Tiny Houses | Tiny Home Builders What is a tiny house? A tiny house is a small house that is sized such that it can fit on a trailer. In most areas this means that it can’t be bigger than 8 feet 6 inches wide, 13 feet 6 inches tall, and 40 feet long. The houses are built on trailers since they are too small to be allowed as permanent structures according to most local code enforcement agencies. Why would I live in a tiny house? For many, the dream of owning their own house is only that, a dream. Another advantage of tiny houses is gained time. Another advantage is that the houses can be moved. Finally, one last reason to living in a tiny house is conservation. Why wouldn’t I just buy an RV? RV’s are great for travel, but not so great to live in. Have more questions? Looking for a house for your dog or maybe just a small project to get you started, take a look at our modernDog dog house.
Architecture: A Cozy House Created From As we all know, now that we are experiencing the era of the iPad and Kindle, traditional books are becoming less and less popular. As a matter of fact, even some elementary schools are replacing books with iPads. I have a friend who just got her packet for attending University in the fall, and it came complete with an iPad 2 and a list of e-books to order for her classes. People are handling this major transition in different ways. There are those who always chime in with, “Those e-books will never compare to real books.” Some designers are handling the change by looking at it from a different perspective. Designer Nendo created this award-winning house in Japan a few years ago.
We The Tiny House People This is journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops. Basically, Dirksen made a documentary on people living in tiny houses. For around five years she was traveling the world and filming these segments. Kirsten Dirksen is co-founder of faircompanies.com and a Huffington Post blogger. She has worked for MTV, Oxygen, The Travel Channel and Sundance Channel. From the author: I still live in a relatively spacious 1000 square foot apartment with my family of 4 (soon-to-be 5) and I’m not looking to downsize, but I can’t get enough of these tiny homes. I continue to be impressed by how so many Tiny House People have been able to let go of their stuff and not despite, but because of this, find a certain calm. Watch the full documentary now
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Uncut Tiny House Realized As a result of this exploration we now know that a tiny house that could be built without a saw. 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. So what if we took the learnings from the Uncut Tiny House and applied them to a No Waste Tiny House. But I digress… Let me show you this version of the Uncut Tiny House. Continue to see the assembly process and details. If you’d like to explore the design in SketchUp, download the Uncut Tiny House SketchUp Drawing (27MB). Below: The foundation, 4x6s on piers.
Tata’s 215 Square Feet Flat Pack Tiny House on July 25, 2011 The same Indian company that has produced the world’s cheapest car has announced its latest product which is a flat-pack tiny house that costs about $700. It can be assembled in a week and is said to be 215 square feet. It’s a pre-fabricated kit with doors, windows and a roof. According to reports they are experimenting with a few designs. The homes are designed to last about 20 years. A larger version of the home will also be available. An Example of a 215 Square Foot Prefabricated Home The photos of the home shown below are by Sustain Design Studio and have no affiliation with Tata. I just wanted to show you what a 215 square foot home looks like. Photo credits: Sustain Design Studio and Jetsongreen For seven hundred bucks, I doubt that Tata’s home will be anything like this but I’m eager for them to reveal actual photos of the project. What do you think about a 215 square foot home for $700 that’s supposed to last 20 years? The following two tabs change content below. Related
Lighting Design for Tiny Houses, Part 1 - Daylighting on January 17, 2013 Lighting is one of the most important ways to define a space and make it feel comfortable and inviting. It’s also an opportunity to indulge your creativity and individuality. There are two basic types of lighting to consider: daylighting and artificial lighting. Today’s post looks at daylighting and how to design a space to take advantage of the free, high-quality light from the sun. Daylighting: Lighting Design for Tiny Houses Daylight is a wonderful resource and you should use it for as much of your lighting as possible during the day. This tiny house, by Leaf House, uses daylighting to full advantage. With daylight, the two main goals are (1) getting enough daylight, without getting too much, and (2) making sure that the daylight is well-distributed throughout the room. Daylighting strategies While the possibilities for daylighting are endless, I’ll share several strategies that are appropriate for tiny houses and could provide inspiration.
Simblissity Tiny Homes – For Sale The Aspen 24′ is ready to provide comfort with 260 square feet of deluxe living, 180 sq. ft on the main floor and a 80 sq. ft. sleeping loft.The large, bright, comfortable living room has high Cathedral ceiling and a cushy, romantic built in sofa, with storage below. (No reason to be uncomfortable in a Tiny!)For the gourmet chef there is a 9′ Butcher Block kitchen counter, a 3 Burner gas range with oven, a large dual fuel full size refrigerator (110 & LP), a large pantry and lots of cabinet space.The bathroom has a bathtub & shower as well as a quality self composting toilet.Hot water is provided by an EcoTemp, On Demand, Hot Water Heater.The spacious, bright sleeping loft is 8 X 10′ and provides 50″ of head room.Stairways lead to the sleeping loft (no ladders here!). This is fine, luxurious Tiny Home at it’s best! This new, custom built home is ready for active people living and adventuring in a Four Seasons environment.
Small House Plans The tiny house plans you’ll find here are drawn with do-it-yourselfers in mind. 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
The Tiny Life » What Is The Tiny House Movement? What are tiny houses? The tiny house movement? Tiny living? Simply put, it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet. Tiny houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but they enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space. People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons include environmental concerns, financial concerns, and the desire for more time and freedom. So what is the alternative? This is a growing movement, that is for sure! This site focuses on tiny living or living The Tiny Life. Below are some videos that will help you gain a better idea of what this movement is all about. Related Posts
Electric Camper: Tiny Geometric House on Wheels Not only is this highly unusual-looking vehicle a hand-made camper – it runs on electricity. Built from plywood, fiberglass, epoxy resin, bicycle parts and an electric motor, ‘Golden Gate’ by San Francisco artist Jay Nelson is reminiscent of all of those amazing hand-crafted house trucks from the 1970s, but with a very modern power source. The tiny camper measures just 96″x54″x64″, making it just large enough inside to lay down on the bed platform. By day, that platform also serves as the driver’s seat. There are no conventional gas and brake pedals here – the driver uses controls on the steering wheel to operate the vehicle. The Golden Gate is better equipped than you might expect, with a sink, stove, cooler, storage compartments and even a toilet. While its top speed of 20mph and lack of headlights doesn’t exactly make it ideal for traveling long distances, it’s easy to envision owning a tiny house like this for use as a swanky home base for camping.
Specs - Monarch Tiny Homes SIPs Walls We construct our walls with structural insulated panels (SIPs). SIPs have an expanded polystyrene (EPS) core laminated between two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB). Here's an informational website to learn more about building with SIPs: SIPs Roof Our roof is designed with insulation and weight in mind. Windows Our windows are Ply Gem 1500 Vinyl Collection. For more information, please see Siding Our siding, called UltraShield, is made from reclaimed wood fibers and recycled plastic bottles. For more information, please see Toilet All homes come standard with a Nature's Head self-contained composting toilet. Propane Appliances We chose propane to run our major appliances because it is available worldwide and is an efficient option for off-the-grid living. Bosch On-Demand Tankless Water Heater Dickinson Marine Newport Propane Heater/Fireplace 2-Burner Stainless Steel Cooktop Lighting Shower