Tiny Yellow Teardrop

I recently started a new blog just for teardrop trailers. After traveling around and camping in my tiny yellow teardrop for about five years, I’ve received a wide range of accolades, comments and questions. I thought a blog would be the best place to address these questions and put up posts for anyone who has considered purchasing or building a teardrop trailer.

The blog will focus mainly on my own teardrop trailer and the experiences of camping in a teardrop, but I will also be featuring various teardrop builders and owners, including my friend Guy, who lives in his trailer full time. I will also be posting camping tips, tricks and recipes, campgrounds, teardrop manufacturers and, of course, lots of photos.

I would love to hear any questions you may have about teardrop trailers and I’ll do my best to address them. Also, please let me know of any teardrop owners or builders who would like to be featured. Here is the link to the blog http://tinyyellowteardrop.blogspot.com/

Photo by Christina Nellemann

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

10′ x 12′ Timber Frame

by Jon Anderson

Over the years, I’ve built a few log structures and along the way, timber framing got into my blood. I love the beams, the posts, and the tight fitting joints made by a builder using mortise and tenon.

I remember the first time I viewed the clean lines of a timber frame structure. The frame was draw pinned together with Red Oak pegs that were cut by hand on a shaving horse—I was hooked. And, for framing, you don’t need fancy or high-tech tools—framing square, hand saw, chisel, and auger bit have performed quite well for hundreds of years.

When I decided to build a timber frame, I was clueless in regards to technique. Of course, like always, this didn’t stop me. Normally, I just plod blindly ahead (or in the case of the TV remote—I just mash every button randomly on the four separate remotes that are clearly critical to the operation of my cable system—something is bound to happen). However, in this case I decided to at least gain a basic understanding of the process, as there is a certain liability associated with handing big heavy things, like timbers. So, I read a few books that described traditional timber framing techniques and I took a framing class at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Continue reading

Mini Blog on the Tiny House Blog

This is a note to all my regular readers. There is a mini blog located on the Tiny House Blog that I wanted everyone to know about. To the right of this post you will see a “Facebook Like Badge” with mini posts in it. You can use the scroll bar to move down through it. You may think that you have to belong to Facebook to take advantage of it but you don’t. Not everyone wants to join Facebook and I respect that. Inside the badge you will see a mini picture and description and link to a story.

What makes this Badge a mini blog is that I post other links to such things as craigslist ads and other stories on the internet. These may be articles from news sources, posts from other Tiny House blogs and ads for homes for sale, etc. I want you to keep an eye on the badge (mini blog) as I am not able to cover everything happening out there through the Tiny House Blog. I will be removing the Craigslist Page above and ask that you watch this area as well as the usual daily post. Hopefully this will give a broader coverage of everything that is going on.

I hope that this will enhance your experience here at the Tiny House Blog and I want to thank you for your support and loyalty in coming back to visit often. – Kent Griswold

Top 10 Tiny House Blog Posts of 2009

Happy New Year Everyone! It’s been a very exciting year at the Tiny House Blog as I mentioned in the Christmas post and it is fun to take a look and see what posts were the most popular in 2009. I was not totally surprised to see the results that made it to the top of the list, as they were some of my favorite posts too. It’s fun to see what they are as I can learn from this list and apply that knowledge to 2010 as we move into another year in the tiny house world. It will be exciting to see what is in the top 10 this coming year.

In 2009 the Tiny House Blog had 701,267 Absolute Unique Visitors and 4,279,202 Pageviews. Thank you again for all your support and I hope you will continue to visit the Tiny House Blog in 2010. Happy New Year – Hello 2010!

Here are the top 10 posts of 2009.

1. Carre D’etoiles French Cube (68,494 views)

The concept of the design is for a vacation getaway for resorts where you can experience a window to the sky, and an island of liberty. You can rent these at several places throughout France and use the included astronomical telescope to penetrate the mysteries of the universe.

2. Little Cob Cabin (35,888 views)

This beautiful cabin was built by members of cobworks.com and cob cottage. Located in Mayne Island British Columbia, Canada.

3. Free Spirit Spheres (28,648 views)

Tom Chudleigh of Vancouver Island, Canada has discovered the same magic with his Free Spirit Spheres, handcrafted tree houses that bob among the trees like giant apples.

4. Simon’s Eco-house (28,200 views)

Simon and his wife Jasmine had the offer to use this land if they built an eco-friendly house and were were offerd 2,000 pounds to help construct it. Simon with the help of Jasmine’s father built the home in four months.

5. Better Barns Cabin (24,170 views)

Better Barns Hardware plans would be perfect for a tiny house. Here are a few examples of finished products using the plans they supply. My favorite is the cabin below but you can view many more examples of there fine designs at the Barn Hall of Fame.

6. Park Model Cottages to Go (23,708 views)

Called park models because they can be parked anywhere, they are a maximum of 400 square feet under federal guidelines and therefore not taxed as permanent dwellings, making them an attractive option for beach, lake or mountain retreats.

7. Small Cabin Plans (21,687 views)

Small cabin homes are easier then ever to build today. You can find simple plans on many different web sites… You can also purchase complete kits that include not only the plans but all the materials required to build the cabin.

8. Stone Mountain Cabin Plans (21,126 views)

“I believe each person searches for solitude and comfort in many ways. I find comfort in the simple pleasures of life – a great book and the company of family. But most of all I find comfort in this great place of renewal, the cabin.”

9. Ten Tips for Decorating a Small Studio Apartment (19,663 views)

Studio apartments can be difficult to decorate because everything is basically all in one big (or not so big) room. Sometimes this small space has to accommodate several different activities: sleeping, entertaining, cooking and an office area.

10. Tiny House in Portland (18,866 views)

The 9 foot by 22 foot house was designed and built from an old green house foundation. The 198 square foot home has a peak height of 12 foot 6 inches. The siding is made from galvalume.