Jay Shafer Reports on Tiny Mistake #1 – Bed Size

I made my bed wrong, and then I had to sleep in it. The list of folks who inspired me to start designing efficient, little houses includes the names of existentialists, like Thoreau and Emerson, and the names of architects and writers, like Les Walker and Witold Rybczynski. I recently added Barbara Mandrell to the list. Her 1978 rendition of Sleeping Single In a Double Bed is, after all, what first got me to thinking about how well unused space serves to remind us of our loneliness and the great abyss… continues…” – Jay Shafer

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Jay Shafer Shares Tiny House Village Concept with Oprah: #WhereAreTheyNow

When Jay Shafer invited Oprah Show cameras into his house, in 2007, viewers were blown away by the size of his place. While most homebuyers search for optimal square footage, Jay was living comfortably—and efficiently—in a 96-square-foot structure.” – Oprah: Where Are They Now?

Below are two segments from the show. Read more about the Tiny House Village Concept at Four Lights Tiny Houses…

Mary Emerson’s Honey House – A Portable Medical Treatment Unit for Young Brian Ilg

Mary Emerson and 4 other nurses are working on building the Honey House, a portable medical treatment unit for young Brian Ilg, an 8 year-old boy from Patchogue, NY who was born with Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, a painful, disfiguring skin disorder. You can like the project on their Facebook page here, watch a short interview with one of these dedicated nurses here, or help fund the project here.” – Jay Shafer

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Tiny Houses Seek Good Homes

We have a Gifford and an Anderjack in New York state and a Weller out here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  All three little houses are available with or without wheels, but they’re all sitting on chassis right now, ready to be towed off to some nice little backyard, lakeside parcel or tiny house village. They are shells, which means they can be finished off with whatever layout you want on the inside. In fact, as part of this one-time offer, Jay will custom design the interior of your house for you according to your needs.” – Four Lights

To learn more about these tiny homes offered by Jay Shafer, visit the Four Lights Tiny House Company website.

Boneyard Studios: A Tiny Village on an Urban Lot

What Boneyard Studios has accomplished with a vacant city lot in Washington DC is nothing short of marvelous. The idea: A tiny village of houses that showcase the benefits of simplified living — affordability, sustainability, community — on an urban alley lot, right within view of the nation’s Capital…” -Alicia

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The Small House Movement in a Nutshell – Jay Shafer Sets The Record Straight

A tall tales and tiny fictions
It makes sense that, as more information gets published about small houses,  more misinformation is bound to surface too. Most of the stories out there are as harmless as they are entertaining. So far as I can tell, it’s not true that the typical tiny house can be built for less than the cost of a single tank of gas; nor is it, apparently, true that some of these places can be heated for a whole week by a single human fart. Continues…

Jay Shafer Tiny House Workshop with a Field Trip

Thought I would inform you that at Jay Shafer’s upcoming workshop in California this August 10-11, 2013, you’ll get to also go on a tour to see a bunch of tiny houses on a field trip the entire group will be taking.
Little things like that are what make certain workshops special to me, in my opinion. So I wanted to be sure you knew you could have this opportunity to see a variety of little homes on trailers while hanging out with Jay and a bunch of other tiny house enthusiasts.
Sign up for the workshop directly through Jay’s Four Lights Tiny House Company here.