Rocky Mountain Tiny House “Stanley”

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Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses is pleased to announce the completion AND sale of its latest creation, the Stanley. It was about this time last year that I was taking a sabbatical traveling throughout Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, not only in search of adventure and a little vacation time, but also on the hunt for tiny house design inspiration.

My travels took me through a wonderful little town called Stanley, in the midst of the magnificent Sawtooth mountains and along the Salmon River in Idaho. Stanley is probably my single favorite town that I passed through on this trip. It has a little bit of everything for the outdoor enthusiast. Scattered throughout the small town and along the outskirts are structures from a bygone era-beautiful, rustic, and tiny log cabins. After photographing a few, I knew right away that I had to build a log cabin tiny house on wheels and name it after this place.

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Immediately after selling the Boulder tiny house, I began construction on this fun new project. There wasn’t a whole lot of precedent for true log cabins built on wheels. The ones I did come across weren’t that visually appealing, weighed too much, or just had lots of room for improvement. So I started from scratch and designed this house from the tires up. I had never built a log cabin before, much less one on wheels, but how hard could it be, right? Turns out, a little harder than I thought, but not too much.

Along with building a tiny house out of logs, I was also interested in building a 12 ft. long house to see just how small I could go and still have a very livable structure. Keeping the cost below $22k was the third goal of this project, since I was getting a lot of requests for something less expensive even though my larger models are very competitive with other builders. The log cabin method seemed like a good way to do this since the walls are not only one layer instead of six or seven (framing, sheathing, insulation, moisture barrier, ext siding, int finish), and even if the logs cost a bit more, all the time savings should more than make up for it.

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The fourth primary goal was to keep the house a reasonable weight under 5,200 lbs, since I was only going to use a single axle rated for that much weight. This would open up the doors for this house to be towed with a 1/2 ton truck, and possibly even a V-6 vehicle. With these lofty goals in place, I cranked out some drawings, ordered the trailer, ordered the logs, ordered the windows, and set out to craft this beauty.

Read the complete story here.

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Wishbone Tiny Homes

The Asheville, NC based Wishbone Tiny Homes has not only been making waves with their exquisite craftsmanship and interesting architectural details, but the Wishbone team have a three step process set up to walk new owners through and into their ideal home. It all starts with a dream and defining exactly what the tiny house will be: a primary residence, an office, a rental or a transition space.

“The dream phase is the most important,” said Teal Brown, the son in the father and son building team. “It’s where the inspiration for the ultimate design comes from. Nothing is off the table. We collect links, videos, images, screen shots, poems, emails—anything—and create our own version of a Pinterest board for each client. We also use a questionnaire. All of this information gives us a sense of the client’s unique aesthetics and design preferences.”

Next comes the design phase and the final building phase which is where the precision craftsmanship and locally sourced materials come into play.

“The design phase brings a healthy dose of reality to the situation,” Teal continued. “After an in depth interview about lifestyle and possessions, we draft a floor plan and exterior elevation. We then create at least two more iterations of the design before arriving at an agreed upon final design. Once a final design is in place, we get to work building the client’s dream tiny home! The entire process can take anywhere from 12 weeks to a year, depending on the client’s timeline and our production schedule.”

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Their current model home showcases the team’s woodworking skills (they love cedar) and their unique doors.

“Everyone notices our doors,” Teal said. “Since my dad has been honing his door-making craft the last 17 years, he knows a thing or two about them.

Along with attention to detail, Wishbone has listened to customers’ requests and realize that they want a place that feels like a home.

“We seek to incorporate as much of the client’s furniture and keepsakes as possible to provide familiarity and charm,” Teal said. “Most people like this design approach. Aside from that, people want stairs, downstairs bedrooms, off-grid capabilities, solutions for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), and Universal Design concepts for ADA compliance.

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Wishbone is just finishing up a 24 foot modern shed-style home for a couple in Philadelphia. The house has a cozy den, two lofts and a large galley kitchen as well as a large shower and a climbing wall. A dog crate was built under the stairs and the house is powered with a 1 KW roof-mounted PV system with 4 6V 420 AH batteries.

Teal said the best part of building tiny homes is the people they encounter and work with.

“Almost everyone who wants a tiny home is at an interesting point of their lives and has a great story to tell. Getting to work with my dad is great too.”

The challenges the team has run into are the financing of tiny homes, legal gray areas and plumbing. Wishbone currently does not sell plans, but does create custom plans.

“We firmly believe that if you are going to live in a tiny home, it should fit you like a tailored suit,” Teal added.

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Photos courtesy of Chris Tack and Wishbone Tiny Homes

 

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Valley View Tiny House Company

It started as a dream of a second home in Colorado – perhaps a far-fetched dream for self-employed husband and father, Jeff Loper. But, upon visiting a friend’s farm where they built a 300 square foot cabin near a fishing pond, Jeff realized that’s all that’s needed to make the dream a reality. As his research began for the Colorado home, tiny houses on trailers kept appearing in his Google search results. It became clear to Jeff that he possessed the all skills needed, given his years of experience in fine woodworking and home improvement, working in hardware stores, and going on Habitat for Humanity builds. And out of Jeff’s desire for a tiny vacation house for his family a new business was born:

Valley View Tiny House Company

As Valley View began building and exploring who they wanted to be, key traits kept surfacing that became core values of Valley View’s vision “…to help you achieve the tiny house life catered to your specific needs. We do this by understanding your goals, providing space-maximizing solutions integrated into your surroundings, encouraging innovative craftsmanship, developing efficient do-it-yourself resources, and doing our part to help the less fortunate along the way. Whether your tiny house dreams are a forever home, vacation home, in-law quarters, guesthouse, or otherwise, we can help.”

Valley View’s Debut Home, The Shenandoah

Boasting 150 square feet – not including the loft – The Shenandoah offers modern conveniences in an inviting environment with fine craftsmanship focused on bringing the outdoors in. Inside you will find a generous living area with Valley View’s signature bay window, a cathedral ceiling, and finished in warm, pine planking; a complete kitchen with stainless steel appliances, acacia wood countertops, and oil-rubbed bronze hardware; a loft with a raised roofline provides adequate headroom, room for a queen-size mattress, and beautiful lighting; and unique features abound throughout including a dresser in the floor, bookshelves intertwined with the loft ladder, and a table neatly folded away.

A version of The Shenandoah is currently available and priced at $49,000.

Five Things To Know About Valley View

  1. All building plans will have traditional and contemporary designs to meet your tastes.
  2. Their well-rounded team includes two craftsmen, a licensed architect for structural integrity and design, a professional organizer to help guide people in their tiny living transition, and a licensed electrician and plumber.
    They are the first Tennessee tiny house company to have their electrical systems inspected and passed by the state.
  3. Plans for both the traditional and contemporary versions of The Shenandoah are available with a new house design coming in October. Other tiny house resources will follow including how-to materials, workshops, and more.
  4. A portion of every dollar earned goes to help the less fortunate, and plans are already being pursued to build tiny houses in partnership with churches and organizations that enables those in need to have a home of their own.

For more information about Valley View Tiny House Company, please visit them at ValleyViewTinyHouses.com.

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