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Design Guidelines for a Net Zero Tiny House

The following is a guest post from Michael Tobias, PE, LEED AP, CEM, Founder of New York Engineers. The basic requirement for a net zero tiny house is generating enough energy to fully cover its usage. To achieve this, the tiny house must first be designed to consume as little energy as possible, and then […]

Top 10 Tiny House Designs of 2018

Are you curious about the tiny houses other people are dreaming of building? Based on tiny house plan sales, below are the most popular tiny house designs for 2018. We retired the Mendocino Series of tiny house designs on December 31, 2018. In 2019 we’ll be releasing brand new plans. To stay in the loop, be […]

Would You Build or Buy a Tiny House in 2019?

Ten years ago, when the Tiny House Movement was new, it was most common for people to build their own tiny homes simply because there were so few other options. Today there are many professional builders creating custom tiny homes and many used tiny homes on the secondary market, so the ‘buy’ option is gaining […]

Secret Operation 610 Breaks the Tiny Mold

In more ways than one this extreme structure with a tiny house sized interior, helps us think differently about tiny spaces. It was constructed in an abandoned air hanger at a decommissioned air base outside Utrecht (the Netherlands).  It’s available to artists & scientists looking for a place for thinking outside the box – an apparently […]

10 Benefits of Steel Tiny House Kits

10 benefits to consider when choosing to build your tiny home using steel framing. 1. Higher R.O.I. — Your return on investment is better because with wood framing most of the cost is in the labor. This is either carpentry work you pay someone else to do or work you do yourself. Wood might be […]

Steel Framed Tiny House Kits now Available

I first learned about the benefits of steel framed tiny houses about 10 years ago from a friend who used to build them in Sonoma County, California. They are lighter and stronger than wood, which is perfect for creating tiny houses better suited for travel. The main challenge with steel back then was that it […]

Fresh Off the Laser Cutter

Here’s a close look at the real deal… two brand new stencils right off the laser cutter. In the first video I show how they look when they arrive – all wrapped up in their protective paper coating. The coating peels off easily and leaves no sticky residue. The paper is needed for the manufacturing […]

How to Draw a Tiny House Floor Plan on Blank Paper

A blank piece of paper can be intimidating – or inspiring – depending on your point of view and available tools. The stencils shown here make it easy to draw tiny house designs on any kind of paper… blank paper, or graph paper. In the video below I should how you can use the preset wall […]

Would You Consider a Tiny House Self-Build Kit?

Here’s a new approach that will likely become the best way to build your own tiny home in the very near future – a self-build kit. Leading the charge is Volstrukt, a tiny house frame builder in Austin, Texas. Using start of the art FRAMECAD machines, Volstrukt is literally printing tiny house framing in steel. In just a […]

Getting Started with SketchUp Free

SketchUp Free is an online version of the popular 3D drawing software. In the short videos below I show you how to open an existing file and basic navigation. This free online version works much like the desktop version, with a few minor navigational difference. The drawings you see are from my most recent book, 101 […]

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