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Would You Live in a $1500 Old Hickory Shed Home?

Uncategorized March 18, 2016

This might be one of the most inexpensive housing options we’ve come across. We share a lot of ideas here, from prefabs to metal buildings to tiny homes to anything else we think you guys might be interested in. That has included a few strange but inexpensive options, and this idea is going to fit right in with those.

These Old Hickory sheds actually start at even less than $1500. That price is the one for their model that has windows and a little porch. It looks almost like a little home — definitely compares with cabins and tiny homes. But it’s actually a shed. These things are actually sold as “utility style” “playhouses” along with their sheds that are sold as “barns,” “lofted barns,” and “utility sheds.” But they’re big as cabins, with 12 X24 dimensions minimum (you can get them bigger) and 8 foot walls. They also have 2 X 3 windows and a 9 lite window door and that porch you can see in the photo. As you can see from the photo, people are already using these residentially or semi-residentially.

And they have smaller ones with less fancy builds that cost even less — like under $1000. Can you imagine what one of these little sheds would look like set up as a tiny home? You could even mount one to a truck trainer if you wanted to tow it around. Note though that they aren’t built for that — it’s just an idea for transport — so you wouldn’t necessarily want to take them on the highway or over any rough ground.

That might mean you can’t expect it to meet building codes for a house, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live in one of these the way you could in a cabin as long as you aren’t breaking any zoning. Of course, these could serve as a guest cabin in a yard, because you could put a shed there no problem, and this one looks like a quaint little tiny home cabin. What if you put a bed and everything you usually put in a cabin in there?

Besides size options, you can also chose roof options (black, dark brown, evergreen, weathered wood) or metal woods in 4 colors.

And here’s one of the more interesting parts of this idea as a cabin: They offer building options for units when you order one. A tiny home cabin could have various sized single- or double-pane windows, various doors, including double wooden barn doors, garage doors (if you want to be able to store your stuff or small vehicle in it as well), flooring, shelves, work benches, lofts, porch railings, engineered plans, and non-standard color options. Basically you can customize your order how you can picture it, staying to the basics of a rectangular tiny home cabin with windows, a door, and a porch.

The company who makes these both sells them (either delivered as a prefab or assembled on site when they can’t be delivered for whatever reason), and also rents them, so you could always try one out first. A third option exists, too: rent to own. And they have 5-year warranties.

They also have free delivery and set-up, and here’s the information for that, since I suspect anyone considering this tiny home option would want to know this: “Buildings at the sales lot can usually be delivered within 5 week days (weather permitting). Ordered Treated & Fir buildings can usually be delivered within 10 to 15 days (weather permitting). Ordered Painted and Metal buildings can usually be delivered within 15 to 20 days (weather permitting). Note: Non-standard metal colors on any building will add one week to the lead time. No site preparation necessary (if site is accessible with truck and trailer and site is no more than 3 feet out of level). Free setup includes leveling with customer supplied concrete blocks and driver supplied pressure treated shims. Drivers can supply concrete blocks for a minimal charge. First 30 miles free, over 30 miles subject to additional charge.”

Find more from Old Hickory and other tiny home and cabin builders 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 cabins homes, click here.

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Modern Woodsy A-Frame Cabin

Cabins February 26, 2016

When considering a prefab or modular home design, and if you’re setting it in the woods or a woodsy setting, you might well be considering whether to build a regular square prefab house or an A-frame construction.

This is an old question for those thinking of what to build. The A-frame has some benefits, besides its style. One of those is its oft-noted ease to build. A person on his own or with a friend can set up an A-frame. Basically, you build a platform and then just make triangles and pull them up and string them together until you have the length you want, and then finish off the roof. Carpenters will of course say there’s more to it than that, and there is, but when you boil it down to the basics, that’s how you set up the most simple of A-frame cabins.

Another benefit is, if you’re setting up your cabin or home (whether it’s a modular house / prefab home or not) somewhere where there’s a lot of snow, the sharp peak of the A-frame roof is going to help you there, whereas the flatter roof can suffer under accumulated snow. A-frames dont need gutters, in general.

Now the downsides: space — there’s less of it for a given footprint size. Also, those sloping walls make positioning appliances and things awkward. Often, with small A-frames, a loft is built in the upper half of the triangle on one or both sides of the building, and that’s where the bedroom is / bedrooms are.

Also, you’re heating a tall peaked roof, and you usually aren’t up there in the peak, so heat can be an issue.

Maybe this is why a lot of people start out by thinking A-frames would be right for them, and only some of them end up going with the A-frame. Because a small regular construction is also fairly easy for a person or small group to put up, and many areas don’t get a ton of snow, a regular cabin might be better. And because there are a lot of prefabrication / modular construction companies that build custom homes with A-frames, it might be something to look into if you like the idea of living in one / cabin-ing in one.

This modern A-frame was originally shared at the Spacetime Continuum by some bloggers who have become “less exciting” lately (their words not mine).

To learn about how to build your own prefabricated A-frame home, a good starting point I found is Mother Earth News (click here). Visit the Spacetime Continuum blog (click here).

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Steps Prefab Home Design Adds a Rooftop Patio!

Prefab February 25, 2016

Steps Prefab Home Design Adds a Rooftop Patio

Prefab home buyers have one major thing to consider, after the price of their prefabricated structure, which is space! What about expanding space by using the roof? And not just the roof, the side of the building? This is the idea explored by the prefab house designers at Belatchew Arkitekter.

This prefab is called “Steps,” and the most standout feature of it is, as you can see from the photo above, it has a rooftop terrace.

It also has small garden beds along the side of the house where the staircase is.

The overall appearance of this prefab house is kind of like an outdoor shed, maybe mostly because of those 2X4 doors that go into the stairwell and the side of the house.

As far as a house goes, this prefab might be a little small but there is definietly enough room to sleep in it. Maybe a futon or something, or you could put a cot in the stairwell area (as it is that stairwell area is for a slide out trolly) and leave the main room for socialiazing.

It also has an outdoor kitchen with sink. I’m thinking this prefab cabin has socializing in mind.

Steps Prefab Home Design Adds a Rooftop Patio!

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Tekapo Shed Small Family House Design

Houses February 24, 2016

Tekapo Shed Small Family House Design

Small house builders and those in the prefabricated home market might want to take a look at this gable-form house design, which was a recent winner of a Small Project Architecture award.

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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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Quonset Inexpensive Kit Homes Gallery

Uncategorized February 1, 2016

Gallery of quonset style cabins, homes and other structures. These photographs were taken by Elizabeth Anderson for SteelMaster Buildings. To see more about SteelMaster and other 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 metal homes, click here.

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

A dozen Quonset homes by SteelMaster:

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Step inside this spacious teardrop trailer that has everything your family could need

Outdoors January 20, 2016

Step inside this spacious teardrop that has everything your family could need

If  you are seeking a spacious teardrop travel trailer, this roomy teardrop might be the one for you. Though it looks extremely small, it is equipped with all you need to move about and live comfortably. This is a new trend in smaller living. It is a tiny home and a trailer rolled into one. The space is used in a way that all things needed are lifted up from the floor so it makes the trailer seem more expansive. Kids will love being inside this teardrop as it it attractive and aesthetically pleasing, but also feels like home.

All of the amenities of home are within this teardrop trailer; from television to a stand-in shower facility. Park it  on a piece of land and call it home for the summer or hitch it up to a vehicle and travel. The teardrop is ready for anything you plan to do this spring and summer season.

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

Find more from Trailer Hitch RV, and other  outdoors 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 outdoors, click here.

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Making New Furniture from Old Stuff

Furniture and Furnishings January 12, 2016

Jessica Thato Phasumane shared these photos of things her small business, Street Smart Creations, are making. They’re making these in India and selling for rupies, so they might not be something you guys will be ordering, given the size of the product, but it might be interesting still to see some of the ways they’re using old and no-longer-used materials to build new furniture, like couches, outdoor sets, tables, stools, fireplaces, and more.

In fact, Jessica’s line about her work was, “We recycle & repurpose steel drums, wooden pallets & tyres to create unique funiture with a variety of colours & designs…Our designs are Eco-friendly too.”

To contact Street Smart Creations, you can use their WhatsApp: 0832401555.

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Tiny Cottage Homes are an Inexpensive Way to Build a Home

Cottage January 12, 2016

Elegant Wooden Cottage Ideas You Will Surely Like

The wooden cottage has come a long way since Little House on the Prairie. We have so many choices from which to choose when it comes to exterior design and floor plans. Beautiful colors come into play with wooden cottages of today. Bright blues, yellows, and reds, are just a few of the rainbow of hues we are seeing with wooden cottage choices.

Use your imagination if you are looking for a wooden cottage to call home or a vacation home. Share your ideas with your realtor and builder so that your cottage is a unique expression of who you are and what your family is looking for in a home.

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

Find more from UAB Guodra, and other cottage 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 cottage,click here.

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Cottage House with a Stylish Open Kitchen

Cottage January 12, 2016

Be Delighted with this Cottage House that has a Stylish Open Kitchen

Most home buyers expect cottage houses to always be small spaces, but this cottage home has that comfy style and feel of a space that brings about a level of modernity and comfort, not usual in these types of homes. The open floor plan is a big draw for this cottage house. Open floor plans and open kitchens always make a smaller home seem more spacious. Any small to mid-sized family would be comfortable in this cottage style house. It’s also wonderful to have the best of two worlds; a traditional style of a home with a modern interior.

This beautiful cottage house is best suited for couples and smaller families. Filled with state of the art appliances and beautiful durable floors, anyone who views this home will be delighted at its style and amazing durability.

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

Find more from Carl Mattison Design, and other cottage 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 cottage,click here.

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