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Jay Shafer Builds a $5,000 Tiny House

Bryce Langston visits Jay Shafer in Sebastopol, California and tours Jay’s newest tiny house design. Jay is considered by many – including myself – to be the godfather of the modern tiny house movement. His latest design weighs less than 2,000 pounds, cost less than $5,000 in materials, and measures just 80 inches by 100 […]

Swagman’s Rest

The following is a guest post from Felice, Tim and Carol. Photo credit to Justin and Rachael Taylor of Inside Out Photography and Jo Brown.  Swagman’s Rest is about family and keeping each other close.  Our son-in-law, Luke Crawford, recently moved from his home in Australia to California with his wife, our daughter.  Designing and building this tiny house […]

Palm to Palm Tiny House

This is a guest post from Ally & Priyan at Palm to Palm – Alternative Dwelling Design, Build and Consult. My husband and I have a dream of creating a sustainable micro-homestead on a tiny backyard plot.  We built this 120 square foot home on a limited budget with zero construction experience.  Neither of us had […]

Healdsburg High School Students Build Tiny House

Students at Healdsburg High School in California have built a tiny house from plans donated by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and modified by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects. The house will be on display on the Healdsburg Community Church campus, at 1100 University Ave., from 9 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013 until 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013. Businesses […]

Decadently Primitive Tiny Tent Living

Recently Kirsten Dirksen visited Glen and Gerry at their unusual home in northern California. It’s a tiny tent cluster of three tents they  connected with a series of decks and paths. Mostly they live outside, cook outside, and bathe outside. The temperate climate of California makes that possible. When they first bought the land their […]

Alternative Housing via The United States Mission

This is a bit off-topic but seems to be a worthy alternative housing cause. I normally don’t give door-to-door solicitors the time of day. Sorry but the numerous scams I’ve seen come to my door have tainted this face-to-face sales method for me. But I typically listen politely for a few seconds before telling them […]

J&J’s Tiny House

Julian and Jessica are building a tiny house in California based on one of my free tiny house plans, the 8×16 Tiny Solar House. They made a few changes to the design to suit their needs. To begin with it’s built on top of a 24-foot trailer, has a 6-foot deep porch, and 18-feet long. They’ve […]

Off-Grid Cabin Tour

Ryo Chijiiwa’s cabin (a.k.a. Hut 2.1) is still very much under construction, as you can see in the video tour below, but despite the cold weather Ryo has continued to make steady progress on his tiny cabin in Northern California. You might notice he’s approached the construction a little differently than most. His cabin is […]

Winter at Serenity Valley

I have to hand it to Ryo Chijiiwa for toughing it out at his remote place in Northern California; and I wouldn’t knock him one single bit for choosing to head for warmer climates at this point either. It’s got to be so-dang-cold up at his off-grid cabin right now. Pictured here is Hut 1.0, the […]

Hut 2.0 – Tiny House Raising with Friends

A great way to build a tiny house is with friends – kind of like a mini-house raising. Ryo Chijiiwa did just that a couple of weekends ago at his property in a remote part of northern California. Ryo had already built a little hut but wanted something a bit more substantial so he came […]

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