Little House on the Prairie

Guest Post by Jerry Hambley

In 2004, my wife and I decided to purchase 20 acres in rural Kansas about 45 minutes away from our suburban home in Overland Park, Kansas. With a daughter close to graduating from high school, we thought the best way to transition to the country might be to build a small cottage that would serve as my home office. I sat down and made a list of requirements for the office and decided it might be wise to add a small kitchenette and second floor sleeping loft just in case we wanted to spend the weekends at the farm.

Exterior of the cottage after roofing

After a good deal of research, I settled on a set of plans called the “Weekend Warrior” by Robinson Residential. Using those plans as a guide, I expanded the footprint of the cottage by three feet and added a full second floor sleeping loft. Continue reading

Little Shaver House for Sale

House is Sold! Back in August of 2009 Crystal Shaver first contacted me about their beginning construction of the Little Shaver house, I later did an update on their construction. Ron Shaver contacted me recently and wanted to let me know that they were having to sell their little house. Here is what Ron said:

Over the past year and a half my wife Crystal gave you a couple of updates on the progress of our tiny house. We’re happy to report that the project is finished. However, we’re at the point where we need to sell the house due to our ever-growing family and due to the fact that we are still trying to sell our old house!

The house measures approximately 23′ long from the porch to the back and is 8′ wide including an approximately 2 1/2″ wide front entry porch. The peak of the roof measures 13’6″ tall which allows the house to be transported to any state. The trailer the house is built on is a heavy duty car trailer with 12,500 pound axles and a 20,000 pound coupler. The house can accommodate a king size foam mattress in the main sleeping loft and a twin size mattress in the small loft. The house comes equipped with a washer/dryer, kitchen (sink and stove included), a bathroom area with a fully functioning shower and area for a portable or composting toilet, and a storage closet. The house comes fully wired for 50 amp RV service and includes hot and cold water lines, a tankless water heater, a 55 gallon water storage tank and direct water inlet, and a water pump and accumulator tank. Continue reading

Tiny House in a Landscape

Paul Kraus from Kansas is sharing a stone cottage in Kansas for our feature this week. Here is what Paul says about this cute little cottage.

When visiting my roots, my mother informed me that my Great Grandma
built a tiny stone cottage called her “Rambler’s Rest”, constructed of
stone gathered locally and from friend and family travels around the
globe.

Thanks Paul for these great photos and sharing them with us. If you have some interesting photos that would fit into this weekly feature be sure and email them to me at tinyhouseblog(at)gmail(dot)com.

rambler's rest

Welcome to Rambler's Rest

Welcome to Rambler's Rest

Ramblers Rest with Fire Pit

Ramblers Rest with Fire Pit

Rambler's Rest Profile

Rambler's Rest Profile

View from the South

View from the South

by Kent Griswold (Tiny House Blog)

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