Monthly Archives: October 2009

Small Earthbag Home For $1000

I’m especially partial to low-cost housing solutions that push the envelope and demonstrate that a home doesn’t have to be expensive and extravagant to provide it’s owner security and happiness. Owen Geiger recently posted an article on the Earthbag Building Blog that lists out the materials and cost for a 15-foot diameter earthbag home with […]

Usonian Inspired Home by Joseph Sandy

Usonian homes were originally the invention of Frank Lloyd Wright with the first example, The Jacobs House, which was completed in 1937. He imagined these as small low-cost single-family homes that were designed unlike many of the common homes of the day. Like most of Wright’s work Usonian homes inspired much of what is considered […]

Dan’s Tiny House Project

Dan, one of my readers, sent me a link to his new blog which documents the creation of an 8′ by 20′ tiny house of his own design. Drawing from his own previous experience with Google SketchUp and inspiration from websites like Tiny House Design, Dan set out to solve a housing challenge for his […]

A Tiny Cabin by Dennis

This cabin was built by Dennis, one of my readers, and is located in the woods of southwest Wisconsin. The floor measures just 8′ by 12′ but the height of the cabin makes it seem much larger. The unusual window layout and large eaves also add to make this a striking design. Another relatively uncommon […]

Thinking Outside the Rocks

This tiny house of boulders and stones and located in the mountains of Fafe, Portugal and surrounded by wind turbines. While the photos look a little like imitations this is in fact a real home. This is an excellent example of building a home from local materials and reminds me of the ancient cliff dwellings […]

Gungadin’s Tumbleweed Fencl

Tonight I ran across the story of a fellow in Flint, Michigan that is building a Tumbleweed Fencl. The Fencl is an 8′ by 19′ tiny house on a trailer designed by Jay Shafer. The interior square footage is just 130 square feet and the plan features an open main room with a sleeping loft […]

Read-Nest modern cabin

This little cabin was designed by the Danish architecture firm of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter and is intended, as the project name suggests, as a simple place to read, think, and meditate. The interior space is less than 10 square meters (<107 square feet) and contains is intentionally spartan containing just one door, one window, one […]

World Hands Project – Pallet Houses in Mexico

While the World Hands Project is currently going through internal re-organization¬†I was happy to find that during past workshops they’ve helped people down in Mexico build some simple homes from shipping pallets. Instead of using some kind of manufactured insulation they’ve actually been packing the pallet cavities with a cob like mixture. I imagine that […]

Hexayurt, Appropedia and Sustainable Living

In your wanderings on the Internet you’ve probably stumbled across the Hexayurt. It’s an emergency shelter designed by Vinay Gupta that can be built for about $200. Vinay has also been contributing to building a wealth of information on sustainable living at Appropedia.org. I’ve just started skimming the surface of this incredible resource but thought […]

Low Cost Shed Example

One of my readers, Rick, sent these photos to me of a small shed/clubhouse he build for son. It’s not the typical kind of tiny house I post on Tiny House Design but it’s an excellent example of how a simple 8′ by 8′ structure can be built for very little money. Except for the […]

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