We design and craft custom tiny houses of the highest quality and aesthetic, that reflect the lives of those who call them home. We can build from pre-existing plans (ours and those found elsewhere) or design a completely custom home based on your napkin sketches.” – Wind River Tiny Homes
Are you a do-it-yourselfer but prefer to leave the heavy lifting and back-breaking work to professionals? If so this might be an ideal tiny house starter kit (our words) for you. It’s a 20-feet long tiny house that’s finished on the outside and ready for you to complete on the inside – it’s half done in other words. It’s made from SIPs (structural insulated panels) so it’s fully insulated and ready for your choice of interior finishes, cabinets, light & plumbing fixtures, and appliances.
“The Half/Half is weather tight, constructed with insulated (SIPs) walls and roof. It includes windows, door, and lifetime, recycled Newtechwood siding. Water, sewer, power, and gas lines are pre-installed. “We build the first half” means the heavy lifting is done. “You finish the second half” means creative, custom interior design is in your hands.”
Read more about the Half/Half at Monarch Tiny Homes.
…Beautifully built small homes from ecologically minded Mandala Homes. Built in Bali (but can be shipped world wide) they feature unique features like coconut wood and hand crafted exterior details.” – Treading TINY
The homes, all built on wheels, range in size from small boxes that are just big enough to sleep in, to larger structures that you can stand up in. Despite the attention, Kloehn downplays what he’s doing, arguing that his structures are just an upgrade on the many lean-tos and improvised structures homeless people make for themselves.” – KQED
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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…
In this book are some 150 builders who have taken things into their own hands, creating tiny homes (under 500 sq. ft.). Homes on land, homes on wheels, homes on the road, homes on water, even homes in the trees. There are also studios, saunas, garden sheds, and greenhouses.” – Boing Boing
A cabin made from repurposed windows and materials salvaged from a nearby abandoned barn… Inside, there’s no electricity or plumbing, necessities that are easily overshadowed by the home’s most stunning feature, an entire wall mode of windows salvaged from abandoned houses and estate sales around the country.” – Huffington Post
There are lots of benefits to living small that are particularly attractive to newlyweds. Many are financial: Mortgage costs for tiny homes, if any, are minimal and utility fees are also low. Of course, this is helpful for couples who are just starting out and may have debt, school loans and limited funds. The two can instead spend more money on things they love, like traveling or other experiences and gadgets (that don’t take up a lot of space, clearly). Or better yet, they can start saving up for early retirement.” – Shana
Beasley, who travels and interviews tiny house dwellers, has captivated us with one woman named Ingrid. She lives on a 355-square-foot house boat in Amsterdam. In the video above, Ingrid explains how living in this teeny space has been a dream of hers since she was a child and how much better this way of life is than living in a normal-sized house. (Partially because it’s easier to clean!) On Beasley’s website, he explains that Ingrid raised three children on this boat, proving that small living can also be family friendly.