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.
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.
Reflective Insulation | Foil Insulation | Radiant Barrier Insulation 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
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?
Carrying off the art of one carry-on Phileas Fogg had Passepartout, Bertie Wooster had Jeeves and Sir Edmund Hillary had a retinue of stalwart Sherpas. The rest of us, alas, must schlep our own bags. That's the best reason to pack light, but it's not the only one. By limiting ourselves to one carry-on, we can be off the plane and halfway to Boulevard Saint-Germain while others huddle expectantly around the luggage carousel. We don't worry that our checked bags will take an unplanned detour to Duluth or Dar es Salaam. Packing light offers less tangible but very real benefits. People routinely profess amazement bordering on disbelief that I can travel for weeks at a time with only a carry-on. Some general thoughts about the quite bearable being of lightness: -- The amount of stuff you think you need is directly related to the size of your luggage. -- There's really no difference between packing for a week and packing for a month or longer. -- Carry-on allowances vary by airline. -- Swiss Army knives are a real bugaboo. L.L.
The Gifford 112+ SQ FT | Estimated Materials Costs | Download FREE Study Plans The Gifford is the design of Jay Shafer's own house. It's a stunning 7’ x 16’ structure squarely rooted in the American Craftsman Style. It has been beefed up where beefing up was necessary for a sense of mass and fortification, and it has been pared down everywhere else. It has a standing seam, metal roof, cedar board-and batten siding and a tiny integral porch that’s good for staying dry as you perch or fumble for your keys. The interior is all knotty pine. Ironically, this little thing was inspired by the sizable Great Lodges of North America. Take a virtual tour of Jay Shafer's Gifford here. The bathroom’s interior is 21” W x 53” L; the great room’s 96” x 75”; the kitchen’s 53” x 46” and the sleeping loft’s just 75” W x 91 ¾” x 33” H. A Special Bonus The Furnished House Plan includes a full set of Compact Furnishing plans. This house is also available as a Shell Plan. All plans are PDF downloads.
Tiny House Talk Unclutterer: Daily tips on how to organize your home and office. The Weller The Weller is one of Jay Shafer’s most popular tiny home designs in the Road Bungalow collection. The asymmetrical bump out and Craftsman style porch details make for an attractive and inviting front. A warm welcome to a beautiful and well-lit interior. This house employs the same American Craftsman principles as all of the Jay's newest tiny house designs— mass, volume and organic form predominate inside and out. The furnished house plans include: A washroom (5’-6” x 2”)A great room (6’ x 6’)A kitchenette (4’-6” x 4’)A sleeping Loft ( 6’-3” W x 8’ L x 2’-8” H) Like the Gifford, two skylights over the pillows make the loft feel much bigger and provide an additional means of egress in the case of emergency. The space is easily heated with a tiny stainless steel fireplace by Dickinson Marine. A twin-sized bed provides space for a (presumably) single occupant to sleep downstairs. A Special Bonus The Furnished House Plan includes a full set of component furnishing plans.
Tiny House Cost vs. Traditional House Cost There are lots of benefits from buying and living in a tiny house. 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. According to CBS News, the average cost of a house in the United States is $156,100. The graph also shows the interest paid on a 30 year note for a traditional house, and a 15 year note for a tiny house at 4.5% interest. A typical American family’s rent or mortgage payment represents roughly 30% of their total income. I look forward to hearing your comments!
Zen and the Art of Minimalism – Part 1: Zen Philosophy — Minimal Student Image Credit Drue Kataoka There are a great many articles, ebooks and blogs about how exactly to be more minimalist – how to step by step, get rid of stuff. But, I thought it would be interesting to break it down and explore the background of minimalism and what, if anything, it has to do with Zen philosophy. No matter how small it may be, few people can deny that there is a ‘wave’ of minimalism happening right now. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly where minimalism originates. Letting go of attachmentReducing suffering and increasing happinessMindfulness and focusKindness and compassion A traditional Buddhist, such as a monk, lives an extremely minimalist lifestyle because their belief in these principles flow into their everyday life. So, taking each of the above principles, I like to think minimalism can be connected to: Letting go of attachment – to our possessions, because they don’t define who we are. I don’t claim to be wise or experienced. I’d love to hear your opinions.