Last month Lori, one of the Tiny House Blogs readers sent me this link to this wonderful tiny cabin in a landscape. The photo is listed as creative commons at Flickr and was taken by anoldent (not a real name). Entitled “Old Home Place” with the following description. You can link to to the photo stream here and see more pictures.
The summer after I finished school I set off into the mountains of North Carolina to build a log cabin, armed with a few books, and hand tools, but no experiance or skills. I set up my tent and expected it to take six weeks to build. Six months later I still hadn’t finished the chimney or started the roof. But this is what it looked like on a misty November morning a few years later.
I lived here for about eight years, and owned it for about fifteen years after I built it in 1976 with local fieldstone and oak logs I cut, peeled and notched on the site, working alone with hand tools. It had no plumbing, I carried water from a nearby spring, and I heated it in winter with about half a cord of wood a week which I cut and burned in the open fireplace. Eventually I moved into Asheville and had to sell it, but it was a large part of my life, and I miss it more with each passing year.
Steven from Tiny House Listings just got back from a weekend vacation up to the mountains of North Carolina, just outside of Asheville. They rented out an 1800′s log cabin and on the property was this little tiny house. It was originally used to homeschool the family’s 9 children over 100 years ago. Since then it has obviously been renovated and modernized, but it still has rustic charm. Today it’s used as a bunkhouse for the owner’s many grandchildren when they all use the house for get-togethers.
Thanks Stephen for this beautiful Tiny House in a Landscape photo.
Mike Moore recently sent me his story about his small house build, using a modified version of Jay Shafer’s Mulfinger. It is neat to see one of Jay’s larger homes built as most have never been constructed. I’ll turn the story over to Mike and he can explain the process he used to get his home built.
I found Jay Shafer in 2004 by googling “tiny houses.” I had been following construction techniques and architectural ideas since the 60′s, but it was Jay’s work that really resonated with me. I started with the Mulfinger plan, which Jay modified for me, enlarging it to a footprint of 16 x 20. It took me about 3-4 years to build it, with LOTS of help; you can see the results in the attached photos.
For those that are curious concerning codes, let me relate my story of dealing with the planning/building departments of Person County, a mostly rural area in central North Carolina.
There were several aspects that had to be addressed, some of which I discovered by researching county and state codes. This was in 2005, and codes change frequently, so some of these might not currently apply. Continue Reading »
Ryan Mitchell over at The Tiny Life blog says: “It is official! The Tiny House Conference is happening.” The conference will be in Charlotte NC, April 16th from 10am to 7pm. The conference is completely free for all that wish to attend. Just a little over two weeks from now so be sure and put it into your schedule if you live near this area of the country. Ryan decided to combine forces with Charlotte’s Center for Sustainability, which is a larger event and therefore will allow more activities to do.
They have agreed to combine efforts, their Green Eco-friendly festival, with Ryan’s tiny house education sessions. So the tiny house group is officially under the umbrella of the Charlotte Clean and Green Festival, which boasts a huge array of things to do. Ryan has also arranged to have tours of a completely off the grid container home. During the day Ryan will be teaching classes on tiny houses, running a booth on urban chickens, and running tours of the container home.
You can do all these things that Ryan is offering, plus they will have a full schedule of free classes on all sorts of green topics. Ryan will be posting the class schedule, and they are going to be some awesome classes! There will be 100+ booths on all sorts of green /ecofriendly items. After the classes have ended the group will break off from the larger festival as the tiny house group and will head off to a large community garden where they will be giving a tour of the garden, the chickens, quail and an informal talk on local sustainable agriculture. If folks still have time they will grab dinner after and talk. Get the full scoop at The Tiny Life blog.