Tag Archives: sustainable

Low-Tech vs. High-Tech Tiny Homes

ow In a recent news interview I shared my opinion about the unsustainability of high-tech housing. Here’s a quick quote from the article: “Wojcik’s tree house is a good example of architecture students who have cast off the rule book,” countered Michael Janzen, 46, a corporate Web designer in Fair Oaks, Calif., and the founder of tinyhousedesign.com. “It’s […]

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 […]

How to Move Yourself Off The Grid

It’s easy to take flush toilets, grid-power, and fresh water on tap for granted. I can’t blame any of us for thinking that all these modern conveniences are normal… it’s the onlynormal we’ve known. Due to this most folks have a hard time imagining an off-the-grid life because it’s not clear what’s needed to make the […]

The Bear Ridge Cottage

I’ve been following the Bear Ridge Project for quite some time. It’s the journal of BigBear, a man who’s been working to find his own path to freedom by leaving a consumer based existence behind for and off-grid sustainable lifestyle. The little 8′ by 10′ cabin pictured here is a little guest cottage he built […]

Help Build a Stronger Case for Tiny Houses

The other day I posted a story about Michael Mehta’s small house on Gabriola Island in British Columbia. Michael is currently working on a short article focused on small-scale, sustainable housing for a newspaper article and is hoping to leverage some of the tiny house community’s knowledge and experience. Here’s some background on the article: […]

Tiny Prefab – eBook & Plans

Last night I put the finishing touches on a 65 page house plan ebook. It’s called Tiny Prefab, A Do-It-Yourself Prefab Building System and contains the plans and instructions for creating tiny prefab structures that are easy to build from common building materials. The book is a bit of a hybrid between a set of […]

A House for Khayelitsha – Preview

Last night I posted a story on Tiny House Living about a project that has emerged over the last few days. When I woke up this morning I had an idea for how the roof should work so I quickly sketched it and thought I’d share it with you. The house is 16′ by 16′ […]

Dogtrot Friggebod

One of my regular readers sent me his small house dream. David is a ex-Aussie living in Sweden and was inspired by a combination of my dogtrot tiny house concept and a friggebod. In Sweden you can generally build a friggebod (small habitable adjunct building) without permits if it is smaller than 15 square meters […]

Tiny Free House Update

The weather was nice this past weekend, a little hot, but not bad at all… perfect for putting the pallet boards on the roof of my Tiny Free House. I did get a bit of a sun burned on the back of my neck and arms but I did not fall off my ladder. A […]

My Newest Hero – John Wells

A few days ago I posted a short introduction to John’s tiny house out in the desert in Texas and was surprised at the number of other websites that picked up the story, Treehugger was probably the biggest of them all. Well that should make sense, after all I’m not the only one who can […]