Author Archives: Michael Janzen

Green Horizon On-Demand Housing

This is a new shipping container sized house that can be delivered and set-up quickly. It’s the creation of Green Horizon a start-up in California. While these homes are intended to be a LEED certified alternatives to FEMA trailers they look like very comfortable modern tiny houses to me. An example will be in display […]

The Field Lab – Update

John Wells at The Field Lab has been making slow steady progress on his greenhouse. His home is a tiny 8′ by 16′ tiny house specially built to survive the extreme heat the southwestern Texas desert can deliver. His greenhouse will be made from shipping containers with a roof of welded steel trusses. He’s doing […]

Adobe Casita

One of my readers on Tiny House Design sent me this very nicely done adobe casita near Abiquiu, New Mexico. Three months out of the year Samuel Grey lives in this tiny house. In a few years this will be his full-time home. Adobe Casita

Shed Design Competition

Secrets of Shed Building is having a garden shed/office/studio design competition. The entry deadline is midnight GMT on October 31, 2009. The winner takes home an Apple iPod nano. For those of you not entering it should still be interesting to see the designs that come out from the tiny house and shedworking community. Secrets […]

Baumraum’s Treehouse

Baumraum builds another incredible treehouse. While this one is featured on Inhabitots it could easily be a treehouse for adults too. Baumraum’s Treehouse

Tiny House Recording Studio

Erick in Ohio is building a 20-foot tiny house that will serve as his home and recording studio. It’s a custom design and he’s doing a lot of the work himself, including lifting the framed walls up into place. Tiny House Recording Studio

The Great Escape

It’s always exciting and inspiring to find someone else taking the leap into simple living. James and Kristen have begun to build custom designed tiny house on a trailer. Their blog contains many details on their research and the challenges they’ve been facing along the way. The Great Escape

Ten Frugal Choices For Relocation

Frugal Dad recently posted an article on ten places for the frugal to relocate or retire. As people look to downsize one of the most common questions is where can they build a tiny house. I’m not certain if any of these ten places are ideal for tiny houses but they seem like a great […]

Cottage in a Day

While these professionally manufactured tiny houses are a little on the expensive side they are completely turn-key and can be set-up in a day. They come in a variety of sizes and are build with many green building materials. Cottage in a Day

Michael Thompson’s Rammed Earth Buildings

A few weeks ago I drew up a 3D drawing of Michael Thompson’s rammed earth wall former and posted the drawings on Tiny House Design. He’s now getting more press for his low cost rammed earth homes and small buildings; read the full article in Eastern Daily Press. Read more at Shedworking Learn more about […]

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