Don Harmon contacted me after our last small home post. He said that he worked with a company that is specializing in small home designs. Though these are still concepts he plans to follow up shortly with updates on houses with photos that will be built using these plans.
Again this is not a “tiny house” but a small home that fits the needs of those who are unable to live in the extreme tiny home. Continue reading →
Alex Sumerall of This Cob House recently received his natural building training, but already his Tennessee company also offers plans, guides, workshops, consultations, crew training and books on the natural building technique. Cob is an earthen building material that is made from hand formed loaves of clay, sand, straw, and water.
Alex’s primary design plan is for “The Freeman” cob house, a 120 square foot natural building with an open cathedral ceiling, south facing windows and a loft bedroom. The plans are $37 and include the floor plan, electrical plans, dimensional diagrams, roof and loft plans and a materials and tools list. The size of The Freeman does not need a permit for most counties and can be built for around $4,500. To go along with the plan are several ebooks including Build A Cob House and Cob to Code on how to build a cob house in conjunction with the correct permits and building codes.
Alex also offers an introduction to cob building workshop in Tennessee, but in case you are not able to make it to the Southeast, This Cob House offers an online course that covers foundations, wall construction, materials and tools, roofing and earthen floors and addition of plumbing and electrical.
Photos by This Cob House
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.
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.
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.
Photos by Sing Core
For anyone dreaming of their own vardo wagon to sleep in or rent out, this sweet, little red wagon was built by J.M. Labrosse and featured by Instructables. J.M.’s step-by-step guide breaks this project down into manageable parts and a PDF of the project can be downloaded from the Instructables website.
The insulated vardo features a classic shape with a Dutch door, stained glass windows, decorative trim and an unusually shaped deck. It contains a full bed with storage underneath, bench seating, a heater and a fan as well as 110 power and plugs. The 4×8 foot vardo was built on a 48×96 inch Harbor Freight trailer with a 1,720 lb load capacity. The trailer weighs under 1,200 lbs and was framed with both 2×4 inch and 2×2 inch boards.
The wagon is currently available as an Airbnb rental in Seattle, Washington along with an additional vardo J.M. built.
Photos by J.M. Labrosse