Charles Finn might just be the ultimate tiny house Renaissance Man. He’s a self-taught woodworker, an author, freelance writer, editor of the High Desert Journal, a literary and fine arts magazine, and his custom microhomes also allotted a full color spread in Lloyd Kahn’s “Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter” book.
Charles is originally from Vermont, but lived in Japan for a few years and admired the Japanese tea house designs. He eventually found himself in British Columbia living in a 7×12 foot vardo made by a woodworker friend. The vardo had no electricity or plumbing, but did have a 3-burner propane stove, a Jøtul woodstove and a set of deep-cycle batteries to run his laptop. After his first experience in a tiny home, he built his first “microhome” in Potomac, Montana out of lumber dismantled from old barns. The 8×12 foot cabin with a five foot loft became known as the Potomac Cabin. Continue Reading »
Hey all, a belated happy new year, and here’s a brand new video mini-tour of “The Whittled Down” Caravan, which made a guest-structure appearance at our Tiny House Building Workshop in Massachusetts this past November (one of five tiny shelters, structures, houses, we had on site!). It was built by Tristan Chambers and Libby Reinish (now of Easthampton, Massachusetts) for a mere $1,500 – trailer and all. They drove it to Massachusetts all the way from New Mexico, where it was originally built. This little wagon also had a full page photo spread in “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks.”
By the way, some guy named Kent Griswold (tinyhouseblog.com) will be trekking cross-country to speak and hang out at the next workshop that I’m hosting alongside Steven Harrell (from tinyhouselistings.com) in Wilmington, North Carolina (April 26th-28th). Other speakers include Laura LaVoie from 120squarefeet.com, Dustin Diedricksen (environmental engineer and small house dweller/builder), Alex Pino of tinyhousetalk.com, and more….its almost becoming a tiny, “tiny house convention”. We’ll ALL be building a tiny guest house too, and holding campfire discussions at night. Its limited to 25 people to keep it more intimate.
We’ll have the full roster/event poster out soon, and keep you updated. You can also sign up at Relaxshacks.com for this three day, hands-on, workshop.
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
Inhabitat (one of my favorite sites) recently featured this rustic, but beautiful gypsy wagon (one of my favorite tiny houses) which sits in the forest near Kootenay Lake in British Columbia. The 8 foot by 20 foot wagon was built on a $100 salvaged 5 ton chassis, with 2×4 construction and curved rafters. It cost about $8,000 to build and took several years.
Most of the building materials for the wagon were recycled. The floor is locally milled hemlock tongue and groove and the windows were second hand finds from the local classifieds. The exterior shingles were cedar “seconds” split with a hatchet. The round window was ingeniously made from a 1970′s picnic table and is framed with rope for a natty, nautical style. The curved roof is covered with flexible metal sheeting and has two, curved Lexan skylights. The interior of the wagon is covered with stretched canvas, stapled into place and painted with white wash. Under the wagon is space for the storage of supplies and firewood. Continue Reading »
A couple of weeks ago Merete and Christopher were here interviewing and video taping me at my house for their soon to be released “Tiny, the Movie.” They had already spent some time with Jay Shafer and were making the rounds in Sonoma County. After we were done we went out to have some lunch and they asked me if I had featured Cat and Pacifico’s tiny gypsy house outside of Healdsburg on the Tiny House Blog.
Photo Credits: Kent Griswold
I hate to admit it but I did not know who they were talking about. I had a tiny house couple living just a few miles from me and I did not know it. Merete gave Cat my email address and Cat connected with me shortly after Chris and Merete went on to their next interview.
It took another week for us to get together, but this last Sunday I had the time to go up and visit them. I ended up spending about three hours with them, and had a wonderful brunch and tour of their home.
The home sits on 50 acres on the west side of Healdsburg, California. You would never find it without directions, but it is only 10 minutes from town.
Wow, what a terrific response to this milestone of five years for the Tiny House Blog! Over 200 comments telling your favorite blog posts. I just wish I could give everyone a prize, but unfortunately I can’t. Listed below are the prize winners and I am in the process of contacting everyone and will get your prizes to you as soon as possible. I am somewhat dependent on the vendors so hopefully they will work with me and expedite this process. Please look for my email and if I need a physical address please send it to me ASAP.
Here are the winners:
- Sonoma Shanty Plans - 2 copies Richard and Paige
- Leo Babauta’s minimalist life - 2 copies – Rachel and Cookie
- Lloyd Kahn’s Tiny Homes Simple Shelter book – Susan
- Michael Janzen’s Tiny House Plans book – Scout
- Deek Diedrickson’s Humble Homes and Simple Shacks (Original book) – Jerry
- Signed Sketch by Deek (sorry no picture but it will be COOL!) – Michael
- Jay Shafer’s The Small House Book - Dondy
- Tumbleweed Backyard Sheds & Tiny House DIY book -Ben
- Tumbleweed XS plans - Susan O
- Strawbale DVDs set - Amy
- Dan Louche’s Tiny Builders book - 2 copies – Louise and Joy
- P.A.D. Vardo Plans - Grant W
- P.A.D. 12′ Vardo Plans - JT
- P.A.D. Go House Go book - gmh
- Tammy Strobel’s Blissful Reflection Holly
- Tammy Strobel’s SmallTopia - Christy
Here is something for everyone. Tumbleweed Tiny Houses has stepped forward and is offering 30% off workshops from June 1-16 (This is for Portland, DC, Durham, Houston – Click Here.) Use the code thb5 when purchasing a workshop. They are also giving 25% off all tiny house plans from June 1-16 (Click Here) and use the code thb5years when you make the purchase.
I want to thank our sponsors and encourage those who didn’t win to check them out and use there services if you can.
Thank you again for your participation and I look forward to many more years sharing inspiration and your stories on the Tiny House Blog.
My post for today is still preparing for the traffic he might receive so I am postponing it for the time being. Cheyenne sent me some great Vardo inspiration from several sites so I thought I would give you some Vardo eye candy in todays post. I have covered George’s min vardo before here. He has a great blog with some cool photos I’d like to invite you to spend some time on it if you have interest in vardos and other hand made things. http://paleotool.com/