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270 Square Foot Tiny Home Designed After a 1920’s Bungalow

Tiny House May 15, 2017

270 Square Foot Tiny Home Designed After a 1920's Bungalow

Look at the interior of this thing! Actually, it looks so spacious its hard to believe its a tiny home. We received this from Tim Davidson himself, who is a member of our Cools Stuff page, and here we are sharing it with you guys!

Meet Tiffany! She was recently purchased by Tim & Sam from Adam at A New Beginning Tiny Homes!

Tiffany is a custom Tiny home that is 270 square feet and is designed after a 1920’s bungalow style home. Tiffany is 25 feet long and 13’6’’ tall making, her legal to tow and place wherever they would like. Her light blue from the exterior is splashed on the inside of her craftsman style layout.

Tiffany is NOAH certified which means that she has been inspected at five critical building processes and meets international builder codes throughout her build time. She is equipped with a 10.3 cubic square foot fridge and a 20’’ propane stove, and a large white farmer style sink. The lighting is all LED product that help accent the colorful stained glass wall sconces to match the custom stained glass windows throughout the home; the lighting also helps save on energy costs.

As for the living room, the custom bench has two matching foot stools that make it easy to cuddle up for a good Netflix binge. Those same foot stools are the seats for the folding leaf kitchen table that is the same butcher block used throughout Tiffany. Laundry is a simple task with the single-unit combination washer/dryer. The bathroom’s hidden pocket-door features stained glass to match the rest of Tiffany’s accents. In the bathroom, you will find a custom removeable bathtub and rain-fall style shower head, wrapped in tumbled subway marble tile, and a compost toilet.

There are two sleeping areas in Tiffany. The first is a twin sized lofted bed above the kitchen that can also be used as storage. The second is the master loft, which holds a queen-sized bed in front of a custom headboard that has built-in cabinets for extra storage, and usb plugs for charging smart phones. Tiffany is smart as well! She has a Lutron Caseta system incorporated throughout the home. This gives Tim and Sam the ability to control Amazon Alexa, dim the lighting or put it on a timer, adjust the AC, access to the Nest smoke detector, as well as the Nest cameras. This can all be done from their phones,e anywhere in the world with internet connection.

Sam and Tim and just moved into Tiffany and left their cluttered homes behind, sold a large portion of their possessions and are going Tiny. They will be documenting the entire process of living tiny with a minimalistic mindset at their newly launched website. You can also follow them on their Facebook. or their Instagram.

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Three Ways to Heat Your Tiny House

Tiny House April 25, 2017

Tiny house living has become all the rage these days and for many good reasons. It helps people to live in a more minimalist style and it forces you to get rid of things you don’t need. You also stop buying things you don’t need because you don’t really have the room for clutter. However if built correctly, you don’t have to miss out on any of the modern conveniences.

One great question a lot of people have is, what is the best way to heat a tiny home? There are several ways to make sure that your winters are cozy and warm, but here are three of the best ways to heat your tiny house when winter comes around.

1. A Wood Burning Stove

Wood is one way to heat a tiny home that is actually pretty economical. You just need to be sure to have enough wood stored up for the winter. because you don’t want to run out during an unexpected storm. There are various styles of wood burning stoves to suit your home’s style but they all work pretty much the same way. You use kindling, small pieces of wood and paper to start the fire or some have an electric starter, and then start loading in the bigger logs.

2. Electric Heaters

Electric heaters used to be quite expensive to run, but now they make heaters that will save you money in the long run. You simply set the temperature to whatever is comfortable for your family and the heater will turn off until the room drops below that pre-set temperature.

3. A Toe Kick Heater

A Toe Kick heater is designed to fit into spaces where other heaters would not, often made in a small rectangular shape. Wherever a small appliance would fit, under a cabinet, in a corner on the counter, or the Toe Kicker can be recessed into the walls and floorboards. You may need more than one to heat the complete home, but two or three should do the job well.

photo: The Tiny House Blog. Source: Three Ways to Heat a Tiny House

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6 Hacks on Making Room for a New Baby in a Tiny House

Tiny House March 30, 2017

Since tiny house living is all the rage now, many people considering downsizing have a few questions to ask. One main consideration is, “what will we do if we have a baby and we didn’t plan for it?” It’s pretty serious when your living in a tiny house, and all of a sudden you find out that you have another family member on the way. Most tiny homes are meticulously designed for the couple or family, as they are, in the present moment. But we can’t always dictate what the future may bring.

1. Create Hidden Storage

Find places under your bed, under the sofa, under the kitchen sink, in an empty kitchen cabinet, to place baby items, toys, and clothing.

2. Instead of Having a TV Stand, Replace it with a Full Dresser

Why?, The best thing about a tiny house is that it makes you creative and a TV stand has one purpose, to hold the TV. A dresser, on the other hand, can hold a TV, books, CDs and plenty of baby items; from the pacifier and toys to the baby’s wardrobe, shoes and all.  A bassinet can even fit on top.

3. Have a Fold-down Changing Table or Crib Installed

Usually there is space, a wall that may not be being used in a tiny home. Get an experienced carpenter to design and make a fold-down table or even a fold-down crib where you can pull the sides and lock them for safety. Simply tell the carpenter/designer what your needs are.

4. Cribs

You can always start off with a mini-crib. There are many on the market today. You simply move it into a corner when it’s not in use. You can also get a combination crib and dressing table built on the side. This way, you have one piece of furniture doing two jobs.

5. Turn a Walk-in Closet into a Nursery

Have a small walk in closet?, move your clothing, coats, shoes into a dresser and place a mini-crib into that space. You can remove any doors to the closet or simply leave them open at all times. Paint it a nice pastel color so that the area does stand out, and another plus is that you won’t need to walk very far to see if your baby is okay.

6. Think in a Vertical Way

Instead of tables, and a bunch of new items that have to sit on the floor. Keep your floor space clear. Hang baby clothes on the wall, buy those vertical hanging baskets where fruit and veggies usually go and fill them with baby items, toys, diapers, etc. Place an extra rod in a closet with only one rod, and now you’ve created a whole new area for hanging clothing.

photo: Modern Karibou

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The Tiny House Bedroom: Don’t Skimp on Luxury

Tiny House March 12, 2017

Tiny homes are all over trending news. People are longing to simplify and downsize their lives, and the tiny house offers all the comforts of a larger house, with less maintenance, lowers costs, and even mobility in some cases. But, contrary to what you might believe, you don’t really have to give up living in luxury.

Bedrooms are a home’s sanctuary, a place for respite and relaxation. It is your private retreat, and your tiny house does not mean you must sacrifice anything for this sanctuary.  Your tiny house bedroom can be as simple and basic, or as luxurious as you want it to be.

This may be just a basic loft bed, without any frills, but it is surrounded by interest with storage steps leading up to it. Walls are blank canvasses for hanging objects like posters or plants. You can make it what you want. Dress it up with interesting bed linens – sheets, comforters, toss pillows – or leave it plain and neutral.

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This bedroom area is a bit more ornate and colorful. It is bright and airy, and hosts a closet and other storage space. The bed in this room is a queen sized bed, so you don’t have to skimp on sleeping space either.

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This is the height of bedroom luxury in a tiny house. And this tiny house happens to be a converted school bus. The loft space above the bed area is additional seating space. This beautiful bedroom is a cozy spot, with lovely bed covers and pillows – a real place to step into a relaxing slumber. Added interest are the drawers surrounding the bedroom, and the architectural ladder. This is a great example of luxury in a small space.

Source: Pinterest  https://www.pinterest.com/explore/tiny-house-bedroom/?lp=true

Featured Image courtesy of Tiny House Licing

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How Do Composting Toilets Work?

Tiny House March 2, 2017

Many people are becoming familiar with the movement to “go green” and one idea has really grown in popularity, and that is the composting toilet. Many tiny homes and camper residents use a composting toilet. It is easier in the long run to use and you don’t need to have a lot of plumbing installed. You can take your tiny home, van, or camper anywhere you want to go with a composting toilet.

So how does a composting toilet actually work?

A composting toilet uses evaporation and decomposition, two very natural processes, to get rid of the human waste, liquid and solid. Over 90% of our human waste is actually liquid, which evaporates into the atmosphere, while the remaining solid 10% is then turned into a natural fertilizer for a garden or for growing grass. This is similar to the way a regular garden composting machine works, except in a composting toilet, the natural environment is manipulated within the chamber of the toilet.

To ensure an odor-free operation, the composting toilet uses just the right amount of heat, oxygen, and moisture to break down the organic materials in a rich environment that transforms waste into a great soil fertilizer. This manipulation of the natural process does work to make sure that the bathroom is odor-free. Though it is good to go green and help the environment by getting rid of waste properly, no one wants a stench in their beautiful tiny home or trailer.

Basically, a composting toilet should perform three functions well:

1. Quickly compost the waste and toilet paper in an odor-free manner

2. Make sure that the compost is safe to handle by humans

3. Make certain that all the liquid has been evaporated

If you own a tiny house or live in another alternative manner, a composting toilet is a great way to avoid the materials, labor, and money, that traditional plumbing would cost, and you’ll also be a part of the solution to certain environmental issues.

Photo: Let’s Go Green

Source: How Composting Toilets Work

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The Tiny House Revolution: Downsizing Your Lifestyle

Tiny House February 15, 2017

Many people are finally letting go of what we sometimes call “The American Dream”: A marriage, two and a half kids, a dog, a good paying job, and a nice big house. And the accumulation of “stuff” has been at the forefront of this myth. For these folks a more minimal, manageable life holds a big attraction. Enter the tiny house.

Once the province of the retired, like RV living, more and more Americans are opting for the tiny life. Many of these tiny houses are built to be mobile so that its inhabitants can visit places of interest, and live on the road. For those of you who work and can do so remotely, but still wish to downsize your living space, the tiny house is an ideal option.

Lots of people take it on themselves to get their hands dirty and build their own tiny houses. An Alliance of professional builders promoted the use of ethical building practices and guidelines and this was carried on by the American Tiny House Association, which deals with issues of zoning and coding.

Tiny houses can be as small as 120 square feet and as large as 500 square feet, and still be considered a tiny house.

Benefits of Tiny House Living

You can divest yourself of unused and useless “stuff”. There are so many things humans can really do without – you’d be amazed at how much clutter we can get rid of and still be happy.

The cost of living in a tiny house is much more reasonable than living in a large house. Utilities are all less, and you spend much less time cleaning and maintaining your tiny house. And buying or building your own tiny house costs but a fraction of what living large does. You no longer need to live paycheck to paycheck with an exorbitant mortgage.

Tiny living forces you to be organized with the things you choose to keep in your tiny house, and therefore is more efficient.

For those who wish to “live green” the tiny house is just the ticket. You can use water collection tanks, wind turbines, and solar energy to power your tiny house and in the long run save thousands of dollars in electrical bills.

Self-sufficiency is another big reason that people opt for the tiny house. Especially if your tiny house is mobile, you can pick up and go whenever you please.

Many cities across the country are providing zoning regulations for tiny house communities, and you can actually live tiiny in a real neighborhood.

The above photograph is a wonderful example of how you can compact your life and still have all the comforts of home.

Living the tiny house lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but if you are ready for letting go of the “I need my stuff” syndrome, it may be just the thing for you.

Sources: 3 Tiny Houses That Let You Live Green-And Off The Grid, What is the Tiny House Movement?

Photo credits: Benjamin Chin, Google Images

Click here for a bigger gallery of a bunch of various tiny homes.

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A San Francisco Based Startup Has Developed a Robot that 3D Prints Micro Homes. Cost Savings Are Estimated at 70% Compared to Traditional Methods

Tiny House January 27, 2017

San Francisco-based start-up Apis Cor have been working for a solution to homelessness and a lack of affordable homes – and they appear to have come up with an answer.

The Apis Cor team hit headlines recently as they achieved a world first by creating an entire house using a 3D printer – living up to their simple slogan “we print buildings.” More impressively still, the 400 foot square home was completed in just 24 hours.


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These Self-Assemble Tiny Houses From $3,600

Tiny House November 28, 2016

Most of us have a good idea of how we would like to decorate our home, but how many of us have a good idea of how to transform our backyard from an empty space to a special place for some of our favorite enjoyments? The number is sure to be less. Here’s the good news, this problem is easily solved with the help of the Natural Gardener Company. They are ready to supply you with a home kit for your perfect backyard build! If you can not build it yourself, they even give you the option to purchase a kit that they will put together for you!

Tiny homes starting as low as $3,600.00 can suite your needs and fit your backyard. From a gazebo space enclosed to keep you and your morning paper dry on a rainy day, to a guest house perfect for the in-laws over the holiday season, you are sure to find the build for you! Lets look at one of their structures that is large enough to serve as a guest house among other things. The Byron Summer home has a really unique “L” shape that is accented beautifully with tall windows.

This home could work as guest accommodation, home office, man cave, or entertainment center. Whichever way you choose to use this build it is sure to look good! The Byron Summer home stands 10 ft tall and features two folding front door entrances, a patio area, and many windows to bring in lots of natural light! The structure is made of wood. This means you can leave your build in its natural state, stain the wood, or paint it to match your home!

The Natural Gardener Company makes it possible for you to really use your backyard. It is not limited to a sunny day ,perfect weather, or a nice view. You can have full year round use in any of their structures. You pick your build, maybe build it yourself, and simply enjoy rest! So go get the build perfect for your backyard and start making use of the space behind your home!

For more information of The Natural Gardener Company, find them in our tiny home directory.

By Alison LaPaglia

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Tiny House Completed for $8000. They Did It.

Tiny House November 27, 2016

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We have looked at a variety of tiny homes that come with a range of prices, but this tiny home is far below the price point of any other! Wesley Birch and his wife completed their full time tiny residence for 8,000 dollars! They were tired of the burdens with the standard home market so they went tiny. Wesley says they were overwhelmed by the 25,000 – 60,000 dollar budget range needed for the tiny homes they were finding, so they went even smaller! On the budget that is!

Mr. Birch explains that his tips to going tiny and staying under 10,000 dollars are simple! He says to do your own work, use second hand materials, find free (or much better buys) on Craiglist.org, become friendly with local stores for great bargains, and invest in a truck/trailer. By doing these things Wesley Birch and his wife were able to complete a 24 ft long, 8 ft wide, and 13 ft tall tiny home. Their home features a full kitchen,  7 ft couch, two lofts, king size bed, guest bed area, and a bathroom with a bathtub/shower and composting toilet! They utilized and manipulated every piece of space in their tiny home. This meant that some spaces had more than one use.

The seven foot couch also works for underneath storage and a pull out guest bed. The second loft can fit another twin sized guest bed and works for extra closest space. My personal favorite feature in this home is the staircase. Ladders are very common in tiny homes, but this home has a stylish stair case that looks much easier to manage. Also the lofts do not have railings which is no good if there are kids involved, but are great to keep the tiny space open. Its important to make the most of small spaces and to keep an open floor in order to make the space feel much larger!

They do warn interested parties to be careful if you choose to cut corners. He recommends checking out YouTube “how to” videos to learn how to properly do the work yourself. If you are uncomfortable with work such as the electrical or plumbing, you should ask your friends and family. You may be surprised who is able and willing to help! With only 8,000 dollars spent, Wesley Birch and his wife have a comfortable home that meets all of their needs!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on Wesley Birch and his tiny home, find him in our tiny home directory

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Unique Tiny Homes That Will Inspire You To Build

Tiny House November 1, 2016

There are a lot of types of tiny home — it might not be what you picture when you just think of the term “tiny home” — because they build them out of all kinds of materials, in a lot of different styles, on land and on water, and that’s just the start of it. Here are some that are built with advanced architectural designs and have all the essential elements of an ideal home. Distinguished builders have incorporated industrial features into up-to-date residential exteriors using wood, metal and cement work to interesting effects.

Find the companies we’ve already indexed in our Prefab Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area.

Lovely dome house
Designed and built by Steve Areen

Soothing mobile home
Designed and built by Dymitr Malxew

Quaint micro-home
Designed and built by Rachel Ross

Relaxing hut
Designed and built by Macy Miller

Fantasy rest house
Designed and built by Terunobu Fujimori

Micro greenhouse
Designed and built by Mickey Muennig

Fabulous fairy house
Designed and built by Dan Pauly

Solar-powered house
Designed and built by Team Sweden

Mortgage-free house
Designed and built by Andrew and Gabriella Morrison

Recreational cabin house
Designed and built by Cavco Park Home & Cabins

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