Archive for 2014

Cargo Trailer Turns Into Mobile Camper

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

On TinyHouseTalk,  I noticed a cool little cargo trailer turned into a camper.  The owner created a cool camper with neat storage ideas taken from some of today’s micro apartments.  The owner and his wife and dog have traveled over 4,000 miles exploring and saved money on places to stay along the journey.  80 sq ft.

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Living Small | Documentary | 46min

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014


Cool documentary on Living Small.  I enjoy these.  I also like learning about the people doing it and finding out why they are doing it.  What drives them.

Living Small is a documentary project exploring the world of tiny houses, living spaces and the people that inhabit them. It intends to examine the movement from a personal, cultural, environmental and economic standpoint. The goal of this project is to inspire new ways of thinking about living space and to challenge the long-held notion that “bigger is better.”

Living Small from DocumentedWorld on Vimeo.

Jay From Four Lights | Getting Away From Stuff

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Tiny House from gotandem on Vimeo.

It’s really hard to get away from the “want of stuff” because stuff makes us happy, right? Well, maybe not. This is a story about a man who decided to be intentional about what he could live without.  This video is from GOTANDEM

Four Lights Tiny House Company | The Marie Colvin | I Think This Is The One For Me

Monday, May 12th, 2014


I think this is the one for me.  Just trying to do my final research on this plan.  I’m also speaking with the designer about some ideas as well as some questions about the plan.  This is the one that I see myself in.  288 sq ft.  It will have 4 separate sleeping areas.  My kids will love it.

It’s small… but I don’t need much.

1-marie colvin layout2I like the look of the front. It has a small porch by the door. I want a thick heavy door with character. I like the trim and a great window that looks like it would be in a English Cottage.

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1-tiny-house-in-a-landscape1-1-Study-Plan-MarieColvin.pdf - Adobe Reader 12052014 122143 PM(Above) Looking out of that window would be a small workspace that would be my office.  I want to have a window by my desk.  Instead of the door by the closet I would have a sliding door that closes the room off.  This little room will have lots of hidden storage.  It’s not a big room so it might just be a “L” shaped desk with storage under and on top.  It would have a white board and in any open spaces on the wall would be selected personal Instagram photos as wallpaper.  It would be a combo of a “elegant man cave”.

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After coming inside through the front door your in the larger main purpose room.  There is a cut-out in the ceiling so height is not an issue.  I would like to raise the floor so that more storage options would be in the house.

Sort of like the floor below to give you an idea:

1-View-from-loft-Nelson-Tiny-Houses-V2-Tiny-Tour-001So you would step up into the great room.  The storage would be accessed like below:

1-Screen CapturesI could store camping gear, off season clothes, sporting equipment.  Things I don’t need everyday but I could get at when needed.

So the main room will be a gathering place to sit, entertain as well as a place to eat.  I am thinking simple.  An “L” shaped couch that would be along the top right wall and the right wall.  A “rolling” Coffee Table that the top can lift up for “dinner for one” or use with a laptop.  The Sofa below is too large in the reference picture… so a smaller one would be needed.  Just wanted to give you an idea.  It should be a sofa-bed.

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Another option that I like is the Passo from Resource Furniture that would be the coffee table as well a Dining Table that is shown below:

Passo-4Second choice for a table that is incredible would be the Goliath Table that would be against the wall but could be pulled out to make a larger table for eating.  If it’s summer… I could bring the table onto the deck outside if needed.

On the left side of the Great room would be a pull down projector screen that could be pulled down so you could watch movies using the projector hanging from the ceiling.  Everyone on the sofa would be able to watch.  A laptop would be used to play DVD’s, Memory Sticks or streaming online media if I can get Wifi.

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Stepping down from the “Great Room” would be the kitchen that would run down the left side.  Instead of a swinging door on the bathroom would be a sliding door.  Then along the wall of the stairs to the loft would be a folding up butcher block table that would be for “Food Prep”.  (it would fold up since there would be storage shelves higher up the wall).

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This picture above is just to help visualize.   Since my layout is a bit different but I wanted to highlight that I would like a larger RV Fridge running on propane and use 2 portable induction cooktops.  Open shelves & rolling carts will help quick prep.  Convection Oven/Microwave for cooking.  I would also have a BBQ outside to use.

1-tiny-house-in-a-landscape-0041-marie colvin layout4Bathroom will be small.  The home will have a hot water tank for showers and the sinks.  The bathroom will be simple.  I will mostly have all my showers at the 24hr Goodlife Fitness Club… so I can also have a light daily workout.  Showers will be only for guests and my kids.  I’m going to go with the Dry Flush Toilet, which is awesome.


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The lower bed would be where I would sleep.  It’s at the back of the home.  It’s a large bed.  I might raise the floor so that storage could be kept under the bed and accessed from the doorway in the kitchen.  Plywood with wheels could be used with rope handles to pull out bins underneath.

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This tiny house has two lofts with two staircases.  Noah & Chantal will each have their own bed for sleeping when they visit.  There will be a open hole in the upper floor for over-top the Great Room.

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Outdoors… I would like to make four squares that can connect to make a deck.  So it could be moved if my home has to move to a new location.

I need somewhere to sit outside along the side of the home with a foot path from the front step.  A place to BBQ or even bring out the dinning room table for a larger table.  I could put up a portable camping screened bug tent.  Have an outdoor fireplace and maybe even a little outdoor makeshift kitchen.

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Two good examples of low cost shade inspiration above.

Hell… why not add some more inspiration below and I had some money left over this would be my next project.


Now some weekend inspiration below  😉

If I can find the right place that is the perfect fit.  It would be nice to make an outdoor shower or shed to store my bike.  I vintage-airstream-tiny-house-with-deck-conversion-004-600x400don’t think the hot-tub will happen.  But you can never say never.

Comments & Questions are welcomed below…

Nick Olson & Lilah Horwitz | Glass Cabin In The Mountains

Monday, May 12th, 2014


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

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!


(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″


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


Ben Builds A Tiny House – Small is Beautiful [Short]

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Ben Builds A Tiny House – Small is Beautiful [Short] from Jeremy Beasley on Vimeo.


Excited to watch this film when it’s completed.  Ben in this video inspires me.  I would like to find out more about his story and his home.

Want to see the entire film?

Description: This is a short film from the feature tiny house documentary – Small is Beautiful. (Currently in production, visit to find out more).

WanderWith.Me | Roadtrip Across The World | Wow + Incredible

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
An overland odyssey, of dust, snow, and distant shorelines, capturing moments of life and landscapes, cameras, prime lenses, weathered journals and rain soaked musings, inspirations, lyrics and poetry. Head and heart given to the road, the mysterious and ever unfolding unknown.” WanderWith.Me”

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What were your reason/s for getting an ‘adventuremobile’?

The adventuremobile idea was an answer to questions about how to reach remote areas in the Americas and Africa, then stay awhile to experience and photograph them.


Why the Toyota, as opposed to any other off road campers and vehicles?

I’m a bit biased, but Toyota’s were well loved and depended on growing up in Bend, Oregon and you still see many 50 & 60 series cruisers around town there today. I researched other rigs, but the list of possibles shortened when looking at reliability, spare parts and roadside repairs. The rest seemed pure serendipity, as I got a heads up on a rare Troopy for sale on the side of country road in Vermont. The photos are still up online here, amazingly! I fell in love at first sight and purchased on the spot and over the phone, then spent three wonderful days with the owner and her family on their gorgeous woodsy property in Stowe, Vermont. I took two weeks to drive and camp in the truck while moving across Canada and the States, that after changing the fluids and tires out in Montreal.
It seems like you’ve done some work to the ‘Green Beast’. What customizations have you made? Any small luxuries added?

I had some years traveling abroad and living along the West Coast in an RV so had come to appreciate needing less and keeping life simple. This was Alita’s experience in her travels abroad as well as it allows more time for the creative work we both love. The first decision on the Troopy was to build only below the window line to keep a light filled open space inside the truck. The rest of the work was about self sufficiency with an idea to live comfortably a couple weeks at a time. Here are some of the customizations…

· AutoHome graciously sponsored us with an incredibly comfortable and rugged roof top tent

· Cabinetry to contain our food, refrigerator, tools, clothes, and misc. storage needs while also allowing room for sleeping indoors.

· Fabrication work to better secure the rooftop area which keeps spare parts, recovery gear, and extra diesel.

· Solar powered energy system for charging cameras, computers and the refrigerator (140W solar panel, inverter, sun charger, 3 optima batteries)

· 15 Gal water system with sink allowing us to filter water from hoses and rivers, reducing bottled water use. Also, a very handy outdoor solar shower.

· Our getting unstuck gear includes Toyo MT tires with 2 spares and repair kit, Winch with Nylon cable, MaxTrax, Tow Rope, Shackles, Hi-Lift & bottle Jack, Shovel and wood cutting gear

· Surfboard rack, maybe the most important item!


We can’t have helped but sensed a bias to travel in Mexico. Why Mexico? What other terrain do you guys conquer?

We’re driving down to Argentina so Baja and mainland Mexico were some part of that but Mexico is also Alitas home country. As Alita has travelled here extensively, its been an incredible start to the journey in terms of getting to know people and places more deeply. It’s also been a great way to further reduce the things we found weren’t so needed, especially living in a smaller space.


Any good stories? Future travel plans?

Yes, and so many seem to start early in the morning! In Nayarit, Mexico, we awoke to a motorcycle outside the tent while camping miles down an extremely isolated beach. We climbed down to see a man hunched over, furiously digging in the sand. He then pulled a large leather satchel off his motor bike and started filling it with dozens of turtle eggs, to move them safely to an incubator. The sight of him – goggles on and motoring off down the beach on an antique motorcycle with a satchel full of eggs and his little dog hanging off the back was a movie-like sequence, but we weren’t quick enough with the cameras!


As for future travel, we’re looking to reach Panama by late Summer then fly back to Mexico and Oregon to spend time with family. We’ll return to the truck and the adventure in South America later this Winter.

♥ Colby & Alita

They have a great website with a Tumblr Template so follow them on Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook.  Links on the their website.  So follow their blog and amazingly photographed story here: WanderWith.Me

Found The Toilet | Exciting For Me + Maybe For You | Dry Flush Toilet

Monday, May 5th, 2014

I found out about this toilet on the Tiny House Blog.  One of the issues was having a toilet in a tiny house when I’m set up off the grid.  I was thinking that a toilet is so important.  Not for me… but more for guests and my kids who will stay with me part-time.  Some people go with composting toilets, which works quiet well.  You have to look at the daily upkeep needed as well as cleaning and disposing of the contents when needed.

My lifestyle will keep me at work or out & about.  I plan on having access to a Goodlife 24hr. Fitness that will feed me with a proper shower, a light workout and use of the facilities.  I would rather hit the gym daily in the morning for a light workout, shower & shave and off to work I go.  Same for the evening.  A light workout or a fitness class then a shower.  So basically my day would allow me to generally do my business outside the tiny home.  But for guests and for people who stay overnight… I worry about their comfort inside my tiny house.


Thanks to Dry Flush, I think I have found the solution with a great idea, product and also the maintenance needed for it.  Dry Flush, doesn’t use chemicals or water. It is 100% odorless. It can go anywhere!  The disposal system takes less than a minute to empty.  It could also be taken camping.



It’s waterless, compact, runs on a battery that gives you 300 flushes before recharging.  It’s odorless without leaks and disposing of the contents is easy with nothing nasty to look at without fear of touching anything you should not be touching.  It’s perfect for a small space.  It has a normal sized seat.  You can also hook it up to Solar.

Once you have used it you just push the button and listen (maybe watch for the first couple of times you use it just to see) to the swirl of the bag inside.  Like a “diaper genie” if you have ever used one.  The device sucks the air out of the chamber and then shrink wraps the waste and seals it in the bottom of the unit.  It does not have to be vented to the outside.  When the toilet is full… you just take off the lid and there is a “garbage bag” that lines the unit (like how your kitchen garbage bag works) and the mini-pockets of treasure is at the bottom.  Those bags are not clear so you don’t have to look at anything gross.  You simply pull out the bag and tie it and put it in the garbage.

Watch the magic below:

The unit retails for $420 USD and that is much lower than some toilets on the market for about a grand.  So far… this is the best option for me and my tiny house.



Here is someone un-boxing the toilet and shows you more about it:

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.