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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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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
dome

Soothing mobile home
Designed and built by Dymitr Malxew
soothing

Quaint micro-home
Designed and built by Rachel Ross
quaint

Relaxing hut
Designed and built by Macy Miller
macy

Fantasy rest house
Designed and built by Terunobu Fujimori
rest-house

Micro greenhouse
Designed and built by Mickey Muennig
greenhouse

Fabulous fairy house
Designed and built by Dan Pauly
fairy-house

Solar-powered house
Designed and built by Team Sweden
ecohouse

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

Recreational cabin house
Designed and built by Cavco Park Home & Cabins
cavco-park-home-cabins

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10 Tiny Fantastic Homes

Tiny House November 1, 2016

Tiny homes are loved these days because some people want to downsize and simplify their lifestyle. The structure, design and style are awesome and can mean important cost savings when building … and when moving the units as well.  Let’s take a look at these 10 gorgeous micro home designs.

These lovely tiny homes are built by companies we’ve already indexed in our Prefab Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can go there and search out the name of the company, and also find builders near your area.

Cool tiny house
Designed and built by Wheelhaus Wedge
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Simple home
Designed and built by Scott Newkirk
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Creatively Designed Home
Designed and built by Floating Wooden Exbury Egg House
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Fabulous dwelling with breathtaking views
Designed and built by Prentiss Architects
eagle

Lovely Cottage Tiny House
Designed and built by Alex Scott Porter Design
porter

Extraordinary mobile abode
Designed and built by dmvA Architects
mobile

Spectacular Hawk House
Designed and built by Alex Wyndham
hawk

World’s Most Narrow House
Designed and built by Jakub Szczesny
narrow

Cute eco-house
Designed and built by Blue Forest
tree-house

Amazing Nomad House
Designed and built by Ian Kent
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Small Prefab House Beach Design Meant to Be Affordable

Tiny House, Uncategorized October 25, 2016

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What is this small house prefab on the water? It’s 70 square meters of laminated timber construction, wooden deck and terminal base. Four meters in height where even the skylights can be opened.

“People want to stay rural in the summer – but still want all the facilities like toilets and showers. We have been striving for simplicity and a sense of freedom so that you experience the difference between cabin homes and permanent homes,” said Johnny Andersson and Michaela Tengblad, who created the summer house.

Johnny and Michaela, who work at Earth Architects, have designed this small prefab house for summer fun. Notice the housing structure with large glass windows including the roof. The idea is that you should feel that you have the sky as a roof. The large room should feel like a studio or greenhouse, a place where you can paint, pottery and work. Without a lot of sofas that you do not use. When you socialize as you sit at the dinner table. Living rooms are often the least used – if not the television is there.

A starting point for Michaela’s and Johnny’s prefab house design work has been to find the difference between permanent residence and holiday home at the same time they wanted to meet the requirements of convenience. Therefore, there is a toilet, shower and kitchen, but the shower is outdoors and the simple kitchen counter is more workbench which continues outdoors. The house has no hall with a definite admission, but outside several doors and sliding windows can be used. The bedroom’s surface is minimized but a bench in the main room is both storage and can serve as extra sleeping.

“When we designed the house we started from what we ourselves could afford. Therefore, we have worked with simplicity and rugged materials. But to build simple is usually difficult because you cannot hide the errors,” said the designers.

The basic concept of this prefab home design is a 70-square-meter small house, but it can be made larger and designed by the owner’s wishes. One part is built in wood and the other is the concrete foundation and steel structure. The house is winter insulated and equipped with a stove.

“We think that the house is equally suited to lie on a beach in a forest glade or in a holiday home area.”

Johnny sees no problem with having large skylights in the small house. “On the contrary, it is well amazing to hear the rain and watch the snow fall and experience the weather.”

Earth Architects work broadly with everything from private homes to prefab house designs to sheltered housing, from the landscaping to the design of the door handles. The team is Johnny Andersson, 47, who co-founded the architectural firm in 1999 in which nine people work today. Johnny’s dream home is a town house in New York, a hybrid between villa and apartment with its own entrance and terrace; and Tengblad Michaela, 40, who has been with the company for six years. Her dream home is a custom-designed, climate-villa in rough concrete and plywood.

Illustration: Koloss.se

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5 Plans to Build Your Own Fully Customized Tiny House on a Budget

Tiny House October 25, 2016

5 Plans to Build Your Own Fully Customized Tiny House on a Budget

Are you on a DIY high and ready for your next challenge? Forget the crafts, furniture, or decorative figurines. Its time to challenge yourself with a tiny house project! Pin Up Houses is a company that provides you with step by step directions to build your very own tiny home! So, if you don’t know where to start or what to buy, you’re covered! There are several plans for you to choose from that can reflect your personal style. I have chosen 5 plans to fit five different uses to show you that tiny homes are not just for downsizing.

Plan 1: The Lookout.

For the little minions in your life. Video games, television, and technology seem to be taking over many childhoods these days. Many parents or relatives are finding it difficult to get their kids outside for playtime. The Lookout is a great solution to this problem, and a wonderful fit for a curious child. At $690.00 it’s designed to be a tree-house without the tree. The difficulty of the build is 2 out of 5 which is good news for any beginners out there! Six feet off the ground with a stair case. No need to worry about kids falling from a flimsy ladder. From top to bottom it stands 15 feet tall and has two windows for a nice view. Inside you will find a 48 sqft open area, perfect for a table and a few chairs, or maybe a cool rug and a some bean bags. The house will be supported by four beams and a roof that provides over hang, so there is a good amount of covered space for all the outdoor toys currently taking up your garage. Keep the wood exposed and embrace the tree-house style, or paint and provide a personalized hideaway for your little one! Once you are done it will definitely be a ‘brag-worthy’ piece for your kids!

Plan 2: Irish

Give him the man cave of his dreams and take back your living room! This tiny home is 55 sqft of potential freedom. Let’s be honest, you can’t make his xbox look stylish and one television is not going to play both your shows. So, here is the space he can have to hang all the mismatched decorations and catch his favorite games. The Irish is styled to mimic the design of an Irish pub, hence the name. He can build it himself regardless of his talents because it’s difficulty is only 1 out 5. At $770.00 it’s a good choice for a duel gift (worth two occasions), or you can simply remember that you have probably spent more money on the furniture in your home. The structure stands 11ft tall from top to bottom and has a window on each of the four walls to bring in natural light. Inside you could furnish with a small couch or two recliners. If the man who is getting a cave is not interested in electronics, you could use the space as a mini bar with seating, or a small library with all his favorite books!

Plan 3: Alexis

This tiny home is the perfect getaway spot! It is a great choice for a summer home, lake house, or weekend getaway in mountains. This build is more expensive at $9,500.00 , but it is also larger with 394 sqft and a 54 sqft loft. Its a more difficult build with a 3 out of 5 rating, but with your step by step instructions from Pin Up Houses it can still be done! The A-frame structure creates a unique space with an eye catching exterior. Inside you will find a large open space filled with natural light from the large front window. Towards the back of the home there is a small kitchen, bathroom, and a ladder that accesses the loft upstairs. The low ceiling on the sides due to the A-frame design are a great opportunity for extra storage. This means all your vacation accessories such as kayaks, dirt bikes, or  outdoor gear can be safely stored away. The front and back porch both have coverage from the roof which can provide outdoor seating or more storage. The home stands tall at 15 feet and 9 inches with a front window to match. This gives a great view from the loft as well as the downstairs. Place this tiny home a top a mountain or on a waterfront property, and you will have a view that makes it hard to go back home!

Plan 4: Mae

Here’s one for the workaholics out there! A tiny home office to get you a little closer to your own front door. For $1,400.00 you can put this 10 ft tall tiny home in your backyard to avoid your office on the weekends and get home in time for dinner. If the house is noisy and unproductive, and the office is chilly and suffocating, why stay? Make a warm and productive work environment for yourself. This house has plenty of windows so you won’t have to feel like an office shut in. There is 102 sq ft of space  for you to spread out with a large desk and organize all of your important paperwork. A one room house to keep you focused on your work. If you are not an office body and more on the creative side consider this as studio space. The difficulty level on this project is only a 1 out of 5 so anyone regardless of occupation can get this job done! Get creative and get work done in your own private backyard office!

Plan 5: Joi

Get that extra storage space without paying monthly for it. Storage units these days can costs upwards of $100.00 a month, but building a Joi in your backyard will be one payment of $280.00. This unique shaped shed will give you the storage you need without a high demand of backyard space. It is very small at only 20 sq ft. You can lock up your bike, garden tools, plastic bins filled with items that no longer fit in your house, or anything else in this tiny shed! Standing over six feet tall and a little more than 3 feet wide, you will have just enough space to put things away. Shelving on the exterior can provide more space or an opportunity to create a decorative element to the shed. It is an easy build at 1 out 5 rating for difficulty. Just paint this project to match your home and you’re done! Say goodbye to clutter and hello to your new tiny shed!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on Pin Up Houses plans, find them in our tiny home directory

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Tiny Farmhouse On Wheels Guaranteed To Stand Out Anywhere

Tiny House October 17, 2016

Tiny Farmhouse On Wheels Guaranteed To Stand Out Anywhere

Imagine looking out your bedroom window at a different view every month, week, or if you want, every day, from a tiny house like this. Imagine being able to travel to, and live in any place with room to park. A large suburban home is a huge commitment, a luxury city loft is a huge cost, and a summer home is a seasonal enjoyment that comes at an extra expense. So save your money and don’t feel pressured to choose one. Pick them all by getting the perfect tiny home!

The Vintage by Escape Homes is a farmhouse — or farm-tiny-house — on wheels. It is 315 sq ft of all your at home comforts with the obvious bonus that other homes can not offer. It can take you anywhere. It is built to withstand extreme weather conditions.

So it will not be a problem if you don’t plan on moving south for the winter, or if you stay south for the summer. In the Vintage tiny house, you do not need to give up your full size fridge, queen bed, or storage space, as all of these luxuries are provided. No space is wasted, and with twelve windows there is plenty of natural light to make your home feel larger.

The style of this tiny house build allows you to customize your space. So for the individuals who wish to go green, you can choose solar power! All in all, you can get exactly what you want, and go exactly where you want for an introductory cost of $59,800.00. A much lower cost than a home. So to summarize, the tiny home will meet your needs, take you to new places, and not bust your bank account!

For more information on Escape Homes and the Vintage tiny home find them in our tiny home directory.

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KODA is a solar-powered tiny house that can move with its owners

Tiny House October 17, 2016

Technology never ceases to amaze us, but you may still find yourself surprised when you learn of this chic tiny home. It is the perfect combination of technology, style, and architecture. It is so clean and efficient you will find it hard to believe it’s ready for you to move in right now! The Koda is a home that can move where you move. It is built to protect its inhabitants from the elements and bacteria outdoors. It has style that is versatile enough to meet a variety of uses, and the size of the windows alone are a reason to fall in love.

Tiny homes have huge potential and typically they come with some really unique features. So what makes the Koda stand out among the rest? The health benefits seem to be the most unique feature of this tiny home. No need to carry those over priced seasonal allergy medications. The Koda has been built with a sturdy door and vacuum-insulated concrete walls to keep noise, dirt, bacteria, and environmental factors outside. Inside you will be able to control the strength and tone of your lighting. Also the Koda will keep the humidity in your home at the correct levels. Like many tiny homes, the Koda also utilizes eco-friendly technology such as LED lights and solar panels. It is a good choice for those of us looking to leave in a clean, comfortable, with a small carbon footprint.

The design mission by the makers of Koda was to provide a home in which residents could move wherever they pleased. This means that the assembly and disassembly is made simple, and only estimated to take four to seven hours.

If you wanted to rotate your Koda for a better view the process would be even faster. My personal favorite element of this tiny home is the ability to make it whatever you want. The design build was anticipating several uses for the structure. Office space, vacation spot, primary residence, gallery, or studio could all be possible uses of this tiny eco-friendly space. This tiny home is a fresh, clean space that will provide the worry free environment you need to focus on the things you love.

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on the Koda, find them in our tiny home directory.

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The $50,000 San Francisco Tiny Home

Tiny House October 3, 2016

The $50,000 San Francisco Home

Tiny houses, because living large is hard. It is expensive and a lot to maintain. Is your search for the right home coming up empty because the cost of living is too high? Maybe your price point is not the issue. Thinking small may be your answer.

“The 50,000.00 San Francisco Home” by Nathan Lewis, discusses a budget model that would allow high cost areas to house more people at an affordable rate. A renters rate of a $50,000.00 home would only be $400.00 to $500.00 a month. The catch? We need to give up on “keeping up with the Jones'” and embrace a smaller lifestyle. Spaces range from 120- 500sq ft depending on location. After all, the supply is determined by the demand. The more demand you have in your local real estate market, the more the supply will cost you in the end. If you go small you can get the perfect location for an affordable cost.

For some of us, small spaces may not be a desirable concept but there big benefits to living small. For example, costs go down when you downsize. In Lewis’s article he references a family who once occupied a 1,500 sq ft home and are now debt free with almost no living expenses in their 165 sq ft space.

Another benefit to living in a smaller space is free time. If you were to spend less time cleaning you would have more time for the things you enjoy. If you are a big spender a smaller space might be even more beneficial to your savings account considering you will not have excess space for excess items. Individuals with an environmental interest should appreciate the small living option as it leaves a much smaller environmental footprint.

Last but not least, a smaller tiny home living space could provide the quality time many families yearn for, or just the right amount of bonding a couple needs. All in all, there are many reasons for us to step out of the “living large” culture and into something a bit more cozy and affordable! Think small to win big!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information about Nathan Lewis and Strong Town’s tiny homes, find them in our tiny home directory.

The $50,000 San Francisco Tiny Home

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