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Just Wahls | Sweet Tiny House

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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A sweet little tiny house that is inspiring.  Cute young couple embracing this new way to do things.  You can find them on the web here.  Below is a little tour on YouTube.  Looking forward to subscribing to their channel.


The Alpha Tiny Home | 95k | So So Sweet | Video + Ideas

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

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Very simple design and you would think with the big space in the middle being empty there would be a small kitchen and a small bathroom.  With the price tag close to 100k… the owner pulled out all the stops with a very interesting design.  I noticed this on the Tiny House Design Blog and wanted to share the pictures and talk about the wonderful things that I’ve noticed.

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Clean design and a folding deck.  I also like the overhang that is created.  Part of me thinks it would be neat to have some sort of folding deck that could cover sliding patio doors that could walk out on it and could fold up and be pinned to the outer wall when moving.

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Sweet.  Open wall + ice bucket 😉

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The double garage door is so attractive and lets in so much light when closed or open to fresh air.

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Large sink that is super sweet with avery open and wide concept.

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Super large windows across from the open wall leading to the deck. Washroom under the bed.  I’m in love.

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Raised floor with a great sized kitchen for prep and cooking.  Under the kitchen floor pulls out some magic…

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Windows, full sized fridge, cooktop and a great little kitchen.

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And now the magic below…

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ps… i want his arms.

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Boom.

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When you watch the video below you will notice some great ideas and features that make you want to revisit your design and make note of some of the little details.  This model is made and designed by New Frontier Homes and David Latimer.

Samantha and Robert’s Shedsistence

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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Busy couple built their 24-foot 204 square foot tiny house on weekends over 14 months – and WOW!

Material cost was $30,000. Nice!

Judging from the incredibly high quality of the house, they’ve got a lot of sweat equity in their home. Just check out these interior details.

This is a great example of how an owner-built tiny home can not only compete in style with the professionals – but at a lower price plus pride in completion.

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These folks spend a lot of time outdoors; so they built a special storage room for their gear.

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You can hop over to their website here.

Below is a cut and paste from their “About” Page on the website:

  • The philosophy: Samantha and I have always said we will never own a king size bed because we don’t want the potential for more space to make its way between us. And we feel the same about the spaces we inhabit. Call it encouraged interaction if you will, and luckily, we really like being around each other!
  • The challenge?  We spent 30 days in 2008 living out of a Honda Civic and a tent as we traveled the United States, coast to coast and back. In 2010, we spent 30 days (legally) hopping trains from country to country in Europe with nothing more than what could fit in our 60 liter backpacks. We spent 6 weeks in 2012 navigating the rural towns, crowded cities and rugged landscape of the Patagonia region of South America, carrying all of our belongings over 1400 miles in those same backpacks. And in 2013 we packed up everything we owned into a 16’ U-haul and drove west from our roots in Western NY to Yakima, WA. One of us had a job, we did not have a place to live and we kept our mattress on top of our belongings in the box truck in case we had to spend a few nights in the back while we looked for a place to call home.  Sooo…we really expected the decision to live in a fully functioning and furnished sub-200 square foot space would come easy, yet it turned out to be a more serious and lengthy internal debate than expected. This is new territory. It pushes its occupants to question traditional standards of habitation. It re-evaluates our notion of home. It tests traditional methods of construction and it questions archaic zoning ordinances. With that said, we have yet to dive into an experience we are unsure about and not come out on the other side thankful that we took the leap.

Ryan’s Tiny House | No Loft

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

This week we’d like to feature Ryan Hoffmeyer’s unique Tiny House RV, featuring a one story floor plan.

Ryan began constructing his Tiny House RV during North Dakota’s 2014 winter season. He was completely isolated in a rural community, building in his neighbor’s garage. That is, until the project literally outgrew the space.

“I built at much as I could knowing I had a 12’ garage door and a 13’ Tiny House RV,” Ryan explains. “It wasn’t long before I had to move outside in the dead of the winter.”

Having strong knowledge of the construction process, Ryan built solo and was able to finish his Tiny House RV in just four months, despite the weather. In May 2015, he moved it to Colorado.

A one-story Tiny House RV design that works!

Ryan designed his Tiny House RV to have no loft, high ceilings, and a main floor sleeping space. He accomplished this by installing a murphy bed over a folding couch. The transforming furniture came from Italy and took 3 months to ship. In the meantime, Ryan continued to build.

Ryan can also relax in a hammock with his open floor plan!

Another innovative element in Ryan’s design is that he chose to elevate his kitchen and bathroom floor 15 inches to accommodate a space for mechanical storage. By doing this his batteries, piping, p-traps, fresh and greywater tanks are all located in the insulated area of his trailer. He never has to worry about winterizing his pipes for freezing temperatures.

“Being a DIYer, I could afford to build my house with nice things,” Ryan explains. “If I were to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

The average DIY Tiny House RV spends approximately $25-30k in materials, but Ryan opted for upgrades. The total costs for his 20′ Tiny House RV came to $35k.

Ryan’s Three Pieces of Advice:

1) Build as much as you are able to yourself. Sleeping in something you built with your own hands is the best feeling ever.
2) Watch youtube videos. Gather ideas, do’s and don’t. Just because it’s tiny, it doesn’t mean you don’t have all the building procedures of a normal home. Framing, plumbing, windows, roofing, siding, electrical, interior finish, etc. It can be overwhelming without the correct knowledge.
3) Take the Tumbleweed workshop. It’s pretty much is a live version of youtube. You get a booklet and step-by-step on every procedure. Plus the room is filled with enthusiasts who are planning to build, or have built, and are sharing about it. I was very impressed with the knowledge of the staff. Tumbleweed trains them properly before they send them off to start to train you. I give it a 10.

Nick Olson & Lilah Horwitz | Glass Cabin In The Mountains

Monday, May 12th, 2014

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A year ago, Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz quit their jobs to build a cabin in the West Virginia mountains. Today, that gamble seems to have paid off: their cabin sits in the exact spot where they first discussed building it. However, while the interior of the cabin is like almost any other, a mix of old wooden furniture and more modern decorations, the front facade – is anything but.

The west-facing facade is made entirely of window pieces, stitched together; Olson and Horwitz wanted to be able to capture every inch of the sunset, without having to limit their view to the confines of a single window.

Nelson Tiny Homes | V-House Tour | Loved The Raised Floor w/ Storage

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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Love this Canadian Builder on the West Coast. Check out this tour. 230sq ft. I love the raised floor for the living room. The storage ideas are noted. I would like to use something like that in my tiny home.  Such a great builder.  Could you live in one of these?

“V” is for “Versatile”

This tiny house is adorable and efficient. It will work well either as a backyard office or writing studio separate from the house, or as a home for one person who wants to live small.The beauty of this design is its versatility. All specifications can be built to suit.Check out our video below!

Specifications

(Again, all specifications can be built to suit.)Footprint:8’ x 13’ (under 10 m²)
Roof overhang: 16” / 20”
Height: 11’
Sleeping loft: 86” x 49”
Closet: 31” x 26”
Desk/table: 49” x 23”
Water closet: 31″ x 36″

Extras

This house could be finished off nicely by adding a high-efficiency propane furnace, a deck, and some more custom furniture.
Price
Starting at 30,000.

 

Nelson Tiny Houses is a locally-owned, sustainably-produced company that builds superior tiny houses. As builders and designers, we are inspired by the mountains, forests, lakes and culture of this special part of southern British Columbia. As such, we view building tiny houses as a place where science meets art, where trade meets craft, where a shelter becomes a home.

Whether you are an existing homeowner looking to create a guest house, extra bedroom, office or rental opportunity, or new to owning your own home and looking to find a way that just makes sense, you have come to the right place. Tiny houses are bigger than they appear: they are a political movement, they are a work of art, they are a place to call home. Nelson Tiny Houses: Bigger than just a place to live.

 

You Like? | Could You See Yourself?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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I like the french doors and deck.  Love the windows at the top.  This design as a nice look and feel inside.  I actually like the look and the feel of this one.  Love the kitchen.

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Sustainable Business Oregon: What was your motivation for living in a tiny house?

Mike Mercer: Our motivation had a number of factors — financial (and with the rental of the home we own, we have great cash flow), quality of life experiment (could our lives be just as meaningful and happy living in a small space?…so far the answer is yes) and design (Laura is a designer and had the opportunity to design our home).

SBO: What do you miss, if anything, about living in a larger space?

Mercer: We haven’t missed much at all. That said, we don’t have a place to hang art and it is hard to have more than two over for dinner, at least in the rainy season. We do have the garage of the rental house, so our bikes, art supplies, camping equipment and yard tools have a place to live.

 

SBO: What’s the most challenging part about living in a tiny house?

Mercer: For us, the most challenging part was moving in; figuring out what to bring in and what to sell. Honestly, the upsides have been significantly greater than any of the challenges. Well, OK, making the bed in the loft is a little tough on my knees.

SBO: What piece of advice would you give to others considering tiny living?

Mercer: Probably the greatest advice is to not do it on a whim. We didn’t make this choice out of necessity, it was a result of many factors: the strength of Laura’s and my relationship, our comfort with having less of our stuff around us and a desire for an adventure.

Boneyard Studios | The Minim | Sweet Design | Tied With My 2nd Choice

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

In my search to find the design of the Tiny House that I would like to build… I come across this one.  It matches the style of my #2 choice.  It’s modern and unique.  I wanted to take some time and show you some images and talk about it some more.  The plans for this can be purchased here… but it could be designed myself & with the help to draw up the plans.  To learn more about this home as well as the super cool site it’s built on with some others… click here.

Here is the “Minim”:

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    • Easy pull out floor bed with full mattress (no loft to crawl up, cooler in the summer, simple bed-making).

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    • 60% more window area compared to leading plans
    • No walls to diminish sense of space.

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    • Just a little more space (210 ft2) for full 1-2 person living and entertaining: a 10′ kitchen, a 5′ closet, 8′ sofa/guest bed, dedicated office area, 4′ dining table, comfortable seating for 7, and a 7′ projection screen.
    • Innovative table system that may be raised/lowered/swiveled in 4 floor sockets to function as kitchen island/bar, second desk, coffee table, dining table, and bedside table. (notice the round sockets in the floor that the table can connect to)

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    • Greatly streamlined framing and insulation with standardized SIPs panels (shipped nationwide).
    • Easier finishing: just 3 windows and 1 door to install; no window/door trim work on exterior or interior.

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    • 2-3x insulation levels for better energy efficiency and soundproofing.
    • Health and safety improved with ERV fan systems for improved air quality.
    • Detachable design (house may be undocked from trailer with 15 bolts).
    • Off-grid design for areas without water/sewer/electric hookups.
    • Integrated rain catchment/storage with no visible gutters.

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I really like how the bed comes out.  I love the 10 foot wide counter in the kitchen for two people cooking and how the table can be moved to the different sockets and lowered to make into a coffee table.  It’s a very open design.  Cool little tour and walk through of the home below.

Minim House features off grid rainwater collection system with seamless roof gutters. On board and under trailer tanks may store up to 290 gallons of water. A through-the-wall a/c unit on the back eliminates any unsightly HVAC equipment- only the vent plate is visible.

Minim House features off grid rainwater collection system with seamless roof gutters. On board and under trailer tanks may store up to 290 gallons of water. A through-the-wall a/c unit on the back eliminates any unsightly HVAC equipment- only the vent plate is visible.

Minim House features off grid rainwater collection system with seamless roof gutters. On board and under trailer tanks may store up to 290 gallons of water. A through-the-wall a/c unit on the back eliminates any unsightly HVAC equipment- only the vent plate is visible.

Toronto Man Wants City To Let Him Live In Tiny Home

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Anthony is in the Toronto Tiny House Facebook group.  Looking forward to following his story and hopefully meeting up with him at a local Tiny House gathering/meet-up.

 

A Toronto man is trying to get the city to embrace his pint-sized housing plan.

The proposed home will be cubelike, trailer-sized and wheeled — although not for the purpose of driving — and completely self-sustainable.

The problem? On paper, it sounds exactly like a standard travel trailer, and city zoning is clear: You can’t live out of a vehicle.

In reality, Anthony Moscar says his home will be anything but.

“Trailers are these temporary places . . . there’s no sense of having to be concerned about anything for the long term, because eventually you’re going to reconnect to a power source,” he says. “The tiny house isn’t any of that.”

Moscar’s home will be 11 metres long and between 2.5 and 3.7 metres wide. It will operate using rainwater and solar panels and will even feature a composting toilet. He’s been considering the idea for almost a year, and this spring, he intends to make the self-sustainable home a reality.

The 29-year-old naturopath and his supporters, who include one of the tiny-home movement’s Canadian experts, regard his home as the next frontier in living small. They also expect it to be a viable alternative for today’s youth as housing prices soar. (Moscar expects his home to cost around $30,000 to build.)

But first, they have to see if they can change the city’s mind.

A spokesperson for the city’s planning department declined to discuss ways in which Moscar might get approval to live in his house, or who he might speak with about it, saying only ‘there are no exemptions.”

“Toronto hasn’t really had to deal with that type of situation, and they don’t want to,” Moscar says, which he thinks is unfortunate.

He’s considering asking local eco-friendly organizations to allow him to locate his house on their property for a year or two as a way of showcasing sustainable living. As a backup plan, he’s checking with municipalities in a one-hour radius of Toronto to see what their policies are.

In places like Stuttgart, North Vancouver and a growing number of cities across the United States, the tiny-home concept is gaining traction, in large part because it responds to environmental and fiscal concerns.

That’s partly why Andy Thomson, an Ottawa-based architect and a Canadian tiny-home expert, started experimenting with small living years ago.

“You don’t really need to build 2,000 square feet because you can’t possibly occupy all of that at one time,” Thomson says. “Building smaller and more efficient buildings is kind of the sensible thing to do.”

Back in 2007 Thomson designed a miniHome, whose prototype was produced by Northlander Industries in Exeter, Ont. It’s exactly the type of home Moscar now plans to build, and once again, Thomson has provided the design and is helping Moscar navigate the zoning bylaws.

“The way to implement such an exemption is through a councillor, based on carefully reviewed merits and for a limited time period,” he says. “Just because there is no exemption, does not mean there cannot be one.”

Moscar is hopeful.

The idea appeals to his environmentalism and the timing is perfect. After living at home to save money through several degrees, he’s ready to finally move out.

It hasn’t been simple.

Every aspect of the home, from walls and doors to running water, heating and cooling and waste disposal, has required careful planning.

But after Moscar posted an online ad soliciting advice and potential land offers, emails from people ready to embrace the little home came flooding in.

They’ve offered everything: emotional support, help with the building process, wood for walls and custom-made frames, and advice on eco-friendly plumbing.

Moscar is their test subject for how to create tiny dwellings in Toronto.

Angelina Young, a contracts administrator in Toronto, emailed to offer moral support, while Jennifer Halpern, a local graphic designer, offered to help build.

“I would love for this movement to take off here,” said Young, although two young kids make it hard for her to test it out herself. “The possibility of a homeowner in an inflated housing market like ours finding a way to live without any house payment or rent and be content in simple surroundings and be able to save incredible amounts of money. It blows me away.”

For Halpern, it’s the perfect experiment. The simplicity the movement entails is something she thinks the city is ready for: “It makes you look inward.”

As soon as the weather gets nice enough, she’ll be out — with Moscar — to start building.

Couple Builds Own Tiny House on Wheels in 4 Months for $22,744.06 | Full Tour | Could You Live Tiny?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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This is the 3rd option of what I like.  I’m impressed with the large kitchen.  It’s better to keep looking and find the type that I like.  This one has stairs.  Watch the video.  It’s pretty clever in the design.  While you watch it… what do you think?  They have a great blog with the link below.

http://tinyhousebuild.com/ presents the “hOMe” tour. Our 221 SF (+128SF in lofts) was self designed and built tiny house on a 28′ trailer. Built for $22k ($33k including all cabinets and appliances), our tiny house feels spacious, roomy and totally livable. BEST house we’ve ever lived in! 🙂 During this video we take you through the entire tiny house, showing each nook and cranny and design features that are working so well. Unlike most cottagey tiny houses, hOMe has a clean, modern feel.