Eric’s “McMansion” of Tiny Houses on its Way to Oregon

Some Tiny House Blog readers may remember Eric John Jacobs and his “McMansion” of tiny houses that was built with the help from wood shop class students at a Reno, Nev. high school. The “McMansion” is nearly completed and Eric is now parking his new home on a five acre farm near Applegate, Oregon.



The house now has full electricity, water storage under the handmade sofa platform, sheep’s wool insulation, cedar siding and redwood trim, and a metal roof. A round window peaks into a guest loft for Eric’s friends and a stylish Westinghouse fan rotates on the ceiling.  Eric works as a river guide on the Rogue River near Ashland, Oregon and plans to live in his house full time while running the river.

Eric was able to park the house on the farm for free in exchange for contributing to the farm work. He also plans to bring home fruit and vegetable waste from various river trips for the farm’s compost pile.


“I wanted to pay the owner, but he said that my money was no good here,” Eric laughed. “He did ask me to bring him some IPA beer once in a while though.”

The owner of the farm also lent Eric a Dodge Ram 3500 diesel truck to tow the nearly 11,000 pound house up to Oregon. Eric also plans to finish up the house with several community build days.




Photos by Christina Nellemann

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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Lisa E. - June 15, 2015 Reply

Very impressive. Keep us posted as it moves towards completion. Thanks!

David Raymond - June 15, 2015 Reply

Let me know your plans for building that nice place. What kind of trailer did you start out with? thanks

Bénédicte - June 15, 2015 Reply


My name is Bénédicte, I am an interior architect, based in France.
I’ve discovered the Tiny House Movement several years ago but
unfortunately, this is still something not yet known, here in France.

While browsing the Internet for Tiny Houses, I’ve found your
realisation and was impressed by what you did.
I would like to talk on my blog about your project to let the French
Tiny House community understand why and how you achieved this.

Would you accept to answer to several questions and provide one or two
pictures of your house?

Thanks for reading me.



Nancy @ Little Homestead in Boise - June 19, 2015 Reply

I’d love to see the finished inside! And is there a bathroom/shower?

    Cheryl - July 1, 2015 Reply

    I would love to see the finished house complete with lots of pics showing g every area inside and out. I’m currently looking for someone to build my future tiny house and really hoping I find someone soon. I live in North Alabama and plan to park my tiny home on the river on an aprox. five acre lot. I want the home to have both on and off grid capabilities and add solar and a battery back up system. I also want a large open floor plan with two lofts, a down stairs Murphy bed bedroom/ library just off the kitchen and main living area. I want a full bath with an extra portable composting toilet for when we are off grid. I want lots of windows all over the house for natural light. All of this I’ve designed in just a small space so my plan is a tiny house, only luxurious and spacious. I’ve incorporated lots of storage ideas for everything I need, and nothing I don’t need or want. I cannot wait to find my builder so I can get started realizing my dream of living tiny in a big way!

      Brenda - August 9, 2015 Reply

      Check on the web for “Lil Lodges” in Bear Creek, AL. We went there and ordered a custom tiny home.

Ben B - June 20, 2015 Reply

Very cool! Interesting I built my tiny in Jacksonville Oregon and moved it to northern New Mexico…take a look

Alek - June 20, 2015 Reply

Eric used my plans as the starting point for his design! So cool to see this nearly complete!

Kim - June 22, 2015 Reply

Very cool! Is he single? Lol

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