While this strange, tiny house is far from a cozy Hobbit home, it is intriguing. The experimental Truffle, by the Spanish architecture firm, Ensamble Studio, was built on the Costa da Morte over the course of several years using an interesting mix of local soil, hay bales, concrete and a calf named Paulina.
The Truffle started out as a hole in the ground and the interior was created with straw bales that were covered with a concrete shell and soil. The mound was then left to cure for several years as essentially a large boulder. Over that time the land and weather provided the concrete with its texture, color and form and the concrete and snugly wrapped hay bales created what would become a future room.
When the architecture firm came to unwrap their experiment, they used a quarry machine to chop off the front and back of the mound. A small calf, Paulina, was brought in to chomp away at the compressed hay bales. She fed on the bales for a year and walked away a fat and happy 661 lb. cow.
With the new, bovine-assisted interior, the group designed a clean, minimalist getaway with a sink, a fireplace, lighting and a bed with a view of the ocean. You can see the building process in the YouTube video below.
Photos by Ensamble Studio
Chris is an ex van and box truck dweller who is currently building a tiny house for himself, his girlfriend Kristin and her small dog, Daisy. Influenced and inspired by Deek Diedrickson’s , Lloyd Khan’s and Jay Shafer’s books, Chris has decided to chuck a “normal” life and live in the 8 foot by 12 foot structure on his parent’s wooded suburban land.
In a humorous and grating way, Chris is documenting the trial and error he goes through while building his abode. He knew that he didn’t have any prior skills before starting the project, so he doesn’t sugarcoat it and describes both the progression and the frustration in frank terms.
“Whenever something seems pretty straightforward, my brain translates that to “quick” and/or “easy.” I bet there are carpenters who could have gotten this job done in a couple hours. Maybe quicker. That’s not a realistic goal for me. What I need to focus on is staying sane and not ramming a screw through my eyeballs with an impact driver. Today was a success because I made progress. Let’s not talk about how much progress, but rather reflect on the fact that I’m a reasonably sane man with vision in both eyes.” Continue Reading »
The Hummingbird Tiny Spaces Company is a family owned and operated business in Nashville, TN that specializes in site-built tiny homes made from hand picked materials. The owner of the company, Will Yount, has chosen to build these tiny homes for people who don’t have the skills or time to do it themselves, yet still want an affordable and unique tiny space that can fit onto a small lot or in a backyard.
The tiny houses are not kits, but built completely on your site. Currently, Hummingbird has four models of their homes: the 192 square foot “MoonShadow” which starts at $13,000 and includes a 5×16 foot covered porch, the two-story 384 square foot “Cumberland” for $22,499, the 320 square foot “The Red Rocks” for $21,900, and the 196 or 320 square foot “The Little River” which starts at $14,200.
The MoonShadow also includes 1/2 OSB roof decking, wiring, fixtures and electrical panel, full insulation, full drywall and wood base and trim and the interior is fully primed for your own color choice. Windows and sliding glass doors will also be installed.
Extra options include a bathroom which is a 3’6″x 8′ addition on the MoonShadow for $2,725, or a basic 8 foot kitchen for $1,250. The bathroom includes a fiberglass shower, toilet, water heater and complete wiring, plumbing and finishing. The kitchen option includes an 8 foot laminate countertop, stainless steel sink with faucet, sink base and cabinet with drawers and is completely wired and plumbed.
Photos by Hummingbird Tiny Spaces
Each time I see a coffee hut by the side of the road, I not only get a craving for caffeine, but I wonder if some of these structures can be turned into a tiny house. Many of them are already on wheels and are the perfect size for living in. Some coffee huts are not affixed to a trailer, but are still small enough to be moved to a new location for a smaller life with a much smaller price tag than many tiny homes.
There have been several coffee huts for sale on different websites including Tiny House Listings and Yakaz, including this 60 square foot hut on wheels currently selling for $5,000 and a 12×12 building in Missouri for $15,000. Seed to Cup Coffee Solutions sells new coffee huts that range in sizes and prices and include designs like trolleys and trailers. Continue Reading »