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The greatest single-page list of tiny house resources ever assembled?

Hi All — Just a quick note to tell you that I’ve been continuing to update the Tiny Project Resources page. There is so much information contained on this one page, it’s crazy. Whether you are just starting out and tiny house curious, or already diving in to your tiny house build, you’ll find TONS of helpful information about nearly every tiny house topic there is, including: Tiny House Plans Guides & eBooks Water Heaters Appliances Stoves / Cooktops Books Product Reviews Planning & Design Tiny Living Cost Safety Trailers How-To’s Events Zoning / Parking Building Systems Downsizing Kids / […]

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The best tiny house trailer manufacturers & how to choose

Choosing the right trailer to start your tiny house build is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. When I started my house there was no such thing as a tiny house trailer. I had to design my own modification to a traditional flatbed trailer. However, that’s not the case anymore. Countless trailer manufacturers have started making tiny house trailers, hoping to make a buck or two off the tiny house craze. But not all tiny house trailers are created equally! Make sure you get a trailer by a manufacturer who has been building tiny house trailers for years, […]

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Tiny House Stoves, Cooktops & Ranges

There are many options for cooking in a tiny house. If you are not opposed to using propane in your house (and are already using it for an on-demand, tankless water heater) I highly recommend cooking with propane gas. Propane is far more efficient than electricity for any heating element and in most cases leads a better cooking experience. Propane can be used in smaller RV-style ranges, marine ranges (higher quality stainless steel), permanently installed stovetops and portable cooktops. If you prefer to use electricity, one efficient solution would be to use a portable induction cooktop, which can be stored […]

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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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Considering Efficiency: Tiny House products for space-saving, good looking design

What makes a Tiny Home efficient? Is it the idea that less is more, or a principle understanding that efficiency can make spaces better for the things we already own? If we chose the efficiency argument, what products give us an upper hand on saving space, maximizing daily use, and making sure it still looks good? There are a lot of MacGyver fixes in the world of Tiny Homes, but products that keep efficiency top priority, are products that combine things we may have individual spaces for in a larger home. Being an efficient, stylish designer takes hunting for products […]

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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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