ACE Students’ Tiny Open House

“I started working on this project without even knowing how to swing a hammer,” said Carley, a 15-year-old student at the Academy for Career Education (ACE) in Reno, Nevada. After working on a nearly completed Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Cypress tiny house, Carley now knows how to frame, build cabinets, work with electrical, and install a furnace.

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This weekend was the first open house for the nearly 50 students who take classes at the tuition-free charter school that focuses on construction and engineering. They are in the process of completing three Cypress tiny homes and are nearly finished with their first design. Each student only has about 1 1/2 hours per day to work on the houses and before they can even swing that hammer, they have to pass their OSHA certification.

The plans were donated to the school by Tumbleweed. The students plan to sell two of the homes to fund a full house building project, but the third will be kept on display for anyone interested in tiny homes. Continue reading

Sing Core SIP Sale and Free Book

The Sing Core company, and builders of the Sing Tiny House, are having a clearance sale on their reinforced structural insulated panels and are also giving away a free book on tiny houses, “Sing a Song of Tiny House“, about the tiny house “rebellion” and the benefits of their lightweight panels.

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The structural panels are on sale for $128 each and are being sold in minimum packs of 20. The panels can be used to construct all four sides of an average tiny house on wheels. Each panel is 4×8 feet and 1.5 inches thick and are fully insulated. The sale is good until the end of February 2015.

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The benefits of panels include high strength (they have been tested at 660 PSI), an R-value of 6.5 per square inch and they are lightweight. They are also easy and quick to build with. The walls, floor and roof of Sing Tiny Homes are built in less than four hours. The company also construct custom panels made of wood, plywood, aluminum, metal and cement board.

If you have a specific size tiny house in mind, the company also sells various kits that are currently being offered to the Tiny House Community for 50 percent off. Sizes include 8×8 feet, 8×12 feet, 8×16 feet, 8×20 feet and 8×24 feet.

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Photos by Sing Core

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Country Living Small of Fame

The February issue of Country Living magazine is celebrating the best of tiny houses with an article on their personal favorites. Among those included in the list are Deek Diedrickson’s transforming A-frame, Tiny Texas Homes and the beautiful and livable Heirloom Tiny Home by Michelle and Tyson Spiess. Their company is located near Portland, Ore. and the base model 192 square foot Heirloom starts at $65,000 and includes delivery.

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Other homes on Country Living’s list includes the Katrina Cottages, The Crib by Enviresponsible Shelter, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and Cheng + Snyder who built the 190 square foot “Writer’s Block” a cabin that features storage for a canoe under the bed and workbench space.

Michelle and Tyson are interviewed about their life in their mobile home complete with shower, full kitchen and sleeping loft. Their monthly energy bill is $19, they recommend storing rolled up sweaters in ottomans and bean bag chairs, and have already towed their home over 2,000 miles. The Heirloom contains granite countertops, painted or stained cabinets and cupboards, real-wood or bamboo flooring, a Dickinson marine heater, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer combo unit, a painted or stained interior, and a basic wind or solar package. If you purchase an Heirloom, the company will fly you to Oregon to see your custom home under construction.

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The “Writer’s Block”

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The Crib

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Relaxshacks A-frame

 

Photos by Country Living, Heirloom Tiny Homes, Cheng + Snyder, Enviresponsible and Relaxshacks

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Steve Blanchard’s Chainsaw Tiny Houses

While walking through the traffic and noise of San Francisco last weekend, I found an oasis of peace inside the International Art Museum of America. In their main lobby, a small stream flowed past a whimsical tiny treehouse. Granted, the house would only be perfect for fantasy creatures like gnomes or fairies, but the design captured my heart. The treehouse, sculpted out of a redwood stump, was made by chainsaw artist Steve Blanchard and is just one of his many fairytale structures.

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Blanchard began chainsaw carving about 28 years ago in Monterey, California. He uses the chainsaw and various other power tools to carve large stumps into benches, furniture, large Native American figures and animals. His charming fairy homes contain faces of wood spirits, gnarled porches, curved staircases and even working windows and doors. Blanchard has made about 30 of these tiny houses, but only makes about two unique houses every year for sale and they sell for around $25,000 each. The homes make their way into woodland gardens and yards in the Sierra and Lake Tahoe, as well as museums on Market Street in San Francisco.

“I don’t like to have any straight lines in my houses,” Steve said. “There are very few straight lines in nature and I like my houses to blend in with nature and tell a story, but it has to be believable.”

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Photos by Steve Blanchard Wood Sculpture and the International Art Museum of America

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Russ-Stick Farm Tiny Houses

Russ and Sherry may be familiar to anyone who reads the farming magazine and blog, Grit. The Michigan couple are known for the Russ-Stick Ramblings column which was named after their 40 acre Russ-Stick Acres farm where they live with their Alaskan and Siberian sled dogs in a small cordwood house named the Wee House. The 300 square foot Wee House has been their home for several years, but after last season’s harsh winter is due for a makeover, which they will cover in their blog.

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The Wee House in winter

Along with the Wee House, Russ and Sherry have an outhouse called the Wee Wee House, a summer kitchen, a meditation house named the Trapper, a guest house named the Bear’s Den and a small pump house—all built by Russ. All the homes are heated by wood stoves and The Bear’s Den is available for rent during winter months for $45 per night.

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Russ, one of his goats and the Trapper house

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The Bear’s Den

Russ plans to extend the Wee House to include an underground portion and even some space for their chickens and rabbits, who live on the farm with the couple’s lambs, horses, Silver Fox rabbits, goats, cows and pigs. Russ-Stick Acres also produces maple syrup, firewood and Amish made products including jams, rugs, bird houses and quilts. Their Grit column cover everything from animal husbandry to country recipes.

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Photos courtesy of Russ-Stick Acres

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]