Author Archives: Michael

Domus – Mobile Compact Home

This is a very cool idea. Designer Andrew Dutton has come up with the ultimate convertible. It’s a house and vehicle that’s flexible and expandable. The platform is based on a Mercedes Sprinter van but sections slide out and up to provide more home space. It will be interesting to see if a market emerges […]

Straw Bale And Adobe Solar Hybrid Home – Building With Awareness

This is an interesting small home project. It’s 830 square feet and built from straw bales and adobe. Adobe provides the thermal mass and the straw bales provide insulation. Aesthetics were a top priority and you can tell from the details that nothing was left unconsidered. The end product is a small energy efficient home […]

Home Front Homes

Another tiny house kit on the market comes from Home Front Homes. The houses range in size from about 700 square feet and 1400 square feet. Home Front Homes also provides solutions for multi-family homes and commercial buildings. The tiny homes are panelized kits that include complete plans, wind frame components, sill plates, wall panels, […]

Cusato Cottages

Marianne Cusato’s Katrina Cottage began as a dignified alternative to a FEMA trailer. The concept has evolved into a series of very cute small house plans available through Lowe’s home improvement stores. In fact Lowe’s can sell you the plan, materials and even assist with financing. You’ll still need to work to get the necessary […]

Bungalow in a Box

I stumbled on this tiny house kit builder while looking at YouTube a while back. Bungalow in a Box builds panel-frame kits that setup in a day or two. You build the foundation and they deliver the panels to your site ready to lift into place. The video on YouTube shows one being erected in […]

Shelter Kit

Shelter Kit has been in business for over 40 years and builds simple house kits that come pre-cut, pre-drilled, and designed to be assembled by two inexperienced people. They come with an easy to understand construction manual as well as all the lumber, hardware, flooring, siding, roofing, trim, doors, and windows. Interior finishings are not […]

Tiny Free House

My first tiny house project will be the tiny free house, built from shipping pallets and other reclaimed material. It will measure approximately 6′ by 15′ and provide 90 square feet of living space. A sleeping loft will also extend over about half of the floor space to provide sleeping space for two adults. A […]