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Students Built This Solar-Powered Tiny House

Tiny House June 8, 2016

Students Built This Solar-Powered Tiny House

Definitely, there are several cool and attractive tiny homes being built these days. But what makes it remarkable is when young creators make their ideas into reality. And if students can build a tiny house, why couldn’t you? This adorable 645 square foot passive house was built by 25 students of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. These smart and creative youngsters have put their brains and hands together to come up with a beautiful micro-dwelling that inspires us to make one ourselves.

And what makes this tiny home more exceptional is that it is eco-friendly. With its Halo’s passivity — which means it can generate more than energy that it uses — this homey dwelling is significantly environment-conscious. Great thanks to its curving roof which is built with monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic solar cells on acrylic. This solar cells utilizes the sun’s energy to provide power to its private rooms and to its big communal areas. Locally-sourced woods cover its interiors and its Scandinavian furnishings are light-colored and simply cool.

So with this tiny home living space, you can enjoy creating good memories with family and friends. It saves you also from too much cleaning as there is less clutter and less upkeep and significantly less carbon-footprint as your dwelling runs off clean energy because it is solar-powered.

And if you are set to start the ball rolling on your small dwelling, remember some eco-house features such as solar power, sourced-locally woods for its interiors, energy-efficient lighting for the rooms, fresh air ventilation system for the whole house, rainwater collection in the yard, and one other important thing is to use energy star appliances.

With these eco-features and ideas of this group of inspiring students from Chalmers University of Technology, surely you are now more confident that you can also make your own tiny house — or maybe its a prefab or modular house you’re thinking about. Who knows: you might inspire friends to be more environment-conscious and live in a more sustainable dwelling.

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See the Interior of this Amazing Tiny House

Tiny House May 21, 2016

See the Interior of this Amazing Tiny House

In the rural area north of Utrecht (in Holland), sits this compact recreational tiny house. The cottage is constructed of wood and opens with French doors into the little cottage’s green surroundings.

The design is the result of a unique collaboration between the tiny house designer, Zecc, and interior designer Roel van Norel. Zecc designed the basic concept of the tiny home, and afterwards, Roel van Norel developed and largely built the plan to the smallest detail.

The tiny house has replaced a previous cottage, the foundation of which was reused and the existing contours were the starting point for the current structure.

The archetypal cottage is seemingly simple: a gable roof of stone slate, a chimney and a wood cladding Western Red Cedar. The cottage blends its materials seamlessly into the landscape.

The architectural drafting, interior design, and its realization were done by one designer’s hand, and this resulted in an unprecedented high level of craftsmanship.

The refinement of this tiny house is in the asymmetric head design, detailing and interior. The tiny home is enclosed on the one side by a solid wall. The other side opens up to the greenery around, and is equipped with movable shutters. The horizontal slats of the shutter can all be closed to give the tiny home a more enclosed character.

The front is completely transparent and has a sturdy steel facade. This part focuses on the open part of the landscape.

The front section of this tiny house is used as a kitchen cum living / dining room, and the sleeping area is in the rear section. The space can be separated or joined by means of sliding panels. Upstairs there is another sleeping area. The densely packed (with cupboards and oteher storage), long sides of the house has all the amenities cleverly integrated into a wall of oak: the kitchen, a wood stove, all facilities, a toilet, shower, sink and several cabinets. Even the kitchen baseboard is designed as drawer … the tiny home designers utilized every square centimeter of this cottage and thought.  To see more of Zecc’s work, find them in our architects directory (click here).

Pictures: Stijn Style Photography & Roel van Norel. Here are the interior photos:

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Built in the 1850s, a Tiny Home Is Still Going

Tiny House May 20, 2016

Built in the 1850s, a Tiny Home Is Still Going

The tiny home movement, viewed in the perspective of centuries, might look a bit like a scaling back from the post-war era of big, often suburban houses for everyone, because in the olden days when people built their first homes, they were often not large at all.

This particular tiny house, which is currently being used as a rental cabin, was built in the 1850s by Norwegian Americans in Iowa. Originally, they built it as a school. A different era of schooling as well as house-building. It was a Norwegian-Lutheran parochial school house. The construction of the house was then and is now old growth oak, walnut and elm wood.

Later on, just before the turn of the 20th century, the building was disassembled and moved across the field by another Norwegian American, and he used it as a tiny house (or just a house, as they would have seen it).

People lived in this tiny home until the 70s. After that, the building became a bit delapidated, but in 2007 the current owners again took it apart and moved it to another site in Iowa and restored the building over the course of three years. Now its a tiny house rental cabin that anyone can visit, and is situated near the Trout River (you can fish for trout there) near Decorah, Iowa.

While interesting as a rental possibility as well, this tiny house design caught our attention mostly because of its simple layout — obviously, since people lived in houses of this size for hundreds of years, an optimal layout was worked out naturally — as well as the long life of this usable, affordable tiny home design. Here are some interior photos to give an idea of what can be done with a tiny house inside.

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A Tiny House Built Using Pallets

Tiny House May 14, 2016

A Tiny House Built Using Pallets

Yes, this tiny house was made using a lot of wood pallets. And yes, pallet-based construction is a way to save money when building, so long as it suits what you want to build.

This tiny house — its actually a trailer as well, as you can probably see from the image above — was designed and built by architectural intern Macy Miller.

It’s a 192 square foot house set up in Boise, Idaho. The siding is where the wood pallets come in.

That’s where another aspect of eco-friendly tiny house building comes in, as well. Repurposed building materials is one of the basics of this particular movement, when it comes to prefab houses, modular buildings, and tiny houses like this one.

Miller started building her 196 square foot tiny home in 2011, and she moved into it with her boyfriend and their children.

Besides the wood siding, possibly the most noticeable feature of this modular prefab house — she built it on another site and moved it to this foresty location on a trailer bed — is that porch, which, combined with the single-pitched roof, gives the otherwise square prefab home structure its individual look.

While Miller is herself an architect, these things aren’t that difficult to build, and a huge variety of prefab home building plans are available for them all over the internet. To see more of Miller’s work, click here.

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Tiny House is a Cabin That Doesn’t Even Disturb the Forest Floor

Tiny House May 2, 2016

Tiny House is a Cabin That Doesn’t Even Disturb the Forest Floor

This tiny house is an eco-cabin of glass. It has a funny name, but it was designed for a serious purpose.

It’s called Sneeoosh Cabin, and the tiny home is designed by ZeroPlus Architects. And due to environmental concerns, it is designed to have as small an impact on its surroundings as possible.

You see it’s nestled into the forest of Puget Sound in Washington State. The tiny house sits on stilts above the ground.

That way, shrubs and other plants can still grow underneith the tiny home structure. The design team came up with the plan working with an arborist. Not only the trees already growing underneigth, but even the roots structures were things the designers didn’t want to distrub.

The stilts of the tiny house stand on concrete disks, desinged to be minimally intrusive on the forest.

The sleeping area in this glass tiny cabin is above the main level. It’s darker than the rest of the house, and was inspired by tent camping. The downstairs is the public living space, and the windows around it provide an open sense.

Construction was based on prefabricated, lightweight steel. Tension plays a significant part in the way the tiny house is supported. The roof is constructed of prefab sips — insulation and protection from the elements with relatively little weight. See more of ZeroPlus’s tiny home and prefab home designs by visiting our directory (click here).

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How a 16-Year-Old Builds a Tiny Home

Tiny House May 2, 2016

All of you out there following the news on prefab and modular homes, tiny homes, and other less expensive solutions to building a dwelling, how many of you have heard of Austin Hay, a 16-year-old student in Sonoma County, California when he built a tiny home on wheels.

“It began as an idea, and then my high school had a project where you got to research a project, anything you wanted,” so Austin decided to do his project on his already-underway DIY tiny home project.

The youth did the whole thing himself, framing it, putting the roof on. Later on, he put the windows and door in. He also did a significant amount of interior work on the tiny house — including shelves where he could put his personal effects.

He framed cabinets for the kitchen / dining area, closets for the bedroom, and drawers.

The tiny home also has a DIY sofa-bed, a decent-sized shower (not quite full-sized, but big enough), and a toilet (the toilet is a composting one).

The plans for Austin’s tiny home were donated by Four Lights Tiny House Company’s Jay Shafer.

The tiny house was started when Austin was a sophomore, and he completed it in his senior year.

To visit Four Lights Tiny House Company, click here.

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Summer Home Design

Tiny House February 24, 2016

Summer Home Design

This summer house is a small, simple piece of architecture designed by Christensen & Co. Even though we’ve been looking a lot at prefabricated houses, this might be an option for the same people who are now considering prefab.

Because its small and simple — a timber-frame structure with one floor and a single pitched roof — the price would be comparable to a prefab home. The only thing is that this house isn’t on wheels, so you’d have to look at putting it down as a regular house, not as a mobile home like a lot of prefab house buyers do.

Christensen & Co are a Danish architecture team, and they do a lot of larger buildings, but this little summer cottage or summer home even (if you’re a small family) has been getting attention recently.

There might be some extra cost in this construction because of the large amount of glass, which costs to buy, and then costs because it lets heat out more than walls. Some people also prefer the security of having walls instead of windows, but to change the house plans for that wouldn’t take much.

This house looks like it has a nice harmonization of the main feauters — the single-pitch roof, the flat walls, the long patio platform, the simple staircases around the patio.

It has a basic painted wood interior, and they’ve left the 2X4 frame bare where the windows are.

It also has a small wood stove that would provide some heat and let you boil water for tea or coffee any time. This might be even better than a prefab because of the lightness of the construction — most prefab houses have a fairly sturdy, clunky look. However, this particular building was designed by the Danish team to be a summer home.

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Cozy Bright Blue Tiny House

Tiny House January 11, 2016

Cozy Bright Blue Tiny House

This lovely tiny home is quite unique in its design and sets itself apart from many other tiny homes listed today. The different roof levels make the exterior into a modern art piece and readies you for the inside which can be beautiful in a traditional or modern minimalist style. The blue chosen gives this home a whimsical and warm feeling and invites you to come in and stay. The slanted designs on the front porch area are beautiful and unusual and gives you the impression of an island home.

Fit for singles, couples, or small families with little children, this home is quite a sculpture in its own rights. A unique exterior, a warm interior and surrounded by nature and a peaceful atmosphere. This gorgeous blue tiny home has a lot of attractions and inside and out.

Find more from tiny house builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more tiny house,click here.

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Lovely Tiny House for a Family

Tiny House January 11, 2016

Lovely Tiny House for your Family

Small House Plan Built on 968 Sq. Ft.

The tiny house craze has swept the world. People fed up with a life full or “too much stuff” are ready to down size and simplify their lives, and let go of the costly maintenance of a traditional home. Finding that you can maximize the space in a tiny home so that you have all your creature comforts and not really lose anything has been a real eye-opener for many, and so the popularity of the tiny house keeps growing and more and more people find the lifestyle attractive.

And tiny houses can also be mobile, so you can change your location when the time feels right to you. Construct it in the country, move to the suburbs, and there are even tiny house communities you can join. The tiny house has become a movement in itself.

  • Stories 1
  • Size 90 sq.m.
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from tiny house builders and companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more tiny house,click here.

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Cute Tiny House Design with House Plan

Tiny House January 11, 2016


The tiny house movement is all the rage. People are longing for a more simple and compact lifestyle, and if you are one of them a tiny house might be just the thing for you. This adorable home accommodates 2 bedrooms and all the comforts of a larger home. It is perfect for a small family, retirees,  or couples buying their first home. Tiny houses cost only a fraction of their larger counterparts, and save you money in the long run as your monthly bills will be much lower. And this quaint and cozy tiny house, with its covered entry way, is picture-perfect.

So, if you are thinking about moving, consider buying a tiny house. They can be constructed to be portable, you can find tiny house communities scattered all throughout the US, and they have a way of teaching us what’s really important.

Living room with size 3.0 x 3.0 meters, dining is 3.0 x 2.3 meters, kitchen is 3.0 x 2.0 meters and the two bedrooms having a size 3.0 x 3.0 meters each. The total floor area is approximately 48.0 sq.m. which can be constructed if your lot is 120 sq.m.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Dream Design, and other tiny house builders and companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more tiny house, click here.

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