Author Archives: Michael Janzen

Tiny House Architectural Stencils are Available to Order

I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is that we missed our goal on our Kickstarter Campaign to fund the mass production of our tiny house design stencils. The good news is that we’re not letting that stop us… we’re still going into stencil-making-mode. We’ve opened a store on Etsy.com where you […]

Revolutionary Detachable Tiny House Trailer

Build Tiny – a tiny house builder in New Zealand – is using a purpose-built tiny house trailer manufactured by Bay Engineering Solutions to offer their customers tiny houses that detach from their trailers. The benefits are multiple: House is considered a load on a trailer – not a trailer itself, simplifying the registration and […]

Students Build RE/MAX Tiny House

RE/MAX has built a tiny house in collaboration with Students in the Henry Ford College’s Building Science Department. They call it the Tiny Home for Tiny Tots. Students were given practical work experience in this semester-long tiny home project. Students participated in every stage of the process including design, structure, and systems. The Henry Ford College (HFC) […]

Bullet Journal Brainstorm #1

I had this idea for a tiny house design in my head, threw it into my bullet journal, and took it all the way into SketchUp. I thought I’d share the process with you – and start a new blog post series at the same time. I hope you like it. I began just sketching […]

10 Benefits of Steel Tiny House Kits

10 benefits to consider when choosing to build your tiny home using steel framing. 1. Higher R.O.I. — Your return on investment is better because with wood framing most of the cost is in the labor. This is either carpentry work you pay someone else to do or work you do yourself. Wood might be […]

How to Defeat Thermal Bridging in Tiny House Steel Framing

Steel framing typically reduces the R-value of the in-cavity insulation by as much as 50%. Wood framing reduces R-value too… but only by about 10%. This is because wood transfers heat slower than metal, but neither are good insulators. So all framed houses, wood & steel, are subject to thermal bridging – which is heat […]

Steel Framed Tiny House Kits now Available

I first learned about the benefits of steel framed tiny houses about 10 years ago from a friend who used to build them in Sonoma County, California. They are lighter and stronger than wood, which is perfect for creating tiny houses better suited for travel. The main challenge with steel back then was that it […]

Fresh Off the Laser Cutter

Here’s a close look at the real deal… two brand new stencils right off the laser cutter. In the first video I show how they look when they arrive – all wrapped up in their protective paper coating. The coating peels off easily and leaves no sticky residue. The paper is needed for the manufacturing […]

Tiny House Activism: Help Get Appendix Q Passed In Montana

There are not enough places to live tiny legally. So, the tiny house community works constantly to inspire lawmakers to create more tiny-friendly laws. The folks at the American Tiny House Association are leading the charge. Here’s the latest: If you live in Montana, have ties there, or just want to see tiny houses made […]

How to Draw a Tiny House Floor Plan on Blank Paper

A blank piece of paper can be intimidating – or inspiring – depending on your point of view and available tools. The stencils shown here make it easy to draw tiny house designs on any kind of paper… blank paper, graph paper, or in a bullet journal. In the video below I should how you […]

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