Category Archives: Construction Method

Free Small House Plans: Timber Frame & Straw Bale House

Guest post by Brian Liloia, a.k.a. Ziggy In 2009, I moved into my newly completed cob house here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. My dream had come true — I was living in a house that I built with my own hands! Since then, however, it has become clear that there is a lot of room for […]

DIY Prefab – 12’x12′ Storage Shed

Malcolm is putting his prefab experience and designs to the test with a 12′ by 12′  backyard storage shed project. Instead of using standard framing methods he’s building individual 4′ by 8′ wall panels on a prefabrication table that had alignment blocks attached to make assembly of the wall panels quick and easy. In this […]

Introduction to Container Homes & Buildings

Heather Levin over at The Greenest Dollar shared a copy of a new ebook with me that she and Alex Klein recently finished called, Introduction to Container Homes & Buildings. It’s not a complete how-to book (that’s their next book) but it is an excellent overview of building homes from ISBU containers, and Alex is […]

Sustainable Architecture – The Benefits of Prefab

The other night I confessed my personal aesthetic preference for earthen structures over modern prefab, while also admitting that those shiny metal boxes always catch my eye. Homes made from manufactured parts will never be as sustainable, low-impact, or low cost as earthen homes but they can provide some benefits earthen homes would be hard-pressed to […]

Tiny House Cluster Under Glass

This was sent to me by Joseph Sandy, who has also helped me out a bit on my Who’s Next entry.  It’s a house in Buzen, Japan designed by the architects at Suppose design office that’s more like a cluster to tiny homes. The ‘streets’ have glass roofs and exterior walls to help strengthen the […]

Wine Bottle Cork Floor – Phoenix Commotion

I was looking through all the amazing ways the folks at the Phoenix Commotion are reusing junk to build artful homes in Texas. This technique jumped out at me as an especially clever and beautiful way of reusing what is normally discarded as trash. This is a wine bottle cork floor. Each cork is carefully […]

Strawbale Construction Portal

One of my regular readers, Mark, sent me a link to this great Strawbale construction portal. The website is packed with great information including some plans. Below is an example from a set of free plans they offer for a 10×14 strawbale building. Mark is working on converting them to metric and is considering building […]

Affordable & Earthquake Resistant Earthbag Homes

The more I learn about earthbag homes the more they seem to be one of the most sustainable and safe ways of building a home. The most recent evidence is a small earthbag home that survived the recent earthquakes in Haiti. I found the story of the Sun House at the Eathbag Building Blog as […]

Pallet Playhouse Instructable

My brother Eric spotted this pallet playhouse and the perfect inspiration for me to kick off the new year because my first resolution is to finish my Tiny Free House in 2010! This fellow had a slightly different approach to working with pallets than I’m using in my pallet house. He took the pallets apart […]

Fireplace Shelter

This amazing tiny structure is located in Trondheim, Norway, and was designed as a place for kids in a school yard. The walls are made from recycled scrap wood from a nearby construction site that are arranged in 80 layered circles. When I first saw this it reminded me of a organically shaped pallet structure […]