I Like Tiny Houses But I'm Not Tiny, What Do I Do? The other day we got this comment on one of the new Tumbleweed tiny houses that just came out. How well can someone over 6 feet tall and over 300 pounds live in this? And the best answer I could think of, was this: If you’re asking that, you may want to look at this instead, will probably be better for anyone who likes the idea but needs more space: Then I thought, “I better write about this really quick while the ideas are in my mind.” Let me show you the interior below: Bathroom Kitchen and Living Area Sleeping Loft Entrance and Staircase For more photos of this Park Model tiny home click here. This might not be the best design for you but if you’ve been wondering about more space, maybe a park model is a better option for you than a tiny house? The main difference is that you have to pay a professional driver to move it for you because it exceeds the 8’6″ width and road height requirements for most areas. Which would you prefer and why?
Sweet Pea Tiny House Plans: Big Enough to Start a Family? Published onSeptember 23, 2013 I thought I’d let you know that Dee Williams and her team at PAD Tiny Houses have made the Sweet Pea tiny house design available to the public. It’s a design that was created for their friend Gina who wanted a tiny house that she can maybe start a family in. What do you think? Can you see yourself starting a family in this tiny house? Photos by Chris Tack Do you think this tiny house is spacious enough for a young family who enjoys simplicity? Sweet Pea Tiny House Plans: Do You Think it’s Enough to Start a Family In? Exterior – Hitch Side I love the little bump out that gives you just that little bit of extra space. Interior of the Sweet Pea Tiny Home I really like how there’s a lot of open space when you come in. Looking Towards the Sleeping Loft and Kitchen Pretty Big Kitchen for a Tiny House, Right? Closet Space I think closet space might be one of the biggest challenges for a family living in a tiny house like this. Bathroom in the Sweet Pea Tiny House
Another Couple Living in a Debt-free Tiny House: Meet Shaye & Tom Shaye and Tom are a young couple who decided to design and build their own tiny house in West Auckland, New Zealand. It measures 7.2 meters long by 2.4 meters wide which translates to approximately 24′ x 8′. Or a total of 15 square meters (or 161 square feet). They’ve only been living in it for two weeks as of the filming of the video tour and interview you can watch below thanks to the folks at Living Big in a Tiny House. What’s really inspiring is that the couple had never built anything like this before. They were able to learn most of what they needed by watching videos on the Internet. What might be even more inspiring is that they’re only going to spend a total of about $20,000 to build it themselves. Images: Living Big in a Tiny House / YouTube I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the tour (and interview) below: Kitchen and Staircase with Storage to the Loft Kitchen (Still Unfinished) Living Area Nice open living space and notice the built in storage drawers under the built in seating.
The Emerald Cut (Part 2) A 156 square feet tiny house on wheels in Morrision, Colorado. Built by Tiny Diamond Homes. More info. here. Tiny Modern Leaf House in the Yukon Speaking of tiny houses, check out Version.2, which is the second tiny house built by Leaf House and Laird Herbert in Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon, Canada. Herbert appears to be on a roll because his first home was sold and two more are on the way, provided this second home finds an owner. In any event, Version.2 is a 20-foot rolling house of luxury with a sofa bed, full kitchen, full bathroom, and dining area. Including the 55-square-foot loft, Version.2 has a total of about 215 square feet of living space. It was built with FSC tongue and groove cedar siding, metal siding, triple-pane Northern Windows, steel stud construction, spray foam insulation, Energy Shield wrap, low-VOC wood finishes and paint, a Sun-Mar composting toilet, GE propane range, Kohler sink, Pegasus shower, tankless water heating, Ecoheat electric baseboards, Broan ventilation, LEDs, dimmable CFLs, birch plywood and ultralight drywall finishing, etc. Leaf House is selling sold Version.2 for $44,500.
Sustainable Tiny Homes on Wheels YahiniHomes, a tiny house company led by Danny Yahini has been designing and constructing sustainable and energy efficient homes for over 25 years. The company is based in Athens, Ohio, and offers several different types of tiny houses with off-the-grid capabilities. The houses Danny designs and constructs can be set up on a trailer, or placed on all types of foundations. They can also easily be added to later, in case the owner needs more room as the years pass. YahiniHomes currently offers four different basic types of tiny homes. The Butterfly Cabin, currently the largest cabin Danny offers, is designed to be mounted on a dual axle trailer and can be moved around easily. The interior finishing includes pine ceiling and trim, while the floor is solid maple. The smaller cabins YahiniHomes offers are insulated with 6″cellulose in the walls and 14″in the ceiling. These cabins also feature:
MEKA reinvents shipping container housing Shipping containers are wonderful things- for shipping. They are part of an elaborate and extensive infrastructure for moving goods cheaply and efficiently that has revolutionized world trade. They are also all the rage among designers and architects who have been converting them into housing, with varying degrees of success. Then there is Meka. They do not build shipping container housing; they build what I will call housing containers- modules of houses that are built to shipping container dimensions to take advantage of the shipping container infrastructure, without most of the problems that actually arise from working with shipping containers. Where a shipping container is designed with enough steel to stack nine high completely filled with stuff, Meka designs their boxes with just enough steel to do the structural job that is required, while filling in the rest with conventional building materials that cost a lot less, that are easier to work with, and provide some insulation.
Acorn House A 119 square feet tiny house built on a trailer in British Columbia. Built by Nelson Tiny Houses. Unboxed: Surprisingly Spacious Flat-Pack House on Wheels The renderings are as matter-of-fact as the design: a no-nonsense, use-all-spaces approach to mobile and quickly-deployed housing by Mehdi Hidari Badie. The non-directional configuration contains all of the basics centered around a core volume of space – supplementary wings on either side and raised decks front and back. Adjustable metal legs support the primarily wood-and-glass frame structure, adaptable to different ground conditions when the wheels are raised. Solar panels are a clearly dominant feature, providing full energy self sufficiency as well as shade and shelter for the outdoor areas.
Recycled Pocket House: Custom Rustic Cabin on Wheels Part prototype, part experiment, but entirely excellent, this mobile shelter was a design/build labor of love from its scrappy start to its rustic finish. Aaron Maret made this 200-square-foot structure mainly from reclaimed and salvaged materials and local upcycled hardwoods. After spending time downsizing and living in it himself, he has put the building up for sale … and unfortunately been criticized by some for his $64,000 asking price. From its creator: “This tiny house on wheels is a synthesis of thoughtful design, detail-oriented craftsmanship, and a healthy dose of patience.
Colin's Coastal Cabin Here’s a little bit of my tiny house building story and some of the things I learned in the process. I hope this information will help or possibly inspire a few future tiny house builders, in the same way I was greatly supported by all you guys who shared your stories before me. The best things about this project were the support I received from friends and family, and getting to learn so many new things this year. Before I started I had a little bit of experience building. I’d built a shed or two and some homemade plywood furniture. Until a year ago, the stuff I built was almost totally designed from a functional perspective. On my first trip to the salvage yard I had no idea how much things should cost, or even the difference between redwood and fir. At first I was hesitant to pay for those e-books, but I quickly came to my senses and realized the cost would more than pay for itself by saving me time and money spent making big mistakes. A few notes on the design of my house:
DIY Tiny House on a Trailer for $5,500 Yesterday Newt showcased Jenine Alexander’s $3,500 DIY tiny house on a trailer. So today I wanted to introduce you to Matthew Wolpe’s humble abode. So far it has run him approximately $5,500 in material costs and he seems to be near completion. He designed and built it himself and it has everything you can ask for in a 120 square foot home: InsulationFull sized bed in a loftComplete kitchenHot water heaterOutdoor showerComposting toilet On the exterior you might notice the beautiful reclaimed redwood siding which came from fencing and ended up running him just $1 per piece. Photos Courtesy of Matthew Wolpe via Oakland Tiny House and Just Fine Design In addition he’s hooked it up with 120V electrical outlets and a greywater system to take care of used water. Inside you’ll find beautiful maple flooring and a pricey propane boat heater that Jay Shafer likes using in his designs. One of the home’s multifunctional features is the staircase which also serves as a closet with drawers.
minim house complete | Boneyard Studios Minim house (aka my trailer in the alley) is complete. A little longer than expected, but I believe we have a finished product that is more refined than planned, flawlessly executed, and ready for the next 50 years. And perhaps a project that contributes to the dialogue on the potential of sustainable, small spaces. Planning and building this micro house has been one of the most passionately engaging and satisfying experiences I’ve had, and it is largely due to the excellent folks I’ve had working by my side. A sincere thanks to Will Couch at Foundry Architects, David Bamford at Element Design+Build, Tony Gilchriest, and all the many additional contributors to the project that I’ve attempted to list on the project plaque (see below). As for the experience of being in this 210 square foot house, while I can’t officially live here, I did design it to allow for that someday, and have spent many hours in the space. More pictures and background on this micro house at the Minim House website.