Tiny Homes (141)

Eat Dog's Driftwood Beach Shack

Photo by Lloyd Kahn

…Eat Dog built a tiny house in a semi-hidden ravine leading down to the same beach. (I walked on this beach many times in those years and never spotted his shack.) He lived there for about two years, until getting to work as a gardener miles away in the “civilized world” got to be a strain, and he abandoned the place. Soon others moved in, notoriety followed, and it too was confined to a fiery ending…

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Tom's Cabin

It started as a “Tall Barn” prefab kit from Tuff Shed (which has a large selection of pre-fabbed little structures). It was about $4,000 for the structure, exterior walls, roof deck, floor, and floor framing, delivered on a truck. Studs are 2×4’s two feet on center. Exterior walls are ⅜″ particle board with a wood grain pattern. Tom insulated the inside walls and roof with R-11 fiberglass batting, then used ⅜″ CD plywood for sheathing…

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Life in an 82 sq. ft. Apartment



Japan is famous throughout the world for it’s high population, cramped living conditions and downsized architecture. Even by Japanese standards though, this tiny Tokyo apartment is a lot smaller than usual. At only 8 square meters (82 square feet) this simple home is so small that it’s occupant Emma is able to reach out and touch both walls. Thankfully, some clever design elements allows the micro apartment to be a very functional and cosy home.

Despite the narrow, almost hall-like shape, this apartment’s height prevents the space from feeling too confined. Lofty windows at the end of the studio space allow an abundance of light to flow into the room and a small balcony even brings a touch of the outdoors into the home.

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Gary and Luann's Treehouse

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img_5389Hey Lloyd!

I can’t wait for the new book. I’m ready for another dose of inspiration.

I just finished a treehouse in our backyard. The place in Haleiwa that Tom brought you to. I used as much recycled materials as possible. All siding from Fort Shafter, windows from the 1930’s, sinks, bathroom fixtures, toilet, shower stall is $90 stock tank from Lowe’s. I made the front door from a couple 4×6’s, cabinets are from old Douglas fir siding and an 8×8 I milled. I welded the stairs and made the rail from mahogany flooring.

Later,
–Gary and Luann

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Small Passive House Can Withstand Earthquakes



This small home on wheels is smart, modern, incorporates passive design principles and was even designed to withstand earthquakes! For those who love the idea of getting into an affordable home but are afraid that a tiny house on wheels would be too small, this may be the ideal solution…

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Cabin in Forest Cost $12 to Build



This cosy forest-den certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but this house which was constructed almost entirely from reclaimed materials and cost only 12 dollars to build has served as a comfortable home for David Gell for over 5 years now. Originally, the home was designed and built by an architecture student, who was studying tent design and wanted to experiment with creating super-affordable housing using reclaimed materials…

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