Cypress 20 Tumbleweed Tiny House Project using SIPs

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I thought you might also enjoy this Tumbleweed Cypress 20 custom project by Joe Coover. Art from the SIP tiny house is helping him with the project too which is pretty awesome.

I encourage you to follow along over at Joe’s blog, Long Story Short House as he progresses through the build.

Read the original blog post here.

Images: Joe Coover, Long Story Short House

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Teardrop Trailer Tiny Home: Aerodynamic Tiny Living for Travelers?

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I’m just so impressed with this teardrop trailer tiny home because it has so many useful features packed into a small and aerodynamic package which makes it great for those of us who want to use our build for traveling. For me I’ve always wanted to adventure with a tiny house on wheels but I soon realized that it’s sort of impractical because they’re heavy and huge compared to travel trailers. But here’s a solution that works and you can still get that homemade wood/cabin feel that’s so attractive with tiny stick built homes on trailers.

See more pics, learn more, and see how it was built over at the builder/owners blog.

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Handmade Matt’s Portable DIY Tiny Cabin (Video)

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Matt built this cabin himself on a twin axle flat bed trailer. It has a completely functional kitchen and bathroom with composting toilet. It even has hot and running cold water. Watch the video tour below to get the complete look and feel of it, I think you’ll find it pretty amazing (I did).

The cabin has a 490watt solar system and is parked by his yurt which I think is such a perfect combination. In total he spent just about $4,080 to build it. More photos and info over here at Matt’s blog.

Video Tour

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Simple Living in a Tiny Red Barn House

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I love this beautiful tiny red barn house cottage surrounded by white picket fence. Looks to me like it’s no more than 200 square feet of space inside.

“I do not particularly like the word ‘work.’ Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.”
― Masanobu FukuokaThe One-Straw Revolution

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Introducing: Tiny House Giant Journey

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I just got in touch with the folks over at Tiny House Giant Journey, Guillaume and Jenna, who are building their own tiny house on wheels so that they can travel around North America.

An Adventurous Couple in their 20s

As you can probably already tell they’re an adventurous young couple in their 20s living in LA and building this DIY traveling little house.

About Guillaume

Guillaume was an engineer and is now a full time builder of his own house and photographer. Check out his photo site here.

About Jenna

Jenna works in the film industry and is also a writer. You can see her work here.

Videos of their Project

Leveling their Trailer

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Expanding Foam

Sheathing the Floor

More videos here.

The Journey

Together they will be filming and photographing the entire project where you can follow along over at their site, Tiny House Giant Journey. They’ve also got a great YouTube channel going that I recommend you to subscribe to. And if you’re on Facebook you can follow their page here.

Interview with Guillaume and Jenna

Listen in (free) right here over at the Tiny r(E)volution.

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$500 DIY Freedom Cabin: Couple Quit their Jobs and Build This

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“In 2012, Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz quit their jobs and set off to build a glass cabin in the mountains of West Virginia.” (source)

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This story was also featured in the Huffington Post: Cozy Mountain Cabin Built From Repurposed Windows Costs Just $500 To Make (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Tammy & Logan’s Tiny House in a Landscape in the Fall

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Image: RowdyKittens / Flickr / Smalltopia

I love Tammy & Logan’s tiny house on wheels. They had the help of Dee Williams of PAD Tiny Houses to build it for them. I was lucky enough to get to meet them both earlier this year at the Tiny House Fair in Vermont.

And they’ve really got this tiny living thing down! Since moving into their little house from a tiny apartment they’ve moved several times and have pretty much perfected that process.

I encourage you to follow Tammy over at RowdyKittens.com and Logan over at Smalltopia.com for tips on tiny house living from folks who live it on the daily!

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$38K Addison Mansion Tiny House on Wheels

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Image: Flickr/Tomas Quinones

Audrey & Tomas

I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to Audrey Addison and Tomas Quinones and their Addison Mansion tiny house on wheels. Tomas became interested in simple living after leaving an unfulfilling job in 2008. Audrey has lived in Portland, OR for a while and has recently also decided to try living tiny. Oh and I can’t forget Benjamin- their cuddly cat who has many, many names.

The Tiny House

  • $38,000
  • 8’x’20’x13.5′
  • 200 sq. ft. inside
  • Composting toilet
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Lived in since: November 2, 2012

More info, pics and even an FAQ on it here. More photos are right here.

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Tiny Houses Showcased on Yahoo! as Luxurious Mortgage-free Homes

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“The housing market is 67% back to “normal” according to Trulia’s Housing Barometer and the post-crisis recovery is on-track, according to the latest home price figures from Case-Shiller. But these gauges may be missing a “tiny” but growing slice of today’s housing market.” (source)

=> Read the full article and watch the video here.

Tiny Houses & Your Lover: Convincing, Waiting or Meeting in Between?

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I want you to meet Chris & Kristen. They’re a young couple who are building a tiny house on blocks. They’re still in the construction phase so be sure to add them to your watch list. Instead of building on wheels they decided to build on blocks. And they can always move it later or maybe even attach it to a trailer if they really wanted to.

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Photo Credits Tiny House on Blocks

Making a Deal with your Spouse/Significant Other on Building a Tiny House

But what I really wanted you to read was how they got to the point to where they decided to start building a tiny home. I always find it fascinating the way that we have to sometimes convince our significant others to go for the lifestyle. And this is one of the best blog posts I’ve read on that topic (if you have more, please share the links in the comments).

Convincing your Partner and Meeting Somewhere In Between

Chris could have gone even smaller than what they’re building right now considering he’s lived out of a van before. Kristen wasn’t willing to go that far. So they had to meet in between.

And meeting in between looks different for everybody. So please don’t compare your situation to others because they’re all unique..

Anyways do yourself a favor and read this entire post on how Chris & Kristen made a decision on starting their tiny house project.

Your Thoughts on Couples Living in Tiny Houses

Then if you want share your thoughts and ideas on how you’ve had to convince, be patient, or simply meet in-between with your significant other and your tiny house dreams. We’d all love for you to share in the comments.

You’re Pretty Lucky, If..

One thing I think is fair to say is this, if you love tiny houses and are in a relationship with someone who’s also down to live tiny (shout out to Chris & Malissa!), you can consider yourself pretty lucky! So go give your partner a big hug when you see him/her next! (Actually I think you should probably do that whether or not they wanna live tiny with you.) 😀

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Tiny House on Wheels Moving to Vancouver Island

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“That’s right- the tiny house (that used to be on the prairies) is planning on another move! We’ve loved being in the Okanagan for the summer- family, fruit, wine, traveling, the beach, sunshine, more fruit- it’s been wonderful. Although we just arrived here in June, the plan all along has been to move further west to the Island. So the tiny house will be on the road again!

So, we’re looking for a place to host this little beauty in the Victoria, BC area come mid-September. We’re also open to other locations on the Island, if there’s a spot available. We don’t need much: a parking spot, water and electrical connections, and if possible a place to compost our composting toilet stuff. We’re easy-going people and flexible for a variety of arrangements. We’re hoping to be on the Island for at least a year, and possibly even longer.

If you know of anyone/anyone who knows anyone/a farm/an acreage that might be interested in hosting us, please contact us! You can best reach us at [email protected].

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

-Jessica” (source)

More photos of the interior are available on this post. I also encourage you to learn more about Kyle and Jessica on their about page.

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Having a Get Together in a Tiny House

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Who says you can have too many visitors when living in a tiny house?

Sure looks like a great time the folks in the picture above are having, wouldn’t you love getting together with your friends/family outside of your tiny house like this?

I know I sure would! And to me, hanging out with friends outside is usually more enjoyable for me than doing it inside.

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3 Couples Group Building Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

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I thought you would find this story interesting because it’s about 3 couples that are group building Tumbleweed tiny houses together.

I honestly can’t think of a better way to learn and do this. It’s better than a workshop because it’s a real experience. And you’re committed to the end.

AND you have constant and never ending support from each other from start to finish. So here’s a little bit about what they’re doing and what they’ve already done.

Three Couples Building Tiny Houses

Cypress 20 Tiny House

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Linden Tiny House

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How

When

  • This summer and fall

Where

  • Sonoma, CA

By the way, did I mention you can vacation in the first ever Tumbleweed Linden? Learn more about that here.

Photo sources: See the Linden at Tiny Town and Cypress 20 Tiny House Plans at Tumbleweed.

How You Can Get Started

Consider one of many expert designed Tumbleweed tiny house plans.

Consider a Tumbleweed tiny house trailer that you can order online directly through Tumbleweed.

Consider the new Tumbleweed How to Build a Tiny House on Wheels DVD.

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Modern Prefab UFO Tiny House from the 60s

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This is a totally out of this world tiny house designed by architect Matti Suuronen in 1968.

The nature of it’s design reflects back to the 60s and 70s.

It was accommodated to fit up to 8 people and constructed out of reinforced plastic.

They had a plan to mass produce it (prefab) to make it affordable for everyone.

It was light-weight so it can be mobile but had to be transported by a helicopter.

Anyways, here are the specifications from the original futuro website along with more photos of it below:

    •  polyester exterior 
    •  colors white, light-blue, yellow or red
    •  height 4 meters
    •  diameter 8 meters
    •  weight 4000 kilos
    •  floor space 25 square meters
    •  20 oval shaped windows
    •  retractable stairs entrance
    •  6 bed-seats plus 1 double bed-seat
    • central fire place and bbq
    •  kitchen
    •  bathroom with toilet

Check out some pics of the interior as well:

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The floor plan of the Futuro

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More interior pics

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A modern futuro:

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Here’s another awesome pic of the exterior, don’t mind Mr. Alien riding the pelican (lol). futuro-las

What do you think about this? Would you consider a modern prefab tiny house like this? I think I would.

Sources:

http://www.berting.nl/futuro/

http://www.futurohouse.net/photos.htm

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Tiny House Video Tour and Interview with Chris & Malissa Tack

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Photo Credit YouTube/Sci Fi

Video Tour

Their parents don’t quite understand that this is home for them. At just 140 square feet, it sounds small. But it’s so well designed that it works absolutely perfectly for them. And now they don’t have to worry about being settled. They can just hitch and go if they want to. They made around 7 full car loads to Goodwill in order to get rid of everything so they can move in. Malissa even works out of the tiny house as a freelance 3d artist. Many more amazing photos of their tiny house are available here.

Tiny House Kitchen for a Tall Man

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This is a problem I’ve came across many times while communicating with others in the tiny house community and on the comments of Tiny House Talk.

“I am trying to make the cross over to simple living/tiny houses but my significant other is over 6ft, I don’t know how he will manage in there.”

I have seen many other tall/large people manage fine in their tiny house and I think it’s all about just being patient and finding or creating the right design that works for you.

And if it doesn’t work out, it’s totally okay! At that point you have to ask yourself, “what’s more important, my significant other or living in a tiny house?”

Then you can make a decision that works for both of you. As long as you really care about the person you’re with, right? People are more important than living tiny.

But anyway, the kitchen above looks suitable for Shaq himself (okay that might be an exaggeration), so none of you should let height or size deter you from pursuing simple living!

And if it is too cramped, consider going small instead of tiny. Like a park model RV or a little cottage. You might also want to read this discussion on Tiny House Talk titled, I Like Tiny Houses But I’m Not Tiny, What Do I Do?

By the way if you want more photos of this house check out this post.

Alexandre Dumas’ Little Writing Cottage

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Photo Credit Jean-F. Bouzereau

You are looking at one of the writing studios within the Château de Monte-Cristo which was the country house of the famous French writer Alexandre Dumas.

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It was built in 1846 by the architect Hippolyte Durand and Dumas named it after one of his most successful books, The Count of Monte Cristo.

Fortune Cookie Tiny House on Wheels by Zyl Vardos

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Don’t miss the interior shot below. I was fortunate enough to meet Abel while at the 2013 Tiny House Fair in Yestermorrow.

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What would you use this tiny house for? Would you live in it? Travel with it? Or just use it as an extension of your current home?

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Abel is an incredibly talented craftsman. I hope you’ll “Like” his Facebook Page and if you want you can also visit his website here. Currently he’s booked for nearly one year. But he’s worth the wait if you’re interested in having him design & build a tiny house for you. Also if you want to visit the Fortune Cookie Tiny House’s owner’s blog click here.

Tiny House and a Micro Farm

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Wouldn’t it be awesome to have your own tiny house whether it’s on wheels or on a foundation and on the same lot have your very own micro farm?

This way you grow your own fruits and vegetables to make your own food. Or even if one of your tiny house neighbors is the farmer of the community.

And each person contributes something to different and unique to the community. It’s like a micro town, isn’t it?

It reminds of what Peter King talked about of this concept he calls “gardeneer” while I got to hear him speak at the Tiny House Fair in Yestermorrow last weekend.