January 15, 2012

A Very Tiny Home in Boulder Colorado

I covered the ProtoHaus a couple of times in the past here on the Tiny House Blog. Ann Holley and Darren Macca have recently been featured in a neat video at 9News.com and I wanted to make sure you saw it.

“It’s like a sailboat on wheels,” Holley said.

A couple of years ago, tiny homes caught the attention of the couple. So, for about $25,000, they set out to build one.

“A lot of people think you couldn’t live this way,” Holley said.

They built the home with the help of family in Colorado. Then, when Holley went to graduate school out East, the couple drove the home out there and lived inside.

Protohaus caught the attention of folks on both commutes.

“They would follow us off the highway and they would be like, ‘How
many bedrooms are in there?'” Holley said.

Inside the home is a composting toilet; a stove; a faucet; outlets; even a sink with water. The home is fueled mostly on solar power and propane.

“Cleaning the house takes 20 minutes,” Holley said, laughing.

Read the complete story at the 9News website.

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steve - January 15, 2012 Reply

the sound isnt working on that video

terminalcitygirl - January 15, 2012 Reply

I’ve long been a fan of protohaus so always nice to see them featured. Poor Darren couldn’t get a word in on that vid though!

Moontreeranch - January 15, 2012 Reply

The house is actually in Longmont Colorado, It is still in Boulder county….but not the city of Boulder.

It may be a zoning thing?

BigGoofyGuy - January 15, 2012 Reply

Since one takes ones house with you, it seems easier to than packing all ones property to move.

Heather - January 16, 2012 Reply

Ya, I was feeling for the poor guy who kept trying to say something. Come on gal, give him a chance. 🙂

Sarah @ housecrazy - January 17, 2012 Reply

“cleaning the house takes 20 minutes” – I am so envious!!

Mark - January 21, 2012 Reply

I have a 30′ RV that didn’t cost near as much and has more room. I’m sorry a house is stationary with some form of foundation!

    Carolyn MVaussies - January 21, 2012 Reply

    Try to spend a “real” winter in one.

      airstreamingypsy - January 21, 2012 Reply

      I live in a camper, have for 12 years and have pulled it through 48 states….. I’ve been in it in winter…. when it gets cold I throw another dog on the bed The beauty of having wheels on your house is you can always head south if it gets too miserable!

        Carolyn MVaussies - January 22, 2012 Reply

        I don’t know about Airstreams, but the condensation dripping off the windows, walls, of even you breathing, in a REAL winter for any length of time will trash a normal Travel Trailer. I know I was forced to live in one through a Up State NY one, with 4 dogs. It has now been torn down to the frame, & rebuilt as a Tiny House Trailer. To live in while I build my last home myself(at my age will take time). THEN it will go to FL. for a second home.

          alice h - January 22, 2012 Reply

          Even in a mild winter condensation can drive you nuts. In my Boler I need to flip up the foamie every morning because of moisture buildup between it and the totally enclosed fibreglass base. I’m making a more ventilated wooden base, hopefully that will solve the issue. Using some version of the calcium chloride dampness absorbers (http://www.drizair.com/index.html is one)helps too.

sesameB - January 23, 2012 Reply

“The home is fueled mostly on solar power and propane. “Cleaning the house takes 20 minutes,” Holley said, laughing.” I was so glad to see your story!
I live tiny here too in rural Arkansas, and yes, it takes about 15 to clean my home as well. I use propane, as well. I would NOT live any other way!
Barefootin’ in rural south central sunny Arkansas, drinking spring water &
Foraging The Weeds For Wild, Healthy Greens, and Prickly Pears

Lauren Newlands - May 23, 2012 Reply

Are the plans for this house available to purchase anywhere? I’ve been looking with no luck.

Maria - October 8, 2012 Reply

I’m was wondering the same thing as Lauren. When are these house plans going to be available?

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