Gooseneck Tiny House

A River Runs Through It

Greg Parham from Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses let me know about a recent house he custom built for a customer and asked me if I would share it with my readers. It is called “A River Runs Through It” and is built on a gooseneck trailer. I’ll let Greg tell you all about it.

A gentleman that I went to college and used to race bikes with back in my days of collegiate cycling contacted me last year. He and his wife Krissy were interested in having me build a tiny house for their young family to live in so they could simplify life, pay off their debt quicker, and start saving up for their ultimate dream of buying a sailboat and sailing ’round the world. With a toddler, a dog, and a cat comprising this family, as well as a second child on the way, they knew they would need something on the larger end of the tiny house spectrum, preferably 32? or longer. Continue reading

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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Tiny House in a Landscape

Fall has moved into central Oregon and we are starting to see some beautiful fall colors. We’ve had some good and needed rain the nights are cooling down. Time to start thinking of cooler weather and the coming of winter.

Our friends over at Colorado Yurt posted this photograph of a yurt somewhere in Colorado with a gorgeous fall background. Yurt living has always intrigued me as there is something about living so close to nature in a round tent like structure. It is one of my dreams to try it out someday.

I hope as fall moves into your neck of the woods that you will take some time out to enjoy the beauty of one of my favorite seasons.

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Shepherd’s Hut Colorado

by Bill Young

The Shepherd Hut has been around for hundreds of years and primarily in England, but now they are available in America. They can be used as a guest house, a romantic retreat, a special workplace, a retail space for food service or dry goods. Another interesting use of these huts is to rent them out on a nightly basis, like a bed and breakfast.

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This particular hut has an exterior dimension of 8 feet wide by 14 feet long. The interior space is approximately 7 feet wide by 13 feet long and can be set up with a number of different configurations. The walls are clad in profiled tongue and groove boards as is the ceiling and the floor is hardwood oak. The hut has been wired with six outlets and protected with a GFI circuit and overhead light. The hut is fully insulated and includes a vapor barrier. The metal roof is a rustic copper style. There are four insulated glass double hung windows that flood the interior with natural light. The Dutch door allows for an even more expansive view when open. The chassis is classic Shepherd’s hut and has a turntable-based front axle that allows for steering. The metal wheels are individually handcrafted and are fitted with tapered roller bearings that connect to the axles. The front towbar allows for different types of vehicles to move the hut around.

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The key design feature of this hut is that it can be highly personalized for the new owners needs. The interior can be converted to an entirely open space or incorporate different types of beds, tables, built-ins, or any other fixtures that suit its new purpose.

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This hut’s current configuration includes a double bed with a very large storage area underneath. A large cupboard that can provide a kitchen area with plenty of storage. A small table that can accommodate two to three people. These things are included as part of the basic package. The important thing to note here is that all of these things can be changed, removed, modified or even just moved to a different place inside the hut.The bed for example could be removed and replaced with a sofa or futon. The interior walls and ceiling are also designed to allow for any combination of paint or stain and of course the exterior colors can be changed to the color pallet of your choice. The goal of this design is to give you exactly what you want.

These shepherd huts are for sale if you are interested and want to learn more go to our website: http://www.shepherdshutsamerica.com/

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Tiny House Petition

Brittany Le Tendre contacted me yesterday to tell me about a problem they are having as tiny house dwellers on their own private land. I will let Brittany tell you all about it.

My name is Brittany LeTendre, my profession involves protecting the land and natural resources. I’ve lived in Steamboat Springs for about 6 years now with my boyfriend Dalton Reed who was born and raised in the county. Dalton has built up a reputation over his 30 years of life in Routt County as “the guy who can fix and repair anything” and save it from the landfill.

We were actively looking for property in the community that was affordable and would allow us to create an off the grid organic hobby farm and we were fortunate enough to find a 5 acre parcel zoned “Agricultural Forestry” in Routt County. We bought this land knowing it is an “unbuildable lot” due to it being under 35 acres. Dalton and I had done our research before we bought this property knowing that things were going to be done a little differently. We asked Routt County planning director, Chad Phillips if we could have goats and chickens on the property and he confirmed that we can and that we can build a structure for these animals. Agricultural Forestry is a very open ended zoning in Routt County and allows many “uses by right”.

The zoning states that you are allowed to camp on any property zoned AF with no time limit as well as build structures that are related to an agriculture application. Routt County camping definition: The use of temporary living accommodations such as tents, teepees, yurts, motorhomes, and trailers.

Before we purchased this property we bought a 1964 International school bus that had already been converted into a motorhome in hopes of using it as a simple and unobtrusive way to enjoy our property.

On our property we have, a beautiful garden with potatoes, onions, and rhubard growing (use by right), chickens (use by right), a motorhome (which is stated as a use by right) and we plan on getting goats for milk and cheese . Our farm is completely off the grid. We are using solar panels (use by right), we’re hauling water, we’re using a composting toilet, and we’re hoping to build a wind generator (use by right). We’ve been abiding completely by the County’s standards.

One week after we drove the bus onto the property, Routt County sent us a letter in the mail. Therefore we called them and invited them to do a site visit so that they could see that we weren’t doing anything wrong. They visited and within a few hours they called us and informed us that we were in violation of the county regulations. They said that our motorhome needed to be moved everytime that we were not staying in it. They then proceeded to say that if we leave the motorhome on our property that it’s considered motor vehicle storage. We have other places to keep the motorhome in town, but this is where we will be using it – therefore, why would we need to remove it. They also stated that camping is “what any normal person would define as camping”.

I know that we’re not all real estate lawyers and county planning directors, but Routt County is asserting non-applicable regulations even though we’re in compliance. If the County’s intentions are now different from what is outlined in the purchase agreement, then who is at fault? We are simply trying to enjoy our new property under the terms of the purchase agreement.

I’ve started the petition “Routt County Planning Department: Stop the Routt to Elitism: Ask Routt County, Colorado to stop harassing Dalton Reed and other Pine Springs property owners” and need your help to get it off the ground.

Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s the link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/routt-county-planning-department-stop-the-routt-to-elitism-ask-routt-county-colorado-to-stop-harassing-dalton-reed-and-other-pine-springs-property-owners

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