Author Archives: Michael Janzen

BIG designed Tiny

Klein, a prefab-housing startup, had on of the world’s leading architectural firms design this tiny house concept. It’s located in Upstate New York and is comprised of 100% recyclable materials. It gets it’s electricity from the sun and heat from a tiny Morsøe wood stove. It was designed by the architects at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), who […]

Getting Started with SketchUp Free

SketchUp Free is an online version of the popular 3D drawing software. In the short videos below I show you how to open an existing file and basic navigation. This free online version works much like the desktop version, with a few minor navigational difference. The drawings you see are from my most recent book, 101 […]

Have You Built One of My Designs?

Have you built one of my tiny house designs? I’ve offered free and loft cost tiny house plans since 2008, and I’ve seen houses built with my plans in person and in a few photos – but I’d love to see more. If you’ve built one of my designs, and can send some photos I […]

How to Customize an Existing Tiny House SketchUp Drawings

SketchUp is the 3D drawing software I use to draw my tiny house designs. Like any new software, SketchUp can be challenging to learn at first – but I have a better way to start. The SketchUp drawings I made for the book 101 Tiny House Designs are now available. Starting a SketchUp drawing from […]

Call for Entries – Tiny House of the Year 2018

Tiny Home Owners and Builders are invited to enter their tiny homes in the Tiny House of the Year – a competition designed to select the public’s favorite tiny house. There are five categories you can enter. The winner will be crowned the overall Tiny House of the Year! Pictured above is the 2016 Best Tiny House Winner, Ms. […]

What is your biggest struggle with designing your dream tiny house?

Can I pick your brain? You’re here on this website so I assume you have an interest in tiny house design. I’m also guessing you see a tiny house in your future. I’m such a geek for tiny house design that I started this blog 10 years ago, but for some unknown reason I’ve never […]

Tiny House Vacation Rental near Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Check out this amazing tiny house vacation rental near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It’s ideal for couples with a queen size bed, bathroom, kitchen, and living area. Large windows let in lots of light. Outside there’s a firepit, a pair of Adirondack chairs, and a barbecue grill. It’s located in Teton County near Jackson Hole and not […]

Get a Copy of SketchUp

SketchUp is my preferred drawing tool for designing tiny houses. It’s not a typical drafting tool which make mechanical drawings and drafting easy. It’s a 3D drawing tool for exploring ideas and making highly accurate 3D designs. It can also make 2D measured drawings and is favored by many designers & architects. Engineers would likely […]

The Escher by New Frontier Tiny Homes

When New Frontier Tiny Homes came out with the Alpha Tiny House a couple years ago everyone was blown away. It’s an amazing design with a hideaway dining table, stunning kitchen, roll-up side door, and fold-down deck. The Alpha really set the bar higher for all tiny house designs. The Escher takes it to the […]

Coming This Summer… The Ultimate Tiny House Builders Collection

Let me run an idea past you… I’d love to hear what the tiny house community thinks about this idea. I’ve been writing about the tiny house movement since 2008, and over the years I’ve learned a lot from my readers. For example I know what kind of articles you want me to write, what […]

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