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Tiny House/Small House Resources

Post by jennypenny » Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:36 pm

There's a lot of tiny house info on the forums, but I can't find a central thread with all of the links. Hopefully, we can use this one and then I'll transfer the good stuff up onto the wiki.

I'll start with my new favorite blog ... The Shelter Blog (includes sailboats, houseboats, vehicles, homesteading)

Tiny House Listings (real estate listings, but also has a blog)


Edited to add: Let's include Small House information as well.
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Re: Tiny House Resources

Post by GandK » Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:53 pm

Oh, I love these! I can look for hours.

My two favorite blogs are:

Tiny House Living

and

This Little House (almost entirely photos)

And on YouTube, I've enjoyed:

Tiny House Giant Journey,

Gone With The Wynns (more about RV living, but some good overlap)

and the documentary

Without Bound - Perspectives on Mobile Living (50 minutes)

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Re: Tiny House Resources

Post by walker » Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:44 pm

Great topic! Some of my favorites:

Tiny House Swoon and Small House Swoon (both linked from Tiny House Listings blog).

We The Tiny House People documentary, discovered via this forum.

Tiny House Communities (lol, "The Napoleon Complex" tiny house village).

Apartment Therapy has a Small Spaces section.

Luxury tiny houses from Heirloom Custom Tiny Homes. I'm on the fence about whether a luxury tiny home defeats the purpose of simple living, but the designs are interesting to look at/think about adapting.

Annual Tiny House Conference.

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Post by ffj » Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:31 pm

Tiny house swoon and small house swoon are like porn to me.

Neat products
http://tinyhousegear.com

If you need a trailer designed for the house
http://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/tiny-ho ... OkUmTpkH8s

Check out the owner/builder projects
http://countryplans.com/smf/index.php?action=forum

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Post by theanimal » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:10 pm

Not much info, but some pretty cool pictures of cabins and tiny homes.
http://cabinporn.com/

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Post by henrik » Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:00 am

I don't remember how I found it, but this is the first tiny house blog I read. I got completely hooked and read the whole thing and then kept up. It's not active any more, but it's a very good detailed chronicle of a Tumbleweed build from start to finish.

Other than that, faircompanies occasionally has some interesting original tiny house video material. I sometimes check the Tiny House Blog, but I don't like that it often just posts unedited sales announcements (although relevant to the topic).

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Re: Tiny House Resources

Post by jennypenny » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:22 am

walker wrote: Tiny House Swoon and Small House Swoon (both linked from Tiny House Listings blog).
Try this link for Small House Swoon ... http://www.smallhouseswoon.com

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Re: Tiny House/Small House Resources

Post by walker » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:58 am

Whoops, yes, that's the right link. Thanks Jennypenny!

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Post by jacob » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:38 pm

http://blogs.theprovince.com/2015/02/22 ... ouseholds/

Newspaper article but lots of pictures.

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Post by C40 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:48 pm

The Dick Proenneke video "alone in the wilderness" is great.

http://www.dickproenneke.com/alone_in_t ... rness.html

Dude builds a beautiful cabin in Alaska. The video is available for free. Probably on YouTube even.

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Post by Kriegsspiel » Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:58 pm

Compact Houses and Compact Cabins by Rowan have a lot of floor plans and design tips.

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Post by theanimal » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:01 pm

This site offers info on off grid living. Though most of the newer articles are hit or miss.

http://www.offgridworld.com/

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Post by jennypenny » Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:01 am

This one is my new favorite. http://tinyhousebasics.com/updated-walk ... /#more-403

I love the pass-through and bar on the deck.

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Post by EMJ » Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:41 pm

I have lived in a tiny house for almost 4 years. PM me if you want to know more.

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Post by bradley » Wed Apr 22, 2015 3:13 pm

My biggest question is, how do you find a place to stay? There is almost no free land left in many urban or suburban areas, and rural areas aren't really ideal for me right now. Do most people stay in someone's backyard or skirt building regulations?

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Post by vexed87 » Tue May 12, 2015 5:21 am

Interesting article popped up in my inbox this morning, some cool plans to play around with for any of you keen on google's sketchup design software.
http://blog.sketchup.com/sketchupdate/t ... 0LgOXxA%3D

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Post by jennypenny » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:32 pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... nsion.html

A CEO with a net worth of $820 million has opted for the simple life by living in a trailer park instead of a mansion. Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, can afford to buy any type of abode that he fancies including the pick of plush estates. But Hsieh, who is known as one of the most frugal millionaires in the business community, chooses to live in a Las Vegas trailer park. ...

The Airstream Village also includes Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, wooden RVs that have about 130 square feet and do not have couches or kitchen tables. It was a vacant lot before he snapped it up and it's virtually unrecognizable since its makeover.


Wanna do a little recon SlimIcy?

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Re: Tiny House/Small House Resources

Post by slimicy » Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:38 am

jennypenny wrote:Wanna do a little recon SlimIcy?
Haha, no need, I know it well. That place is a few blocks from my apartment, I walk past it every time I go downtown. It makes sense the amount of money he/Zappos is spending on the area if he's walking around it every day (it's about 1/2 mile from the airstream place to Zappos' office complex). They converted one old casino (The Goldspike) to a hipster bar with apartments in the old hotel rooms. One of the big hotels is now convention/open space, with the other hotel opposite it razed for parking. And all the old motels are fenced off, keeping the seedier elements out. The big question now is what they do with all them before they start collapsing. There's talk of extending the Fremont Experience, which would be interesting but costly. For now I'm happy to see mixology bars and record shops popping up rather than more 7-11's or Dottie's.

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Post by jennypenny » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:18 pm

Tiny House Talk

This article from that site reminded me of C40's van conversion.

edit: forgot one ... a cottage community in the PNW http://www.wildwoodlakefrontcottages.com/

one more: http://wheelhaus.com/

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Post by OldPro » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:53 am

One of the TV channels I get recently ran a couple of different series of programs on tiny houses. Some on those building their own and some on those buying one built by others. I watched about a dozen of these half hour programs over the course of a few weeks. I found them interesting but after a while I found myself asking what advantage they had over an RV or trailer. I couldn't see any real advantages at all and in fact, most ended up just looking like a poor example of what RV and trailer manufacturers have perfected over many years of building their products.

So my question is what advantages do you see jennypenny?

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Re: Tiny House/Small House Resources

Post by jennypenny » Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:39 pm

@OldPro--I like the design aspects. I think if I wanted something small and mobile, I would definitely choose an RV over a tiny house though. If I build something permanent, I would probably build a tiny house/modular house assuming I couldn't find a structure I could make work. My preference is always to reuse/recycle instead of buying new.

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Re: Tiny House/Small House Resources

Post by GandK » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:11 pm

jennypenny wrote:@OldPro--I like the design aspects. I think if I wanted something small and mobile, I would definitely choose an RV over a tiny house though.
I agree with this. To me, the appeal of a tiny house (vs an RV) is that it's a marriage of minimalism, personalization and quality. The former I could get in an RV. The latter two, not without spending a ton of money and/or a ton of time.

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