by Jay Livesey
I’ve been really impressed with the Tiny Homes book by Lloyd Kahn and Tumbleweed’s DIY Book of Backyard Sheds and Tiny Houses by Jay Shafer and I wanted to tell you about my sheds. Having been in the construction business for 30 years I have become a believer in affordable and efficient house design. I am primarily a remodeler and in recent years have been specializing in finish and tile work. Two years ago I started building high end garden sheds in my converted cabinet shop. I offer a few basic designs plus will build custom. Sizes are from 8 x 10 to 12 x 32. Complete turn-key package or just a shell; with a variety of interior finishes and siding, roofing, window and door options. We can deliver anywhere in Maine and New Brunswick.
This is a 10 x 16. It has a cedar shingle roof. The windows are tilt sashes with crown molding. The siding on the lower half is pine that is back primed with a 3 coat paint finish outside. With natural cedar shingle siding on the upper. There is room for a loft and seating area by the windows. Would make a nice guest house or coastal cabin. The door is a thermal wood door in fir finished in red oak stain and helmsman poly. The deck is pressure treated and so is the 2 x 6 subframe. All framing is 16 oc. The original asking price was $5,800.00
Livesey’s Little Houses
206 Montieth Rd
Bridgewater, Maine 04735
The summer camping season is starting to heat up and for those Tiny House Blog visitors who are lamenting the loss of the tiny Retro Traveler, the Toad Camper is a nice and affordable alternative to the ultra lightweight trailer. Toad Campers are built by hand in North Carolina with the best American-made products and can be towed by most 4-cylinder vehicles. What I thought was a typo, was that the campers start out at $2,999 for a basic streamlined weekend trailer.
The company offers four basic models: the Micro, Micro XL, Tadpole, and 20-foot Bull Frog. Each of these models have very flexible floor plan arrangements including small bathrooms with showers, full or queen beds or bunk beds. They also come with the following features:
- Heavy duty axle with bearing buddies
- Insulated frame
- 13″ Radial tires
- Laminate flooring
- Various color choices
- Microwave, refrigerator, air conditioner and flat-screen TVs
- Wash station or full kitchen
- Central roof vent
- Durable rubber roof
The Toad Camper company also offers their trailers as rentals so you can test drive their different sized options. They also build custom trailers for just about any other kind of use including kayak trailers, refreshment trailers and restroom trailers. Continue Reading »
When a custom home builder and an architectural designer decide to build a tiny house together, there is a guarantee that something special will be born. Shane and Carrie Caverly of Clothesline Tiny Homes are currently living in their new 144 square foot baby and are also available to design, consult and build custom homes for anyone looking for a simpler lifestyle. The married couple decided they were fed up with paying rent and mortgages and having nothing to show for it, so with their 30+ years of combined building skills they drew up their own design that is timeless, clean, and modern.
So why the funny name?
“Shane thought of it!” Carrie said. ”I came up with about a hundred names, including Roadrunner Tiny Homes (which I still think is awesome) but none of them were sticking. We were out in the backyard at our former rental house, next to the clothesline, and Shane said ‘What about Clothesline Tiny Homes, because it’s so small you’re going to need a clothesline.’” Continue Reading »
Charles Finn might just be the ultimate tiny house Renaissance Man. He’s a self-taught woodworker, an author, freelance writer, editor of the High Desert Journal, a literary and fine arts magazine, and his custom microhomes also allotted a full color spread in Lloyd Kahn’s “Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter” book.
Charles is originally from Vermont, but lived in Japan for a few years and admired the Japanese tea house designs. He eventually found himself in British Columbia living in a 7×12 foot vardo made by a woodworker friend. The vardo had no electricity or plumbing, but did have a 3-burner propane stove, a Jøtul woodstove and a set of deep-cycle batteries to run his laptop. After his first experience in a tiny home, he built his first “microhome” in Potomac, Montana out of lumber dismantled from old barns. The 8×12 foot cabin with a five foot loft became known as the Potomac Cabin. Continue Reading »