NOMAD Micro Home

by Christina Nellemann on December 9th, 2013. 16 Comments

This stylish and energy efficient 10×10 foot micro home from NOMAD in British Columbia comes as a flat-pack micro cottage that can be assembled in just a few days. The NOMAD can also be customized to include a wet bath and appliances or no bathroom or appliances at all if you want to save some money. No matter what you choose, this cottage will still run you under $30,000.

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The micro home was designed and developed by Ian Lorne Kent who has been designing family and commercial developments for more than 35 years. His dream with the NOMAD was to create an efficient and cozy home with a minimal impact on space and the environment. He also wanted it to feel open and airy with the use of large windows. The NOMAD Live version includes a kitchen with a propane stove, fridge and sink next to a small living area and a bathroom. His innovative staircase curves around the kitchen and leads to a loft bed and closet area that floats above the main room. The NOMAD Space includes the same space but without a bathroom or appliances. The Live is $28,000 and the Space is $25,000 and both versions are designed to be on-or off-grid.

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Both electrical (12V) and plumbing systems come with the delivered materials. The entire structure is built with metal structural insulated panels with an R-12 rating and a roof and floor with an R-24 rating. The exterior is galvanized metal siding and the interior walls are pre-finished metal panels. Add-ons include stair drawers for extra storage, a surrounding deck, a sliding sun shade and solar power, gray water and rain water collection systems. The NOMAD can be shipped worldwide and can be assembled or disassembled by two people with some handyman skills.

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ZipKit Homes

by Christina Nellemann on October 14th, 2013. 11 Comments

ZipKit Homes, a division of Timberhawk Homes, is located in Mt.Pleasant, Utah and features several prefab plans including two that could be perfect, streamlined and efficient tiny homes built with sustainable materials and in a controlled environment. The company focuses on smaller, efficiently designed homes over big homes with extra space that rarely gets used.

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Two of their smallest homes are the Skyline which is 400 square feet and the sleek M.1 which is 384 square feet. Each of the homes contains spray foam insulation, a ductless mini-slit heating and cooling system, a tankless, on-demand water heater, LED lighting, wiring for solar power, and 100 percent Energy Star Appliances. Options and various colors can be chosen for cabinets, flooring, countertops and metal roofing.

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These prefab homes are built as modules in a controlled factory and are shipped 95 percent completed to the building site where they can be installed. This method generates about 80 percent less waste than standard site built homes. Final cost and payment terms are based on the type of home and options, but ZipKit Homes does offer financing. They can ship anywhere within the U.S., but it is most financial practical to ship within 1,000 miles of the factory in Utah.

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By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Yellowstone River Lodge Cabins

by Christina Nellemann on August 12th, 2013. 34 Comments

The Yellowstone River Lodge is a beautiful bed and breakfast located near the town of Billings, Montana. While the lodge itself is a larger home, tucked behind it are three small guest cabins designed by Josh Sayer, the son of lodge owners Jan and Dan Sayer. The small modern and stylish cabins were inspired by the simple agrarian structures found around the area near Billings and make their own statement in the Montana landscape.

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The larger cabin contains a full bedroom and the two smaller cabins have a studio space. All of the cabins were built by Dan Sayer with help from a local contractor. They are just over 400 square feet each and include a covered deck, Jacuzzi tubs, kitchenettes, wood-burning stoves and air conditioning. They were completed for around $25,000 each, but Josh said that if a client were to have them built, they would cost closer to $40,000 to $50,000.

Josh and his wife, both graduates of Montana State’s architecture program, recently started their own design company, Response Design, and the cabins were one of their projects. Josh has long been interested in small homes, prefab architecture and sustainability and made sure to take the surrounding land into account when he designed the Yellowstone River Lodge cabins. The cabins sit up off the ground on piers since the area is prone to flooding. Each cabin is oriented to the south with overhangs over the windows to protect them the interior from the hot summer sun.

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By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Hummingbird Tiny Spaces

by Christina Nellemann on June 17th, 2013. 17 Comments

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.

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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.

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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.

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By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]