New Lookout Tiny House Brings the Outdoors In

Lookout concept

Jackson Hole, Wyo. – The new Wheelhaus Lookout cabin brings the outdoors in with a wall of full-length glass windows that lets in natural light and offer unobstructed views of the surroundings. Like other Wheelhaus tiny houses, the Lookout marries quality craftsmanship and durability with a modern focus on energy efficiency, innovative design and progressive space management. Each 400 square foot cabin features one bedroom, one bathroom, kitchen/living room and private deck. Prices start at $96,750 with appliances and hardware included. To see of all of the Wheelhaus designs and learn more visit

The kitchen/living room in the Lookout is designed to offer both comfort and functionality. The mini-kitchen features a two-burner cook top, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, sink, cesar stone and/or granite counter top and high-grade cabinetry with soft-close doors.

The bedroom is sized to fit a king-size bed with two side tables and includes linen lamp style sconces. The bathroom maximizes space and function and includes top of the line glass shower and Kohler fixtures. Continue reading

Small House Design Ideas: 10 Simple Passive Solar Tips

Be on top of your tiny house building game with these ten tips for passive solar tiny house design!

These top ten passive solar design tips will give you a good starting point in designing your own tiny house by using the sun to your advantage for both heating and cooling your home. Often these techniques are low-tech, energy efficient and environmentally responsible.

(Many of the houses mentioned in this article are located at Dancing Rabbit Eco-village. If you want to see them first hand, consider coming for a visit. You’ll be able to talk to several green builders, check out the houses they live in, and learn a lot about sustainable living in the process.) Continue reading

A Tale of Zoning Happily Ever After

RockledgeGroundbreaking Zoning Ordinace for Tiny House Communities

Documenting tiny house movemehistory in the making in Rockledge, Fl

Image from Tiny House Expedition, documenting tiny house movement history in the making in Rockledge, Fl.

Once upon a time in the small, forward-thinking city of Rockledge, Florida, some of the most progressive tiny housing zoning ordinances in the entire US of A were approved, in record time and with great ease. You see, the forward-thinking City Manager had an eye for viable solutions for the needs of his constituents and a knack for facilitating progress. A fair maiden, by the name of René Hardee approached him & the city planners one fine day with a few simple questions. The rest is history…

A little on the cheesy side? Maybe. But after a recent trip to Florida to witness tiny house movement history in the making, I realized maybe fairytales can come true. The city of Rockledge provides an astonishing example of how smooth the process of creating & approving brand-new zoning regulations can be. Of course every city’s approach to zoning is distinct, with many good reasons. The question is why do some cities make the process so complicated and drawn out? Particularly when presented with a viable idea that benefits residents and provides opportunity for economic development. Continue reading

The Torrent Ellis Canvas Tent Review

Torrent Tent at Sparks Lake

A few months ago Christina covered wall tents in one of her posts as a temporary tiny house option and she featured the Ellis Canvas Tent wall tent in many of her photos in the article. (see it here)

Recently Alex from Ellis Canvas Tents contacted and and let me know that they appreciated the article on the Tiny House Blog. He said that they were no longer making the wall tents but that they had another tent that might work well for tiny housers interested in a short term living quarters or as an extension of their tiny home. Alex asked me if I would like to see one in person and do a review on it. I am impressed with the quality of their tents and jumped at the opportunity to take a look at one in person. A couple of weeks ago the tent arrived and last week before the snow started coming down I headed out to Sparks Lake here in central Oregon to see if I could set it up.

The Torrent is advertised as being easy for one person to set up and I decided I would just read the instructions and try it out. I set up my iPhone for a time-lapse video and went to work. It proved to be quite simple and it did not take me long as you can see in the video below.

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