Category Archives: Announcement

Fricken Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing is a process of busting up layers of rock to increase oil and gas well production. All around the family farm, where I’ve been slowing building the Tiny Free House, are dozens of natural gas wells. Actually there have been gas wells in the area for decades but within the last few years […]

10 Square – Competition Entries

The 10 Square Design Competition entries have now been posted to the competition’s blog. Juried finalists will be announced (via the Shelter Blog) Tuesday, October 19th. Voting for the “people’s choice” entry will run from October 12th through October 26th (5 pm PST) and will be announced as soon as possible after the voting ends. This design competition […]

Pallet House Exhibit in Nelson, BC

A couple days ago I posted news of a tiny house design competition hosted by the Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History. The design competition is part of a larger exhibit called Shelter: How We Live. For the exhibit, Rod (Museum Curator), designed and built the pallet house you see here for a total […]

10 Square – Design Competition

The Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History in Nelson, BC is sponsoring a tiny shelter design competition in conjunction with an exhibit that is currently running called Shelter: How We Live. The exhibit also includes a pallet house built onsite which I hope to share with you here soon. The primary design requirements of […]

Hybrid Cob/Earthship Workshop in October

David Reed will be hosting an intensive 10-day cob/earthship workshop in Hempstead, Texas starting October 1, 2010. The workshop will show you everything you need to know about building your own cob home. Participants should plan on bringing their own accommodations (tents, RVs, trailer, tiny houses) for camping-out at this off the-grid community.  On the 6th of […]

A Call for Cottages

You might recognize this tiny house; it’s the studio of Sandy Foster and has appeared on many places online since it was first featured in the New York Times. It’s an old hunting cabin that she renovated herself. It measures 9-feet by 14-feet and cost her just $3,000. Sandy is writing a book about her […]

Dee Williams on PBS

Dee Williams built her Tumbleweed tiny house several years ago for about $10,000 from a lot of reclaimed building materials, which helped keep the cost low. So besides being a tiny house, it’s an excellent example of how used building materials can be taken out of the trash and made new again. I first saw this story on […]

What Kind of Tiny House Would You Buy?

If you want to build your own tiny house on wheels it’s difficult to finance it through normal channels, so most people save their money and build when they have enough. This is really the right way to build a house and avoid a mortgage. But some people need housing sooner. In the past few […]

People Have Been Living in Tiny Houses Since We Moved Out of Caves

Today Jay Shafer is featured in a video on Yahoo today talking about the benefits of living simply and in small spaces. If the idea of living in less than 100 square feet sounds crazy, I’d like to point out that McMansions are the fad; people have been living in tiny houses since we moved out […]

Tiny Houses on KWMR Talk Radio

I was invited to take part in a talk radio show discussion this morning on the topic of tiny houses. KWMR is a small community radio station in West Marin County, California. The other show guest was Stephen Marshall, who builds tiny houses in Sonoma County, California. You can see Stephen’s creations at Little House […]