Coyote Cottage

This is my 100th post on Tiny House Design and I wanted it to be on a good story. It’s the story of a family in north central Washington living in a tiny house on 15 off-the-grid acres. The story begins in 2003 when Jan, Sonja, and Bjørn buy their land and begin construction of their 16′ by 16′ cabin. The total interior space is 400 square feet including the loft. The house took about 6 months and just over $6000 to build.

The entire construction story is online on their website and they have posted dozens of great photos and provide a lot of information about living off-the-grid to building their tiny house. They even describe what it’s like happily living with a humanure toilet and a solar well.

Not everyone would choose to live the way this family does, but it’s stories like this that help us all imagine what’s possible. I think it also shows us how our dreams really are within reach if we simply make the required choices and stay positive and proactive. If you’re considering a lifestyle change like this one, or simply want to imagine one, you could spend hours on their website and have an excellent idea of what it takes, how hard it is, and how rewarding it can be.

In the years since settling in they have added on a little, about 200 square feet and have built a workshop for their little boat building shop. But for the most part they still live just as simply. This is an incredibly inspiring story… visit

Photo credit Jan, Sonja, and Bjørn.


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