Monthly Archives: February 2009

Cob Building Work Exchange Opportunity for Spring 2009

This is Brian, a.k.a. Ziggy. He currently lives at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeastern Missouri. He also writes for Green Optins and recently published an article on my passion for pallets. Thanks Ziggy! This spring he’ll be finishing up a cob tiny house he started last year. He’s looking for one or two people […]

Tiny House Homeless Shelters to Weather The Economic Hurricane

Oprah ran a story about the recession and the increasing number of people finding themselves with nothing but debt and homelessness. Part of the story was about the tent cities popping up all across America. The tent city they visited was actually not that far from my home near Sacramento, which surprised me at first. […]

How-To Create A Living Roof

A reader named Mark passed this onto me the other day. It’s a how-to article on setting up a shed roof for growing plants. This seems like an excellent idea for those with limited space and a shed or tiny house. I’ve always been a little skeptical about anything on a roof except roofing material […]

Get to know Jay Shafer

Thanks to Twitter and Stephanie over at Coming Unmoored I noticed that Amanda over at Constructing a Simpler Life posted the text and photos of an interview she recently had with Jay Shafer at his tiny house in Sebastopol, California. Jay is considered by many to be one of the central people of the tiny […]

Nine Tiny Feet 3D Model

I’m really starting to have fun with Google SketchUp. Last weekend I started this drawing simply to give myself practice with SketchUp. Tonight I put the finishing touches on it. It’s a design I came up with last year called Nine Tiny Feet, a nine square foot house. Actually I came up with the Tiny […]

Tiny Simple House Plans

You might have noticed I’ve been experimenting with different drawing programs looking for the right tool to draw the illustrations for the house plan book I’m trying to finish up. I don’t have a bunch of money to spend on a bunch of Adobe products and I don’t have a lot of experience with real […]

Firesign Farm – Sustainability and Simple Living

This is a quick, almost-off-topic post, but I thought important enough to share. In my online wanderings for more information about sustainable living I ran across a blog about a place called Firesign Farm. It’s the one-acre homestead of Sadge & Aries located near Carson City, Nevada. I looked high and low for photos and […]

Yonderosa – Tiny Cabin in Eastern Washington

I was just stumbling around the web tonight reading more about strategies for building sustainable lifestyles mostly and not really looking for tiny houses and found another tiny house project by accident. It seems tiny houses are popping up all over. This is a small 12′ by 16′ cabin with a simple gable roof and […]

Tiny *Chicken* Houses

When I was a kid we my dad kept chickens in our backyard and we always had a steady supply of eggs. My dad has always been way ahead of his time. As Julia and I begin to plan ways of lowering expenses and increasing our independence we’ve begun to come up with simple solutions […]

More Sketches of the Tiny Simple House

I’ve been playing with more drawing software in an attempt to find the right combination of tools to draw the illustrations for the Tiny Simple House plan book. Below are 3D images made with Google SketchUp and a short video. The floor plan was created using software called VectorDesigner which is an inexpensive ($70 ish) […]

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