When Does The Tiny House Story End?


I have spent a rather large amount of time over the last month trying to grasp the concept of a tiny house history, how it plays into a more obtuse history of domiciles, and the inspiration spots we tiny housers regularly resort to. It has been eye opening to say the least. I am even using it as a basis for a lecture at this weekends upcoming Tiny House Jamboree Dayton Mini Jam. Entitled ‘Tiny House 101: Tracing Little Digs Through History’ the presentation begins with a look at the “tipping point” of houses post-WII, travels back to the Ice Age and continues through Tudor houses, Igloos, teepees, modular homes of the mid-1960s, and ends with the modern tiny house movement. Continue reading

Cottage Home in Memphis, Tennessee

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I get requests to share small homes on the Tiny House Blog from time to time. Not everyone can downsize to the extreme tiny houses on wheels and it is nice to see options of smaller homes as well. Dwayne Jones recently sent me one and I wanted to share it. Here is what he has to say:

My name is Dwayne A. Jones and I’m a contractor and missionary. Traveling to Ghana West Africa since 2003, Haiti since 2008, and India for the first time last year in 2014,

I’ve dreamed of building small affordable houses world-wide. This house is a start of many projects to encourage sustainable living. Continue reading

Tiny House in a Landscape

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Our Tiny House in a Landscape photo is from Hugh Wolfe. Not really a house, but it’s still a small structure which could be a house… well it would need a good bit of work… it’s in the middle of a farmers field (turnips).

Morning fog 10/19/14…

Fog lazily rolling around the neighborhood motivated a five minute drive to a favorite photo location which I’ve shot previously, *Out amongst the turnips* https://plus.google.com/116041918731282968084/posts/LQ7QYJJWshh

Literally sitting on the berm of the road listening for approaching vehicles I took several composures but preferred this one for the Queen Ann Lace in the foreground…

Post processing brought out the desire to create alternative images, one using Macphun’s Tonality Pro and another more traditional B&W with NIK’s Silver Efex Pro…


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Roten Ranch Update


by Paul Roten

It’s been a long haul. Short on money and manpower, but we’re getting there!

I bought a gently used commercial fridge at a neighbor’s yard sale last autumn and it’s now in place in the mudroom…and the range, microhood, and dishwasher are in the house, but not quite installed.

As you can see in the photos, heated floors are in and on! Besides warming our feet, the dogs and cats love them too!

The countertops will be templated later this week and the lumber package for deck will be as well! Although the temps have dropped, the sky is crystal blue without a cloud in the sky! Continue reading

Susan’s Bear Cabin

by Susan Stacy

I love the Tiny House Blog. I came across it a few years ago when I was looking to downsize and I fell in love with the “Tiny Texas Houses.” I dreamed of having one on my five acres one day here in Texas. I was looking through Craigslist one Saturday about two years ago and came across a small house to be moved.

I decided the idea was crazy at first, but kept going back to look at the picture house so I called to go see it. It is 400 sqare feet and sat in a pasture about a mile from where I grew up. I never noticed it although I passed it each day on the bus. I bought it and had it moved to where I live about 15 miles away.

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house now


I put a tin roof on, a porch, and painted barn red over the pepto bismal pink. I tore out a lot of stuff in the kitchen and bathroom, but left the upper kitchen cabinets, painted them, and removed the doors. The exterior doors were in bad shape so they had to go. I love living in my little “Bear Cabin” as I call it now since I have it decorated with bears inside!

Keep up with Susan’s house on her blog: http://susansimplified.blogspot.com/

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