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16 Excellent Tiny House Resources

16 Excellent Tiny House Resources
One of the most popular articles here at Natural Papa has been my post about Our Tiny House Experiment. From talking to other people who are looking to either live in a low impact way, or to simply save money, I have found that the tiny house concept is one that really resonates with them. And thanks to the power of the internet, resources for how to make the transition to a micro house, how to build your own, or how to live in one, are only a click away.

16 Great Tiny House Websites

Tumbleweed Houses

“My decision to inhabit just 89 square feet arose from some concerns I had about the impact a larger house would have on the environment, and because I do not want to maintain a lot of unused or unusable space. My houses have met all of my domestic needs without demanding much in return. The simple, slower lifestyle my homes have afforded is a luxury for which I am continually grateful.” – Jay Shafer, Tumbleweed Houses, author of The Small House Book

[See my review of the Small House Book, by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses]

Tiny House Book

Tiny House Design

“In a nutshell, tiny houses give you back freedom in the form of time, money, and peace of mind. Why? How? Simply because they cost less to own, clean, heat, cool, etc. The less money you spend on your home the less you have to earn or the more you keep in the bank. The less time you spend cleaning and maintaining your house the more time you have to for the things you like to do.” – Tiny House Design

Tiny r(E)volution

“Tiny r(E)volution is a media-mentary on our goal to downsize, minimalize, prioritize, and proselytize, the plight of the Tiny House. Along the way we’ll be sharing our personal stories, our tales of discovery, and lot more information.”

This Tiny House

“This Tiny House is a girl-blog adventure, with a silent partner in crime. The girl is the author, obsessed with small spaces, efficiency, and living lightly on the earth. The boy is an outdoor explorer with a day job.”

Tiny House Blog

“The goal of the Tiny House Blog is to discover the different options available for a person looking to down size into a tiny house or cabin.”

Tiny Free House

“I’ve embarked on a little experiment. I’m building a tiny house that’s cross between Henry David Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond and a Tumbleweed-like Tiny House on wheels, the only difference is that it will cost nothing.” – Tiny Free House

Coming Unmoored

“This is the rather eclectic blog of a late-thirty-something woman in the process of overhauling her life in the wake of a short-lived and spectacularly disastrous marriage to the “Perfect Guy”. If you don’t already know me, perhaps the most important thing for you to know, at this point, is that in the last two years I’ve radically downsized my life from a high-consumption lifestyle in Tucson, Arizona to a small floating home in Portland, OR.” – Coming Unmoored

How To Build a Tiny House on Wheels

TinyHouses.net

“Once you start looking, tiny houses are everywhere. A tiny house, a little house, an itty bitty house, a mini house: any way you describe it, little houses and hideaways are dear to our sense of proportion.” – TinyHouses.net

The Field Lab

“Have you ever thought to yourself, “How would I do it if I had it to do all over again?” Usually this thought only pops into your head when you are about to die or your life is in ruin or perhaps during a midlife crisis where family and job stress suddenly takes its toll. This feeling is usually accompanied by mounting debt and an overwhelming feeling of being trapped in the life you have chosen. Tension in the world, an unstable economy, high fuel prices, and mind numbing popular culture may also add to this feeling of utter futility.” – The Field Lab

Tiny Pallet House

“As hurricane Gustav plowed across Cuba headed for the gulf coast of the United States memories of Katrina and the potential displacement of thousands got me thinking. I wanted to do something to help. It occurred to me that someone else might find what I now about building with shipping pallets useful in the coming weeks and months. So I setup this simple micro-blog to make it easy to show others one way to build with pallets.” – Tiny Pallet House

Tiny Houses on designboom

“the size of a home varies around the world; while some families live in one room huts, others have gigantic homes which seem to never end. whatever the case, homes tend to grow with their owner’s prosperity. since 1970, the size of the average new american home has grown by 50 percent. this growth trend is similar in most western countries. however, for every trend there is an counter-trend. in the case of home size, more and more people are choosing to live in small homes” – designboom

Jay’s Tiny House

“For 30 years I’ve wanted to build my own off-grid, energy efficient home and I’ve been drawing various designs for it on envelopes since I was at school. My grand design is a little smaller than most people’s idea of a home and this is a test run to prove to myself I can actually build a house. Start tiny, then move up in size once I have the skills established.” – Jay’s Tiny House

The Tiny House Project

“The Tiny House Project will bring together a group of artists to help us explore how we, in America, live. Nine artists will create a neighborhood of tiny homes in order to ask some very interesting questions about the choices we make. Do our choices bring us joy? How do they shape our connections with the people around us? In what ways will our choices change the lives of future generations? The Tiny House Project is a public art experiment, and everyone is invited to participate.”

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Tiny Texas Houses

“My goal is to show people what can be done with a concept I call Salvage Building, thus what you see is 99% Pure Salvage. That means that everything from the doors, floors, windows, lumber, porch posts, glass, door hardware, and even the siding has been saved and re-used to create houses that we hope will last for a century or more. I believe that there are presently enough building materials sitting on the ground to build much of the next generation of housing. All it takes to make it so is pure human energy, spirit, and the desire to build something that will last for several lifetimes.” – Tiny Texas Houses

Vermont Tiny Houses

“Learn how to build a Vermont Tiny House from the ground up. Start by learning about what simple tools, building materials, and building practices are needed to complete a tiny house. Build 300 or less square feet of functional space that can be used as additional private space away from your main home.”

Tales of a Tiny House

“The tiny house on wheels concept really appealed to me so I built one! I’ve spent a little over a year building my very own little home – and am now living with friends and family – being able to share myself and my time instead of just working to get by.” – Tales of a Tiny House

Small House Society

“The Small House Society is a voice for the Small House Movement. The movement is the result of concerns about what we are doing to the environment, and what the environment is doing to us (wild fires, flooding, hurricanes), as well as a shifting economy. Some people just desire to live simply so that others can simply live.”

Tiny House Plans

Tiny House Listings

“Tiny House Listings is the web’s central place to buy, sell and rent small house properties that are under 1,000 square feet in size. The site was started by Steven Harrell. Steven is a tiny house enthusiast and lives in a 36′ houseboat with his wife Rhiannon and chihuahua “Mako” in Wilmington, NC.”

[My review of the Small House Book, by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses]

Got any other tiny house websites we should be reading? Leave the links in the comments!

{Update: there are more sites on here than the original 16, but I am leaving the title of this piece the same}

[Image: nicolas.boullosa at Flickr]

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46 Responses to 16 Excellent Tiny House Resources

  1. Is a tiny house possible if you have a husband and 3 boys? Who are very active? As they age, it might be more possible than with girls… but the thought of a tiny house with my 3 rambunctious boys makes me feel so claustrophobic (even though I really, really like the idea of a tiny house, and we will downsize soon)…

    • I think it’s definitely possible – but your definition of ‘tiny’ might be bigger than others. Or you may find that the boys need a tiny house of their own to play in? Anything smaller than the average American single family house would be an improvement as far as environmental impact, I believe.

    • I’ve wondered about the feasibility of a tiny house with a 3 kid family, too. I’m thinking maybe they can stay in the conventional house and I just need a tiny house for myself in the backyard.;)

  2. omg! i think u are about to become my best friend! i love your writing lol mr perfect :-) and what a brilliant, helpful idea :-) came JUST at the right time – downsize, mid-life crisis etc BIG :-) will be following you – thanks!!!!

  3. Amazing experience shared! By browsing your linnk “16 great…” I fell on this video: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/121 Where the architect lectures about the ugliness of places that are not worth saving in America: huge stop lights/malls on the way to nowhere. Tiny housing is definitely one way of scaling down the needs of energy sucked by these structures that not only are a sore to the eye, but also lead to a kind of internal sorrow of man made “modern deserts” that are currently named “parking lots”

  4. Love this post! Its a great way to get back to the basics of life, family etc, when we’re not so focused on having “more”. The tiny house is like the Lap-Band surgery for your life, forcing you to consume less and in turn allow you to live more!
    .-= Danny´s last blog ..Surfing the Arctic =-.

  5. Canadians live in the colder northern regions in Straw Bale home and Solar and wood heat – virtually free! while their Yankee counter-parts pay for oil and gas in the south! Smaller practical Straw Bale survival size homes in Canada are built and the folks that live in them swear by them! Whole books and complete plans can be had on this net! Look up “Straw Bale” to expand your mind! Look at what the Europeans call spacious – in Denmark, for example, or even a Paris apartment! You won’t see any Mc Mansions there! I need to be solidly attached to the earth and have storage space for my pressure canned garden preserves for winter survival here in Canada, so your plans seem a bit tight for me. Good luck! Keep on publishing! Especially space -saving ideas i love them, and if i get the chance to build another place will certainly borrow them, if not for my current smaller dwelling!

    • A small mini basement will provide solid, non-movible foundation that will supply storage and even temperature. If used as an extra room, an egress window will be needed. It is always better to use a mini basement for utilities, access panels, pipes…if you can’t go out or up; go down!

  6. It is so nice to see conservatism come into popularity. Especially after the extreme excesses of the past decade. Builders couldn’t build 4000 square foot homes fast enough. Of course so many of them sit empty now.

  7. I think I have room in my garden for a tiny house so I shall get my husband on it pronto, how nice to have two homes and he is a builder so it should be right up his street.

  8. Hello
    My name Don Kreischer, I wanted to tell everyone about a project that I and now a good friend kilely are embarking on. In recent years I’ve see many movements in which I thought were / are great. However the mini houses have long been a favorite. I recently traveled to Honduras in an effort to sell some property I bought 8 years ago. My business in the states was getting worse and worse. I didnt know when to say enough is enough and give it up. But what would I do then ? So I decided to sell this property on the island in north Honduras. ( Roatan ). More like paradise than any place I’d ever been. It’s an old british colony and the has the second largest barrier reef on the planet. Diving, snorkeling, fishing, tropical fruits and weather. It has it all !! In addition they speak English because of it’s British roots. The island is still relatively umknown or undiscovered at this point. Simply paradise. I’m getting off track. I went down to meet another Floridian to try and make a deal. They day I arrived he had a family emergency and had to return stateside. So here I am, I though well I will just enjoy the week and try to enjoy myself. one night I was driving through West End ( a hip spot with restaurants, bars and shops ) and I got to talking to a woman named Kilely ! I explained my current situation and she said ” why don’t you sell mr a small piece? ” I told I could take her to the property in the next couple days and show her. So here is where the magic happens. We drive out to the land. We get out of the car. She says ” I LOVE IT “. Why wouldn’t she ? It’s views are spectacular, overlooking the carribean sea. Beautifull turquoise waters !! We are up on a hill with incredible breezes, etc. The list goes on. Now I’m asking myself, why am I selling it ?? Then I quickly remember my dwindling business in the states. She says how much for this piece right here 10′ X 18′. That’s ten feet by eightteen feet! I said what are you gonna do with that ? She said ” build a tiny house “. Have you ever heard of one she said ? The blood rushed from my face. I had heard of them and I have even built some. But I never connected the two together. Meaning my property and the mini houses. This was my answer. I had always tried to figure out what to do with my land. But between build house, hotel or nothing I just couldn’t figure it out. But this was it. A mini community. An Eco community. Low impact housing, using all the natural resources the island offered. Wind, rain and solar. This was big !! Plus it is witting reach for many people. Low cost getaway or permanent houseing on an island in the carribean where people spoke English and they ( you ) lived among like minded people. Kiley was my new hero. She had great ideas and her passion for such a place was inspiring. Her one demand was we have a mini yoga building with a view ! I happily excepted her demand ( request really ). Kiley is the first buyer of many I’m sure. If you would like information about this unique adventure. Please contact Don at 352.278.8355

  9. Greetings everyone,

    I am with the design team for Blake’s Tiny House and we have just posted our design iterations 2.0 @ http://www.blakestinyhouse.com. We are trying something with the Tiny House movement by looking to foster an open and online design development of a tiny house. At our website you can download a SketchUp model or grab an image and feel free to sketch, manipulate, or redesign Blake’s Tiny House. We would love to see ALL of your thoughts and comments and will post them to our blog if you return them to us. Please join us in Blake’s journey!

    Here is the direct link:

    http://www.blakestinyhouse.com/new-design-development.html#/news/

    Cheers!

  10. Thanks for the list, there were a couple of links I had not seen before. I’m building my own small house with the help of some friends. Feel free to watch my progress at my blog if you like.

    Thanks.

  11. Don’t forget about tiny houses as a way for disabled people to have an independant life. It is much easier to get around (when going the 20 feet to the kitchen is a daunting and painful task, you don’t want to do it and you don’t eat. But if it is 5 feet away, then life is much easier!)

  12. Hi Derek!

    Any chance you’d be willing to make this “17 Excellent Tiny Houses Resources” and add us?

    http://SmallHouseLife.com/ is a new site that is rapidly growing due to the overwhelming community support of interested readers.

    While not ‘tiny’ necessarily but more > “Dreaming of a small house? Ready to right-size? Small houses can live BIG with creative design and proper planning. Come along as we redefine how we live.”

    Please let me know.. Dee :)

  13. hey… my computer just blocked an attack from tiny revolution site. Blackhole kit, it said. I seriously doubt the people at tiny revolution are responsible, but they may not know that their site is being used for something like this. If you have an email contact for them, please give them a heads up. Thanks!

  14. […] You can build new, buy used or purchase a kit. Tiny House Listings and craigslist are good places to shop. If you are building, investigate Michael Janzen’s Tiny House Design and Jay Shafer’s Tumbleweed Houses for inspiration and information. My friend, Derek, aka The Natural Papa, has six years of tiny house living behind him, and he offers up a wonderful list of resources. […]

  15. My wife and I are building a custom designed Tiny Home on a gooseneck trailer and just about finished. We started it about 10 weeks ago and will be moving in this coming week. Our blog is at http://clotheslinetinyhomes.com/ and we are working on putting a pricing page together for anyone that would have intrest in ordering one. We will have a lot of options from a dry-in model to a complete finish.

  16. I have a question, being that I’m actually dirt poor, and disabled besides, so much so that I can no longer work an am on disability, how can I get a tiny house for myself? I cannot afford to buy one. I live on very little, an I cannot physically build it myself, nor do I know anyone who can or would do it for me. what can I do? I’m desperate to get out of a very bad liveing situation! Any ideas for me
    Anyone?

  17. We have enjoyed a tiny house (camp) in Washington, VT for 25 years. Sitting on 15.5 south and west facing acres, our tiny house house one big room and a loft. It is wood stove heated and out house served. Water pumps into the kitchen sink and there’s a small gas stove/oven and gas lights. It’s a magical spot but we’re consolidating. We’re hitting retirement age and getting ready to sell. If interested, contact PatriciaLebau@gmail.com

  18. Interesting website! Here are some small cabins built by the Amish in Kentucky: http://www.amishcabincompany.com Energy efficient cabins made in an off-grid Amish facility that fit into the small house, green building movement, using Amish craftsmanship that is well-known for quality construction. Delivered pre-built and fully assembled. With enough of a clearing above and to the sides, they can literally be taken up the side of a mountain by dozer, and off-grid solar power options are now readily available. Linton

  19. Great resources, thanks for sharing Derek. I have been following some of the resources you mentioned in your list and the others I haven’t explored before. Doing so right now. I am a lone voice in my community advocating small and tiny homes. It is ridiculous the way some folks build huge homes 90% of which they hardly use. My partner often comments on the fact that our family of four does not need more than a few square feet as the two kids are always attached to her and I am sitting close by working on my computer.

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