Monthly Archives: September 2008

Incredible Craftmanship – Plankbridge Shepherd Huts

I just spotted this on materialicious and I’m speechless. The craftsmanship is incredible; really a level to aspire too. I also love the simple but warm interiors. They are built by Plankbridge Shepherd Huts in the UK to traditional shepherd hut specifications. In addition to new construction they can also do restoration. The frame looks […]

Tiny House on a City Lot

Here is a story of a man who’s living the tiny house dream by building a tiny 200 square foot house. The lot cost him $5000 and the building materials $8000. Benjamin Landry, the owner-builder, is building this home in Binghamton, New York and after three months of construction he’s almost done. We need to […]

Tiny Free House – Walls Half Way Up

I made more progress on my tiny free house over the last two days. I took friday off from work and was able to put in two good days building. I have to say… building with pallets is slow going. It’s tricky to figure out which pallet should go where and then cutting it to […]

Shipping Container Housing – Global Portable Buildings

Now here is a company that seems to be very well funded building tiny portable homes out of shipping containers. The houses are a bit plain but if you like the industrial look of shipping containers and spartan interiors these little houses might look like home sweet home to you. Global Portable Buildings Inc, located […]

Bob’s Tiny House

A few days ago Bob from Michigan (just west of Detroit) sent me these photos of the tiny house he’s building. Like many of us Bob’s interest in tiny houses is emerging from things like the rising cost of housing, restrictive zoning laws, and consumerism. In his email he says… and I couldn’t have said […]

The Other Extreme – Old & New McMansion Comparison

I know this is a bit off topic, unless you consider the study of opposites on topic lke I do. I found some big homes in the old house plan archives on Sears Archives website along side the small homes it occurred to me to compare a modern McMansion with an old Sears Kit McMansion. […]

Sears Modern Home – House Kits from 1908 to 1940

A long long time ago in what seems like a country far far away… Sears, Roebuck and Co. had a popular kit house mail order program and sold between 70,000 and 75,000 kit homes. Over 447 different designs from simple to grand were included in their catalog. They even did custom kits if you gave […]

Historical Shepherds Huts

I was just surfing around on and found a link to a website dedicated to Old Shepherds huts.  This photo made me wonder… is this the original tiny tumbleweed house? It also made me realize (again) that we’re not really treading into new territory with the investigation into tiny mobile living; we’re actually taking […]

Inhabit Modern Dwellings

I just stumbled across this tiny house builder in North Vancouver. Great little modern design and if you’re local they can come and assemble on of these little houses within three weeks of your order. The have designs available from 100 to 500 square feet and can also do custom design work. I didn’t see […]