A Workshop Designed Like a Tiny House

We believe tiny house workshops should be like tiny houses: small, intimate, and designed to your individual needs. That’s why a couple of the professionals involved in building houses at Boneyard Studios put together a tiny house design workshop for the DIYer who wants more technical information and planning materials for their tiny house build. Our first workshop this past fall was a success and a lot of fun to put on, so we are redoing it again this Spring at Howard University. Find out more details about the workshop and watch a video from our past workshop. Check out our photos and materials from the past workshop below and see why I, Lee, was motivated to help design a workshop with these professionals after my experience building a tiny house.

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Throughout my tiny house project, I have realized how much building requires project planning, understanding major decision points in the process, and a knowledge of building code and materials. I didn’t fully understand how one decision impacted another or what building decisions and techniques were unique to tiny houses. I had naively bought into some of the promotional materials in the tiny house world that claim you can build a tiny house with just 14 tools or that make it seem like building a tiny house is simpler and easier just because it’s smaller than a regular house. Our experience has been the opposite: a tiny house actually requires more planning, and a pretty thorough knowledge of building science, health and safety, and codes (International Building Code, RV code (ANSI/RVIA), and city code and zoning) in order to build a structure that is safe, durable, and is an efficient use of space. Come learn with us again this spring!

March 29-30, 2014 in Washington, DC

Location: Howard University
(two blocks from the metro, one mile from downtown and one mile from Boneyard Studios tiny house community)

We believe tiny house workshops should be like tiny houses: small, intimate, and designed to your individual needs.

Join us this spring to gain the technical knowledge and the planning tools to start designing and building your small house project!

*Workshop limited to 30 participants to allow one-on-one time with architect and builder.

http://www.opensourcetinyhouse.com/

Big Ideas, Small Spaces: A Tiny House Design Workshop from Julie Espinosa on Vimeo.

Mr. Cabin Affordable Mini Cabin

For anyone who has dreamed of having a real log cabin in the woods, but still wants to keep it small, Washington based Mr. Cabin, Inc. builds substantial and very affordable log cabins that stay under 200 square feet. Rhett Conner and Robert Burrington of Mr. Cabin also claim that you don’t need level land to have one of these cabins. Many of them have been built on hillsides that still have beautiful views.

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Rhett and Robert are childhood friends with over 45 years of exterior and interior construction experience and build tiny cabins and other structures like garages and sheds out of real four-inch milled logs. To them, real logs add more value to your home as well as beauty and warmth. The logs are protected with metal or cedar roofing with an eight-inch to one-foot overhang and some even include dormer windows. After construction and when the logs have had time to dry, each of the cabins are chinked to close up small gaps and add insulation quality.

The largest cabin is the Grizzly (show below). It’s 10×20 feet with a loft, a nine-foot sidewall and measures 14 feet at the peak. The Grizzly sells for around $11,600 if built on site and $9,600 for the milled kit which you put together yourself. This price does not include the dormers. The smaller MaMa Bear cabin (shown above) also has a sleeping loft and runs about $6,600 for a built cabin to $4,800 for the milled kit. The kit is not available for purchase in Washington and Oregon. Final costs of the cabins will also depend on the types of windows, doors and roofing. Please contact Mr. Cabin for questions on cost, building services and kit delivery.

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Photos by Mr. Cabin, Inc.

 

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Tiny House in a Landscape

Angela Ramseyer shared the Mighty Micro House for this week’s Tiny House in a Landscape feature. Here is what Angela has to say:

“I’ve been following your blog since November when I finally moved into my own tiny house on wheels (136 sq. feet) on Whidbey Island, Washington. I started blogging about downsizing (‘right-sizing’, as I refer to it), tiny living, and on-going improvements in October. Since January, I’ve attended a Tumbleweed workshop and, more recently, the PAD’s La Casa Pequena workshop in McMinnville. I’m in the process of deciding my next step in tiny building, teaching, and consulting. Here are a couple of full moon shots I took of my wee house. Thought one of them might fit will under the ‘tiny house in a landscape’ theme.”

Thanks for sharing Angela, we’d love to hear more about your tiny house adventure as it unfolds!

Visit Angela’s website here: http://www.mightymicrobuilt.com/

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Tiny House in a Landscape

Hi Kent,

I’ve been following your blog since November when I finally moved into my own tiny house on wheels (136 sq. feet) on Whidbey Island, Washington. I started blogging about, downsizing (‘right-sizing’, as I refer to it), tiny living and on-going improvements in October.

Since January, I’ve attended a Tumbleweed workshop and, more recently the PAD’s La Casa Pequena workshop in McMinnville. I’m in the process of deciding the next step in tiny building, teaching and consulting. Here are a couple of full moon shots I took of my wee house. Thought one of them might fit will under the ‘tiny house in a landscape’ theme.

Thanks for all you do. The tiny house blog is truly invaluable.

Cheers!

Angela Ramseyer
MightyMicroBuilt.com

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Little House in Spokane

Here is our little house story in Spokane, Washington.

In the spring of 2006 I was walking through my neighborhood, as I had done so many times over the years and for some reason I really noticed this small, tired and neglected building with its Mission Revival architecture, very unusual for Spokane. As an Albuquerque, New Mexico transplant, I was automatically drawn to its style. It turned out the owner was a local contractor preparing to demo the building and construct a duplex. My partner, Val, and I made an offer and were soon the new owners of the North Hill Substation, built in 1930 as the local utility power distribution site with a mere 374 square feet and 13ft ceilings. We started ever so slowly, huddled in a corner with an electric heater, pen and paper and tried to wrap our heads around our vision for this great piece of history. It has evolved to what it is today affectionately called “The Little House.”

before renovation

One big obstacle to this adventure was learning to let go of all my stuff. As a dealer and collector of antiques I had a daunting task ahead of me! For 4 years with the help of eBay, Craig’s List, thrift store donations and the dump I was able to whittle things down. Two years ago I was ready to vacate my 1500Sqft apt and see if I could really be happy in one fifth of the space. I made due with a woodstove for heat. I also had a propane cook top and refrigerator I used previously for camping. I found not only was it do-able, but soon realized that less is truly more. After 13 years, Val and I decided to move in together into her house. But with 2600 sqft, 3 bathrooms and kids grown and moved away plans have changed once again. Together we are diligently working towards the “small move” back to the Little House. Continue reading