Category Archives: Construction Method

Free Tiny House/Straw Bale Framing Report

If you’ve wanted to learn more about straw bale construction here’s an opportunity for some free information. “To celebrate the upcoming launch of our new Framing DVD, we are giving away our 12,442 word, 34 page FRAMING REPORT for free. Further, everyone that downloads our Report also has the opportunity to receive the FULL ARCHITECTURAL […]

Ziggy’s Timber Framing Workshop

Ziggy reports to Lloyd on the recent timber frame workshop. “Our recent Timber Framing Workshop went amazingly well and was a huge blast. The students had a fantastic time. We got an incredible amount of work done on our new timber frame home, especially considering we used hand tools exclusively, and most participants had little […]

Off-Grid Float Cabin: Retirement Tiny Dream Home in BC Wilderness

Great off-grid retirement story. “Margy and Wayne Lutz were camping in Coastal British Columbia when they discovered their dream home: the float cabins of Powell Lake. They’re not houseboats, but “float cabins”, that is, they’re permanently anchored to shore. The Lutz’s bought their retirement home in 2001 for 35,000 Canadian dollars (about $25,000 USD, at […]

Cardboard Bale House

You’ve probably seen straw bale homes, but have you every heard of a cardboard bale home? This was news to me, and seems like a clever way to reuse refuse; but I think I would stucco mine. Cardboard Bale House

Subtle Subterranean House

This house isn’t tiny but it is an interesting approach that could be downsized to provide an interesting underground tiny home. The view from inside would be virtually non-existant but it would provide incredible privacy. Subtle Subterranean House

Village in Colombia

One of my regular readers, Dav, often spots great stories in the forum of Adventure Rider, a website dedicated to motorcycle. This time the story is of a Canadian rider passing through Colombia who meets some incredible people living very much in harmony with their natural environment. It’s always inspiring and humbling to be reminded […]

Lamboo Studio Project

The true sustainability of bamboo is sometimes questioned by environmentalists, but the design of this little house is so incredible I had to share it with you. It’s purpose seems to be to illustrate how the Lamboo brand product can be used to create sustainable buildings. Lamboo is architectural and structural bamboo. Lamboo Studio Project

How To Build A Shed Office

Here’s a great time lapse video that shows how a tiny stick-built building goes together. It nicely illustrated how little building material is needed and how few steps are really needed to provide a basic structure. I first saw this on Shedworking.

Modern Hobbit House

The folks at fair companies have been putting together many great videos, including some that feature tiny houses. This video shows a 150 square foot tiny cob house being built by interns at North Carolina’s Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute. Modern Hobbit House


Cobworks, located in British Columbia, builds low cost structures from natural and local materials while advocating a spirit of cooperation and social responsibility. They also offer workshops and apprenticeships in learning to build with cob. Cobworks

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