Tiny Houses for Humanity by Jay Sharer and River King

Tiny Houses for Humanity was originally formed as a result of the housing crisis in Sonoma County, California. Sonoma County has three times the national homeless rate.

The devastation caused by fires in Northern California made the need for adequate housing even more urgent. Tiny Houses for Humanity is dedicated to building tiny houses and providing shelters. Learn more about how you can help Tiny Houses for Humanity.

So… You Want to Build a Tiny House?

So… if you want to learn how to build a tiny house, you should really take a hands-on workshop. Books and videos are great, but when you get your hands dirty and actually build stuff… you’ll learn tons.

Derek ‘Deek’ Diedricksen does some of the best workshops out there. Deek has a couple workshops scheduled right now:

  • California – JOSHUA TREE Tiny House Workshop 2018 – March 23-24-25- 2018
  • Stoughton/Boston, MA Green Building/Tiny House Workshop – Feb 17th/18th

The best part of Deek’s workshops is that it’s all about getting some hands-on experience. You won’t find yourself stuck in a conference room watching powerpoint presentations about tiny houses when you learn with Deek. You’ll find yourself out on a job site building stuff.

Learn more about his upcoming workshops.

Diana & Michael’s Innermost House

Innermost house is 12 by 12 foot square; from floor to ridge beam it’s 12 feet high. Diana & Michael Lorence lived at Innermost House for seven years.

The  home has no electricity and hot water and heat come only from a fire in the fireplace. Lighting at night came from beeswax candles. There is however running water in the kitchen. A gravity-fed line runs from a cistern on the hill above the house.

In many ways Diana & Michael lived the way people did before people had harnessed electricity. They cooked in a dutch oven over a fire. They ate the freshest and most fragile food first and used food preservation methods to help food last the best. They took sponge bathes instead of showers or filling large tubs with hot water.

The firewood they cut and collected by hand came from a nearby orchard from trees marked for removal. So instead of being lost in the farmer’s burn pile in a single burn, they used the wood slowly over the course of months.

Michael designed the home and with the help of a handyman built the home themselves. In the photos the home looks nothing like what you’d expect a tiny 12 by 12 foot cabin with 18th century tech to look like – or maybe you would like Michael.

I think the big takeaway for all of us is that happiness and comfort don’t have to be found through electric lighting, hot water on demand, and flush toilets. I suspect the gizmos we surround ourself with these days may in fact may be more distractions to really living, but it might be tough to know for sure unless one tried to live so simply for some time.

Can you imagine living this way? To learn more about this home, the people who lived there, and the reasons why visit the Innermost House website. Below is a video interview with Diana from faircompanies.

Curved Roof Tiny House Under Construction – Incredible Carpentry!

This tiny house, designed by Lucy Neely and Zephyr Quirk, built from trees Neely milled from her parents’ property, will become their home once it is transported to the Bay Area.” – Karen Rifkin for Ukiah Daily Journal

Read more about this tiny house project at the Ukiah Daily Journal. Can’t wait to see this house finished.

Micro Cabin from Ojai, California

Humble Handcrafts’s mission is to build simple craftsman style micro-cabins that make little to no impact on the surrounding environment. The materials used to construct the cabin have been reclaimed, refurbished, and reused. The future goal is to power all tools off of a bio-fueled generator making the entire operation from start to finish sustainable.” – Humble-Hand Crafts.

Find Humble-Hand Crafts on Facebook.

The Cadet by Modern Spaces in Chico, California

This low profile design has the ability to fit any situation. Featuring modern lines with a conservative take the cadet holds its ground in any yard. This model has a Murphy bed option and is our most affordable space.” – Modern Spaces and Sheds

Learn more about these Modern Spaces and Sheds. I first spotted this company on the Eichler Network. Photo credit to Modern Spaces and Sheds.