Unusual ways to go camping seem to be all the rage this summer and UrbanCampsiteAmsterdam may have taken the idea to the most extreme. Not only can you stay inside these unusual structures, but they are also an open-air exhibition open to the public.
Two of my good friends and tiny house dwellers, builders, and designers Mariah Pastell (tiny house and vintage camper expert and blogger from CometCamper.com) and Dan Louche (author of The Tiny House Design and Construction Guide, TinyHomeBuilders.com) have been working on something really new and exciting behind the scenes.
Well today, their idea from months ago becomes a reality!
What is it?
Design / Build / Downsize is a two-day virtual tiny house workshop that includes 8 in-depth lessons, live group chat and discussion, and a live Q + A session with Mariah and Dan Louche, two tiny house experts!
It’s two days, with two experts, and a bunch of your new tiny community friends. Continue reading
ESCAPE Park Model homes have made their mark for exquisite Arts and Crafts aesthetics, high quality materials, and a stylish design. Now all that is available on wheels with the ESCAPE Traveler. The ESCAPE XL, an even larger version of the Traveler, will be available in August. The smaller version of the Traveler is currently being offered during a special pre-sale. Continue reading
Fitting your life into a tiny house is a challenge, but how about fitting an entire house of furniture into less than 100 square feet? Alaska Premier Closets in Anchorage, Alaska decided to take on the challenge after Tiny House, Big Living aired on HGTV. Their closet and storage products and services have been used for small space conversions regularly, so they took on the 96 square foot challenge and made it a part of their showroom. Continue reading
The cover of this month’s magazine is really exciting! I’ve seen this idea growing quite rapidly across the country: our schools are seeing the tiny house as a teaching tool. By constructing a tiny house it is feasible to complete a project during a school year on a part time basis. Yet all the skills that go into designing and planning a home can be applied to any future home.
Kirsten Dirksen takes us back into history with her video this month. She visits Plymouth, Massachusetts. where the simplest homes in town were built using cratchets natural forks in trees as support for the ridgepole of the roof. The walls are built up with “wattle”, small sticks for the lattice structure, and “daub”, a mortar of clay, earth and grasses. Instead of using the traditional English lime wash to protect the walls, the colonists took advantage of the plentiful wood in the America and created clapboard siding by cleaving wood into thin boards.
You may assume that the only people who shouldn’t live in tiny houses are those who flat out aren’t interested in this way of life. But it may surprise you to hear that even if you have your heart set on tiny house living, this lifestyle might not be for you. Ethan Waldman shares what you need to know before you make the decision to build or live in your own tiny house.
These stories and so much more are in Issue 30 of the Tiny House Magazine.