Category Archives: Design Concepts

2011 Solar Decathlon Preview

The Solar Decathlon is a biannual competition where 20 university-led teams from around the globe come together and present their latest innovations in solar technology. The entry that best combines affordability, consumer appeal, design excellence, and optimal energy efficiency will be chosen as the winner. Each of these 20 designs will be constructed and put on […]

$300 Compressed Earth Block Hybrid House

One of my regular readers, Architect Joseph Sandy, recently submitted a design to the The $300 House Open Design Challenge. It uses CEBs (compressed earth blocks) for the lower portion of the walls and a light wood frame for the upper walls and roof – leveraging the best of both building methods. The roof would be […]

Green Roof Home Office

If you’ve been following Tiny House Design for a while you know that I’ve been gearing up to build a tiny home office. I work from home and my family is growing (adopting a baby girl) so I need a somewhat separate space to work during the days. Next week I’ll be taking a week […]

Tiny Playhouse

I drew this tiny playhouse as a potential class project for my daughter’s Waldorf kindergarten. It’s looking like we won’t be building it any time soon, but I figured readers of Tiny House Design would enjoy seeing it. As you can see it’s very simple and measures just 4’x4′. It’s basically a simple deck with […]

QB1 – Cube Project

On the inside the QB1 is 3x3x3 meters, about 97 square feet. It was designed to generate at least as much electricity as it uses, making it energy-positive. In fact the designers estimate this house, with its 1.48 kW roof mounted photovoltaic system, would pay the owner £1000 per year in FiT income. FiT is […]

Triple Dome Survival Shelter

Note: The recent CNBC article linked to the wrong page. Here’s a link to Wójcik’s tree house. Dr. Owen Geiger, expert earthbag designer and builder, recently posted the design of this Triple Dome Survival Shelter on his Earthbag House Plans website. It’s designed to house a family for an extended period of time – protected from nuclear […]

Home Office and Retreat

Update June 2013 – I never found time in 2011 or 2012 to build this home office. We did adopt Reagan and she’s now 3 1/2. A family member also ran into some health issues – so I ended up building a home office/storage room in part of the garage so I could be within […]

Tiny House Pottery Studio

While I currently make my living as a web designer (by day) and tiny house blogger/designer (by night) I was once a full-time studio potter. I mentioned this fact in a post called Daydreaming about Tiny House Pottery. Colin, also a potter bitten by the tiny house bug, happy to have found a kindred spirit, shared […]

The Free Agent House by Jibe Design

Juliet, the principal architect at Jibe Design, shared this clever container-based home design with me and thought it might be interesting to readers of Tiny House Design. I think she’s absolutely right and applaud her for this new take on shipping container based homes. The main design challenge was to squeeze a small off-grid home into […]

The Beetle House

It’s always nice to hear a story of someone turning sour lemons in lemonade. In this case it’s a tiny house design concept called The Beetle House. In October of 2010 a team at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC entered The Beetle House into the 10 Square Design Competition where it came in number […]