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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

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!

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.

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

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?

Why Hasn't The Tiny House Movement Become A Big Thing? A Look At 5 Big Barriers © Sustain TreeHugger has been covering tiny houses for years; I even own one, the remains of a previous career trying to promote the idea of the tiny house. Notwithstanding the success of people like Jay Shafer and his Tumbleweed Tiny House line, it is still an incredibly tiny niche. Land One of the largest hurdles for people wanting to live in a Tiny House is access to land. One of the main reasons people are interested in tiny houses is that they are relatively cheap. Loans At this point, banks don’t feel that Tiny Houses are a viable option because they don’t have a good resale value. There are loans available for recreational vehicles and trailers, but the interest rate is high and you have to provide personal security. Where I am now, in the middle of nowhere, a minimum of about 550 square feet. Laws This one is the real killer; many municipalities have minimum square footage requirements because they like the higher tax assessments. Social Pressures Fear © Ben Brown More in The Tiny Life.

Free Wood Cabin Plans - Free step by step shed plans One of the nicest things about a cottage is that it becomes a place for friends and family to gather and share memories. But the cherished kind of memory probably doesn’t include the sound of Uncle Bob’s snoring, or having to step over half a dozen nieces and nephews on your way to a midnight snack. With a bunkie, you can invite overnight guests and still have some privacy at bedtime. And our Bunkie not only makes an ideal guest cabin for cottage overflow, it also doubles as a quiet retreat for those days when even two’s a crowd (see “Layout Options For Main Floor,” below). When we designed this structure, we envisioned it as suitable accommodation for a couple of adults and three to four kids. Our local building code requires a building permit for any structure with floor space greater than 108 sq. ft. This is a big project, but not a very complex one. FLOOR Footings (six in all) will need to be in place before construction can begin. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

When it comes to tiny houses, it takes a village Tiny houses are all the rage these days, as people look at the idea of living with less, without a mortgage, without the responsibility that comes with a bigger house. But as Eve Andrews writes in Grist, it's not easy. ...building a tiny house community from scratch is not as simple as it seems. Local building and zoning restrictions, not to mention securing startup money to buy land, are just a few of the obstacles to achieving a cottage-laden utopia. © The Tiny Project Most in the tiny house world try and stress the differences between tiny homes and trailers; one of our favorite tiny homesteaders, Alek Lisefski, is quoted saying Some people sort of fail to grasp that living in a house like this is the exact opposite of living in an RV,” he says. But in fact, they are in almost every case, trailers, built on chassis, and trailers go in trailer parks for legal and practical reasons. © Sustain Not everyone wants this; as I wrote in Why Hasn't The Tiny House Movement Become A Big Thing?

Backyard Cottages Coming to a Neighborhood Near You Not outlaws anymore these tiny houses are having a big impact for families TYPE OF PROJECT: new backyard cottage PROJECT SIZE: 384 sq. ft. ARCHITECT/DESIGNER: Bruce Parker/Microhouse Three generations of Mary K’s family live in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. She worked with a firm specializing in backyard cottages, microhouse, to design a cottage to live where she can be a more prominent part of her family’s life. Above is Mary K’s Cottage Nears Completion. Her family appreciates her help as well. Abundant windows add natural light and make the living room feel bigger than it is. Financing for the cottage came from retirement savings so every square inch and dollar counted. A loft above the living room and kitchen will be a reading room and play house for Mary k’s great granddaughter. Bruce Parker the lead designer used a couple of strategies to make the cottage feel larger. The cottage has been designed to be accessible for Mary K as she ages.

The Cold, Hard Lessons of Mobile Home U. “Don’t get too hung up on appearances,” Frank Rolfe reminded us as our tour bus made its way to the first of several trailer parks we would visit on a bright Saturday afternoon in Southern California. “Remember, you don’t have to live in these homes.” It was Day 2 of Mobile Home University, an intensive, three-day course on how to strike it rich in the trailer-park business. Continue reading the main story ‘The trailer park is people’s last resort, and we recognize that.’ Our first stop was Green Lantern Village in Westminster, a city of 90,000, landlocked between Santa Ana and Huntington Beach. Rolfe is a tall, slouchy man with sad blue eyes and a mop of dark hair that has gone gray around the temples. But the most striking aspect of their business is how happy their tenants seem to be. Can a business that’s trying to squeeze every dime out of the working poor still offer them a pretty good deal? There are 8.6 million mobile homes in the United States, according to a 2013 U.S.

Woman Living in a Shipping Container and Tiny House on Wheels This post is based on a video created by Kirsten Dirksen of about a woman living in a shipping container and a tiny home on wheels with her family. A friend suggested she build something after being forced out of her last home where she was renting. After that she was able to attain a shipping container for free that used to bring things back and forth from China. The homeowner spent $4,000 to convert the container into a home so that now there’s a kitchen, living room, tiny playroom, and more- all crammed into the small space. She customized everything without any previous carpentry experience. You’ll also get to see the awesome tiny house on wheels that the woman built right beside her container house so that she and her children can enjoy more space. Photo Credit Kirsten Dirksen/ One thing that I like about what she said in the video, towards the 3:55 mark, is how it helps to be able to take your time if you’re using reclaimed materials.