Tag Archives: tiny house design

Pick The Best of 101 Tiny House Designs

A few folks have already asked if I plan on making 3D Printed Scale Models and Tiny House Plans from the 101 Tiny House Designs in my new book – the answer is yes. But as a one man band I have to pick which tiny houses to focus on first. I have my personal […]

Michael Janzen Interview on Rowdy Kittens

Recently Tammy Strobel interviewed me for her blog, Rowdy Kittens. I’ve known Tammy for a couple years now, through the tiny house movement. Tammy’s life & work is focused on the topic of simple living and she currently lives a car-free minimalist life up in Portland, Oregon. It might seem a bit self-promoting to mention […]

The Tiny House Project – Bring On The Competition!

I haven’t been THIS excited about tiny houses since I first saw a photo of Jay Shafer’s tiny house. The Tiny House Project seems to be designed to take tiny house design (in general, not my blog) to the next level. A group of architectural experts, artists, and sustainable living advocates have joined together and […]

Contest – Name That Tiny House

Project Rolling Freedom is running a contest right now where you could win a set of plans. To enter the contest all you have to do is come up with great name for a tiny house design they have posted on their blog, and have your name chosen. For contest details and to get a […]

More Sketches of the Tiny Simple House

I’ve been playing with more drawing software in an attempt to find the right combination of tools to draw the illustrations for the Tiny Simple House plan book. Below are 3D images made with Google SketchUp and a short video. The floor plan was created using software called VectorDesigner which is an inexpensive ($70 ish) […]

New York Times Article on my Tiny Free House

A nice article on the tiny house movement and my tiny free house just got published by the New York Times. Pictured here is Jay and Greg on an Los Angeles freeway while headed south on their border to border tour. Read The Article Now Here I am on my Tiny Free House. Photo credit […]

Tiny Free House Update

I’m starting to really cut up pallets and build wall panels today, very exciting. Last night I stayed up late and made some important changes to the floor plan of my tiny free house. I moved the door to the side, moved the pitch horizontally, and pretty much changed the whole thing so I could […]

Small House Design Techniques Increase Perceived Size

I just stumbled on this National Geographic video on YouTube. It describes a small (not tiny) house in Japan where the architect used many simple design techniques to increase the perceived size. The actual footprint is 320 square feet and the total size is 899 square feet. Many of the techniques involved manipulating light by […]

Design Study – Underground Concrete Pipe Tiny House Concept

A little while back I came across information about a concrete pipe hotel in Austria and blogged on it here. It occurred to me that concrete pipe might make a pretty cool tiny house so over the weekend I drew up this concept. I actually tried to draw it in Google SketchUp but I’m still […]

Insitebuilders Tiny House Design Books

If you’re looking for a good place to start learning about how to design and build your own tiny house, Insitebuilders looks like a great place to start. They publish books that show you how to draw complex construction drawings and make them easy to understand. They also teach you how to use Google SketchUp, […]