the cool workshops… like the one on green houses? Or creative small houses. I’m in the Northern California central valley area.

    • Hi Deana, thanks for reading 🙂
      I found these workshops at the Yestermorrow design/build school, which is here on the East Coast in Vermont. I’m sure that there are many other great workshops where you are as well. However, I know people travel from all over the world to attend Yestermorrow classes – they are so good! We’re building a tiny house right now in fact, and the school has become a hub of tiny house activity in the last few years.

  7. Nour Saleh says:

    How are you? I’ve recently seen your youtube video and became motivated to start remodeling my new camper that i just bought.
    Its used but in pretty fair condition! The goal is to live in it until I can build a Cob house for my family! In meantime I gotta think of some ways to incorporate a fenced in area /courtyard in front of the camper to allow my daughter to play safely! Project starts tomorrow. Its Time to pray for some good ideas.

  8. Bill Burke says:

    Backing this so hard!!!

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