Kent GriswoldMy name is Kent Griswold and I have developed this blog because of my love of small spaces. I have always dreamed of having a cabin and have done research over the years. Tiny houses have also become an interest to me in the last few years and I have combined my interest in both of these to publish this blog. The Tiny House Blog was established in May of 2007. 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. I will be looking at different type of construction, from logs, to yurts to modern and the unusual. I will also do book reviews, look at alternate energy for heat and electricity. I also want to hear your story so please contact me with your pictures and your own experiences in living simply and small. I want to encourage feedback and ideas to make this an informative blog. Stories of people who are living this dream. Pictures of tiny houses and cabins, etc. My goal is to publish daily if possible.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about living healthier in the new, downsized arrangement and less worries even with basic family health plans depending which state. Thank you for sharing in this experience with me.

The Tiny House Blog Team

Christina Nellemann is a graphic and web designer, writer and blogger who’s been writing for the Tiny House Blog since 2008. Her work can be seen at Feline Design. Her interest in tiny houses goes back to childhood and an obsession of vardo design and cob houses. She loves to travel around the world searching for tiny houses and goes camping in a yellow teardrop trailer which gets quite a bit of attention on the road.




Andrew OdomFounder of Tiny r(E)volution and author of the popular book ‘Your Message Here : GAINING CORPORATE SPONSORS for your tiny house project’, Andrew Odom is a social media strategist and content crusader amongst other things. He is also an accomplished photojournalist with work seen in Details, Relevant, South, Kitchen Drawer, and Tiny House Magazine(s). His proudest accomplishment however is his long-time adoption of and current advocacy of the tiny house/small house/unconventional house community as a designer, builder, dweller, and speaker. Having recently sold their 240 square foot tiny house Andrew and his wife (as well as his 3-year old daughter) live and travel in a 27-foot Aruba travel trailer.

JodyJody joins the Tiny House team after recognizing her apparent draw to tiny spaces. She transitioned from a 4000 sf home in cold weather to an ocean-going vessel in the tropics. Living on the ocean and relying solely on the systems within her floating tiny house has given her a whole new appreciation for simple living. She resides compactly aboard a 42′ sailboat with her boyfriend Peter and their two furry four-legged children, Gunner and Betsy. Jody traded in the corporate conundrum for a life less ordinary and is now island-hopping around the Caribbean. Between a quirky obsession with organizing, capturing pretty pictures, diving with turtles and burying her toes in the sand, she feeds a passion for writing by blogging about their adventures in search of surf, sun, sand and serenity Where The Coconuts Grow.


Kasey March joined Tiny House Blog in April, 2011 as the copy editor. She graduated from the College of New Jersey with a BA in English and minors in Creative Writing and Women & Gender Studies. She recently began a trend spotting, decoration, & DIY blog Buttonwood Cottage (buttonwoodcottage.com). Kasey plans to someday build a strawbale and cob home with her boyfriend, Shane that meets her tiny house needs. When not researching cob building, she is ignored by her cat, Calvin, and adored by her dog, Hobbs, who live with her in southern New Jersey.

156 Comments About

  1. Carol

    I’m interested in writing for your blog. My husband and I are approximately 2/3 way into a 16×20 shed-to-house conversion, and maybe some people would find our experiences useful. Please let me know if you would like me to write.

    1. Danielle T

      I would love to here some of your experiences! My boyfriend & I are currently undergoing converting a 12×32 portable building/shed into a home. We’ve got most of the electrical & plumbing ran so far. Anything would be helpful! i’m all ears! this stuff is stressing me out lol

  2. Lou Mellick

    I really like your blog and would like to see about getting my yurt cabins into it. I have created a 199 sq ft cabin to take advantage of the permit free size limit in most counties. I just love building these little cabins and I also live in one. I am impressed with the helpful no- nonsense approach of your blog and feel the same way about treating my customers. I hope to get involved with Tiny House Blog soon.

  3. Dan Bethancourt


    My family and I love your blog and have been reading it regularly for nearly a year now. We’ve learned a lot and recently decided to build our own off-the-grid tiny cabin up in Southwestern Colorado. We started to realize that there is a great deal of overlap between the Tiny House movement and the Off-the-Grid movement, as well as the Survivalists, Preppers and Homesteaders. So we finally decided to open up our project to other Tiny Cabin/Off-the-Grid enthusiasts. We’re in the final stages of finishing own own model tiny cabin and will be building more soon with the intention of selling them and renting a 5,000 square foot area to place them on our property. I’d love the opportunity to share photos and information about our project, which we’re calling Hidden Meadows Colorado, on the Tiny House Blog. I could even write an article for you about some of the innovative off-the-grid technologies and design concepts we’re using in our cabins.

    1. debbie

      are you selling the tiny home with the land.If so please count me in. I am living in a toxic mold and either mite infested or carpet beetles.I pray for a Grant for a sm farm.even my 3 kitty’s are sick,Debbie

  4. Pete Swartz


    I’m not sure if this is the right contact or not , any way I would like information about advertising my compact and portable water purifying system , its the first of its kind , its made with 100% glass and stainless steel , no cheap plastic or any other cheaply material or knock off , its very beautiful and will last till the cows come home .

    Thank You
    Pete Swartz

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  6. Jim

    Good afternoon,
    My oldest son is going to be leaving the nest for college next year and I am thinking forward about his living space. I bought a 24 foot bumper pull RV trailer when I was 18, which I pulled and lived in while I attended three different Texas college’s and loved every minute of it. In Texas, there was not a shortage of land owners willing to let me hook up to there electric and water in return for a little work on there place. The ” New” Tiny homes on wheels have got me thinking about building one for my son’s college years. I do not know if many people have done this or where to start, any input will help. Thank you in advance

  7. kata

    I just watched “Tiny: A story about living small” and I feel like I have woken up from a dream where no one spoke my language… I am one of you! We both speak Tiny! I am 60, ready to retire in 23 months and I want to build my own tiny dream. Anyone out there willing to guide an old hippie/community college English teacher in her search to connect with like minds and good lessons? I am currently living in the Mojave Desert but I plan to plant some kind of roots in northern California (I am a Chico State alum, native Californian… Sorry, but it’s in my genes). Anyway, getting back to my roots. Anyone need a good pen pal? Tutor? Some help with that novel you were always going to write? I have an M.A. in Creative Writing from ISU…. Anyone hear me?

    I am so excited!

    1. Joanna

      Hi! I feel the very same way. There is something to this tiny house movement and I am very much interested in getting involved in it. I currently live in San Diego. I would like to talk further about your possible plans for tiny house building. I am very interested in starting a tiny house vacation rental community such as the one in Portland, Oregon, listed on Airbnb. Please let me know if you would be interested in pursuing something like this further? Thank you!


    2. Lori

      I call a 77 square foot micro house home. I love your enthusiasm about this. If you Google my very good friend, Charles Finn/A room of one’s own, you can read the story of my cabin; it is found at the bottom of the page. There are
      lots of great photos of micro
      cabins Charles has built. I’m not
      sure where he is living currently,
      but I know him from Missoula,
      MT. He also happens to be the
      editor of High Desert Journal. Tell him I sent you for a consultation. I don’t know what he charges. And if you’d like me as a pen pal (ah, remember the days of pen pals?) I’m open. I self publish a small quarterly journal that includes a page about my life at the cabin. I’d be glad to send you a complimentary copy, either hard copy or by email. Glad to hear of your creative writing skills. I am wrapping up the first draft of my first book; it’s about farming lavender in cold climates. Maybe I could hire you to edit? Maybe we could trade picking each other’s brains?

  8. Katie Geer

    Hello, I am a reporter and producer for SCETV, for their show Palmetto Scene. I am looking into doing a story for our show on Tiny Houses and those who live in them and build them. If you could please contact me at 864-607-4138 I would love to speak with you and see if we could work something out! Thank you so much! Katie Geer

  9. joe parrigen

    I don’t have a tiny house or anything like it but I think your blog is a great idea. I hope it grows more

  10. Sarah K

    Hi, I am wondering how I would go about figuring out WHERE I can put a Tiny House in Colorado within two hours of Denver. I know that in most counties Tiny Houses are considered mobile homes and are required to be within RV/Mobile Home designated areas. Who do I contact? How do I find out where I should buy the land?

  11. Mike Lambert

    I’m a lighting designer with 40 years electrical industry experience, and after watching “Tiny: A Story About Living Small” I thought I would post some links to this lighting technology currently being refined to bring affordable lighting to parts of the developing world:



    It seems as though the Gravity Light may have some application for tiny houses with limited access to a reliable electrical supply as well!

  12. Jimmy Brown

    I personally wouldn’t’ want to live in a tiny home on a daily basis. But if I did ever purchase a vacation home to go on a piece of land a tiny home would be ideal. I wish they had a tv show about tiny vacation homes being built.

  13. John Morton

    I’ve been watching updates here with interest for some time. Tumbleweed Houses landed on my radar a few years ago, and before that I was interested in building a home out of a quonset hut. Now I’ve been having a fantasy of building a tiny home that I can take on the road and somehow living and working as I travel the country. I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet as I’m not sure what product or service I could offer on the road. I’m going to keep looking into it because we only get one go around in this life and why not do something a little different?

  14. lfwagh@yahoo.com

    We have been following the Tiny House movement for about 2 years now. My husband and I are looking at buying some land in Maine and then having a tiny house built on the land. I know there are quite a few manufacturers in New England, however, after looking at their plans, I haven’t found one that appeals to me as much as the shotgun Shack design I saw on the Faircompanies website (the Jordan Family). I am wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction in finding out if that is something that can be done here in New England? We have a 4 year plan before we retire in Maine so we’ve got time to get everything worked out.

  15. Denis


    I just purchased the “My Shed Plans” and to be honest it is nothing like he described, The designs look to be from the 1950s and 1960s with mostly black and white pictures. Some of the PDF documents and not even readable the quality is so low. I hope he honours his money back guarantee.

    btw..I do like your blog, despite this little issue :)

  16. Cory

    Hello. I have followed your website for a few years now. I have been extremely impressed with the number of people who have ventured into building their own tiny spaces. I have assembled a small camper that uses solar power and is very self-sufficient. My passion for camping has prompted this build so that I may enjoy the backcountry comfortably with my wife. The video is uploaded onto YouTube. Would you consider placing this video on your blog? Your consideration is greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work!

  17. Cassie

    Hi – I’m currently casting a new documentary series around a tiny house community and we are looking for new residents to potentially move in! We are looking for people who have always thought about leaving it all and living tiny!! Please email salvagetexas@gmail.com to submit!

  18. Tabatha

    Hello there!

    We just wanted to drop by and share our project. We’re converting a semi trailer into a tiny home. We’re building a blog to use as an educational tool for others and to document the progress.

    Tabatha & Noah


  19. Christopher McGowan

    I’m looking for pricing on ecozoom plancha.
    I would also like to know where you are located.

  20. Marcia Weber

    Since you featured my caboose/home on your site, which led to a spot on HGTV’s “You Live in What?”, I have experienced rotting ties and the caboose is shifting. Since I know the cost to replace these ties is expensive, I wonder if you or any of your readers knows of where to obtain a grant to do historical repairs. I am on a limited income. Thank you.

    1. Kent Griswold

      Hi Marcia, I personally am not aware of any but maybe one of my readers will know of something. -Kent

  21. Scott


    I am considering building a tiny house out of an alternative system that would make it far superior to wood construction in terms of being durable, strong and fire-resistant. Better yet, it would make the tiny house FAR better insulated than any insulated wood structure and about 40% lighter, making it possible to tow behind most SUVs.
    If anyone is interested in building a tiny house and would like to be my “guinea pig”, I would like to hear from them.

  22. brooke hartley

    Hi, I built my solar powered tiny home in Blue Hill, Maine many years ago and am now sadly needing to find a new loving owner for it. Hoping for someone who will cherish the size, efficiency, and simplicity of it as much as I did and thought maybe this would be a good place to start looking for that person.
    Here is more about the house and my story:
    Thank you!

  23. Hans Haest

    Hey there
    I am passionate about tiny house movement.
    I am thrilled to see others with the same mind set as I.
    Due my desire for more economic living and reducing my environmental foot print, I have started building a tiny house inside a 22 box truck.
    construction is half done. I’m one month into my project, but I still need to complete a few (critical) components like connecting the Solar panels, installing my composting toilet, and electrical.
    I am looking to get connected with others in the community so we can share resources and information.
    If you could help me out, this would be much appreciated.

  24. Piney Pods

    We have kept up with your blog and all I can say is wow!!! The tiny house movement is more than just a “movement” or trend, it is a new way in a new world in which we all must take responsibility in taking a smaller place in our world. But going small doesn’t mean losing out on style, comfort, and functionality. We can all live small and still live grand!
    We are a growing company and invite you to check out our take on small homes. More to come very very soon! :)

    Piney Pods


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