Living on a 4 Season Houseboat – Beautiful Floating Tiny House!

In this video, we meet Bonnie from Wakefield, Québec, Canada who is living on a gorgeous tiny house boat that is full of character and charm. The River Den (or La Tannière) has custom-made asymmetrical windows, a classic ship's wheel, antique fireplace, and hand-built furniture — all of which give the boat a warm and cozy feel that makes you feel at home as soon as you step on board. The boat is docked on the shore of the Gatineau River and Bonnie lives in it as often as she can when she's not renting it out on Airbnb (

The tiny houseboat was designed by Bonnie and her boatbuilding friend, Denis Tremblay, who is known locally as the Wakefield Pirate. Denis and a few of his friends built the boat by hand, including the aluminum frame and the custom windows, the cabinets, and the grill floor in the loft.

The boat is built on 5 pontoons that are designed to provide flotation while still taking on some water to keep the boat weighed down in the water for stability. The pontoons are also designed to freeze in the ice and are made by a local company called Les Quais Navigables (

It's a 4-season house boat that is fully insulated and has an antique wood burning fireplace to provide heat in winter. For power, they installed a deep cycle marine battery that provides 12-Volt power for the lights, bilge pump, and navigation lights. They have a Separett composting toilet from Sweden (, and a sink that pumps water from the river for washing dishes. For refrigeration, Bonnie uses a cooler with ice, but she might invest in some solar panels so that she can power a proper fridge eventually.

The main floor has a kitchen, toilet, dining room and living room, and upstairs there is cozy a sleeping loft with a grill floor that allows heat to rise through the floor, and sun & dust to travel down to the main level. One of the windows in the loft opens up onto a gorgeous rooftop patio with a cedar deck and has space for some solar panels if/when Bonnie decides she needs them.

The boat has a gas motor and can be taken out on the river which is quite impressive considering it's size! To make sure the boat was still road worthy, they built a wedge roof over the loft that can be taken apart if Bonnie wants to transport it to a different location. The boat is currently docked in the quaint little town of Wakefield, Québec where there are cute cafes, restaurants and shops right across the street.

If anyone is interested in renting this house boat, check it out on the Airbnb website here:

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Garage turned into a TINY HOUSE- “The Rustic Modern” in Portland, OR

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen (author of “Microshelters” and “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”) tours a tiny house (converted from a garage) in Portland, OR. This airbnb rental house has full stairs to its loft, a great little kitchen, bathroom, and more- as you'll see in this tiny house tour. This particular house is also featured in Deek's “Microshelters” book on small homes, cabins, tree houses, and backyard offices.


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Even thought it's only 107 square feet, The Tiny Red House in Asheville, North Carolina is still pretty darn cozy. All the basics have been covered in Katie's tiny house that resides in a small grassy field in the Western North Carolina mountains. Thanks for sharing with us Katie!

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Take a quick tour of “Simply Home Community,” a tiny house community in Portland, Oregon.

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Ben and Melody’s Texas Tiny House Video Tour

Benjamin and Melody Pahlow have been missionaries helping widows with children in Uganda since 2003. While away in Africa, they still had to pay the bills in their 2,800 square feet home while away. Recently, they decided to sell everything they own and buy a tiny house so they have next-to-no bills while away. They commissioned Tennessee Tiny Homes to build their tiny house and had it delivered to Frisco, Texas. Ben was kind enough to give us a video tour of his, Melody's and their daughter hope's tiny house dubbed “Casa de la Esperanza.” Please consider donating to their cause by helping a family in need at For tiny houses listed for sale, please visit


The Manor Grey Tiny House Tour

Mini Mansions Tiny Home Builders in St. Peters, Missouri designs tiny homes that they ship throughout The Continental United States. In this video they give us a tiny house tour of their most recent tiny house build. It has some neat features in it, like a remote controlled electric awning! Thanks for watching! See links below for more info.


Recent economic difficulties have forced everyone to make some hard choices when it comes to the household budget. Many people are downsizing everything in their lives from the cars they drive to the homes they live in. For some, the movement toward tiny houses is about saving money but for others, the opportunity to live a simpler life is just as big a draw.

free-tiny-houseThe average size of a tiny house is between 100 square feet and 400 square feet. By comparison, the average size of new houses built in the United States in 2013 was approximately 2,600 square feet. A compact living space is attractive to individuals of all ages, including college graduates, newlyweds, and retirees.

One of the most obvious advantages of a home this small is the owner does not need a huge plot of land. The house is portable enough to move virtually anywhere. Manufacturing costs are low because builders do not need as much material and it takes fewer hours to assemble. That translates in a significantly smaller price tag making it affordable to more consumers. Tiny house owners do not have to worry about signing a 30-year mortgage just to have a roof over their heads.

The savings continue long after moving into this type of house. They are much less expensive to heat and cool than a house that covers a couple thousand square feet. Miniaturized appliances cost less to purchase and require fewer resources to operate.

New construction traditionally puts a strain on the Earth's natural resources. Moving into a tiny house is especially attractive to those people who want to reduce their carbon footprint. Because of their size, many of these homes are constructed with recycled materials. After they are built, they are energy efficient and produce less waste.

Tiny house designs make the maximum use of the space available. Concealed storage closets and cubbyholes take advantage of areas that are typically wasted. Without extra space, occupants are less inclined to accumulate possessions that they do not really need. Without the clutter, the rooms appear and feel bigger than they actually are. Cutting down on purchasing impulse items means less waste, less money spent, and more money saved.

Many people realize that they lead a higher quality of life after they have eliminated unnecessary possessions. They lose the desire to buy status items just to keep up with their peers. They feel less stressed and receive more happiness out of the little things in life that are more important in the grand scheme of things.

A smaller home means less time spent on maintenance and cleaning. Instead of taking hours to dust, vacuum, and wash windows, it takes just a few minutes to clean the entire house from top to bottom. This means more time spent with family and enjoying life.


Despite all the benefits, living this type of lifestyle is not for every. Before making the commitment to living in a tiny home, individuals should weigh their options and consider the disadvantages of downsizing to just a few hundred square feet of living space. One of the biggest problems is likely to be deciding which possessions to keep and which to sell, donate, or discard. As difficult as it may be, many people find this process to be liberating once they make it through.

Living in smaller quarters requires a high level of organization. A little bit of clutter goes a long way in a small space. Someone who cannot stay organized will become quickly overwhelmed. The home will look more like a storage closet and will lose all of its appeal.

Someone who loves to entertain guests at home will have a hard time following this lifestyle. Accommodating any extra people indoors will be challenging if not impossible. Depending on the climate and the time of year, homeowners can consider entertaining guests outdoors. Creative use of outdoor space is an effective way to increase the amount of usable space available. A porch or deck provides a comfortable place to barbecue, dine, or just kick back and relax whenever the weather permits.

The reasons people choose to move to smaller homes are personal but many are looking for a simple life and a way to escape living from paycheck to paycheck. The satisfaction of being self-sufficient is something else that people gain when they downsize their living space. Moving into a tiny home can be the ideal solution for someone who wants to achieve financial freedom while living a lifestyle that is friendly to the environment.

Green Living Spaces specializes in stylish, affordable tiny houses for those wishing to simplify their lives and lead a green, sustainable lifestyle. Our Tiny homes are smart homes and range from 190 to 900 square feet in size. They can also be custom designed.



In this video, we visit a sustainable residential development where tiny houses are going to be legal! The development, which is called “Les Hameaux de la Source” is located in Lantier, Québec, Canada. Mat and I were on site for the 2016 Tiny House Festival and were excited to learn more about this project.

The goal of the development is to create a space where people can own and live in affordable and sustainable housing. One of the ways they’re going to make this a reality is by changing the building code for the development so that one section has a minimum building size of 350 square feet, up to 900 square feet. The second section of the development is more experimental and they’ve made space for a 6-house tiny house on wheels residential area. If it goes well, it sounds like they’ll make space for more tiny homes on wheels.

We spoke to a handful of future residents who plan to live in small houses, and in tiny houses, and they’re all excited at the prospect of being able to live in small spaces where it’s legal to do so, so that they won’t have to worry about investing in a home and/or a property that they could get kicked out of, and they don’t have to worry about where to park a tiny house either.

Another reason the residents are excited about this particular development is that there's communal land for each 6-house hamlet that will allow residents to experiment with community gardens, small farms, permaculture, and more. There’s also a large portion of the entire property that will be kept wild. It feels like this space will become a very well organized eco village with a lot of enthusiasm and positivity from everyone living there.

We hope this development goes well and that it becomes a template that other communities can use to integrate affordable, small, and sustainable housing in order to give people of all means access to housing that suits their needs.

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A special thank you to Maxime from Mini-Maison Québec, and Didier Merette Dufresne for taking the time to chat with us about the small homes they’re building. Thank you to Claude, the Tiny House Festival organizer this year for the press passes. And finally, a special thank you to Alex and Tatianna, and Caro for making cameo appearances in the video 🙂

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Making It Here: The Tiny House Movement | Connecting Point | Feb. 16, 2015

The Tiny House Movement is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. A typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living. In tonight’s “Making It Here” piece, Connecting Point Producer Dave Fraser visits a gentleman in Wilbraham who is building his first Tiny House.


Tiny house for under $5000

Tiny house build from Aug. 2012 to Aug 2013, I did this all by myself, while working part-time. This tiny house only cost me $5000, I reused lots of things and found free stuff from craigslist. We are a family of 4, soon to be 5 and are living in a tiny house with kids. Living in a tiny house has given us financial freedom, and the ability to enjoy our kids more. We have reduced our cost of living greatly, reduced our energy consumption and uncluttered our lives!


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I stumbled into the Small House Movement by accident of location- my parents live within miles of the tiny house poster boy Jay Shafer and his 89 square foot home-, but within a couple of years I had become a part of it as one of the few, and perhaps only, videographers documenting small shelters on a regular basis. When I first interviewed Shafer, he was one of just a handful of “Tiny House People” visible to the press. In the past 3 years I've helped turn a handful of inhabitants of small shelters into micro-celebrities (currently, 5 of my tiny home videos have over 1 million views; a couple have more than 3 million).

After filming hundreds of hours of tape, I am now telling my version on the tiny house story in the forth-coming documentary We the Tiny House People (Release date: April 23, 2012). I'm reluctant to claim there's some sort of magic in small abodes- I'm sure some people are watching simply for the “house porn” (as Shafer describes it)-, but it's obvious these stripped-down shelters reveal for us the essence of home, and for many, make it a bit easier to “suck the marrow out of life”.

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Rio Grande Gooseneck Tiny House by Rocky Mountain Tiny House

A military family of three living in El Paso, TX (with a 4th currently on the way!) ((as well as one dog and one cat)) commissioned this beautiful custom tiny house on a gooseneck trailer. Designed,built, and delivered by Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses of Durango, Colorado, this 32′ total length tiny house was built in 6 weeks at an approximate cost of $60,000 and weighed in at 11,500 lbs. This is the abridged video tour without commentary. For the tour with commentary please visit More information at


Tumbleweed Tiny House in New Orleans

After Hurricane Katrine, Derek was forced to relocate into a FEMA trailer, like so many others in New Orleans. After living in the cheap RV, he knew his next tiny abode would be made from high quality materials and customized to fit his lifestyle. That’s why Derek chose to build and modify Tumbleweed Tiny House Plans, just like we did!

He originally built his tiny house as a week day living space, so that he wouldn’t have to commute into the city from his suburban home. After living in it for awhile, Derek saved enough money and was able to purchase a large home in town for his growing family. His tiny home is now parked in the backyard and used as a guest house.

After building the “NOLA Tiny House” with his father, Derek says it holds a special place in his heart. He doesn’t think he’ll ever get rid of it, but perhaps it will evolve overtime as his family expands.

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Building your own Hawaii minimal house for a vacation’s cost

Kristie Wolfe spent $5000 to build herself a tiny home on wheels in her hometown of Pocatello, Idaho. It started off as a yearlong experiment in simple living, but she liked it so much she decided to keep living small, not only in Idaho, but she began looking for land to build a tiny vacation home.
She bought a plot of land in Hawaii sight-unseen for $8000. A year later she bought a plane ticket, packed her bags full of tools and with the help of her mother, began to build a bamboo “treehouse” that to fit the surrounding jungle (though rather than using trees for support, she built it on stilts). After two months of building every day “from dawn to dusk” and an $11,000 investment, she had a second home.
For Wolfe, the fact that it’s small- 15’ by 15’ or 225 square feet- is an asset. “My original house was 97 square feet so that was really tiny so this feels huge… I think small homes are beautiful because it fits with my lifestyle. I think having a lot of stuff mentally weighs you down even in ways that you don’t realize.”
Building her own home meant that Kristie was able to design everything custom: from a toilet-sink to save water (she’s not only off-grid, but she relies on rainwater capture for water) to an indoor/outdoor shower with cork-bark tiling. Whether she ever moves here permanently or simply moves on to building yet another home, she now knows she can build her own shelter.

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One Woman’s Traveling DIY Tiny House

B.A. Norrgard quit her job and built a 112 square foot tiny house on wheels. She chose a Jay Shafer Four Lights Tiny House design. Today she travels all over the United States with her tiny abode, often giving tours!

B.A.'s tiny house is one of the smallest I've ever been in. As you walk in through the front door, you're greeted by her kitchenette and bathroom. Farther in, the tiny home opens up, and you are standing inside of her spacious “great room” or living room area. Above her kitchen, is a bedroom loft.

B.A. kept her design minimal because she knew she'd be traveling with her tiny home. Today she hosts tiny home build workshops and is a powerful voice in the tiny house community. It was lovely to stumble upon her while we were traveling! It's a small world (hehe).

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Tiny House Tour that Houses Family of Four

A tour of our tiny house. Built on Tumbleweed principles, we bought this 272sq ft house already built, then hauled it across the state and parked it in a garden. We bought it fully functional but very bare bones. We did major remodels to suit our personalities and needs. We have enjoyed living in our home for the last year and a half but the recent fourth edition to our family is making it feel more cramped. We will be moving soon. Hope you enjoy!


Tiny House With Two Sleeping Lofts!

Beautiful Two Loft Tin House

Let's take a tour of Cedric, the Tiny House! Cedric is a charming Tiny House who in a previous life was actually a house truck. The space has been wonderfully converted into a very functional living area with kitchen, bathroom and a lovely lounge.

Impressively, Cedric boasts two sleeping lofts, meaning that the house can very comfortably sleep two couples or could even be suitable for a family.

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Charming Tiny Houses | Small but with Personality

Tiny house movement. More and more people are choosing to live in small homes. most downsizes opt for more modest quarters, while some homeowners take this trend to a new level, choosing to live in tiny homes (and we mean tiny!). these tiny homes can be as small as 90 sq. ft. complete with bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and living quarters. the following homes provide a glimpse into these small shelters, from fixed homes to those and wheels and everything in between.


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Tall law student, tiny house: bachelor builds dorm on wheels

When Joel Fleck moved home to after college, he wanted his own place, but he didn’t want to pay the steep Sonoma County rents, so he decided to build his own tiny home on a trailer. Inspired by wee house pioneer Jay Shafer (also from Sebastopol), Fleck bought an abandoned trailer from a neighbor for $300 and began building without plans.

To make up for his lack of construction experience he “over-engineered” the build, though the entire build cost him just $25,000. He found a lot of salvaged material and this didn’t include the cost of his labor of two years. Many of the details are custom hacks, like the swinging ladder up to his loft crafted from steel cables, chunks of 2 by 4s and “in order to eliminate the swaying I made it so it clips into the floor on these little airline clips”.

Fleck is 6’4” so much of the home was custom-built for him. He gave himself just an inch or so clearance in his kitchen and a few inches while sitting in his lofted bedroom. His bathroom is a tighter fit: the shower is just 6’2” so he had to build a special box above it to fit his head. Fleck doesn’t see his 150-square-foot home as a sacrifice, but a right-sized home and study space.

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Unbelievable House Truck Transforms Into Fantasy Castle

This is a house truck that you have to see to believe. Completely road legal, this off-the-grid house truck folds out and transforms into a fantasy castle. This is one Tiny House tour you don't want to miss!

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“American Liberty” Off Grid Tiny House crafted by Incredible Very small Houses

Off Grid Tiny House

I can't believe how big this Off Grid Tiny House is in there and everything. We got in there I can't believe it. Welcome to 7 Travis – Forever and a day guys were here incredible tiny homes with Randy Jones and he's going to take us on a tour of one of the most awesome tiny houses I've ever seen. Bill let's take a look at it now welcome to another incredible home by incredible County homes and my name is Randy Jones and this is our issue of wood called American freedom and we kind of come with that idea with the help of Lucas and it is a solar energy and off the grid construction company that come in and help us install our solar.

Dre, this is Off Grid Tiny House we can actually take this and park it and run completely not even hooked up to the electrical and one other one more feature we may at is just a water water holding facility or tank that'll keep you completely off for a while. So, let me give you a tour of it and show you everything that we've done this is a conventional built Home two before construction cheated on the outside with 5/8 plywood all the way around then on top of that we put a wooden barrier wrapped in a twin bed then on top of that course we got harassed at the barn wood we've got our corrugated metal behind that it's all silicone screwed off and you prewash screws so before we even put this on here it was already waterproof din ready to go we could have painted the plywood and been done but we didn't we just wanted to make it give this this this decor.



128 Sq. Foot Small Household on Wheels Tour at Vermont Home Demonstrate

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen (, Creator of “Microshelters” and “Humble Houses, Uncomplicated Shacks”), provides us a one-just take impromptu tour of a model new tiny house on wheels that was developed and intended by Domenic Mangano of the Jamaica Cottage Store in Vermont ( This tiny house is photo voltaic powered, has a compact gasoline sizzling drinking water heater, a loft with dormers, and a relatively roomy lavatory (with a shower and composting toilet) for such a compact house. Domenic and his organization have been making tiny houses, cabins, and sheds for 20 several years now.


Nelson Tiny House Movement Tour

Nelson Tiny House Movement Tour


Hello I'm Seth and behind the camera there is Tobias and we are from Nelson tiny houses in Nelson BC and today were really excited to share with you our latest model its the Acorn house.

The footprint of the Acorn is 120 square feet. The overall width is eight and a half and overall height from the ground to the very tip is 14 and a half which is a foot too much for the highway travel so you do need to get an oversize permit for it but that's quite a simple and cheap process. These houses are not meant to be RVs are not meant to be driven all around there meant to be taken to a spot and then situated on some sort of either temporary or permanent foundation. Of course it can be later moved again if need be but they're not meant to be just driving around which is going to take a lot of gas.

Let's go inside and have a little tiny tour of the Acorn.

Seth Reidy of Nelson Tiny House gives a tour of the firm's delight and pleasure, the Acorn Dwelling.


What exactly is a Tiny House? | Amy Henion | TEDxNortheasternU

Amy Henion thinks small residences could be the ticket to the liberty and protection she and other younger professionals want to realize success.


Amy Henion, like most school pupils and current grads, is just not guaranteed what the future few years will keep When fretting about how she will manage to shell out the costs while however currently being adaptable to new options, Amy stumbled upon a potential solution to her concerns of significant lease and poor mobility: small residences! In this discuss Amy shares the added benefits of small living, and the history of the at any time expanding small household movement in The us.

In the spirit of strategies worth spreading, TEDx is a method of community, self-arranged activities that convey folks together to share a TED-like practical experience. At a TEDx party, TEDTalks video and are living speakers incorporate to spark deep discussion and link in a little group. These community, self-arranged activities are branded TEDx, where by x = independently arranged TED party. The TED Meeting provides typical steerage for the TEDx method, but individual TEDx activities are self-arranged.* (*Subject to specified principles and restrictions)


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11/17/08: The little household movement is receiving Big as Us citizens shrink their budgets and seem for reasonably priced solutions to their Things Nation.

Peter King has been building little houses for several years and hopes to train others the essentials of uncomplicated residing.

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Peter & Shannon’s Very small Dwelling Tour

Peter and Shannon clearly show off their modern little house style and talk about their experiences with developing it and dwelling in it so much.

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The little house was crafted and furnished for fewer than $twenty,000.
The measurement is 8.5′ vast by 20′ very long.
It was crafted in just beneath 2 several years, doing the job mostly on weekends.
We made use of a dump truck to transfer it due to the fact we experienced access to a dump truck and it just created the transfer incredibly simple.

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California Male Builds “Very small Home” For HOMELESS Woman SLEEPING In the Dust!!

SOUTH LOS ANGELES ( — A 37-yr-aged person in South L.A. didn’t want to see a regional lady sleeping on the streets any longer.

Irene McGhee, improved regarded as “Smokie,” has been homeless for a lot more than a decade immediately after losing her husband and her dwelling.

“It was actually tough. People today talking insane to you, kids are indicate to you, talk about ‘look at that aged lady pushing a basket,'” she said.

For the earlier couple a long time, the 60-yr-aged has frequented the place all around thirtieth and Van Buren. That is where by she satisfied Elvis Summers.

She’d sometimes appear by inquiring for his recyclables and the two grew to become unlikely mates. And it was not lengthy prior to Summers knew he needed to assist Smokie out.

“She’s a human becoming, 60 a long time aged, a mom, grandmother, sleeping in the dust. It’s just not appropriate,” he said.”

Smokie explained to CBS2/KCAL9’s Rachel Kim, “He said, ‘What would you believe if I created you a dwelling?’ I said, ‘When is it gonna be prepared?'”

Summers ordered $five hundred value of wood boards and a regional business donated siding and roofing so he could commence making a place for Smokie to call home: “I just needed to build it secure plenty of, secure plenty of so she’d be heat, relaxed.”

It took five days and some creativity to build a portable a few-and-a-fifty percent-by-eight-foot dwelling, which also experienced a window.

She said, “I felt so fantastic. I was so calm. I believe I must’ve slept fifty percent of the working day.”

Motivated by the will need in his group, Summers began a marketing campaign, “My Very small Home Venture L.A.,” on the crowdfunding web-site GoFundMe so he can retain the services of other homeless people to build their own properties with him.

As for Smokie’s dwelling, Summers said, “LAPD suggests as lengthy as we shift it, not in a red place, but shift it when every seventy two several hours, for now, we’re all appropriate.”

The do-gooder desires this dwelling to give Smokie hope for the long term. And whilst it’s compact in sizing, it’s by now completed major things for Smokie, who suggests she desires to commence on the lookout for a work.

Summers is doing work with regional LAPD officers to uncover metropolis-owned house where by these properties can be placed on a limited- or lengthy-term foundation. For a lot more information and facts or to assist many others get off the streets visit Summers’ GoFundMe marketing campaign. As of Tuesday night, he experienced elevated $three,two hundred of his $50,000 target.


Alysha St.Germain – Dwelling in a Small Household

Welcome to Alysha's “tiny home” in Crimson Bluff, CA.

When her partner died tragically, struck down by most cancers in his early 30's right after doing the job on U.S. Air Pressure weaponry, young mother Alysha St. Germain made the decision to adopt a way of living that she only experienced contemplated in concept up until finally that level. She was previously anxious by how cumbersome owning way too considerably things and owing way too considerably cash could be, but faced out of the blue with the obligation to raise her two young kids on your own, she made the decision to adopt a way of living of minimized investing, minimized waste and aware residing. She acquired a tiny home — created by architect Todd Miller from Eugene, Oregon (who will also be showcased in this collection) — and fully commited to shedding all the belongings she felt she failed to really require. Alysha is now renting her family's former home for income and along with the tiny home her two kids adore, what she also acquired is time and liberty to go after the things in daily life that definitely make any difference to her, though supplying the planet a break at the exact same time.


210 Sq. Foot Modern Day Tiny House Property- WITH NO LOFT!

Modern Day Tiny House

In this episode/tour, Derek “Deek” Diedricksen (HGTV, Little Yellow Property, and The Do it yourself Community), travels to Washington DC and the 3-small-property compound of Boneyard Studios, to go to the micro fashionable house of Brian Levy- “The Minim Property”. This house has some Excellent house efficiency strategies within just it, from its trundle bed and seating combo, to its “plug in” and multipurpose table/espresso table. Its 1 of the additional fashionable small homes/residences out there, and wonderful crafted- and was just lately showcased in Dwell Journal as properly!


Very small Property Movement | Andrew Morrison | TEDxColoradoSprings

This talk was given at a community TEDx function, created independently of the TED Conferences. Andrew and his spouse, Gabriella, are the creators of “hOMe”, the 207 SF (+a hundred and ten SF in lofts) fashionable small dwelling on wheels. They are living and operate in Household complete time, off grid, and debt cost-free. With the added time and revenue that they have they journey and take pleasure in time alongside one another as a household.

Andrew Morrison has been a expert builder for 20 yrs and has been educating people today how to construct their very own houses in his palms on workshops given that 2004. In that time he has personally taught above one,four hundred participants how to hand craft their very own houses and has witnessed yet again and yet again that anyone with passion and perseverance can construct theirs also. Andrew and his family’s personal experience with small housing arrived even though living in the “American Dream” house. Disappointed by sensation like slaves to it, they bought rid of 90% of their worldly belongings, purchased a pop up tent trailer and put in virtually five months reassessing what “home” intended to them even though living in Mexico.

About TEDx, x = independently structured function In the spirit of strategies value spreading, TEDx is a program of community, self-structured functions that carry people today alongside one another to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx function, TEDTalks video clip and are living speakers merge to spark deep dialogue and link in a modest team. These community, self-structured functions are branded TEDx, exactly where x = independently structured TED function. The TED Meeting provides common steerage for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx functions are self-structured.* (*Subject matter to selected regulations and polices)


Why Tiny House Living is Fun

Why Tiny House Living is Fun

Why Tiny House Living is Fun and small interiors and tiny houses have become very fashionable among new home owners. The author believes that the idea of living in small places may take time getting use to but many argue in their favor of it and the ideal uses of ​​the these small rational spaces.

It is believed that such a small structure consumes little material, so you can use environmentally friendly natural wood not only for walls and floors, but also for furniture. People with modest incomes argue that the reduction of living space is a way of life in which they feel at ease and comfortable.

Many green initiative believers are big advocates miniature homes, seeking to reduce damage to the environment. In a small space, you can put everything you need for a comfortable life.

Over the household living area you can create a second level bedroom reached by vertical ladder and a separate the kitchen off from the living room make it nice and cozy.

Interior Design Tiny House

Supporters of the Tiny House movement lead a number of arguments in favor of the Interior small homes. In big houses we have many rooms that are not used every day, but the energy for lighting and heating, as well as the time spent on cleaning time is a big waste.

To reduce the area to 100 square meters for lighting and appliances will be sufficient to install solar panels. Natural lighting of the upper tier is carried out by small windows from floor to ceiling and in the end of the structure. It is convenient to use the openings in the roof.

Skylights in the interior of the bedroom Tiny House

Tiny House living is fun for couples and the single person looking for a quite small living space, above all, the right to decide on priorities and tastes is not difficult at all. One might need a sauna, another a well-equipped kitchen, and others regularly take guests and need extra beds and it is all up to you to decide on.

Every one of these tiny houses in their own way is a dream home. Tiny homes require lower construction costs and the mortgage can be paid in the short term, or do without it. Low cost of living makes it possible to raise the money to start their own business or travel.

The list of owners of Tiny Homes should not really include families with children, because the child is dynamic and requires a lot of space to play and develop.

The interior in the style studio. Long a podium has drawers for storage. Top fit the mattress and pillows, get a sofa that, if necessary, can be extended using a free surface. Worktop fixed to the wall and lying, for eating or working. Above the TV screen and over the shelf speakers, Video and green spaces.

Living Tiny House

The tiny house is difficult to make a mess because there are no unnecessary items, only the desired and loved all the space and furniture is left to chance, is used functionally. But the big group of friends gathering impossible, even for a noisy party place is small.

Use the loft as a bedroom could only healthy people for whom the vertical ladder to the second floor without railings is not a difficult obstacle. In a well-organized small space no extra items and all surfaces are minimized. Bring them in order can be a few minutes.

Interior Design kitchen area Tiny House

From the point of view of economy, low costs this would allow a Tiny Home owner to be able to change from a higher more stressful high-paying job to a less stressful one. Tiny homes are a favorite of Artists and Travelers. Travel lovers can easily close their small house and go on a trip if they want to.

Statistics confirm that the small property owners spend more time outdoors. Those fortunate enough to have a house in the village go to it to prepare and rest, rest of the time spend in nature. Yes, and they communicate with their neighbors much more, create clubs, organize picnics, festivals, common events.

When you are not burdened with the care of a large home, it is easier to begin to fulfill desires you maybe couldn't have owning a larger home. You can go to visit the grandchildren or meet with your classmates in a different city. Not being burdened with the costs of large housing maintenance you could start that business you have always dreamed about, do some things you love, because most people have a hobby, and always short of time and money.

Natural wood, lacquered, its appearance will adorn any room. For those who travels a lot, enough to have a sink and shower in the hallway, bedroom of a small kitchen to know that it has its own area where they can always come back and that does not require much attention.

Tiny House Entrance

A dream house may have a different structure, but much depends on the climate. In the southern areas can shower and even arrange a kitchen in the yard. Solar cope with all the energy costs. In the north, where the cold and fierce winter, should take care of the stove, place of firewood, and all the facilities have to be inside the walls. But skiing can ski right from the door.

Thick walls, canopy over the entrance to the porch is not covered with snow, a high base or pile and devices for storing firewood or coal in a readily accessible place. Windows is better to put out glass for the northern regions and in the center of the hearth to warm the rear wall street.

Exterior Tiny House

Outside shower requires minimal space and can be made as a stockade with a shelf for soap and gel. Use can be in any area in the warmer months.

Outside shower in the courtyard Tiny House

The idea of ​​creating the second level is attractive and requires a good analysis. How long are your age and health will enable you to use wooden stairs, standing upright and cope with the rise of your guests. You can use a folding furniture and interiors to create transformers, need at the moment.

Design with beams of boards does not limit the space available allows light and zoned kitchen. To prepare the food a high ceiling is not needed, even in big houses and designers are trying to land it with the understatement of the ceiling and various designs.

Staircase in the interior Tiny House

Those people who can not quickly switch to small interiors, it is desirable to recall the childhood, the house and the room in which they grew up. Now you have the opportunity to have a little home of your own and live separately from other family members who go by their own rules and routines.

Wide enough to put a mattress on the floor, because it is wooden and warm. High ceiling does not need to sleep, so the house can have one and a half floors. Motley pad and colored covers replacement decor.

The bedroom in the attic Tiny House

Starting small interior design, analyze their habits and needs. What do you like to cook. For complex dishes you need the appropriate equipment in the kitchen. Power semi will limit the stove and microwave with a minimum work area.

Home sauna can be 2 seats and occupy a very small area, it is best to place next to the shower or to combine. You can even order a ready-made kits and install. The stove takes up little space in the corner, and hung on the wall of ladle and pot holders look great as decoration

The stove in the kitchen interior Tiny House

If you work at home, care should be taken to create jobs. This is a table with a computer or a comfortable chair for needlework and appropriate lighting.

Workplace Tiny House

Heating and Gas Equipment has established rules on the minimum requirements for the area and the presence of the door, should not be placed above and below the living room. Check out all the standards in the construction of residential buildings and create a sketch project that professionals can look at to finalize the details. Modern technologies allow to drill a well to a greater depth and make water. Modern septic simplify draining sewage. Alternative energy sources will help to build a house in the woods with all the modern conveniences.

This is Why Tiny House Living is Fun! Learn how to build your Dream Tiny House with these amazing plans available for a short time only at a huge discount.

Tiny home packs storage stairs, two lofts, tub in 136 sq ft

Julie Olson desired a touring home for her cell canine coaching small business. With no architecture coaching, she drew up ideas for precisely what she desired and sent them to Jason Dietz of Molecule Tiny Properties. Above a few of months he developed her home to her technical specs: a fold-out porch, storage stairs, two lofts (one for sleeping, one for storage or two sleeping quarters), a trim closet, and a rest room with tub, composting bathroom, tiny sink and escape window/doorway for viewing character.

The 136-square-foot home can run wholly off grid with rooftop photovoltaic panels, solar batteries, a propane tank and a tankless water heater. Total value was $forty five,000, but Dietz states you could convey that down by about half if you developed it you. Aspect of the reason little houses on wheels value more per square foot is because they call for structural help to endure on the highway. The home was developed in Santa Cruz, California and it created its very first vacation about three,000 miles to Maine the place Olson moved in with her cats and canine to travel and review.

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Eclectic Eco-Helpful Little Residence with Two Lofts

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Little Residence with Two Lofts

In this video clip, we toured Anita's Eco-Helpful tiny property in Portland, Oregon. The Lilypad options two lofts and 5 rooms in much less than 250 sq. toes! The innovative curved roof permits five foot tall Anita to stand on both of those concentrations. We ended up blown away with the Lilypad's eclectic decor and various eco-options. Enjoy!



Easy to Build Little Tiny House Plans

Mr. Jay Shafer is the responsible genius that came up with the idea of Tiny Houses! His company, known as Tumbleweed, is part of the small house movement. In 2002, He co-founded the Small House Society in Iowa City, Iowa. In 2003 he was commissioned by Gregory Paul Johnson to build The Mobile Hermitage, which became one of Tumbleweed's first commercially sold homes.

When did Tiny Houses begin blooming?

Turns out to be that during the Katrina Hurricane disaster in 2005, Marianne Cusato developed 308 sq. ft. cottage constructions for the homeless victims and the small house movements bloomed.

You Want One? What to do next?

Identify the square footage you will need. Visit local pre-fab buildings to get the feel of what's your minimum requirement or rent out a Tiny House for a week-end to make an assessment and experience your hands-on living inside a Tiny House. Then start brainstorming and planning the set-up and your storage needs. Slowly, but surely you will start forming your image of the inside of your Tiny House.

A pre-fab building of 320 sq. ft. is quite enough to make it comfortable and the transition from big to small very easy. Some even include all appliances and HVAC systems. All you need to do is pay for the building (approximately $35K), plus taxes and transportation. Another alternative is to contact a builder of your choice.

You also need to research the State laws and requirements for these Tiny Houses. A good resource of information is through The American Tiny House Association.

There are several different resources and websites that sell plans, workshops, existing real estate for sale or even rentals. So these small homes are here to stay for a long time and a definite solution for not paying mortgage for 30 or 40 years.


Getting Creative Inside Tiny Houses

Picture yourself inside a Tiny House and exactly what you expect in order to feel and be comfortable. Let's entertain our thoughts right now… think of having enough kitchen cabinets, maybe a slide-out pantry, a small range with oven, enough counter space for preparing foods, a small sink, closets for your bedroom, and where would you squeeze in your washer/dryer combo, oh… and don't forget of your bathroom commodities. Do you want a loft or same floor bedroom? If you have a loft, how will you want your stairway? Will you have storage underneath or within your stairway? As for your living room area, get into creative gear for saving space with a small sofa with drawers or underneath storage, maybe a drop-leaf table for dining or working with a laptop and continue to work on all your ideas by jotting them down. Then with all your ideas prepare a layout drawing and include measurements.

There are many ideas out there for small scale furniture that save floor area. Sofas with storage drawers, corner desks, floating desks, drop leaf folding tables, storage trunks, Murphy beds, bed that slide out or up and down from the ceiling any many many more. The truth is that, whether it be inside a Tiny House or not, these are also great space saving ideas for small apartments, small rooms, sun rooms, dorms, guest houses, dens and even studios. Many innovating and creative ideas come to life everyday from different sources and all because of the need for them. Very well said by Plato “necessity is the mother of invention”.

Last, but not least – A Reality Check

I recently read an article “Dear People Who Live in Tiny Houses – Medium” by Lauren Modery where she wrote this article on Tiny Houses, and brought up some crude realities of living inside a Tiny House that weren't so great, but the truth is that depending on how much square footage you buy your Tiny House, these could be custom made to be very comfortable and efficient. You will enjoy many good experiences like, being able to take off whenever you please for traveling, enjoy mortgage freedom, pay very low utilities and get billed for less property taxes. Without a doubt, one big blessing!

But, in the end, it all comes down to planning ahead wisely by staying within your budget and making sure your expectations are met.

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Simple How to Build a Tiny House

Simple How to Build a Tiny Home using our Tiny House Plans!

After many requests for our how to build a tiny house plans, here they finally are! We've been living in our Tiny House for over a year now – and we love it! We've named her Lucy and she's beautiful 🙂

If you think our tiny house is beautiful too and you would like one just like her – these framing plans will show you how it's done with our easy to follow How to Build a Tiny House plans.

 What Are You Getting When You Buy Our How to Build a Tiny House Plans?

If you purchase these tiny house framing plans we'll show you both 2D and 3D pictures for the framing of the entire tiny trailer house. That includes the sub floor, bottom floor, top floor, loft and roof. Also included is the Google Sketch-up file for these plans so that you can play around and make any modifications you might want to make. The plans are provided in both metric and imperial units.

Here's a selection of pages included in Lucy's plans to give you an example of how we've done the drawings…

How to Build a Tiny House

Lucy's Basic Measurements

These tiny trailer house plans are based on the trailer we used for lucy. The trailer measures 7.2m by 2.4m (23'7.5″ by 7'10.5″) giving a floor area of 17.3m2 (186 sqft) and is rated to carry 3.5 tonnes. The total height of the timber framing is 3743mm (12'3″). It was designed for the additional height of the trailer and roof cladding to be below 4.25m (13'11”) the legal limit in New Zealand. As far as we are aware, this would make it legal in most other countries.

These framing plans were designed by us after researching how to build using timber framing. They have worked beautifully for us. However, they were not drawn by an architect and they haven't been checked by an engineer.

Framing plans come as a 44 page pdf file which requires adobe acrobat or similar to view. Also available for download is copy of the 3d model as an skp file. You will need the free google sketch-up to use this file. After purchasing you will be taken to a page with the framing plans and the sketch-up model which you can download immediately.

Customize The Internal Space To Suit Your Life

These framing plans give you the structure for this tiny house… What you do once the framing is done is up to you. How would you customise the space in your tiny house? This is what we have done and you could do the same…

Seat 8 People in The Spacious Lounge

We've comfortably had 8 adults seated in our tiny house. The corner couch is built to seat 6, the armchair seats one more and the bottom step of the storage stairs doubles as an extra seat for the 8th person. Friends always comment on how cozy and comfortable the space is – visitors often say they don't want to leave!

How to Build a Tiny House


Work From Home (Like Shayne Does) Thanks to a Dedicated Office Space

Shayne runs an online recovery program for women who have bulimia. Most of the work is computer based and with our little baby Hazel to look after it makes sense to work from home. We've set up a dedicated office space so that Shaye can easily juggle being a mom and helping the women in her program.

How to Build a Tiny House

How to Build a Tiny House

How to Build a Tiny House


Cook up a storm in the functional (but beautiful!) Kitchen

One thing that always amazes us about our tiny house is how easy it is to use our kitchen. Prior to living in here we rented a studio that was 4 times the size of Lucy. Despite being bigger, the kitchen was awful to use! It felt seriously tiny. Lucy is a far smaller building but her kitchen is well designed and feels large. We often cook meals together and it's just awesome 🙂

How to Build a Tiny House

And check out our convenient ‘Mason Jar Sized' Storage Designed Into The Internal Stud Wall. This is actually part of the framing and so you'll see it included in Lucys internal framing plans.

tiny house kitchen


Stretch Out in The Shower – It's Full Size!

We may live in a tiny house but we did not want a tiny shower! Lucys bathroom is large enough for a full sized shower so that we can stretch out and wash away the mud from the hours we spend in the garden 🙂

tiny house bathroom

… And there's plenty of space for whatever style toilet you choose – flushing or composting. We also built in some storage for bathroom essentials and a washing basket.

tiny house bathroom

Snuggle Up In The Spacious Sleeping Loft

We love sleeping up in the loft. It's spacious enough to comfortably sit up (Tom is 6 foot and there is space to spare) but at the same time it's super cozy. Our beautiful little girl Hazel sleeps in her Moses basket beside us. And if you're wondering if there's space to do ‘other' things in the loft… Of course – how do you think Hazel was made? Okay TMI, sorry!!

tiny house sleeping loft

Keep Your Tiny House Tidy Thanks To Ample Storage Space

Shaye was convinced she would accidentally kill herself if we accessed the loft via a ladder… so for her, it was a total No-No. We decided to use storage stairs instead and think it's one of the most awesome features of our house.

tiny house storage stairs

We also decided to utilize the lounge area by adding a corner couch containing 6 large drawers beneath. Our ottoman also opens up for yet more storage!

tiny house storage

We also have an additional ‘Mini-Loft' Perfect for those ‘extra' things that you don't use as often. (Like the pre-pregnancy clothes that Shaye says she will fit again one day 😉 The mini storage loft is part of the framing and so you'll see it included in Lucys loft framing plans.

tiny house storage loft

Large Windows and a French Door Keep The House Light and Airy

When people walk into our tiny house one of the first thing they say (after “I could live here!”) is “It's so light and airy!”. This is thanks to the beautiful french door and large windows – something that is quite uncommon in other tiny houses we've seen. We've added a little porch outside our French door which makes for a nice indoor/outdoor flow.

tiny trailer house

tiny trailer house

tiny trailer house

High Ceilings Make The Tiny House Feel Grand!

The funny thing about our tiny house is that the ceilings are actually higher than in any of our friends houses! Standard ceiling height is 2.4 meters (7.8 foot) and the ceiling height over the lounge/office area in Lucy is over 3 meters (9.8 foot)! This makes our tiny house feel MUCH bigger than it actually is!

tiny trailer house

Live A Happy Life 🙂

“There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” – That's what tiny house living is all about… Being happy and satisfied with the simple blessings in life. Getting rid of all the ‘fluff' in your life to allow you to focus on your simple blessings and enjoy them every day.

By requiring less, you require less money. This enables you to spend fewer hours working and more time doing what you love most. Or, as in our case – it enables us to work in jobs we love (Shaye as a bulimia recovery mentor and Tom is currently learning to be a natural builder) – we don't earn as much as we would if we got work in our trained fields – but that's okay… We have more than enough, thanks to the way we live – part of which is Tiny House Living.

Our little family might live in a tiny house – but we live a happy life 🙂

tiny house family

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