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Family adventures inspired North Sister, a high-end tiny home

Spud and MaryEsther Hooley have spent four decades in tiny homes, including a converted caboose in Idaho, a trapping cabin on the Snake River, a yurt in Mongolia, a wall tent while commercial fishing in Alaska, a 19’ van in Mexico, and a year in a sailboat from Europe to Russia.

When they moved back to the United States, the Hooleys began building a tiny home in Sisters, Oregon, relying on their years of construction experience with both tiny spaces and community development work in Romania, Nepal and Mongolia. Named “The North Sister” (after the local mountain peak), the 300-square-foot home on wheels (200 floor + 100 loft) is the sum of many handcrafted details: custom storage stairs finished in bamboo for a soft step, a full-sized shower with corrugated metal and exposed copper pipes, a kitchen with a generous farmhouse sink and full-height fridge.