Monthly Archives: July 2009

Murphy Bed in the 8×20 Solar House

I’m still making small edits to the next version of the house plans but I wanted to share a better picture of the murphy bed. It’s a queen size bed mounted horizontally. This allows some space to walk around side of the bed past the main windows but more importantly allows the whole thing to […]

Tiny Gambrel A-Frame

This tiny house design was sent to me by Craig, one of my readers. Like many of us Craig has been experimenting with Google SketchUp and has had an A-Frame design burning in his head; so he sat down and whipped up this sketch of a Tiny Gambrel A-Frame. I asked him if it was […]

8×20 Solar Tiny House Plans – Version 1.0

I just put the finishing touches on the 8×20 solar house and uploaded the plans. I can see how SketchUp Pro with the bundled presentation building software, Google Layout, would be a real time saver and would really improve the final output. But I’m still amazed at the high quality 2D and 3D renderings that […]

How to draw 2D drawings with Google SketchUp

The other night I realized how easy it is to draw 2D drawings with the free version of Google SketchUp. All you have to do is select Camera > Standard Views > Top to set the view from the top of the model. If you want a side-view of a wall  or an end wall […]

See these eco-pods at the Water Woman Festival

I was recently contacted by Ray Cirino who is the creator of these clever little eco-pods. There are actually three styles but this little one is my favorite. He builds them from mostly recycled and reclaimed building materials including old salvaged billboards. Ray plans on bringing one or two pods to the Water Woman Festival […]

8×20 Solar House Update… Free Plans Nearly Complete

For the past two weeks I’ve been test driving Google SketchUp Pro and have come to a simple conclusion. Unless you’re a professional I think you’ll be able to do much more than you’ve ever dreamed with the free version of SketchUp, including drawing house plans. Below is a quick video tour of my drawing […]

4×12 Tiny House – $ingles Only

Lelly at Project Rolling Freedom has been having a lot of fun with SketchUp lately and this is one her latest creations. It’s a 4′ by 12′ tiny house just enough space for one person. I really like it because it’s a great creative exercise in making the most out of the least. Take a […]

Tiny Free House Update

It’s a bit ironic that the hardest part of building my tiny free house is making time to actually work on it. Finding free building materials is actually pretty easy compared to scheduling time. This week I took Wednesday off and Julia, Katie and I drove up to the farm so we could take some […]

PVC Teardrop Bike Trailer

You might recall that I posted a design concept a while back for an ultralight teardrop shaped tiny house trailer that could theoretically be pulled by a bicycle. Shortly after posting the idea I was contacted by The PVC Bike Guy who wants to build such a trailer. In fact he wants to build one […]

A closer look at the Sonoma Shanty tiny house plans

The Sonoma Shanty is an affordable tiny house solution that came out of a collaboration between Kent Griswold and Stephen Marshall of Little House on the Trailer. This is actually one of the projects that was born from a meet-up a few of us had last year at Jay Shafer’s place in Sebastopol, California. You […]

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