About

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.

140 Comments About

  1. Sasha McIntyre

    Hello, Kent

    My common-law and I live in a house in Toronto that is 483 ft square and 12ft wide inside. We bought because it was cheap and have been renovating to make it our dream home. We have been here for just over two years and love it. We do not plan to buy anything bigger any time soon, having downsized from a 880 square foot condo to this home. We live in area of Toronto that is full of tiny war time homes.Our house has 1 bedroom, 1 1/2 baths, living room, kitchen, study and low basement under part of the house with a laundry room and storage. I might add the study is not one of these with a small table with a laptop. As artists we own 2 HUGE drafting tables,and yet with some creative arranging, everything fits. Our living room has 2 couches and a table from Ikea that can seat 8, although we have squeezed 11 on it! This house has only one closet about 3ft wide, so we purchased 2 tall Ikea wardrobes and squished them beside the bed. Everything fits in the house and it certainly is a great way to get rid of junk. No space for unnecesssary items, although we have a large movie collection, large book collection and lots of artist supplies!
    I will send a photo soon. I hope this was a little helpful.
    Thank You
    Sasha McIntyre

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  2. Oliver

    Hello Kent,

    Wonderful website you’ve made. Having read around it now it occurred to me that you might be able to contribute some homes to the natural homes registry at http://naturalhomes.org/homesmap.htm

    I’d love to hear from you and share the homes you know about with others and bring visitors back to your website.

    Regards, Oliver

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  3. Mary Blackburn

    Hello Kent,
    I’m so glad I found your site. I’m one of those “Tiny House” people. I purchased a storage building–you won’t belive this–12×20. I live alone–with a yorkie and I’m a Senior Citizan. My daughter and a lady friend of hers insulated and panaled the interior. They built a tiny kitchen, bath and combination living/bedroom. I have my computer, guitar, bookcase, and shelves. I am on a fixed income and can not afford much in the line of luxury. But I love my Tiny House and am serching for decorating ideas and space saving ideas. As soon as I get my little yard fixed up I’d like to send you a picture or two
    I love your site.
    Mary

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  4. Howie

    Hi Kent-

    Great site! Thanks so much for listing http://goyurt.com on your blog. We love small comfortable spaces as well, and are excited to offer a truly nomadic modern yurt. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions.

    Regards,
    Howie

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  5. Harvey Millstone

    Does anyone have plans for a home like Weebee from Tumbleweed that
    doesn’t cost $1000 ?!? I’m trying to build a granny flat for visitors but I can’t afford that kind of money just for the plans.

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  6. Luke Sheneman

    Kent,

    I got your comment on my blog (timbercabin.blogspot.com). I’ve never seen your site before, but it looks fantastic. I can’t wait to look around some more. Feel free to e-mail me.

    Thanks,
    -Luke

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  7. Kent

    Hi Rev. Malcolm Moore,

    Thank you for sharing those great pictures. Looks like a great place to vacation. I wish I was closer to that area and could get up there more often.

    Kent

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  8. Bob Pritts

    I love the idea of living in a small space. It was the passing of my wife five years ago that go me to thinking about my true needs after I retire and thus the search for housing options started.

    I know the man is entitled to earn a living but on a fixed income $1000 ( that is 1/3 the cost of the trailer to build the house on) for the plans is a bit much, thus I will do my best to build my own tiny house on wheels and do my best not to copy to closely any one elses work or projects.

    I would love to see cities reclaim run down propery and rebuild city blocks with small houses ranging from 120 to 400 square feet. we could reclaim building material and use renewable resources and tred a little more gently on the earth.

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  9. Kent

    Hey Bob and Harvey,

    Yes, the plans seem expensive. I have talked to Jay and his partner Steve and they feel that they are priced competitively and with all the detail and time Jay puts into them they are worth the price.

    My suggestion is take everyones ideas and design and develop your own personal home and plans using the money you have and go from there.

    I would like for you to keep me posted, take some pictures of the construction and of the finished house and we can do a story on your tiny house on wheels.

    Kent

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  11. Jim Peterson

    I’ve converted an 11-1/2′ slide-in truck camper into an 8′ x 20′ cabin with sleeping loft I call The Retreat. Though portable, it’s a little unique as the ‘front’ is one of the long sides — and the ridge is 12′ above the floor.
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    I’d want to finish staining and trimming out the exterior first but I’m wondering if the details of this project might be something your readers would be interested in?
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    Please let me know and I can put together some pictures and text. Thanks! sail4free
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    1. Kent Griswold

      Hi Jim,

      I’d enjoy seeing pictures of your project. I think the THB readers would enjoy seeing your Retreat…Kent

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  12. Kent

    Hi David – that is a neat cabin! I’ll feature it in one of my posts and send you a few visitors. Thanks for sharing!

    Kent

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  13. Julie

    I’m really enjoying your blog! Great links and resources, too. I’m married with two young kids, and would really love to build our own small house and get away from having a mortgage. I’ll be keeping an eye on your blog!

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  14. Kent

    Thanks for your input Jhay. I was helping out a reader and builder of his home show it to the readers of the Tiny House Blog. Appreciate your concerns!

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  15. Daniel Delaney

    Hey Kent,
    I really love the small house movement, and hope to soon venture into it. Here’s the one problem… I’m a city boy, born and bread. And I don’t really plan on moving out of a city anytime soon. :)

    I’m curious to see if you might have any resources or contact with people who have made tiny homes while remaining in cities.

    I know that if and when I get to build one, I’d really love to incorporate the functionality of Tumbleweed Homes with a Modernist aesthetic. Any thoughts there?

    Thanks!
    Dan

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  16. Kent

    Hey Dan – Good question. I know that I am the opposite and geared toward the country in my thinking, not the city.

    I know that in Europe and Japan they have done a lot of rooftop additions and Jay from Tumbleweed even has a modern design, that might work in that situation.

    Jay is working on some new designs and we may see them in the near future. I’ll ask him if he has any ideas also.

    I’ll do some research and do a post related to your question as I find out more.

    Kent

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  17. Sabine

    I’m so happy to find this blog. I’m a reverse case, having spent seven years living aboard a boat and somehow having grown over the years into a 1200 square foot home and garage full of “stuff”. Now I’m striving to fix up the house so I can sell it, and looking for some rural acreage here by the Gulf of Mexico to plant a Tumbleweed Tiny House on. I’m thinking about installing a yurt also for a washer/dryer/large freezer space and for yoga. Glad to have such a helpful resource at hand as I work towards my goal. :)

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  18. Kent

    Hi Sabine,

    Thanks for your kind words! I’m glad you are enjoying the site. I like your plan. Keep us posted on it, a Tumbleweed and yurt, sounds like a great combination!

    Kent

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  19. Noah Grunberg

    Hello,
    I am the owner of a new modern kit house company. I would love to have you take a look and see what we are doing. The homes can be tiny or not so tiny, but our goal is to make them as self-sufficient as possible as we develop the systems more.

    Thank you for your time and commitment to appropriate living!

    Noah

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  20. Kent

    Hi Noah,

    I’ll take a closer look, at a brief glance they look really neat. I’ll see about doing a post on them in the near future. Do you have any small or tiny house plans completed at this time?

    Kent

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  21. sco smith

    Hi

    I’ve been interested in small houses for many years. Have done many versions of small dwellings. First started out with Meditation Huts.

    Years ago very little could be found on the web, now there is quite a bit to be found, and many enthusiasts.

    Years ago you could find the small house in Wales that is a tourist spot.

    I am also interested in small stores. When I was in Calcutta India – it was so enchanting to see the small stores there.

    If you interested you can see our latest project at:

    smallesthouseinrichcounty.googlepages.com

    Thank you,
    sco

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  22. Kent

    Hi Allison,

    Thanks for the heads up on that article. I had asked Cecelia to let me know when it was finished, but I guess she forgot. Glad you got some play also.

    Kent

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  23. Andrew Durham

    Hi, Kent,

    I’m building a Conic Shelter for myself from Chuck Henderson’s method of construction (see http://conicshelter.com or http://www.fishrock.com/conics). Modified, of course! See my gallery at http://andrewdurham.shutterfly.com.

    Portable, super cheap (<$500), frameless, beautiful. Not sealed or insulated yet. Dependent on another house for kitchen/bath, designed to go in a backyard. About 78 sq ft.

    Insulation (styrofoam/sprayfoam or straw) will go *outside* shell with waterproof tarp (painted upholstery fabric–should have used bedsheets).

    A bit trampish, but elegant. Method of construction is very easy. Never again will I use frame construction (unless it is a tent). Shell construction, especially bent panel designs (see http://www.sover.net/~triorbtl for the ultimate in such and http://andrewdurham.com/rec.htm for my building method recommendations).

    Good luck with whatever you do!

    Andrew

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  24. Kent

    Hi Andrew,

    Very interesting! Let me read up a bit more on this and than I will do a post and share it with our readers. Always looking for unique and different way to construct a shelter or a home.

    Kent

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  25. Lynn S.

    I am soon retiring and I am totally smitten with the idea of a tiny house. I wonder however, wouldn’t one be constrained by local ordinances unless you bought an existing property or built one in a rural area?

    From a sociological point of view, these homes awaken individualism and creativity through self-defined abodes. I wonder if these homeowners could also be making social statements: questioning materialism? small footprints for green reasons? or reacting to conformist, condominiumized urban life?

    It’s fascinating and reminiscent of the 60s.

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  27. Kate

    I dont think any of us are making grand social statements with these houses just desiring a return to the way our forefathers lived. I reflect on history and see that most people lived in “tiny houses/cabins/sml cottages” – the idea that we should all now spend our lives paying off mcmansions in legoland suburbs is relatively new.

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  29. Helena Mattsson

    I love your sight and I read everything you write. I live in Sweden and I haven´t found anyone interested in this. I am planing to live in my own handmade tinyhouse in 5 years.

    Thanks again for your work spreding this way of living. I will keep on spreading it here in sweden.

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  30. Keith

    Hi, I have just started looking into this wonderful world. Have you seen any tiny homes built on gooseneck trailers?

    Thank You
    Keith

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  31. Tiny Tina

    Hi there – love the website – love the tiny homes……. I understand that obviously Tumbleweed must be your main sponsor but….. do we HAVE to see EVERY post of EVERY photo op that his Fencl is making on it’s trip across the country? It’s getting old REAL fast…….

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    1. Kent

      The Tiny House Blog covered his trip cross country through readers who visited his open house. If you do not wish to read them all just click on a different category to see something different. The majority of readers enjoyed the tour.

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  33. Ian

    Kent:

    I am amazed by your blog. While I don’t live in a tiny house, RV, yurt, shipping container, sailboat, etc., I am fascinated by simple, compact and “green” housing options and minimalist, frugal lifestyle choices. Your blog is by far the best compilation of articles, photos, links, etc. I’ve ever seen. Keep up the inspiring work.

    Ian.

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    1. Kent Griswold

      Hi Ian – thank you so much for your kind words, I’m glad you are enjoying the blog. I have a lot of fun finding and sharing these neat homes, plus people contact me and let me know about what they have done or created and than let me share it with our readers. It’s a team effort for sure. Thanks again!

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  34. Dave

    Hi,
    I would like to contribute photos, information etc.. How do I post photos etc..?
    Thank you very much..
    Dave B.

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  36. Tyler Yandow A.I.A.

    Hi Kent,

    This is a terrific site. Nice job. You have creatively illustrated that small, inexpensive houses can have significant architectural merit rather than being simply cardboard boxes. The quality of our homes has a direct relationship to the quality of our lives. This concept may allude those who think that it’s “quantity” that matters. I have seen so many large, expensive houses which lacked any sense of scale, detail, proportion and creative use of materials and color. The houses here are great examples of getting more out of less.

    Tyler W. Yandow A.I.A.
    Dorset, VT

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  37. Kent Griswold

    Hi Tyler,

    Thank you for your kind words, you make a very valid point about quality over quantity. Hopefully, I can continue to stress that point here on the Tiny House Blog.

    Kent

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    1. Kent Griswold

      Hi John – cool place and is more the size of what most people live in, I really like the off-grid options and build…Kent

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  38. Jesus Alvarez

    Kent,

    Congratulations on a great site from an ex-architect. Love the blog and the philosophy behind it. I found you through treehugger. I will link from my blog.

    Best of luck,

    Jesus

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  39. Mo Skba

    Good site, thank you for your efforts. Small homes are of particular interest to me and among my favorite projects though at my work (design / build firm) they are rare. Last year I started a tiny house of my own and have greatly enjoyed the experience. I’m glad to see others with similar interests. Keep up the good work. -Mo

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    1. Kent Griswold

      Hi Mo – Thanks for your kind words. I would enjoy doing a post on your lovely cabin one of these days. Let me know if that would work for you…Kent

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  40. Marcia Fox

    This is a very interesting site! We are vendors and travel the entire country – mostly south & southwest. Currently , we live in a 2002 Fleetwood Park Model in sunny San Diego – 1 block from the beach in Encinitas. I built a wooden deck and partially enclosed it – Love it!
    We are however planning on moving back to Texas to help with the family business (that is the website listed) and am interested in trading for either a travel trailer or another park model in Texas. Do you have any ideas ? Marcia

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  43. Ryan Lefebvre

    Wow I just found this site it is great i was woandring tho is ther a article on the floting home used in the banner on the verry top of the page I would like to see a larger pic if possible thanks for the grat site

    Ryan

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