John’s Desert Cabin


by John Hall

I live in this small Casita which I completed in April of 2012. It is 20 miles north of Tucson and it sits on two plus acres in a saguaro cactus forest.

The cabin was designed and built by Richard Moser and his son Jeffrey in 2012.It has one bedroom, a separate kitchen, a dining room and living area. A propane stove with hickory cabinets, a full size fridge and cement stained floors.

The cabin has dual air conditioning and heating units to heat it and keep it cool. The bedroom with a bathroom and has a separate shower door from the bathroom. The bathroom has a sloped floor with a drain. The bathroom has a pedestal sink, toilet and hickory cabinets.


In the separate closet there is a  stacking washer and dryer and hot water heater. The property has well water and a septic system. The has a couple of luxuries as well. It has a hot tub in the rear courtyard and sits on two and a half acres of pristine desert. There are seventeen saguaros on property. Continue reading

Tiny House In a Landscape

I grew up in Arizona and made quite a few visits to the Grand Canyon, both the North Rim and the South Rim. I never did more than a short hike or a couple of miles into the main canyon. We backpacked and spent several days in the Havasupai Canyon, a side canyon of the Grand Canyon.

This photo is of a cabin at Phantom Ranch. Located 4,600 feet below than the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is a community of eleven tiny houses designed by architect Mary E. J. Colter back in 1922. This is Phantom Ranch – the only lodging facility below the rim of the Grand Canyon.

The only access is by mule train, foot, or rafting down the Colorado River. It must be a welcoming site along the Bright Angel Creek with its bunks, fresh bedding, towels, and toilets. Showers are located centrally.

Learn more about Phantom Ranch.
Photo credit: Grand Canyon National Park Service.

Phantom Ranch

Tiny House in a Landscape

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is called Shelter from the storm, White Mountains Arizona and was spotted on flickr. The photograph was taken by Al-HikesAZ so not sure who the actual photographer is, but I loved the setting and wanted to share it. Here is the caption with the photo and the flickr link.

“We went camping and hiking in the White Mountains in northern Arizonain the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Big Lake and Mount Baldy. Eric went trout fishing on the Little Colorado River and the West Fork of the Black River. We saw great beauty.”


Diminutive Abode

It is always fun to see someone take a set of plans and create a tiny house. Shay Cameron was one of the early buyers of the Sonoma Shanty plans and has made some major modifications. He is in the process of building his Diminutive Abode and I’ll turn the story over to him now.

I purchased the Sonoma Shanty plans back in July ’09, and you asked at the time if I would send you pictures of the finished product. Well, I am still in early stages of building, and I have adapted the plans way beyond recognition, but I do have pictures and you can view them at the Diminutive Abode.

I started with a 20′ trailer bought at a good price locally (last year’s model). My tiny house is only around 16′ long, so I will use the remainder of the trailer length, plus the 4′ hinged ramp on the back, as a deck outside my front door. Continue reading

Tiny House Community Property?

Last month, Kent was kind enough to mention here the land I have for sale in Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona ( I have had a number of inquiries, some of which have got me thinking harder about tiny house possibilities.

As you may remember, its 18.6 acres a little more than an hour from Tucson. It’s quiet, private, and really exceptionally pretty, and better still, it borders on the 38,000 acre Rincon National Wilderness.

There’s a great well on it, there is electricity at the lot line (although this is the ideal solar location), and it can legally be subdivided into three 6+ acre parcels.

The asking price of $249,900 may be a lot for many tiny house people (especially in these times), and some have suggested they don’t want all that much land. So here’s a thought: Perhaps a bunch of like-minded folks could get together and buy the land and put it to a use according to their own ideas and vision.

This could work in a variety of ways. Most simply, three people could buy it and subdivide it to their liking.

But perhaps more interestingly, a greater (or smaller) number could buy it and not subdivide it, but instead keep it as a whole and create a number of tiny house sites with the majority of the land being held in common as open space. (Perhaps, some of the sites so created could even be leased to other tiny home folks.) There could be a variety of legal structures to accommodate this: a land trust; a tenancy in common; the creation of a condominium; and probably others. In this way a gorgeous parcel could be available to a larger number of people, while at the same time preserve individual privacy and open space.

Now being more of a hermit than anything else, I don’t have the skills to organize the process, (and not being a lawyer or zoning expert, can’t give professional advice), but there are a lot of you out there with all sorts of skills, who are out-of-the-box thinkers (to say the least), and are itching to make their tiny house dream a reality. With a little mental sweat equity, this could be a way to get going now.

So here’s the concept: I bet there are folks out there who would like to give this a go. If you are one of them, e-mail me at (If you want to be an initial facilitator, mention it.) I won’t be part of the group myself, I am just the clearing house. I’ll provide the e-mail address of everyone who responds to everyone else who responds. As the group comes together, I would be available to answer questions about the land and all (and would be eager to work with/sell to any group that forms), but from here on in, its all up to you!