I am really excited to announce my friend Alek Lisefski’s building plans for his incredibly modern tiny house.
These construction plans offer complete blueprints to build your own tiny house — to the exact same specifications as the original Tiny Project house.
The plans include almost 40 pages of:
- Trailer specs, dimensions & modifications
- Precise framing diagrams w/dimensions
- Window and door sizes & specs
- Elevation drawings w/dimensions
- Detailed floorplans w/dimensions
- Electrical, plumbing, propane & safety systems design
- Materials list, including suggested appliances and fixtures
- Interior finishing suggestions & images
- Plus – A complete, editable SketchUp model, for you to view, take apart, or alter as you wish
by Steven Harrell
There are a few questions that seems to surface over and over again for folks new to tiny house living or those about to take the leap. The most common seems to be “where do I put my tiny house?” Great question.
A few years ago I took at stab at creating a platform similar to The Tiny House Listings site where people who are looking for tiny house parking could place a wanted ad and folks who have parking available could place theirs as well. Unfortunately I kind of let the system sit there without developing it further or promoting it properly so more people could use and benefit from it.
Now, several years later, I’ve taken a stab at creating a new version 2.0 platform that I consider to be more robust and this time (scout’s honor) I will doing my best to make sure more folks know about it. Thanks to Kent for allowing me to share this announcement so you all will know about it. He’s been kind enough to share so many announcements from so many folks in the past, thank you Kent!
A website like this really begins to be useful when a good amount of people actively participate in it by posting to the site. The whole idea is to bring folks needing parking and folks who have parking together. It’s a win, win, find a parking spot or find a parking tenant.
Shalise’s backyard tiny house parking spot just outside of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania currently available for $200/month.
On Tiny House Parking you can post one of four types of listings. Here’s a quick breakdown of each.
Parking Wanted For Rent: If you own a tiny house or are planning to build one and need a place to do so, this is the posting type for you. You can specify your budget in the description. I’ve seen many times where folks are willing to do full or partial work in exchange for lowering or eliminating their parking rent. An example of this would be if a farm has an open spot and could use an extra hand. Another example is an elderly person who has space to park a tiny house and could use someone to run errands, pickup groceries, etc. Again, a win win.
Ashley’s tiny house needs a place to call home near Windsor, Vermont.
Parking Wanted For Sale: Planning to put down some roots, grow a garden and call a place your own? Or plan to build a tiny house on a foundation? This posting type is most suitable for you. Again, you can specify your budget in the description. A couple quick hints on purchasing a piece of land for a tiny house (having just went through this recently). Make sure the land perks if you plan to put a septic tank in the ground. Also, make sure the land is zoned to allow for a home the size you’re planning to build. When you agree to a price on the land, you will enter into a due diligence period before you close on it. Be sure to go through these steps and that the land will suite your specific needs.
Parking Available For Rent: Have some extra space for a mobile dwelling on your property or piece of land? This type of posting is best-suited for you. Make some extra cash from unused land and help a fellow tiny house dweller out by offering it to them.
Parking Available For Sale: Many tiny house dwellers prefer to own the land their home sits on. If you’re a land owner or realtor with a piece of land that is zoned to allow small dwellings, this type of posting type is what you’ll want to go with.
When browsing through the site and using the navigation at the top, if you don’t see your city in the drop downs or large city near you, that simply means no postings exist in that city…yet.
The site is by no means completely finished so I ask that if you have suggestions, please email them to me using this contact page.
Like so many others who have a deep passion for tiny houses and the benefits they offer, it is my genuine hope that the tiny house movement continues to catch on with folks and solutions like this HOPEFULLY help tiny house dwellers have one more tool under their tiny belt.
You can visit the Tiny House Parking website by click here.
April 5-6, 2014, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm
Join us for the first of our Tiny House Classes, a joint venture between Tiny House Blog, Northwest Woodworking Studio, and the Reclaimed Wood Blog. Presented at The Northwest Woodworking Studio, 1002 SE 8th Ave, Portland Oregon.
In this two day workshop you will learn from Master Woodworker Gary Rogowski about furniture design and building techniques as we build The Brilliant Chair.
The skills you learn in this workshop are ones you can take home to use on furniture, woodworking, and Tiny House projects.
- Hand tool use for accurate measuring and marking
- Sawing with chop saws, saber saws, and band saws
- Hand plane techniques for cleaning up lumber, texturing, and prepping surfaces
- Assembly techniques
- Using portable drills and screws
- Wood finishing
This is a great project that you’ll love building and using.
Also included in the two day class tuition are these added values:
Salvage Works of North Portland will also give a short demonstration on how to pick the correct materials using reclaimed lumber.
EB Tools is supplying two of their new KwickGripper nail pulling tools for a drawing. They will also offer 20% off coupons for those who do not win the tool to purchase one from their website. TheKwickGripper is a $30 value.
CeCe of CeCe Caldwell Paints has agreed to come in and talk about her great paints with the class. She is also providing every student with a free quart of paint of the color of their choice.
Plans for The Brilliant Chair come as part of the class from The Northwest Woodworking Studio.
Finally as a bonus you will receive a six month subscription to the Tiny House Magazine in PDF format.
To learn more and sign up click here.
Only twelve spaces available so sign up right away. Go to www.NorthwestWoodworking.com to enroll.
by Hari Berzins
During the big snow storm last week, Karl and I walked up the hill from our tiny house to our newly dried-in (Woohoo!) big house to watch the falling snow. The snow in the woods was magical and the view in all directions was spectacular. I looked up at the rafters and there was no snow falling in the house! We were dry. After more than a year of watching rain and snow fall on our house, this was big. I smiled at Karl. “How does it feel to go into this snow storm with a finished roof on the house?” He took a deep breath. “You have no idea.”
That was a nice moment.
We’ve come so far, and it’s so important to take time to celebrate all of the milestones along the way.
Hi, I’m Hari Berzins from tinyhousefamily.com. My husband Karl and I built a mortgage-free micro-homestead and have worked our plan for the last five years. We’ve created an online course to help others realize their dream of mortgage-freedom.
In 2008, we had to totally redesign our life after losing our restaurant and home in the financial crisis. With a firm resolve to never use credit again, we started over. We dreamed of building a homestead for cash. With $300 to our name, owning a mortgage-free homestead seemed like an impossible dream.
I searched and searched for others who had lost everything and built a new life that included debt-free home ownership. How happy I would have been to find a course like ours, but I guess it was our work to write The Plan: Creating Your Pathway to Mortgage Freedom.
Our plan was a simple one and simply radical. We would work hard, stop buying, sell, donate, downsize, make a budget, and save every penny. We would find a little piece of land,
buy it for cash, and grow a homestead. We saved, worked, bought land, drilled a well, dug a septic system, built a tiny house, and are now completing the exterior of our main house. We did all of this with cash and time. We now live our impossible dream!
In our rebuilding process, we’ve relied on several practices of deep self-care to affirm that our worthiness is not attached to the balance of our bank account, nor our foreclosure, nor our belly-up business. We’ve relied on these practices to cultivate the contentedness and patience we need to thrive in our 8’ x 21’ ft. tiny house while we build our right-sized house. And we’ve relied on these practices to keep the faith when we have no idea how we are going to get through the next phase. We will share these practices with you because this change is for the long haul and we want you to be successful getting there.
You might wonder why we are building a bigger house. The tiny house has been our ticket to mortgage-freedom. This phase of the plan has taught us so much about what we really need, about compromise, communication and delayed gratification, but we need room for our art, space to dance, and entertain, space for our children (now 9 & 11) to grow into adults. Space is so very personal, and we will explore your needs for space in the course. You will design a plan and a homestead to fit your unique lifestyle and budget.
Our little journey has attracted the attention of many media outlets which has brought with it a ton of emails with questions about our plan. We felt the need to compile a comprehensive course to guide others down the path to mortgage-freedom.
Now when I look up the hill at the main house, I’m so thankful we chose this route. It’s not an easy path. It’s hard in the beginning. It’s hard to talk yourself out of those moments when you just want to give in and blow your budget on a dinner out, or buy those cool new hiking boots or whatever it is the merchants pry your self-esteem with. With practice, this has become the norm for us, and the urges are rare. We’ll help you with this, too.
“. . . I will act, says Don Quixote,
as if the world were what I would have it to be,
as if the ideal were real. . .
– Don Quixote de la Mancha, Cervantes
There were lots of naysayers in the beginning, even family and friends who thought we were crazy. How in the world are the four of you going to live in that little house without killing each other?
We are still alive almost three years after moving in, and look what it’s enabled us to do. We live mortgage-free on our own land; we’re raising animals and growing food. We get to be choosy about the work we do, and we spend tons of family time together. And once we move into our main house, we’ll have a micro bed and breakfast ready to go!
What would your life look like if you didn’t have a mortgage payment? If your dream is to simplify your life by building a tiny house, we can help you get there.
Having a supportive community is all important when making a “tiny” lifestyle change such as this. As part of our course, you’ll have access to a private Facebook group where you will connect with other like-minded individuals to discuss course materials, share ideas and support each other in creating your very own micro-homestead.
This e-course is 5 weeks long and begins on March 15, 2014. If you want to join us, see all the details here: http://tinyhousefamily.com.