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Tiny House Village in Eugene, Oregon

Tiny red house

In Eugene, the Whoville tent camp has returned, this time to city-owned land next to a downtown street.

Eugene urban planner Andrew Heben has an alternative idea to tents: tiny houses.

The author of Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages (The Village Collaborative, $18) co-founded the nonprofit organization Opportunity Village Eugene, which last year created a community where people live in 30 tiny houses.

There is no electricity or plumbing, but the front doors can be locked for privacy and the modular, simple structures keep the rain, wind and chill away. A tenant can personalize the 80-square-feet space. Many have sleeping lofts over the kitchen/desk area. A few have painted the plywood walls.

Residents share a communal kitchen, bathrooms, showers and gathering space.Š

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Eco-Friendly Two-Piece Tiny Home for Sale in WA

Two-piece Tiny Home

“Take a 1901 barn, a 1923 farmhouse, and a student who needs an architectural project and you get the opportunity to own a unique two-piece tiny house. Come up with $23,000 and a way to move the project from its home in Olympia and you support a student with ideas while also being green and eco. At 256 square feet, the price per square foot isn’t too bad, either. There must be a catch.

Some assembly required. The house is a student project, an incomplete student project. The most important parts are finished, or at least enough of the exterior has been completed to protect the building and the interior. As for the interior, the hardwood floor, bathroom sink, and “other bits” are in; but you may want to check on the kitchen, the rest of the bathroom, any cabinetry, lighting, plumbing, heating, etc. Details, details…”…

Listing here

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Tiny Homes for Rent on Permaculture Farm in Washington: $200/Month

01212_ketMWWIXMgW_600x450Unique, off-grid, tiny home located on a 46-acre agro-forestry farm. Each beautiful, one-room cabin has a wood stove, built-in double bed, writing desk and personal kitchen within its small footprint. Although tiny, each cabin is self-contained and has sufficient storage. The kitchen is equipped with a propane stove-top, open shelving and a counter-top water dispenser.…

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Uber, AirBnB, and Tesla Challenge the Status Quo

It was through AirBnB that I discovered the so-called tiny house movement after someone in Seattle listed his hand-built gyspy wagon was available for rent in his backyard for just $40 a night.

Tiny houses are usually under 200 square feet in size, but generally have all the amenities of a home — kitchens, baths, bedrooms, etc. — just less of them. An enterprising person can buy a 20-foot trailer from a local big box store and build a house on it for $30,000 or less. There’s actually nothing illegal about such buildings, or even parking them in your driveway, because they’re considered a temporary structure. They only run afoul of local zoning laws when they’re declared as your legal residence.

Still they’re proliferating across the country as people opt to not burden themselves with a mortgage and reject the trend toward building McMansions with all the attendant resource waste they represent. Tiny houses also offer a low-cost housing solution that’s allowing several Oregon communities to meet the needs of the homeless……

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Builders of Tiny Houses Say They're a Big Thing“Sean Spain is selling a house for $10,500, about the price of a used car with a sleepable back seat. Granted, the house is 100 square feet. But the home is a charming little rebuttal to America’s obsession with big living. The average home square footage in the U.S. continues to climb — 1,525 square feet in 1973 to 2,598 last year — while an underground trend toward “micro” living has emerged…”

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Tiny Nest Construction Videos

Tiny Nest - Jake & Kiva

Jake and Kiva have produced a YouTube series of construction videos documenting a tiny home build on Vancouver Island.  The videos follow their tiny house project, from early design to completion and beyond showing materials, tools, and construction techniques. A 3D Google Sketchup plan is also available as a free download.

Check out their videos below:

  Tiny Nest is a video series following our tiny house project, from early design, to completion and beyond. In this episode, we introduce ourselves and catch you up on what we've done so far.

In this episode, we introduce ourselves and catch you up on what we’ve done so far.


In this episode, we talk about the trailer that we have acquired for the project, why we chose it, and the process we went through to get it.

Read More …

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Tiny House Workshop with Deek Diedricksen & Friends: November 22-23, North Carolina

NC NEWER flyer 2014Deek is the artist/author of Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts: And Whatever the Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here, prolific designer, builder, video maker, media prankster, musician, and has been featured in our books Tiny Homes as well as Tiny Homes on the Move.

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Toyota Ski Chalet


I thought you might get a kick out of this “Hippy Shack” I built on the back of a 1988 Toyota pickup. I use it as my ski chalet. It has a 7-foot-long ski locker and a heated boot locker. A domed skylight provides passive solar heat, but it also has a propane heater and a wood-burning stove.… Also a sink and a stove with an oven. Read More …

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Tiny Home Village of Shipping Containers in Oakland, California

Luke Iseman and Heather Stewart were tired of paying San Francisco rents and had always dreaming of living in a shipping container so for less than one month’s rent they bought a used shipping container ($2,300 from the Port of Oakland) and began to convert it into a home.

They rented an abandoned lot near the port in West Oakland where they parked their new home and began renting out other containers to friends, while experimenting to create an ideal transportable home. Their 160-square-foot home cost less than the price of a car to fit out. Read More …

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How to Build a Reciprocal Roof Frame

reciprocal frame roof

In Tiny Homes, we did two pages (pp. 110-111) on Ziggy Liloia’s cob cottage. In this excerpt from his website,, he explains how he built his reciprocal framed roof.

ziggy-gobcobatron-01A reciprocal roof is a beautiful and simple self-supporting structure that can be composed of as few as three rafters, and up to any imaginable quantity (within reason, of course). Reciprocal roofs require no center support, they are quick to construct, and they can be built using round poles or dimensional lumber (perhaps with some creative notching). They are extremely strong, perfect for round buildings, and very appropriate for living roofs, as well. The reciprocal roof design was developed by Graham Brown in 1987. Read More …

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Tree Houses in Columbia River Gorge

Screen shot 2014-09-09 at 7.13.03 AMFoster Huntington’s 6-speed 6 cylinder Toyota 4×4 pickup truck camper is featured in Tiny Homes on the Move (pp. 22-23). He stopped by our studio on his way north from Baja last year and we shot photos for the book. It’s an beautiful rig, the best I’ve ever seen for off-road/surfing travel. He was heading up the coast, looking for new adventures.

Well, he sure found some; yesterday he emailed us:

Hey Lloyd,

Hope things are going well in for you. I’ve been working on a project building tree houses and a skatebowl on in the Columbia River Gorge. Check it out here:


tumblr_napswx44nf1ts8049o1_1280Check out Foster and friends building, skating, jumping into waterfalls, hot-tubbing. Are these guys having fun? I wanna be there! (and 40 years younger).

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Tiny Homes on the Move Review on BoingBoing

Tiny Homes on the Move

“As a continuation of Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, author Lloyd Kahn (former Shelter editor of Whole Earth Catalog) brings us Tiny Homes on the Move, which showcases 90 nomadic homes made from trailers, school buses, vans, trucks, boats, and even a tricycle. Each entry includes an essay by or about the home’s creator, who talks about why and how they converted a vehicle into a house. Each dweller has a unique story…”

The Tiny Homes on the Move book got a pretty nice review over at BoingBoing.

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Doug Lawson's Cabin on the Feather River

1930's cabin in Nor Cal

Hi, Lloyd,

I wanted to send this link along, in case you wanted to share it with your blog readers — it’s a series of pictures of a three-room 1930s Forest Service Cabin in Northern California, along the Feather River up near the Lassen National Park’s volcanos.

Wonderful spot — propane lights, gravity feed water, and lots of trees.

Pictures here: please feel free to use any you see fit. (You’ve been kind enough to link to the site before.)

Keep up the great work! We’ve got all your books, and can’t wait for the next. Really enjoyed hearing you talk in Santa Cruz, not so long ago.


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