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Tiny home improvements for summer living

It’s been a busy few months with multiple tiny house improvements to better enjoy (and get relief) from the hot Texas summer. Truck camper I’ll talk much more about this in the separate post (stay tuned!), but we’ve built a simple raised bed (with super comfy folding memory foam mattress!) in the back of my F-350 (towing) truck to use for some luxury car camping during several car trips this summer. We’ll be headed to the Tiny House Jamboree in just a couple days — the first outing as truck campers! Here’s a preview. More details to come… Outdoor tub […]

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Tiny House Security Improvements

Parking a tiny house in a city is a lot different than being tucked away (unseen) in a rural back yard. In a city, security needs to be taken just a bit more seriously. Now that I’m no longer there, I feel safe in saying that I hardly ever locked my door when I lived in Sebastopol, CA! Now, in Austin, I lock it every time I leave home. As part of getting settled in Austin, I’ve added several new security improvements to the tiny house — to prevent theft and to make both us and the house feel less […]

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Profile: Chad and Jillian’s Tiny Home Project [VIDEO]

Editor’s Note: I’m happy to introduce to you my friends Jillian and Chad who are currently building a tiny house in Sebastopol, CA. Below you’ll find a great video tour and interview with them, a photo gallery of their house in progress, and a bit of their story of going tiny. Please follow them (links below) and support them on their tiny house journey! We are both “Sebastopolians” out of Sebastopol, CA. We are individuals who both enjoy the outdoors including supporting the environment around us. Over the last couple years we have become more knowledgeable on how to maintain […]

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Ben MacAdam’s Tiny Studio: Feedback from a Tiny Project Construction Plans user

Editor’s Note: It’s very exciting to get feedback and see the construction progress of others who are building tiny houses based on my Tiny House Construction Plans. It makes me really proud to see how my efforts are now helping others to make their tiny house dreams a reality! This is the first in a series of posts introducing various Tiny Project Plans users — please give them the same love and support you’ve given me during my tiny house journey! by Ben MacAdam The idea for my tiny studio started when I came across  Lloyed Kahn’s “Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter”. […]

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Tiny houses are better with folding redwood decks!

After just completing my tiny home build, I felt I’d be happy never building anything again! I’d had enough construction for quite a while. Recently, 7 months later, that began to change. I got the itch to build something new — a perfect opportunity to add the deck that was part of my original plans. I had decided to wait and add the deck after the long-distance towing was far behind us, and once I was sure I’d be settled in one spot for a while. With an opportunity to borrow a neighbor’s truck, now was the time! (click smaller […]

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Colored walls, built-in storage, fixtures, and appliance installation

As usual,  a lot has happened in the past couple weeks. I don’t have much time to write about all the details, but I’ll leave you with a few informative tid-bits and a bunch of illustrative pictures! Here we go… First thing after getting the flooring in last week was panting the unfinished walls in the kitchen and bathroom. Since the rest of the house is white (or unfinished wood), here’s where we chose to add a little color. The kitchen is a gray-ish blue and the bathroom a light orangy-yellow color. After the painting was done, I got started […]

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Bamboo flooring, plus a bit of plumbing & shower installation

More great progress over the past week or so! The main event was installing the beautiful strand bamboo flooring I got on discount thanks to Green Building Supply. A big thanks as well to Aaron of GBS for time spent showing me how to properly prepare and install the product. Before installing the flooring, I had to put down some red rosin paper over the subfloor sheathing. This provides some moisture resistance and prevents the flooring from squeaking against the wood subfloor underneath. I stapled it into place around the edges and taped each seam so it wouldn’t peel up […]

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Nearly finished white walls! (birch plywood, painting and window trim)

It’s been a long time since my last update, but I’ve got a lot to show for it! The past couple weeks have been spent finishing up a majority of the interior walls. As alluded to earlier, I chose to use 1/2 birch plywood for the walls. There were many factors to this choice. I wanted the look of clean, white, painted drywall, but knew that unless done in a very particular way with flexible tape and such, drywall was was likely to crack as the house jolted and bumped during highway travel. Wood, on the other hand, is more […]

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Beautiful blue stain beetle-kill pine ceiling and walls

In the short time since the foam was done last weekend, I’ve already had more than enough foam dust fall from the ceiling into my hair and eyes, so I figured getting the ceiling covered up was a good place to start. I was also very excited to get started with the sustainable beetle-kill pine paneling that I had received a while ago and was just sitting under a tarp waiting for me. The Sustainable Lumber Company product is really beautiful. It has lots of variation in color (from clear light pine color, to gray, blue, green, and even some […]

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