Monthly Archives: April 2010

Struggling home owners find inspiration in Tiny Houses

Jay Shafer is featured on the cover of the current issue of Parade Magazine, which has about 70 million readers each week and can be found inside many Sunday papers. The article is titled, Help for Struggling Homeowners. Many of us have already learned the hard lesson that committing to too much house in just too […]

Green Shed Design Competition Winners

Pandora Park Community Garden Society, In Vancouver, B.C., recently organized a garden shed design competition. Here’s how they describe what they were going after: “The primary objective is to demonstrate that natural, hand built, recycled, or otherwise sustainably produced building materials and technologies can be used in a contemporary aesthetic and community garden context.” Below […]

Reclaimed Space – Small House Builder

Reclaimed Space is a small house builder in Austin, Texas. They specialize in creating factory built homes using reclaimed building materials on the outer facades and all new material for the structural framing and roof. Before the house is brought by truck to the building site all construction is complete including insulation, wiring, and plumbing. A […]

The Living Wall in Buffalo, New York

One hundred first year architecture students attending the State University of New York Buffalo are developing a collection of minimal dwelling unit designs. Each living space will have an entrance, sleeping space for 3 (minimum), and internal circulation. The units will also be interconnected to literally form a single living wall. To test and learn from […]

Area 63 Productions – Airstream Restorations

Uwe Salwender restores Airstream trailers in Orange, California. His company, Area 63 Productions, emerged out of a hobby at the beginning of the recession when his entertainment industry related work began to dry up and the number of people looking for ways of rebooting their lives increased. The quality of his restorations reflects the extra time […]

Studio Shed

Studio Shed makes prefab sheds and garages that can be setup quickly and used as a backyard shed, studio, garage, backyard home office. Kits start at $1,700 (check their website for current prices) and you can even configure your custom shed online and view pricing instantly. You’ll probably find that to get a habitable structure […]

Building a Tiny House Rental Collection on

I was recently contacted by the folks at, a website that connects real people that own vacation rentals with real people looking for a place to stay. They would like to develop a collection of tiny house properties that are available as vacation rentals, so this is an invitation to check out and submit your […]

SingPeace! Pilgrimage for Peace and Global Harmony

Pushkara Sally Ashford, a resident of Whidbey Island in Washington, commissioned this handcrafted gypsy vardo which was built by Steve Habersetzer in collaboration with many many other artisans. Habersetzer built his first tiny home over 25 years ago and describes them as “a boat that goes down the highway.” Pushkara designed the house during a workshop […]

Dan’s Tiny House Project Update

Dan Louche posted an update on his blog today reporting that this tiny house for his mom is almost complete. For six days he worked on the house with his dad and brother finishing out the interior. As you can see from the photos they have made excellent progress and have built an incredibly beautiful tiny […]

Tiny Houses & Building Permits

A tiny house on a trailer could cost less than the permits for a normal house. This recent post on building permits by Karl Ulrich shows exactly what permits and fees will cost him to build a normal house in his neck of the woods. Karl is also a tiny house owner-builder himself and has a […]

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