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Living Big In A Tiny House. Tiny House Living. Talking to Jay Shafer About Making the Universal House. Few names are as closely associated with small living as Jay Shafer, the man who practically invented what is now known as the tiny house.

Talking to Jay Shafer About Making the Universal House

Tiny houses have become a minimalist design and lifestyle ideal. Their tiny size permits no extraneous stuff. They occupy a fraction of the spatial and carbon footprint of a normal home. They are usually owned outright, sidestepping expensive mortgages and financial institutions. And by virtue of their trailer mounting, they can often avoid traditional building regulations.

Jay invented the species back in the late nineties after he wanted something more suitable for year-round habitation than the 100 sq ft Airstream he’d been living in for a couple years. Though there may be public indications to the contrary, Jay has not been with Tumbleweed for a couple years. David Friedlander: What happened with Tumbleweed? Jay Shafer: I took on a business partner a few years back. DF: Let’s step back a second. Tiny House Builders and Companies. There is a growing number of tiny house builders to choose from and several ways to go about building your own.

Tiny House Builders and Companies

So which way is best? That’s the question you’ll have to answer for yourself. And there’s a lot to think about... I can help by showing you what I do know about each company and what they offer. Then it’s up to you to decide what options are best suited for your own needs. You’ll find that you have several options, including... Purchasing tiny house building plansDoing the construction yourselfHiring contractors to build it for youOrdering it ready made by a companyOrdering just the "shell" and completing the rest yourselfETC...

And the options go on... Each one offers different things. Ready-made - Home. Design a More Self-Reliant & Resilient Life. Tiny House Builders and Companies. Tiny Houses related web sites. Design a More Self-Reliant & Resilient Life. Small House Plans. The tiny house plans you’ll find here are drawn with do-it-yourselfers in mind.

Small House Plans

We keep the prices low to help people get a leg-up on their own tiny house dreams. Inside each of the plans you’ll see how tiny houses are framed with step-by-step illustrations. If you like what you see below consider getting our 6-PACK OF PLANS (PDF Download) for $39.95. Little River Lodge (8′x24′) The Little River Lodge is a 24-foot tiny house design with a tiny bedroom on the lower level and a loft above.

PDF format 34 pages $9.95Learn More about the Little River Lodge Caspar Cottage (8′x20′) The Caspar Cottage is a 20-foot tiny house design inspired by the historic homes on Northern California’s Mendocino coast . PDF format 36 pages $9.95Learn More about the Caspar Cottage Calpella Cabin (8′x16′) The Calpella Cabin is a 16-foot tiny house design inspired by the homes on Calpella Street in Mendocino, Californa. PDF format 35 pages $9.95Learn More about the Calpella Cabin Coastal Cottage (8′x28′) Free Updates. Uncut Tiny House Realized. As a result of this exploration we now know that a tiny house that could be built without a saw.

Uncut Tiny House Realized

The direction I went in is just one way to go too – and I’m certain there are many many more. In fact several folks have commented and contacted me directly suggesting some great improvements. I was thinking of running a little design competition to see how many people we could inspire to jump onto this idea – but this whole process sparked a new idea that’s even better.

You see when you choose to avoid using a saw in your design, you end up making compromises that create another kind of waste – the use excess material in the structure. Making cuts for a perfect fit means the house only ends up with just the right amount of material, albeit with some discarded waste lumber. Tiny House Newsletter: Thank You. Tiny House Cost vs. Traditional House Cost. There are lots of benefits from buying and living in a tiny house.

Tiny House Cost vs. Traditional House Cost

The most obvious is the cost of the house itself. I have written this blog post for you to SEE the difference in price between traditional homes and tiny houses. This only covers the issue of the price of the house itself. It doesn’t get into other factors such as purchasing land for the tiny house to sit on. I have purposefully excluded the issue of land since many tiny house owners select to park their homes in a friend’s back yard, lease the land, travel, or some similar arrangement. According to CBS News, the average cost of a house in the United States is $156,100. The Tiny Life. Tiny Homes l Energy Efficiency. Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World. Talking to Jay Shafer About Making the Universal House. The Not So Big House. Sarah Susanka's Not So Big Showhouse.

MiniHome. Altius Architecture, Inc. Tiny Houses. Design a More Self-Reliant & Resilient Life. Tiny House Talk. Uncut Tiny House Realized. Tiny House Newsletter: Thank You. 9 great ways to use a tiny house (other than as a home) Whether you call them tiny houses, micro-homes, or mini houses, ultra-small buildings are rapidly gaining popularity for those who want to downsize and minimalize their personal environmental footprint.

9 great ways to use a tiny house (other than as a home)

It's refreshing to see so many people choosing a different path for their day-to-day living experience than the conventional oversized dwellings that make up the bulk of the houses on the market. Living in a tiny house can reap dividends beyond just being able to get to mortgage-free sooner and cutting utility bills down to size, as learning to live more simply and minimally can offer a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that isn't easily found in any other living environment.

But for those who think, "I could never live in a house that small," tiny houses also easily lend themselves to a range of other uses, none of which require living in them full-time. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. The Tiny Life. Tiny House Living. Tiny House Design. Tiny House Swoon. Ready-made - Home. Tiny Houses related web sites. The Cube Project. Wood Building Research.

Small house plans, designs, modular, prefab, modern, solar @ smallhousestyle. Materialicious - Inspiration for Architects, Designers & Fashionistas. Living Big in a Tiny House. Amazing DIY Off-Grid Modern Tiny House Built for NZ$21,000. Tiny House6. Tiny House Blogs & Info 1. Tiny House Build. Micro Houses. Dedicated Websites. HOME - Tiny Happy Homes. Molecule Tiny Homes. "Life's a garden–Dig it!" Tiny House Builders and Companies. Cai (tm) House. Nick Hurt of Cambridge, VT has created a cabin he calls the Cai ™ House.

Cai (tm) House

This is a portable cabin. Nick is in the process of getting his business off the ground and wanted to share his design here on the Tiny House Blog. The cabin pictured here is a prototype cabin and is not for sale. Nick will work with you to create your cabin and finish it the way you want it. Nick has his cabin on Ebay and you can contact him at cnhconsulting(at) Nick describes his prototype cabin below: Definition- a two story 420 square foot portable, energy efficient, low impact, self sufficient structure that can be set up by one person in 6-8 hours.

Where transformer toy meets housing- Everything stores neatly inside during transport and unfolds into a cute little house that can be folded up to be transported again. The prototype shown in the photos is not insulated and was constructed for personal use. Intended uses- 1. Remember trailer parks? Now they're called 'tiny house hotels' Tiny homes, which in Portland are sometimes designated by their official name 'accessory dwelling units' are all the rage.

Remember trailer parks? Now they're called 'tiny house hotels'

Postcards in residents' mailboxes advertise the benefits of building tiny homes, and tout the city's current love-affair with these small buildings because they create density in the city rather than sprawl on its outskirts. © Caravan'The Pearl' So, no surprise that Portland has the first 'official' U.S. tiny house hotel, a circle of three tiny homes smack in the heart of the city's Alberta district. Called the Caravan, this trio of tiny homes can accommodate a maximum of ten guests. Each of the three tiny trailers has its own tiny toilet and shower, electric heat, and tiny kitchen, all housed in under 200 square feet.

. © Caravan'The Tandem' A stay at the Caravan costs $125 per night for two guests. The hotel 'amenities' are a fire pit, chairs, and a hammock. Tinywood Homes.