King Courteen LIVE at Tiny House Festival in Memphis

by Kent Griswold on April 15th, 2014. 8 Comments

This past weekend at Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s “Relaxshacks.com Tiny House Building and Design Workshop” in Memphis, TN (at the Joe Everson compound of www.TennesseeTinyHomes.com), we worked on FOUR builds: a tiny house, a tiny office cabin, a tree house (future airbnb.com listing), and another full out tiny home from tinyhappyhomes.com. It was the biggest, full-out, hands-on tiny house building workshop that’s ever taken place and a great experience for all.

Beyond that, at this sold out three day camp-out event (65 people in all, including guest speakers such as Steven Harrell, Will Yount, FW Willis, and so many more) we had a side trip to Beale Street, AND some live music on site.

Here is performance by Milwaukee’s King Courteen during one of our breaks from building. This 22 year old is an unbelievable talent, and we’d love to see an undiscovered, independent, very creative, artist do well, so please pass this video on…you never know…our scene could launch this kid.

And be sure to wait for the chorus, even if this style music isn’t your thing…

Also, Deek and Dustin’s next Tiny House and Tree House Workshop will most likely be in August- “Tiny House Summer Camp 2″, which will double one night as a mini, off-grid, folk fest- perhaps with a repeat appearance from King Courteen…

The “Lit by Lanterns Folk Fest” is the name we’re running with…

MORE SOON- keep checking www.Relaxshacks.com

workshop group

 

Alek Lisefski’s Construction Plans

by Kent Griswold on April 6th, 2014. Add a Comment

I am really excited to announce my friend Alek Lisefski’s building plans for his incredibly modern tiny house.

These construction plans offer complete blueprints to build your own tiny house — to the exact same specifications as the original Tiny Project house.

View some interior photos at the Tiny House Swoon.

Alek's tiny house

The plans include almost 40 pages of:

  • Trailer specs, dimensions & modifications
  • Precise framing diagrams w/dimensions
  • Window and door sizes & specs
  • Elevation drawings w/dimensions
  • Detailed floorplans w/dimensions
  • Electrical, plumbing, propane & safety systems design
  • Materials list, including suggested appliances and fixtures
  • Interior finishing suggestions & images
  • Plus – A complete, editable SketchUp model, for you to view, take apart, or alter as you wish

Plans: Click Here!

Alek is also now offering a book both in PDF format and softcover. This 62 page book features nearly 200 images of the entire construction process, from start to finish.

Book: Click Here!

cover PDF

purchase plans

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Tiny House in a Landscape

by Kent Griswold on April 5th, 2014. 10 Comments

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is a blast from the past. Called the “Weekender,” this cute little house was found on one of the few tiny house websites I could find back in 2007. Unfortunately, the website is no longer up and I don’t have interior photos.

You can view a floor plan here.

It is amazing how times have changed in those seven years. Back in 2007 it was almost impossible to find tiny houses and now they are all over the country. Enjoy!

weekender tiny house

Our Tiny Cabin

by Kent Griswold on April 3rd, 2014. 42 Comments

Michael and I knew that we wanted something smaller, but even more so, we knew that we wanted our own land. Michael was raised on cattle ranches down in Alabama and Mississippi. He has many head of cattle that he wants to bring up to where we currently live. We always talked about buying a place or building a place, but neither of us are machine inclined. So we knew that we were going to hire someone that could build our tiny cabin for us.

tiny cabin

We bought a historic hundred and four-year-old cottage in the antique district also known as Goodlettsville about 20 minutes away from downtown Nashville three years ago. Previously we were in a one bedroom apartment so when we bought this cottage we felt like it was so much bigger being that it has three bedrooms. After living in it for a while we realize that three bedrooms were not necessary for us we actually use the master bedroom as a den and media room and we sleep in a smaller bedroom and then of course the third bedroom has been used as a guestroom and catchall.

cabin delivery

Mike and I have always talked about gardening cattle and having acreage someday. I came across Tiny House websites and blogs about a year ago online. Even though we knew we wanted to downsize Mike wasn’t too keen on the small tiny houses that were 6 x 6 on trailers from the get-go. However through the past year we’ve done a lot of research and decided on the size that could work for us.

garden

Mike and I garden extensively. The whole backyard is a working garden. We grow our own food and we know how to preserve. We also have kept hens for years. We had the Mennonites in Dickson Tennessee build us a rather nice-looking coop, and we exchange our vegetables and eggs with the neighbors in our community. What we can’t eat, freeze, or can we give to family, friends, and Church folk.

unfinished interior

We found a company up the road in Greenbrier Tennessee at the Amish general store that builds sheds and small cabins. The company is actually just over the state line in Kentucky. Their quality of work and customization options were second to none. As soon as I spotted what they call a “vinyl Quaker cabin,” I immediately talked to Mike and said I think I found the cabin we’ve been looking for! It is 288 sq ft, not including the sleeping loft. At 12 x 24 it was very easy to have it delivered.

interior

Depending on their order load, your cabin will be delivered within 4 to 6 weeks. Ours took about five weeks, because we had fully customized it. We have windows in the sleeping loft, double glass doors on the back that could lead out to a deck, and extra height added.

Our goal is to be off grid as much as we can be. We are choosing no electricity, plumbing, etc. We will use wind, solar, rain water, propane, kerosene, composting toilet, and wood. Keep more hens and grow our own food.

tiny cabin

We are excited about our journey and we know that this is the right fit for us, it may not be for everyone, but Mike and I knew that this was coming, even before it was in front of us.

We are excited to insulate the tiny cabin, put up some sort of wall materials such as bead board, and we received leftover hardwood flooring from some friends.

Our plan: within the next 12 to 18 months to be fully off the grid on our own homestead, growing our own food, and looking for alternative fuel options.

Our next venture is finding a good used tractor! :)

Shon & Mike
Goodlettsville, TN

tiny cabin

April 3rd, 2014and filed in Your Story
Tags: Amish, cabin, Tennessee, Tiny House Articles
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