Author Archives: Michael

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, or graph paper. In the video below I should how you can use the preset wall […]

Would You Consider a Tiny House Self-Build Kit?

Here’s a new approach that will likely become the best way to build your own tiny home in the very near future – a self-build kit. Leading the charge is Volstrukt, a tiny house frame builder in Austin, Texas. Using start of the art FRAMECAD machines, Volstrukt is literally printing tiny house framing in steel. In just a […]

I want your house in my upcoming books!

For tiny house builders… My next book will be titled The Ultimate Tiny House Builders Collection. It will feature tiny houses made by professional builders. There is no cost for Tiny House Builders to include two houses in the book –  I want every builder represented. The submission period is coming to an end on May 31, 2018. […]

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 […]