Monthly Archives: September 2010

10 Square – Design Competition

The Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History in Nelson, BC is sponsoring a tiny shelter design competition in conjunction with an exhibit that is currently running called Shelter: How We Live. The exhibit also includes a pallet house built onsite which I hope to share with you here soon. The primary design requirements of […]

Deek’s Book Reviews

This video is packed with reviews of tiny & simple living books. What I like about Deek is that he’s a strait-shooter and pulls no punches – while remaining a jokster to the core. He also has an amazing taste in clothes (notice the hat). If you don’t know Deek… he’s the tiny house guy (and […]

Custom Cabins

Marc at Custom Cabins in California recently told me about the launch of his new tiny house construction business. Pictured here is a tiny house on wheels but they also build shed-sized backyard buildings too. There are two design features I notice in Marc’s design that I’ve not seen elsewhere. Instead of designing and framing around […]

John’s Tiny House in the Woods

John, one of my readers, shared his tiny house project with me. It’s based on one of my free tiny house plans, the 8×16 Tiny Solar House, but instead of mounting it on a trailer and putting a lot of glass in the tall wall he built it on a foundation and added a 6′ by […]

10 Steps to Creating a Cozy Cabin – by Decorator in a Box

This is a guest post by interior designer Annie Pauza. Growing up in Minnesota I have always dreamed of having a cozy cabin someday. Every summer my family would drive from Minneapolis and visit my Grandmother at a small cabin up north. Square footage was not important to us in order to have fun. We would […]

Go House Go

Dee Williams at Portland Alternative Dwellings has just published a great ebook called Go House Go – How to Build a Tiny House on Wheels. In just 21 pages Dee provides the answers to the most common questions by new tiny house owner-builders. Some of these topics are: How, why, and where to apply structural […]

Bug-Out House

Did you know that September 2010 is National Preparedness Month? Yeah no kidding… our government has actually deemed the month of September as a time for raising awareness for disaster preparedness. While I like to poke fun at the powers-that-be, I also think it’s not a bad idea to be thinking about preparedness from time […]

Ancient Inspirations

I’ve been noodling all week about what form a sustainable tiny house city might take. While my recent online wanderings into the city planning of Black Rock City got me started on this quest, its overall design is really geared for the week-long Burning Man event. Models for truly sustainable cities would need to focus […]

Black Rock City Inspiration

At this very moment 50,000 people have setup housekeeping in a temporary city in the Nevada desert. If you don’t know much about the Burning Man Project you might find it surprising that this temporary city (Black Rock City) has an incredibly well thought out plan designed by architect Rod Garrett. This year the art theme […]

Dan’s Tiny House Project plans now available

Dan’s Mom had been living in a badly constructed trailer home that was deteriorating around her. Like most of us these days money was tight, so Dan began researching frugal housing options and discovered the tiny house movement. Inspired by the tiny homes he found online, and having some experience building stuff, Dan came up with […]

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