The Little Shaver House

Crystal recently emailed me about a tiny house they are building in Kansas. I wanted to share their story with so I’ll let Crystal tell you about their project.

We began researching the tiny house movement about four years ago. After also examining how we were living and the way we would prefer to live, we knew it was time to make a change. Some of those changes would be spending more time with family and friends, doing more charity work, and making better use of our resources. Building a tiny house was the natural next step toward having the freedom to live our lives the way we envisioned. We decided to put our house on the market and also began selling all of our possessions on craigslist and in a garage sale. What we couldn’t sell we donated to Goodwill.


Ron is an attorney and I’m a Montessori teacher who decided to stay home with my daughter. We’re still a little (okay I am, at least) nervous that Ron will have room to put all of his suits for work!

After purchasing our trailer, we began considering design concepts in order to maximize the space. Having a nine-month old little girl, we needed create extra room so that later she could have her own sleeping loft. We stumbled upon the design for Darren Macca and Ann Holley’s Protohaus and visited them over a weekend trip to Denver as they were wrapping up their build. Not only did we learn a lot about how to build a tiny house, but we also decided to incorporate dormer windows on both the front and back loft spaces of our tiny house.


With the help of family and friends, we decided to build our home ourselves. Progress has moved rather quickly on the house since construction began. We started with a building party in mid August to kick start our build. Friends and family joined us in building and we were able to raise all of the walls within the first two days and finished all of the framing and sheathing within 10 days. We hope to be moved into our tiny house in the next month!


We have used many reclaimed materials during the course of the project. These items include everything from studs removed from someone’s basement to gently used appliances to furnish our home. We are still considering our options on where to place our tiny house after it is finished.

We are very excited about working toward completion of our tiny house and welcome visitors who may have interest tiny houses. We are also documenting our build at: and will update as we continue the build.

Crystal with give us an update and more pictures when their house is complete. It is so neat to see more small families moving into the tiny house living style.


by Kent Griswold (Tiny House Blog)

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Bill - August 30, 2009 Reply

A nice start on their tiny trailer house. It looks great, and I can’t wait to see it when its finished.

William Kastrinos - August 30, 2009 Reply

Great incorporating dormers into your design! Not only does this free up much space, it also provides an emergency exit from the loft via a rope ladder stowed by the window. And the windows look large enough for egress. Maybe, I would suggest, at least one window would be an unobstructed awning type, to allow easy egress for even a larger adult.
Great job!
Bill Kastrinos
Tortoise Shell Home

John calgary - February 17, 2010 Reply

i would love to so this one finished, let us all know pls .. looks great so far.

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