Homes with a small footprint often need to take advantage of outdoor living areas. Recently, a means to attach an attractive and functional porch or patio cover was invented and is now widely available. This product, the SkyLift Roof Riser Bracket, is a simple piece of hardware that can support a roof cover and actually complement the design of a small home.
People typically install a patio cover to better enjoy the outdoors with protection from the sun and weather. Unfortunately, because of the way they are constructed, many covers darken the interior of the home and lead to unanticipated maintenance and structural failures.
As a remodeler for 20 plus years, I have seen my share of patio roof attachments that seemed to accomplish the opposite of what the homeowner envisioned. That’s why I invented SkyLift. This product solves major problems like low-slope leaks and dry rot, cave-like interiors, and trapped BBQ fumes. In addition, the SkyLift Hardware ensures structurally sound construction.
For years I had contemplated the prospect of creating a better patio cover. Then one day I stood in a client’s back yard and in every direction I looked I saw sad, leaking, dilapidated patio covers. “There has to be a better way,” I said to myself. I decided to dedicate my efforts to solving the problem and after a good deal of product development, SkyLift was launched. The response from both homeowners and builders has been fantastic. Continue Reading »
A tiny, abandoned farm cabin/shack in the snow…And some other snow shots for the heck of it – all up in Vermont where I’ve hosted workshops…these are pix I’ve been taking and collecting for the eventual follow-up to “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks.” The new book will be quite a bit different though with some full-out n’ funky plans. Some from guest architects too (a few of which I really look up to – David Stiles, for one). -Deek (Derek) Diedricksen
This week’s Tiny House in a Landscape is called the Rustic Texas Victorian built by Tiny Texas Houses.
This beautiful 12′ x 30′ is a charmer that looks like its been here for a while, but it has only sat here a month on the site. Tung oiled antique pine siding, period 8″ matched and unique porch posts make for a wide open front porch. Enjoy!
Photo Credits: Tiny Texas Houses
I featured Jason’s first Molecule tiny house a while back and Jason has been very busy designing and building more tiny homes. I thought you might enjoy an update.
Built this year, all new construction. This tiny house is 8 ft. 6 in. wide by 20 ft. long by 13 ft. 5 in. high. Including the porch and lofts it is approximately 260 square feet. It has has two sleeping lofts, one 8 ft. by 6 ft., and one 8 ft. by 3ft. The house is built on a new 12,000 lbs rated trailer, and can be towed anywhere.
The home features a full kitchen, including three burner range and oven, and a full bathroom with shower and tub. A fold down 4 ft. by 8 ft. deck, on demand water heater, double paned windows, and full insulation round out the house. Vaulted knotty pine ceilings with ceiling fan and overhead light brightens the whole house. Tough Pergo floors complement the living space. The house has all the necessary conveniences of a much larger home, despite its small size.
To view more pictures and all of Jason’s Molecule Tiny Homes and his pricing visit http://moleculetinyhomes.blogspot.com/
Guest Post by Deb Durham
Deb Durham here again. Yep, the tall broad with a penchant for small spaces and little automobiles.
When you can’t afford or don’t want to expand a home’s footprint, here are 2 remodel ideas for transforming existing space to best advantage. This is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,200 sq. ft. home I renovated outside of Santa Fe, NM. I call it Asian Adobe.
On my road trip to the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, I had to stop and take some photos of this darling little log home just outside of Cedar City, Utah. The Mini Pine Hollow log home by Pine Hollow Log Homes is 11 by 16 feet with a full loft and a 4 by 16 foot covered deck.
Pine Hollow offers this tiny cabin as a kit and will deliver it within 250 miles of Cedar City. It takes about two weeks to have a kit delivered. This particular home was unfinished inside, but the Pine Hollow website should have updated photos of the Mini log home soon.
The Basic Package includes:
- Treated skids
- Floor framing
- 6″ starter/finish logs
- 6″ wall logs, gable ends
- 8″ oly screws/construction adhesive
- Calking for windows and doors
- Loft floor joists
- 2×6 rough sawn window/door bucking
- Windows and door
- Deck framing
- Roof framing with OSB sheathing
- Porch posts
- Porch framing with OSB sheathing
- Milled 3×2 handrail
- Dormer framing with 1×6 tongue and groove siding
Cost: $8,781.00 (plus 6% Utah sales tax)
The Deluxe Package includes:
- All of the above items
- 1×6″ tongue and groove soffit
- Batt insulation
- 1×6″ tongue and groove ceiling
- 2×6″ tongue and groove loft floor
- 1×6″ tongue and groove porch sheathing
- Tar paper
- Steel roof, trims, flashing and screws
Cost: $10,865.00 (plus 6% Utah sales tax)
Pine Hollow offers other log home kits, most around 1,000-2,000 square feet.
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