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Tiny Houses

Attention Journalists: A Shed is Not a Tiny House

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Mar 23, 2017 7:46:32 PM

At least 10 cities have allowed collections of shed-like structures to become homeless hubs. But news reports should not confuse rough cabins with tiny houses.

A report in the Guardian today led with a provocative headline: "Tiny houses, salvation for the homeless or a dead end?" Now the Guardian is normally far better researched and balanced than most U.S. mainstream news, but they really got the labeling of this piece wrong. Once you start reading, your realize that the buildings they are talking about are far closer to kit-type sheds you can pick up at a box store than what most of us think of as tiny houses:

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Tiny House Festival To Showcase Compact Gems, Speakers and More

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 25, 2016 4:44:48 PM

The first-ever festival will include vendors and speakers on lifestyle, codes and the racial gap in tiny house ownership.

Here's the Speaker Schedule:

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Brad Pitt's First Tiny House Will Go to a New Orleans Teacher

Posted by Mel Smith, Editor

Oct 28, 2015 7:30:27 PM

The 109th home in the "Make it Right" campaign is super-efficient, and will go to a teacher.

Located in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, the home is just 430 square feet, but features a kitchen, living room, full bathroom, bedroom with 2 closets, laundry room and expansive wrap-around porch. The home took three weeks to complete. In addition to Make it Right and the Tiny House Nation teams, volunteers installed a community garden across the street to the home as part of the project. The project is certified LEED Platinum by the USGBC.

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New Tiny House "RV" Has a Weight Problem

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Oct 14, 2015 8:05:00 AM

A Wisconsin company is selling a 35-ft.-long "tiny house RV" that weighs 13,000 lbs. The space inside may be tiny, but it's really a modular home on wheels.

At $73,000, it's not the least expensive tiny house option you'll find, but it's far more durably built than either and RV or a mobile home. But the house weighs too much to be called truly "mobile." As I've written previously, a lightweight RV trailer with all the features of a tiny house can weigh in at about 3,500 lbs., light enough to pull behind a half-ton pickup. Most tiny homes, however, weigh about 10,000 lbs., so you're not likely to pull one to Florida for the winter.


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This 399-Square-Foot House is Tiny Enough

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

May 17, 2015 8:13:00 AM

If you look at the reality of how people are using tiny homes, you soon realize that slightly bigger is better.

Tiny houses offer the promise of getting out of the grips of our consumerist culture, living an eco-friendly, self-reliant lifestyle. But ath their most typical sizes—the 8 ft. x 16-ft. upscale mobile home on wheels—have their limitations. They get cramped quickly, once you exceed a single occupant. No design I've seen is compromise free. And I've heard story after story of well-meaning residents who abandon ship after a year or two, returning to the big house. That's the worst of all possible results, ecologically. With the possible exception of the couple that chooses to build a tiny house so they can travel by plane around the world. The eco-footprint of air travel blows all of their previous greenhouse gas impacts away.

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Why Mess Around? Get a Tiny House Floorplan Book

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 11, 2015 3:21:00 PM


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Blueprint for a Tiny, Portable House

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Aug 30, 2014 10:26:00 AM

This family has completed a small house that's affordable by almost any measure. The best part about their documentation of the project is their inclusion of a cost checklist, and a full size blueprint (below) of the layout. Their blog would be even more useful if they offered step by step journals of the project, but so far, that hasn't materialized on their blog.

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Tiny Houses, Big Ideas

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 21, 2011 11:31:00 AM

Nineteen Green Mountain College students in assistant environmental studies professor Lucas Brown's design and build course unveiled a semester long-project Monday: a “tiny house” of their own design. The 8' by 12' house was built almost entirely from reclaimed materials and cost only $1,927 to build. The final cost was just a few dollars over the class budget, funded by a $100 per student course fee.

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