Category Archives: Historic

Melissa’s 1947 Tourette Teardrop Restoration

Guest post by Melissa. My Dad always wanted a vintage teardrop camper. We talked about it all the time. The day before Easter, we were again talking and I told him I wanted to find me a Scamp camper. He said I needed to just get me a Teardrop, which was the same thing he […]

Phantom Ranch

Located 4,600 feet below than the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is a community of eleven tiny houses designed by architect Mary E. J. Colter back in 1922. This is Phantom Ranch – the only lodging facility below the rim of the Grand Canyon. You can’t drive there. The only access is by mule train, foot, or rafting down […]

George Bernard Shaw’s Spinning Shed

Alex at recently shared a link to an article by Greg Denisiuk that explains why George Bernard Shaw built a spinning shed. I’d actually never given much thought to the reasons why Shaw built his writing hut on a big lazy susan, but Greg did a very nice job of explaining the backstory. It […]

Ancient Inspirations

I’ve been noodling all week about what form a sustainable tiny house city might take. While my recent online wanderings into the city planning of Black Rock City got me started on this quest, its overall design is really geared for the week-long Burning Man event. Models for truly sustainable cities would need to focus […]

Nearly 500 Year Old Tiny House Village – Build By A Banker

My dad passed this Wall Street Journal story onto me today. It’s the story of Jakob Fugger, an extremely rich and influential banker that lived about 500 years ago. One of the philanthropic things he did was to build a village of small homes and apartments for people that needed them. The homes ranged in […]

Alone in the Wilderness – The Story of Dick Proenneke

I got an email from a reader named Betsy (Thanks Again Betsy!) the other day after she had read about my upcoming nine tiny free project. Along with her note she sent a link to a movie about a man named Dick Proenneke. You may already know his story but I’ll summarize it below for […]

Historic Mobile Chapel

A reader, Brent, passed this onto me. I really like running across historic tiny houses, especially tiny mobile houses. It’s nice to remember that our interest in tiny living is not new. In fact it IS how people have been living for generations. McMansions are just a recent distraction. I admit this is a little […]

Sears Modern Home – House Kits from 1908 to 1940

A long long time ago in what seems like a country far far away… Sears, Roebuck and Co. had a popular kit house mail order program and sold between 70,000 and 75,000 kit homes. Over 447 different designs from simple to grand were included in their catalog. They even did custom kits if you gave […]

Historical Shepherds Huts

I was just surfing around on and found a link to a website dedicated to Old Shepherds huts.  This photo made me wonder… is this the original tiny tumbleweed house? It also made me realize (again) that we’re not really treading into new territory with the investigation into tiny mobile living; we’re actually taking […]