Author Archives: Michael

Design Guidelines for a Net Zero Tiny House

The following is a guest post from Michael Tobias, PE, LEED AP, CEM, Founder of New York Engineers. The basic requirement for a net zero tiny house is generating enough energy to fully cover its usage. To achieve this, the tiny house must first be designed to consume as little energy as possible, and then […]

The Denver – Shipping Container Home

The following is a guest post from Alternative Living Spaces. Alternative Living Spaces and Container Guys Intl. build luxury shipping container homes that maximize on space. Each home starts at $38,500 with the option of making them completely customizable. Most units feature a full bathroom, full kitchen, dining space and a living room that converts into […]

Top 10 Tiny House Designs of 2018

Are you curious about the tiny houses other people are dreaming of building? Based on tiny house plan sales, below are the most popular tiny house designs for 2018. We retired the Mendocino Series of tiny house designs on December 31, 2018. In 2019 we’ll be releasing brand new plans. To stay in the loop, be […]

Kirsten Dirksen Visits Inventor Paul Elkins

Paul Elkins invents things like micro houses that can be towed behind a bicycle, micro boats, and pedal-powered vehicles… among many other things. Paul used to work at Boeing, but now has fun building fun stuff. His work is inspiring because he pushes minimalism to an extreme. While his tiny structures are lightweight, weatherproof, and […]

Would You Build or Buy a Tiny House in 2019?

Ten years ago, when the Tiny House Movement was new, it was most common for people to build their own tiny homes simply because there were so few other options. Today there are many professional builders creating custom tiny homes and many used tiny homes on the secondary market, so the ‘buy’ option is gaining […]

The Ultimate Tiny House Hauler

Tiny Houses are heavy and most are not built to be moved often. Even those built with lightweight steel framing, and ultralight materials still tend to be bulkier and less aerodynamic than similarly sized travel trailers – so a stout truck is essential for the mobile tiny home owner. Bryce and Rasa, the folks behind […]

Jay Shafer Builds a $5,000 Tiny House

Bryce Langston visits Jay Shafer in Sebastopol, California and tours Jay’s newest tiny house design. Jay is considered by many – including myself – to be the godfather of the modern tiny house movement. His latest design weighs less than 2,000 pounds, cost less than $5,000 in materials, and measures just 80 inches by 100 […]

The Future of Van Life

The following is a guest post from Austin from Outbound Living. Van life has become an internet sensation over the past few years. You’ve likely seen that there’s been an explosion of van dwelling influencers on social media promoting it.  So what’s up with this sudden boom and will it last?  My company, Outbound Living […]

Swagman’s Rest

The following is a guest post from Felice, Tim and Carol. Photo credit to Justin and Rachael Taylor of Inside Out Photography and Jo Brown.  Swagman’s Rest is about family and keeping each other close.  Our son-in-law, Luke Crawford, recently moved from his home in Australia to California with his wife, our daughter.  Designing and building this tiny house […]

Secret Operation 610 Breaks the Tiny Mold

In more ways than one this extreme structure with a tiny house sized interior, helps us think differently about tiny spaces. It was constructed in an abandoned air hanger at a decommissioned air base outside Utrecht (the Netherlands).  It’s available to artists & scientists looking for a place for thinking outside the box – an apparently […]

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