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Design « Designed by Foundry Architects and Brian Levy, Minim House design stands on the shoulders of others: House 227 from the great folks at Yestermorrow, the hidden platform bed from Front Studios, the not-so-tiny homes from Stephen Marshall at Little House on a Trailer, the Solo designs from MiniHome, plans from Wheelhaus, and Idea Box’s MiniBox. Yet the design integrates some of the best elements from these plans, adds its’ own unique elements and thinking on micro house air quality, water/sanitation, rainwater collection/filtration, cooling, insulation and kitchen design. Minim House also responds to my perceptions of the current state of small house-on-wheels design and use: a) tiny houses are…too tiny. The average size of an American prison cell is 50-80 square feet, with no kitchen or bath. b) tiny houses don’t move all that much. c) tiny houses often feel cramped. d) tiny houses can live in a modern age. ©2012 Brian Levy

Tiny Tack House Plans — The Tiny Tack House Q - How big is your trailer? A - 7 x 20 5,000 Dual Axel Utility Trailer with load up to 10,000 Capacity. Q - How long did it take to build? A - Seven months from delivery of the trailer. Q - How many man hours did it take to build? A - Just over 800 hours of work, done by two people. Q - Did you have any building experience before building the tiny house? A - No, just some basic shop class skills from HS. Q - How big is your fridge? A - The fridge we picked up from Home Depot was a magic chef 4.0 cubic feet fridge with freezer on top. Q - How much did it cost to build? A - Not completely calculated yet, but roughly between $15,000 -$20,000. Q - What is the capacity of your fresh water tank? A - The tank can hold 40 gallons of fresh water. Q - Has anyone thought you were crazy going through with the build? A - Yes! Q - What size bed can you fit up in the loft? A - We have a Queen sized 5.5 memory foam mattress up in our loft. Q - Where did you pick up your wine barrel for your shower?

How tiny house communities can work for both the haves and the have nots Ryan Mitchell lives and breathes tiny houses. He has been running the popular website The Tiny Life for the past five years; is currently planning a tiny house conference for approximately 120 people in Charlotte, N.C., where he lives; and has written a book on tiny living that’s due to be published in July. To top it off, he recently finished construction on a tiny house of his very own. Mitchell’s dream, however, is a community of tiny houses. How idyllic! Nevertheless, clusters of little huts in line with Mitchell’s vision are beginning to show their heads around the United States – though sprung from perhaps a different direction than he and the legions of tiny house followers might expect. But regardless of origin, tiny house community acceptance faces yet another obstacle: the stigma that tends to surround groups of very small dwellings clustered on a single plot of land. The majority of tiny houses are, in fact, built on wheels. The land for Community First!

Friends Create DIY Micro Tiny House Community in France If like me you’ve been wanting to see more tiny house communities come to life you’ll probably really enjoy this post (and the videos below). Because projects like this can serve as a model for any of us to follow or at least learn from to create more tiny living micro communities around the world. I like the idea of independent ‘micro’ communities created by relatively small groups of people who exchange labor with each other to keep building costs low. But if you wanted (or the group wanted) the land could also eventually serve as a learning center, farm, sustainable living learning center, etc. I encourage you to learn how a group of friends and fellow carpenters built this micro community using very little money and their own labor in a fairy tale forest setting in France: Video: Whimsical Off-Grid Tiny Housing in France Original story. Video: Tiny Mud Home with Living Roof Tour Original story. Resources

11 Tiny House Villages Redefining Home Above: Boneyard Studios in Washington, D.C. Please share with Shareable! Click here to support our coverage of the real sharing economy. Tiny house villages are a new part of the tiny house movement, yet they hold a lot of potential to transform lives and communities. Some tiny house villages are still in the planning phase or are demonstration villages, and many are designed to house the homeless. 1. A demonstration tiny house village in the District of Columbia, Boneyard Studios has a mission to demonstrate creative urban infill, promote the benefits of tiny houses, support other tiny house builders, and model what a tiny house community could look like. 2. Community First! 3. Still in the planning stages, this tiny house village in Sonoma, California is the brainchild of Jay Shafer, founder of the Four Lights Tiny House Company. 4. 5. Touted as the first tiny house hotel, Caravan is a model of what a tiny house village could look like. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Yan's Tiny Tack House based on Tumbleweed Fencl: Open House Have you seen Chris and Malissa’s Tiny Tack House before? Their tiny house is AWESOME. One of my favorites because it’s a couple’s tiny house and Chris is a photographer. The latest tiny house that Chris has gotten to photograph from what I understand is Yan’s tiny tack house, shown below. And Chris Tack’s photos are always amazing. And they made some modifications to it. When you walk in you’re greeted by a beautiful fireplace. All photos by Chris Tack Yan’s Tiny Tack House Notice the flip up table and storage underneath cushions. I like how there’s not really any furniture. So much natural light thanks to all of the windows and skylights. Beautiful tiny kitchen with plenty of cabinets. What an amazing sleeping loft. Another really awesome view of their sleeping loft below: They modified their Fencl design to accomodate for another sleeping area that you can see below: I think they did that by moving the kitchen towards the front more and placing this room behind the kitchen.

3 | These Tiny Wooden Houses Are The College Dorm Of The Future A few years ago, Swedish student housing company AF Bostäder had a young woman from the city of Lund inside live in a tiny house-box--not even 10 square meters large--to test the idea of a cheap, cheerful, and environmentally friendly “smart student unit" that included a toilet, kitchen, and bed. “I think she still lives there,” says Linda Camara of Tengbom Architects, the company behind the 2013 iteration of the living pod--a petite vision in pale wood offset with lime green plant pots, cushions and stools. The premise for the cube, which has been in the works since 2007, is reasonable enough: students live and die on cheap housing, but everyone needs a toilet. It’s taken six years to whittle the tiny houses down to the current cross-laminated wooden test model form. Swedish housing regulations require student apartments to cover a minimum of 25 square meters, but Tengbom’s cubes, designed for students at the University of Lund, are the first known exception.

Top 5 Biggest Barriers To The Tiny House Movement I was driving into work today when the idea came to me for this article. Why does it have to be so difficult to achieve the life so many of us would love to live? There are no simple answers to our reasons, but we need to face them head on. Since I don’t like to focus on the negatives too much, my next post will be on some of the possible solutions and approaches to overcome these barriers. UPDATE: Here are the solutions to these: Part 1 and Part 2 Land One of the largest hurdles for people wanting to live in a Tiny House is access to land. Loans At this point, banks don’t feel that Tiny Houses are a viable option because they don’t have a good resale value. Laws Despite the approach of putting a tiny house on trailer, this isn’t the magic bullet that it is often claimed to be. Social Pressures In our society today, bigger is better, more is better, we are conditioned to want more and more stuff. Fear This ties into a few of the above points, but is none the less a real barrier. Related Posts

Bytte storstadsstressen mot vagn i Skattungbyn – Då var jag snickare och levde Svenssonliv med tjej, hund och pendlade till jobbet. Det var jobba, jobba, jobba. Det kändes inte så tillfredställande, nåt saknades, men det var svårt att sätta ord på vad det var, säger Markus Skoog. Markus fick då upp ögonen för en utbildning i självhushållning i Skattungbyn norr om Orsa. Vagn lösningen på bostadsbristen Men bostadshetsen följde med honom, för ända sedan folkhögskolan i Mora startade utbildning i självhushållning i Skattungbyn på 70-talet, har byn lidit av bostadsbrist. – Att jag byggde det här huset var ju att det inte fanns nånstans att bo i byn. ”Mycket mer tillfredsställelse” Hans 17 kvadarmeter stora vagn står uppställd på en gård i byn där han lever tillsammans med andra som delar hans sätt att leva. – Det här livet har gett mig mycket mer tillfredsställelse i tillvaron och med mig själv. Se mer om Markus Skoog i MITT SVERIGE som sänds i SVT2 tisdagen den 23/2 kl 20.

Tiny houses as affordable housing? Austin beats Portland to punch, Eugene follows suit Mayor Charlie Hales' office declared this week that the Rose City is ready to move forward with as many as four micro-communities of tiny houses — homes of roughly 200 square feet — that could be quickly and cheaply build to house homeless and low-income folks. But Portland isn't alone in the ranks of U.S. cities allowing clusters of tiny houses to pop up and serve the chronically homeless or low-income residents with cheap, clean and safe housing. In fact, the Rose City is decidedly behind its weird cousin, Austin. A nonprofit in the Austin area is poised to break ground next week on a 27-acre community with a variety of tiny houses that organizers say is a decade in the making. In the Northwest, Portland's Dignity Village is often cited as the torchbearer of tent cities evolving into more permanent communities. Austin: Community First According to Mobile Loaves & Fishes officials, their Texas community is virtually unprecedented in its scope and ambition. Eugene: Emerald Village

Tiny Bunk Cabin on a Trailer Why do you want a tiny bunk cabin on a trailer? Is it to put in your backyard for visitors or are you going to live in it? I don’t think this one’s big enough for most of us to live in but it can be used as a separate micro guest house. Or even for hobbies, the kids, or just a little getaway within your backyard, homestead or plot of land. Enjoy the interior photos below: Tiny Bunkhouse Interior Bunk Beds and Storage What would you use a little bunkhouse like this for?