The SIP Tiny House on Wheels

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This SIP Tiny House is built using Structurally Insulated Panels. This means that once the design is complete you can have the panels used to build the main components of the home cut by a manufacturer of SIPs.

Then you can gather friends to help put it together using a screw gun and construction glue. At this point you have your basic shell completed and fully insulated.

“The panels allow someone with out the technical knowledge of framing a house to erect a structure that is stronger and better insulated in a weekend.  I hope you are inspired to create your own tiny house and that you now have an example of a different construction method to explore.” – Art, TinySIPHouse.blogspot.com

You can also learn more details about this SIP tiny house and how SIPs work on this post over at Tiny House Talk.

More photos and information are also available at Art’s blog.

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387 Sq. Ft. Two Story Micro Apartment in Brazil

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Photographs by Djan Chu

Architect: Alan Chu

Design Team: Anita Meduna

This micro apartment was designed and built for a recently divorced business person although I can see certain couples living here. Andrea and I would probably love this place.

Read the original article over at ArchDaily.

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Combo Micro Oven and Stove Top for Tiny Houses

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I thought you might be interested in this micro oven and stove top combo which would be great for small kitchens especially in a tiny house.

Thanks Jens J. for sending this to me.

I think it’s a great combination unit because you can use it as an oven, toaster, for baking, and of course it has the dual burner cook top as well.

It comes with a baking pan, rotisserie rod and baking grille.

Learn more about it, read reviews, and order it here.

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172 Sq. Ft. Micro A-frame Cabin Bunkhouse

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This micro A-frame cabin / bunkhouse has 9 beds inside! It’s a shelter for mountain climbers and hikers. It’s built to support heavy snow loads and if you wanted can be dismantled and stored during the harsh winters. Everything is prefabricated and delivered to the site via helicopter. It was put together by 12 people.

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Images: Flavio Pesamosca

Architect: Giovanni Pesamosca

Engineer: Valentina Bertolutti

More info here at the architect’s website.

See the original article here at Design Boom.

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800 Sq. Ft. A-frame Cabin with Deck

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I just think this is an incredible little 1 bedroom A-frame cabin. I love the spacious deck, the abundance of windows, and the overall look and feel. The only thing I’d add is an upstairs balcony in the rear of the cabin.

More info on this Wrightwood California Vacation Cabin here.

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Tiny Mountain Cabin in the Snow

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I love the timber framing on this tiny cabin in the snow as well as the front porch. And since it’s really tall it would make for a great loft bedroom upstairs with maybe even a balcony on the backside of the cabin.

This is a vacation cabin at Emerald Lake Lodge in Canada. More info here.

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580 Sq. Ft. Heritage Log Cabin

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14’7″ x 27′ 580 sq. ft. cabin has a living area, porch space, kitchen, bathroom, bunk rooms and loft space so there’s plenty of space for everybody. The kitchen’s pretty small but this particular model seems to be made for a summer log cabin or vacation house.

Images: Conestoga Log Cabins & Homes

Learn more here.

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Car Tent so you can Camp in the City

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Can you believe it? There are actually tents out there designed to look like a car cover so you can go camping in the city, in a parking spot, without being noticed. I hope you found it interesting/entertaining too as I don’t recommend it but it made me smile today.

Images: Geekologie

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V House: Micro Cabin up in the Jungle

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The V House is a vacation experience in Mexico with views of the ocean at Yelapa Bay.

It’s on the Verana property and there are 3 available micro cabins.

I just think it would be awesome to have this style of structure on my own piece of property as an alternative to a treehouse.

Images: Boutique Homes

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The Looper: Portable Lightweight Travel Pod

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The Looper is a portable lightweight travel pod inspired by the caterpillar by a company called Nomadic Resorts.

It’s made of a lightweight fabric that’s stretched over a wooden frame.

Each segment folds out and inside you’ll find a bathroom, sleeping area, changing area, patio deck, and even a micro office.

And it has air conditioning. With the push of a button the roof opens up to bring the outside in without having to leave.

Even better, the pod is equipped with a solar canopy to power your lights and air conditioning.

It doesn’t stop there.. The little mobile structure also collects rainwater and recycles it for you so you can take hot solar powered showers.

This little structure is so flexible it can be built in the desert, on a floating deck, or anywhere else you might think of.

Learn more here.

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The 100 Sq. Ft. Flexible Hivehaus Prefab Tiny Home Solution

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Images: HIVEHAUS and Barry Jackson

Video Explanation of How the HIVEHAUS Works

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The Hivehaus is a flat pack prefab tiny housing solution that seems pretty easy to build.

Since it’s a modular system it means you can customize as many or as few modules to your desire.

The cells are hexagonal so there’s lots of flexibility when it comes to designing and building your own.

The Hivehaus is inspired by a bee’s honeycomb, hence the name 🙂

Learn more about the Hivehaus and “Like” them on Facebook

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Yurt Cabin in Vashon Island, Washington

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I wish I could take you inside but this is all I’m able to share with you right now. This project was completed in 2009 by Richaven PLLC. They built a cabin, yurt and a breezeway to create a fully functional home of 1400 square feet. Interesting way to do. I hope you enjoyed!

“This combination cabin and yurt was designed as a multi-phased project.  The initial phase, the cabin, provided all of the core requirements for a minimum code compliant residence in a mere 232 square feet of space. The second phase included the design and erection of the yurt adjacent to the cabin.  The third phase included the design and construction of the breezeway connecting the cabin & yurt.  Richaven provided design and construction services for these projects.” (source)

More info on this project here.

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Eddie’s Van Dwelling Rig: Before & After

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“Before” image, below:

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Cozy little interior 🙂

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Storage below the bed:

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Toilet and a little refrigerator for food storage:

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“It’s been more than three years that I’ve been enjoying my van in every possible way; I’ve lived in it, I’ve partied around it, I’ve camped with it, I’ve transported massive amounts of people in it, I’ve travelled with it, and much more. Most importantly, it’s taught me a lot about self-sufficiency, continuous learning, and the importance of minimalism.” (source)

“As far as aesthetics go,  I felt obligated to sexify the van up a bit – especially since I’ve gotten pretty sick of the “creepy van” perception over the past couple of years – frankly, it gets pretty tiring to always have people’s first impressions be a negative one. I am aware that this exterior modifications are not on the minimalist list, however I consider my van an investment.  On the exterior I got the van painted with a full black glossy coat, upgraded the wheels to four gloss black/chrome XD Series Hoss’s, and put on four brand Firestone Destination tires. Basically, the van went from looking creepy/dangerous, to 100% hardcore/awesome.” (source)

Check out Eddie’s blog, Mobile Technology and Van-Dwelling here.

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450 Sq. Ft. Small Mountain Cottage

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Images: TKP Architects / Emily Minton Redfield

Big thanks to one of our readers Spencer for sending this small mountain cottage by TKP Architects in. Not tiny, but still small, and absolutely gorgeous. At just 450 square feet, I’m amazed at what they were able to do with this.

Architecture and Interior Design by TKP Architects

Construction by Old Greenwich Builders

Read the original story on this little cottage over at Mountain Living.

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Comanche Cocoon Handmade Teardrop Camper for sale

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“The trailer pictured is our prototype model, the first one we’ve built. We’ve taken it all over the U.S. and it’s getting ready for a trip to Yellowstone this summer. While the prototype is not currently for sale, we would like to build you an identical BRAND NEW Comanche Cocoon Camper. Fully loaded price of $9500 will include: LCD TV/DVD/Game Console/Air Conditioner/Rooftop Fan/Locking Doors/Sliding Windows with screen/Full Kitchen Galley/Deep Cycle 12V Battery/Mattress/110V connections/Inverter/custom paint job of your choice/etc.) Your camper will be constructed from scratch in 6-8 weeks. You can pick it up from us in McKinney, TX…or for a small fee we’ll deliver it to you anywhere in the U.S.(we love road trips).” (source)

Weight: 1440 lbs.

Dimensions: 6′ high, 11′ long and 7′ wide

Interior dimensions: 5′ wide, 8′ long and 4′ high

Features: A/C, roof fan/vent, AC/DC power, custom wood accents, bumper, and more.

Read the entire description here.

About the Builders

“We like old stuff….not sure why…but we do. We drive old cars, wear old clothes, look at old pictures, decorate with old trash. New stuff sucks.” (source)

Check out their Etsy store here.

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The $20K Loft House

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Images: ArchDaily

Project by Rural Studio at Auburn University.

“Loft House investigates cost/value ratios of a minimized footprint to wall surface. The small two-story house stows the sleeping space above the kitchen and bathroom allowing a double volume for the living space. Dramatic views are afforded from the height of the sleeping loft of the neighboring creek and landscape.” (source)

Project Team: Kait Caldwell, Joey Fante, Aimee O’Carroll, Ryan Stephenson

Also see this 400 sq. ft. $20k house by Rural Studio at Auburn.

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The Prius Camper: Toyota Prius Converted into an RV!

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From the information I was able to gather on this online this concept vehicle was created by an aftermarket developer in Nagano, Japan. But by now it might even be available in some areas of the world.

The shell extends the length and height of the Prius vehicle and allows you to sleep two people in the first level and another two people in the loft. There may even be room to create a convertible table/bed system as seen in many RVs.

It was unveiled at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. Photo credit unknown. Original post seen here.

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The AbleNook: A Multi-Use Portable Dwelling

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“The main structural members of the module are “universal.” This means that the floor joists are the same as the wall columns. The structural members can be made from extruded aluminum parts, with electrical bus duct conduits in each one, so that the wiring is simply connected as you clip together the parts, providing outlets wherever needed inside.  Weather seals are included between the structural members.” (source)

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8 Benefits You Can Make Happen by Living Simply

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8. More time for exercising or just walking

7. More time for cooking healthy home made meals

6. Lower monthly living expenses so you can spend on what’s most important to you instead

5. More time for personal development so you can grow spiritually and live out your purpose

4. More time to follow and advance in your career or business

3. More resources and time to pursue giving back to charities and causes that inspire you

2. The opportunity to retire from your job earlier than you thought and transition over to your passion/purpose

1. The freedom and opportunity to build a life on your own terms

Also- you don’t have to get into a TINY house to do all this.

You can accomplish these things over time by applying simple living principles to your current life.

Just ask yourself, “what’s the one thing I can do to simplify my life right now that will make things easier and or maybe even unnecessary?”

And see what your brain comes up with!

It might be de-cluttering a drawer, putting away a bunch of papers/mail on your counter, cleaning out your desk…

Or even better ignoring everything (including this article) and spending time with a loved one (or a coworker)!

…or giving away 5 things you own that you don’t really have any use for anymore.

Just remember to start small. Do what you can with what’s in front of you… with what’s easy and obvious.

If you’re at work, for example, maybe it’s to be in the moment and find appreciation for your job so you can bring some purpose back to it?

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