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2013 Tiny House Workshops & Events

Going to a tiny house workshop is the best way to learn all of the ins and outs of tiny houses, the problems you may face when building/living in one, and options for construction and systems design. Last fall, I had the pleasure of attending a workshop lead by Dee Williams of Portland Alternative Dwellings. I plan to attend more if I can. Maybe you’ll see me at one of the events below! Here are some upcoming tiny house workshops and events in 2013: Portland Alternative Dwellings February 23th & 24th (stats in just a few days!) April 27th & […]

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2/21 Weekly Link Roundup

Maybe I’ll start a weekly link list…we shall see. Here’s a roundup of some great tiny house links from this week (or so). Vincent at TinyHouseTalk gives a fantastic overview of the design process. Colin’s Coastal Cabin is a big hit! So many beautiful tiny homes on Tiny House Swoon Absolutely brilliant tiny house solar roof. Great space-saving ladder and stair designs. Brand new tiny house for sale.

Neighborhood Inspiration

On my daily dog walk, I see some fantastic examples of modern architecture here is the Newlands neighborhood of Boulder. Within just 4 or 5 blocks are countless inspirations made with wood and aluminum, clean lines and eye-catching angles, interesting materials and impeccable details. Below is a sampling of what I see on a regular basis. With all of this great design to draw on, I’m aiming high with my own plans — seeking a modern yet cozy appearance for my tiny home-to-be.   Do you have a favorite source of inspiration? Share it in the comments below!

Bayside Bungalow in Olympia Washington

Want to try out a tiny house?

If you’re like me, you’ve already committed to building one of these tiny little home-like-things. But for most, I’m sure there is a little hesitancy about the lack of space afforded by tiny house living. Well, for those who want to “try before they buy” — there’s an option for that. Check out the Bayside Bungalow – at $70/night, it’s not only a great alternative to a hotel room, but it’s first-hand tiny house experience that can’t be beat. I wish I could check it out myself. If you find yourself in Washington, wanting a night or two in Olympia, […]

I want this!

Can I take that off your hands?

Wanted: Any and all barnwood, reclaimed flooring, left-over 2-by’s, plywood, wood beams, decking, or any other usable wood that you would like removed. Do you have a old barn on your property? I’d be happy to help demolish the thing and clean up the area in exchange for the usable wood remains. Are you a contractor? If you have leftovers from a recent contraction project that you’d have to pay to dispose of, I’ll gladly haul them away at no cost. Are you a homeowner/remodeler? Do you have scraps from a recent remodeling project? Avoid disposal hassles and fees, and […]

Protohaus Interior

Best way to create white walls?

I’ve been having an internal debate over whether I want the purity of all natural wood walls, or if that amount of wood will overwhelming and make me sick after a while. Paint fumes may make me sick in another way, but I’m leaning more and more towards a cleaner white look for the walls, though I don’t know how best to achieve it. Carrie and Shane Caverly of Clothesline Tiny Homes did a great job using drywall. They seem to have some tricks up there sleeves involving flexible mud and tape to prevent cracking during travel. I’m not sure […]

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Questions about tiny house plumbing

As I continue to refine my plans and attempt to think of all problems before they arise, and am left with a few hang-ups. One being: How do I winterize my exterior plumbing? And: How should I design to reduce the need/headache for winterization, if I end up living in a climate where cold winters are a reality? I’m still seeking answers to these questions, and would love your input. One thing I am considering is to keep as much of the graywater drainage within the insulated walls, only exiting in the house in one, or maybe two spots. This is […]

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