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Derek’s Tiny House for Sale

***Sold*** Derek contacted me the other day, about his house that is on sale at craigslist and wanted me to share some more pictures with you and let you know that it is for sale. The house is located in Sebastopol, California.

Here is a review of some the features of Derek’s home:

The siding, trim, windows, and door were custom made from recycled Cedar. Inside, the floors are made from salvaged Douglas Fir and the paneling is salvaged from old-growth redwood fencing.

The home uses a Dickinson Marine fireplace for heat, has a stainless steel refrigerator. It includes a fold-down eating table for two, a walk-in closet and bathroom with toilet, sink and shower, and of course a sleeping loft.

The house is set up like an RV for plumbing and uses a RV hose connection for removal and includes a 50 AMP service connection. Derek is asking $29,500 (NEW Low Price $24,900) which I think is a great deal for the quality of home he has built.

The house is perfect for a guest cottage or minimalist dwelling, no building permit required! Please contact Derek to arrange a viewing time. Serious cash offers/inquiries only please!

If you would like to communicate with Derek about buying his home you can email him at Please tell Derek you heard about his house on the Tiny House Blog.

Large sink, nice countertop and stainless steel cabinetry, including refrigerator

Fold down dining table for two. Salvaged redwood paneling throughout.

Seating area with high vaulted ceiling

Living Area

Custom-built front door with glass knob

Dickinson Marine fireplace

View from the walk-in closet/bathroom

Sleeping loft with rope ladder above the kitchen

Bathroom, fully plumbed for RV hose connection

Bathroom, fully plumbed for RV hose connection

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Carey Huffman - May 7, 2010 Reply

Looks like a great job. Good luck with the sale!

mike - May 7, 2010 Reply

Looks really nice.

In general though, regarding ‘No building permit required’ – you can’t just buy land, put one of these there and live in it (since it’s an RV and there are zoning laws against all that)… Just bringing it up because I am struggling with all the particulars of the different options for living smaller/more eco-friendly…

jack gladstone - May 7, 2010 Reply

Nice,when you look at it ,it makes you warm & cozy. Thanks for the share, good luck

Alex - May 7, 2010 Reply

This house looks great, good luck with the sale Derek. Great post Kent!

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Diane - May 7, 2010 Reply

I’d buy it in a heartbeat if I owned property.

Tim - May 7, 2010 Reply

I have seen the pictures of this before and have always loved it, it has a new england cottage type of feel to it that I just love! Good luck on the sale, wish I could buy it!

Cristian Lavaque - May 7, 2010 Reply

Congratulations! That’s a very cute house. I liked the interior decoration.

Good luck with the sale. 🙂

Cheryl - May 8, 2010 Reply

Beautiful. Some counties are more flexible than others on no permits. My brother is in one that isn’t. I keep telling him he should reconsider living there someday and move on. You are usually better off in rural than city for less hassle.I know what you are going through Mike.
Good luck Diane on getting a piece of land. Don’t give up, I never did and with much sacrifice and determination finally made it happen. Now for the work to begin…

Cheryl - May 8, 2010 Reply

can you tell me more on the marine fireplace? very interesting. I like that idea.

Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. - May 8, 2010 Reply

I’m impressed with the kitchen!

Deek - May 8, 2010 Reply

Those marine fireplaces (most of them by the company Dickinson) look great- and work very well I understand, but last time I checked them out online, their cheapest model was well over $1000.00. Then again, very space efficient, and self-feeding.

You could possibly go the cheaper route and use a micro-woodstove (a la the old “Not-a-bolt” tent/camping stoves, but you’d be required to feed and tend it, as opposed to a model like the boat-stove, which you more of less just “turn on”.

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deborah - May 8, 2010 Reply

Very cute but isn’t that marine fireplace too close to combustibles?

gmh - May 8, 2010 Reply

I love this house, but have always been curious about the shower and closet(s). I wonder if there are any pictures of that part of the house?

Also, I like the fireplace, but not in that location. Would it be difficult to relocate it?

Susan McReynolds - May 8, 2010 Reply

For some reason, I’m not crazy about this tiny…it hosts a freestanding a toaster oven and hot plate when they could have been incorporated. The bath troubles me also. For the price I don’t think it’s being too picky.

Laurie - May 8, 2010 Reply

Really beautiful space and would be ideal if you had a place that you could live in it stealthy under the radar just as you would need to in any RV because it seems regulations are getting more strict around what is allowed and not allowed.

Though this is a nice dwelling, I believe there are more affordable options especially in the financial climate we find ourselves in today.

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Sandy Sanland - May 11, 2010 Reply

Absolutely adorable. With more and more communities going green finding it a home should not be that hard.

What a great job you did and loved the article!

Gerald - May 12, 2010 Reply

Hi Everyone,

would you know of any blogs or websites on how to construct stone walls??
Can’t find any!


Lisa - May 23, 2010 Reply

Derek’s house is cute, and my husband and I e-mailed him hoping to look at it. He thinks it’s too small for 2 people, after he and his wife lived in it for 2 years. Maybe he’s right. We are seriously thinking about living in a tiny house. Have any other couples tried it? Or in a smaller rv? We’d like to here opinions. I know Jay thinks it’s best for each person to have a separate room, which would mean a studio situation would be best for a single person.

Shawn - May 31, 2010 Reply

I have the land, but no tiny house. Anyone have a tiny house they want to market for sale on my land in Ventura County, California ?

    sarah - July 20, 2015 Reply

    I am interested in renting land to park my tiny house in Ventura County CA – if anyone knows anyone willing to rent out that piece of their land or even “rent-to-own” in a private sale, please contact me

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Kristin - June 5, 2010 Reply

A few hollihocks and a little potager garden and voilà: home sweet home! (or guesthouse sweet guesthouse… studio sweet studio… room of one’s own sweet room of one’s own!

Rafaelo - June 6, 2010 Reply

This is a lovely job of building, with great sensitivity to the characteristics of the wood. One idea for what the buyer should figure on building is a wrap-around screened porch. A mosquito-free space so you could have a couple friends over, and serve drinks or dinner. That might help solve the problem of a couple with no place to escape each other. You do need your own space to read, or think, or sulk after an argument. My main design concern (besides where to put clothes) would be the heat accumulating in that sleeping loft. Maybe the roof of the wraparound porch could be a place to hide a small heat pump.

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KZTulip - June 17, 2010 Reply

That is cute house. I loved everything and idea about having my own tiny house is in my mind for more years.
But how you will get to second (next) level?
Do you have ladder or steps there?
Thank you for possible answer

Fernando Abruña - March 31, 2011 Reply


EcoQui, is an 8′ x 12′ x 13′ high micro ecohouse designed and built in 2006 by my Sustainable Design Studio architecture students at the University of Puerto Rico. How can I download the pictures?

    Kent Griswold - March 31, 2011 Reply

    Hi Fernando, I’m not sure what you mean by download photos. Usually right clicking on your mouse will give you an option to download. If you are wanting to send photos to me for the Tiny House Blog, please email them to tinyhouseblog @ -Kent

jackie - April 5, 2011 Reply

It’s really cute, but I’m concerned about the tiny peaked roof over the bed which is above the kitchen… seems unhealthy to me. Kitchen grease and/or smoke will collect up there and that’s the air you will breath at night? I think it needs a little fine-tuning there somehow.

Fred barrett - December 1, 2011 Reply

I would love to live in this small house. How would I get my hands on something like this. Are there any plans for a small 2 bedroom form of this? Been following the small house movement for some time now. I think I’m getting pretty good ideas about how to live in a small house. Thanks for your time

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