Zyl Vardos

  In my opinion Abel Zyl Zimmerman builds the most unique handmade tiny houses you’ll find. They have distinctive curved roofs, hand crafted wood details, custom metalwork, and handmade windows & doors. There’s no typical tiny house design coming out of his shop, but when you see one of his homes you instantly know it’s […]

Acacia by Minimaliste

The Acacia by Minimaliste is 29-feet long and perfect for a small family. In this specific case this one was built for a mother and teenage daughter. It has a downstairs bedroom, two lofts, and a sofa bed for guests. There are a couple custom features requested for this particular client. Minimalist had not yet […]

Honey on the Rock by Carpenter Owl

This tiny house definitely deserves a double-take – there’s a lot going on here and it’s all amazing. It’s 22-feet long and 13′ 5″ tall. I’m not sure which exterior feature is most prominent, the large covered porch, the spiral staircase, or the complex curved roof. There’s also an outdoor soaking tub hidden behind a […]

The Royal Pioneer by Handcrafted Movement

Built on a 28-foot Iron Eagle PAD trailer, this tin house features board and pattern siding with cedar shutters on the exterior, standing seam metal roof, and lots of windows for views and sunlight. On the inside the floors are covered with wide plank bamboo flooring, the kitchen counters are tiled and there’s a reclaimed […]

Mix & Match Your Own Tiny House Design Mashup

Folks ask me… “why would anyone want 3 tiny house plans if we only plan on building one house?” I have a simple answer. Most people customize their tiny houses from the plans they buy… even when they buy expensive tiny house plans. Knowing this I draw my plans so that many of the walls […]

HoneyBox Shipping Container House Tour

Mat & Danielle at Exploring Alternatives get a tour of a small shipping container home in British Columbia. It was built by the folks at HoneyBox, a home builder and shipping container supplier. This house was made from three 20-foot containers that have been attached using standard container connectors. It’s completely off-grid, has a small […]

Redefining The Cubicle

This tiny building was the home office of Peter Frazier which overlooks Chuckanut Bay in Bellingham, Washington. A couple of years ago it was featured on Lifehacker. Peter now works from a sailboat in Bellingham! Today this cabin is available as a vacation rental on Airbnb.com! Ironically, Peter Frazier’s story sounds almost like a mirror of my […]

Off-Grid Scandinavian Style Tiny House

Mat & Danielle from the Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel recently posted news of their visit with Kate & Simon Cabane, the creators of this Scandinavian-style tiny house. It’s a 20-foot tiny house on wheels that’s currently located off-grid in Quebec, Canada.  It has a fully functional kitchen with a full size sink, mini gas range, and […]

Tiny Vacation House in the French Pyrenees

This tiny house is surrounded by forest in the French Pyrenees. From where you park your car, the cabin is a 15 minute walk down a path. The remote location gives you ample privacy, clean unpolluted air, and beautiful views from the large windows. Ironically, even with it’s remote location there’s still good phone reception, making […]

How to Install an Inexpensive Electric Heater

Derek ‘Deek’ Diedricksen shows us how to install an envi heater – a low cost electric heater for small spaces, like a tiny house. In the video below he instals one in a box truck project he’s working on with a friend. Electric heaters are typically best for on-grid applications. They are typically inexpensive to […]

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