Mike, Author at Tiny House for Us


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10 Must Have Tools For Building Your Tiny House

Anyone who’s worked on a serious construction project knows how important it is to have the right tools. It can mean the difference between endless swearing and frustration – and sitting back with a beer and admiring your handiwork in the evening. We spent some time rounding up the best tools for the job – tools that will save you time, frustration, and most importantly, help you build a better home.

Aug 16, 2016 / by / in ,
Designer Eco’s fully-featured 16-foot Independent Series 4800

The Independent Series 4800 is a flawlessly designed, nicely priced 124-square-foot THOW with one major drawback: it’s only available in Australia, so we’re not going to be able to get our hands on one anytime soon. It’s made by Designer Eco Homes, which has been in business since 2010 but has only been doing tiny houses for the last couple of years. Inspired by the American tiny house movement, they now have a range of trailer-based homes in sizes up to 500 square feet. The 4800 is one of their smaller models, and they recommend it as a guesthouse, but it still has all the necessities for simple living. Base price is $49,650, which sounds reasonable at first – and then pretty darn good indeed when you realize that’s less than 38K US!

The exterior is an attractive mix of western red cedar and corrugated sheet metal, and as you can see from the roof panel, the house has auxiliary solar power.

The built-in coffee table doubles as a dining table in the spacious living room section.

A gorgeous hardwood ladder leads to the sleeping loft.

Even with some fairly large cabinets opposite, the kitchen is far from cramped.

The overhead cabinets have been reduced to drawer size, a nice idea that provides a little extra storage without taking up too much space.

Like the vanity sink it contains, the bathroom is wide and narrow, with a dual flush toilet and a small glass door shower stall on opposite ends.

A peaked roof and skylight give the bedroom a pleasantly open feel. It holds a king bed.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Mar 25, 2017 / by / in
Incredible’s quality/affordability combo scales up beautifully in the $55K French Quarter

East Tennessee builder Incredible Tiny Homes started out a couple of years ago with some small, simple, and amazingly inexpensive houses, like the 128-square-foot Little Joppa and the $20,000 American Freedom. Since then they’ve expanded their repertoire to include larger, correspondingly pricier builds such as this French Quarter model, which is 28 feet long and costs $49,900 base / $55,000 as shown. Judging from these photos, they’re still doing great work on a larger canvas (and they still do tiny and cheap – their current quote for a 16-foot THOW is just $25,000).

Lots of room (and lots of windows) in the living room!

The other side of the house holds everything else.

The solid, safe-looking staircase that leads up to the loft merges into an impressively large set of cabinets.

The kitchen really is complete, with a full-size oven and range, a microwave, and even a dishwasher.

Of course there’s also a full-size fridge & freezer unit – and a full-size washer/dryer next to it.

The bathroom features a flush toilet and a vanity sink across from a small shower stall.

Upstairs is a comfortably carpeted sleeping loft.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Mar 23, 2017 / by / in
Baluchon’s Calypso fits a first-floor bedroom into a 22-foot family home

French tiny house company Baluchon has a new custom build out, the Calypso. From the outside the 22-foot THOW looks conventional but classy, with a black metal roof and shou sugi ban / yakisugi accent wall setting of the red cedar siding. Inside, it’s almost amazing what they’ve managed to fit into a house this size.

An exceptionally functional dining area spreads across the rear of the house; the three seats are for the buyers and their six-year-old daughter. The kitchen area has relatively little storage space, but plenty of cooking space.

The ‘living room’ consists of a narrow storage couch almost directly across from a wall, but at least there’s a place to sit down and watch TV – and there’s a good reason why the wall’s so close.

Yes, the wall’s covering part of the bathroom, and that’s necessary because there’s another separate room to the front of the Calypso.

It’s a private bedroom (and, with a desk, study room) for the daughter.

The bathroom misses out on a sink, but gets an ofuro tub by way of compensation. There’s also a composting toilet – and space to turn around.

The parents will sleep in the loft, which has an interesting angular ceiling and a couple of windows to let in the light.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Mar 22, 2017 / by / in
Handcrafted Movement refines a great design and cuts $15K from the sticker price

If you saw their excellent (and expensive) Urban Craftsman, you’ll have no trouble recognizing the Tiny Getaway as another Handcrafted Movement build. The details may be different, but from the façade to the floor plan this is very close to a carbon copy. The Tiny Getaway is a 26-footer just like the Urban Craftsman, and there’s still an entryway living room under a storage loft beside a picture window; a central kitchen/dining area with lovely oak-and-walnut countertops; and a stair-accessed sleeping loft above a spacious bathroom at the end.

In fact, the biggest difference may be the price: $15,000 in favor of the Tiny Getaway, which is for sale at $72,000 against the Urban Craftsman’s $87,000. One glance at the photos below will convince you that Handcrafted Movement didn’t squeeze the savings out of the finish work, which is still every bit as beautiful as we’ve come to expect from this outfit. The absence of a bathtub and a flat screen TV are a couple of obvious cost-savers… can you find any others?

Wonderful woodwork is one of Handcrafted Movement’s signatures.

The open stairs are new in the Tiny Getaway, and they go over a small study desk instead of the refrigerator. Both the treads and the desk are beautiful pieces of wood, no?

Unlike the Urban Craftsman, this house doesn’t have a loft skylight, but three big windows keep the bedroom bright and open.

The bathroom doubles as the laundry room thanks to a 2.3-cubic-foot LG washer/dryer.

Maybe not as impressive as the Urban Craftsman’s bathtub, but at 36×36 the fiberglass shower stall is still pretty big by tiny house standards.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Mar 21, 2017 / by / in
Tiny Urban Cottage for overnights in Cabbagetown, Atlanta

The Tiny Urban Cottage is a $90-a-night Airbnb rental in a pleasant wooded yard in Atlanta’s hip Cabbagetown neighborhood. It’s an easy walk to explore the area’s vibrant street art, coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants, but there’s not much in the way of public transportation, so you’ll need to bring your car or call a cab if you’re going further afield.

The 185-square-foot cottage has a screened porch with comfortable furniture and shade trees overhead – perfect for a relaxing summer lounging session.

The main interior room holds a big bed and a small kitchen area.

With a glass-walled shower, toilet, sink and shelving, the bathroom (located right next to the kitchen) has everything you could want except a tub.

There’s also a cedar-lined shower stall behind the cottage where you can rinse off in the summer months.

Mar 17, 2017 / by / in
Seattle’s 4th tiny house village for the homeless opens in Georgetown

It takes a village to make a village. The Georgetown Tiny House Village, which will accommodate homeless families, is the fruit of a collaboration among the city of Seattle, the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), the Nickelsville homeless community, and the Tulalip Tribes. The city supplied the land and regulatory permission for the village, which will be the fourth such project in Seattle; LIHI is providing support; Nickelsville will serve as property manager; and members of the Tribes’ construction pre-apprenticeship program built the first three houses. Eventually there will be 40 tiny houses at the site, as well as a kitchen tent and communal restrooms. The houses themselves apparently won’t contain cooking or bathroom facilities, but as local churchman Steve Tucker pointed out to KIRO 7 News, they do “have electricity and a lock on the door,” and are thus significant a step up from the tents utilized in many homeless encampments.

Mar 17, 2017 / by / in
Free KC tiny house village for homeless veterans

Kansas City nonprofit Veterans Community Project has created a 50-unit tiny house village where homeless veterans will be able to live rent free. Food and other necessities will also be provided, and counseling and classes at an outreach center on the next block will help residents get their lives back on track. The village is funded by donations from organizations and individuals (you can make one here), and the VCP seems to be spending the money very wisely. Their cost for each house is only about $10,000, and while they’re neither large nor fancy they do include perfectly serviceable kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as climate control.

h/t boredpanda

Mar 16, 2017 / by / in ,
Tiny Diamond’s Purple Monster: Big, practical family home

Built by Tiny Diamond Homes (with some help from the buyers, a young military family), the Purple Monster meanders 38 feet over a triple-axle trailer and features a private master bedroom over the gooseneck as well as a more conventional sleeping loft at the other end. The living room’s under the loft, and in the middle are a fairly huge kitchen and bathroom. At 340 square feet the Purple Monster isn’t quite as big as a park model, but it’s definitely getting up there. It’s 10 feet wide and 17,000 pounds heavy, so the owners will need both a powerful truck and special permits to move it to their next base. They got a discount for helping out on the build, but Tiny Diamond says it would cost around $80K+ for a similar model.

The living room and loft look amply, if not startlingly, spacious – and this is only about half the house!

The kitchen stretches across the Purple Monster’s entire width and has a full-size fridge and oven on one side…

…and a Belfast-style sink and washer/dryer on the other. No overhead cabinets, but plenty of counter space and a nice pantry off to the side.

Next door is the big bathroom, with a glassed-in bathtub, sink and composting toilet.

Finally, there’s a good-sized master bedroom, which includes a closet and a built-in work desk.

A closer view of the loft bedroom.

h/t New Atlas

Mar 16, 2017 / by / in
Musician’s amplified tiny house lets her take the show on the road

Is it just us, or have Tiny House Nation builds been getting a little silly this year? First a mini gothic castle, now a musician’s residence with one section crafted to look like a giant amplifier… Oh, wait!

Appearance aside, there actually is a bank of weatherproof marine speakers built into the exterior of this 120-square-foot shed. That means that owner Asha Mevlana, an electric violinist, will be able to give outdoor concerts on her porch – or pretty much anywhere else she wants, since the shed is built atop a trailer. It’s also soundproofed (with recycled denim), so Asha can use the interior as a practice area, recording studio, or very quiet guest bedroom. Silly? Not hardly – this is an incredibly thoughtful and practical solution for an owner with very specific needs.

The foundation-built main house isn’t as unique, but it’s also very nicely designed, with high ceilings and a glass garage door that make it feel a lot bigger than its 400 square feet. There’s plenty of room to move around in the open kitchen and living area, while the bathroom and loft bedroom are kept out of the way and private behind a partition.

The bathroom is particularly attractive, with lovely blue-green brick walls and a wood-and-pebble floor in the shower.

h/t inhabitat

Mar 15, 2017 / by / in
Kasita’s modern, modular smart home

Remember Professor Dumpster, AKA Jeff Wilson? He’s the guy who moved into a 36-square-foot dumpster on the campus of his Texas college as part of a project on sustainability (and, some would say, self-promotion). He stuck it out for a year, but has now moved on to bigger and better things, leaving academic life and the dumpster behind to become CEO of Kasita, an Austin-based company that will produce modular prefabs like the prototype you see here.

At 30×12, the units are about ten times the size of the dumpster and much more functional. The split level homes have modern bathroom and kitchen facilities and plenty of space for working, relaxing and sleeping, and they’re equipped with smart home technology featuring integrated sound, lights, climate control and security.

Kasita’s Courtney Lowell informs us that the first units are already in production and scheduled for delivery in late June. They cost $139,000 apiece – but don’t worry, there’s a volume discount if you buy more than one! You can contact the company for more info.

The glass end keeps things bright and open – and provides a very pleasant sitting area – while high, narrow clerestories keep the rest of the house more private. The white bench below contains both storage space…

…and a flat screen TV. The queen bed can also be packed up…

…to become a couch for daytime and evening use. Up the stairs is the kitchenette…

…which is pretty minimal, with just a convection oven/microwave combination and a two-burner induction range for cooking. However, the space is doing double duty: the opposite counter is designed to serve as the desk for a home office (it also contains the fridge/freezer).

The entry hallway contains a washer/dryer and the door to this sleek 52-square-foot bathroom.

Here’s what the layout looks like from above:

h/t contemporist

Mar 14, 2017 / by / in