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Amazing Rooftop Garden

Found this neat rooftop garden, I am not really feeling the art, but the curves are pretty neat.  I can imagine laying on the backs of the windows almost like a lounge chair on a spring day, taking a nap.

Go House Go! – Book Review

Today I wanted to share with you a great book that comes to us from Portland Alternative Dwellings (link below) written by Dee Williams.  Many of you will know her from her house being profiled in many videos, some of which I have posted on this site.  Not too long ago Dee launched Portland Alternative Dwellings with her house the Don Vardo, which is one of my favorite Tiny Houses to date.

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The book, described by Dee as a “Tiny How To Manual” discusses some of the key structural elements in Tiny Houses in great detail.  I am very glad to see such a manual enter the Tiny House market as it fills a much needed gap when it comes to Tiny Houses on trailers.  These houses must be able to withstand huge forces as they roll down the road, Dee has been able to systematically address these issues in her book.

The manual starts of by describing types of forces that are exerted on a trailered house then shifts into how to address them.  She covers, in detail, the foundation, anchoring, wall design, roof design and water infiltration prevention.   Not only are they key elements to the design of a Tiny House, but it is often areas where an inexperienced person needs the most guidance.

There are a few things that this book (and the Tiny House market in general) left me wanting: a discussion on plumbing, electrical and gas.  I think what I really mean to say is that this book is great, but I would love to see Dee take a crack at each of these topics in their own stand alone book (hint hint, nudge nudge).  Dee does starts off by saying this books wasn’t designed to cover those topics, so I see this more as a opportunity than a negative.

There are a few things that I wanted to highlight in this book that make it really stand out.  First of the level of detail that Dee has put in here is great, not only does she show some great diagrams, but she backs up her design with solid data sources.  This book is a nice mix of easy to read language, but loaded with serious content that incorporates elements to adhere to Department of Transportation, the International Building Code and others.

Next is Dee’s foundation/floor framing design, after looking at other trailered Tiny Houses, it was clear this one is superior in many ways.  From handling stresses during transportation to the fact it is superior while have a lower sub-floor height than others.  I really like this approach and feel that it is more robust than others out there.

Finally this is the manual that I feel complements many Tiny House plans.  When you purchase plans from various Tiny House vendors you get highly engineered plans that are good quality, but assume you know a lot about house construction or expect you to pay for a contractor to build it.  This doesn’t mesh with the demographic that builds Tiny Houses.  They are typically hard workers, looking to save on labor costs, but don’t have the construction skill set.  This manual helps mitigate that gap in knowledge.

Overall I would definitely recommend this book to those who are purchasing any Tiny House plans.  It will give you the knowledge and confidence in producing a truly high quality house.

The Little Easy

This is definitely on the larger side of small homes, but it has 2 bedrooms and everything is reletive to the number who live in the space.  Also being that it is a LEED certified home and still around (guessing here) 1000 square feet I thought it was post worthy.  Other interesting facts is that it can be built for under $100k, it is hurricane proof, it is handicap accessible, integrates food production and is a stellar design. This house was chosen as a winner in a LEED design competition and will actually be built in New Orleans.

At the end of the photos there is a link that will expand to show the insane amount of detail and thought put into this house.  They considered the environment, location, design to foster community building etc etc etc it is a lot of text, but I encourage you to check it out.  It is this level of thoughtfulness that drives great design,  it is not a house built by a checklist of specs, but a house driven by a philosophy and good design; This is what cookie cutter housing lacks.

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Reader’s Renderings

So recently two readers of TheTinyLife.com and our Facebook Page have posted some drawing they made on google sketchup.  I thought they were pretty good and I thought I’d share.  If you all ever have drawings, photos, stories, videos etc.   Shoot me an email  ryan112ryan [at]yahoo.com

I’ve been messing around with Sketchup for the last few months. I have a few ideas down. It’d be great to have some feed back. I have plenty more photos in my profile any and all ideas welcome.

-Stephen Smith

Now in production, 216 sq ft Tiny House. Two configurations: “A” module is bed/bath, “B” module is cooking/living. Modules are constructed from panels, bolted together on-site; may be disassembled and moved later.

-Bryan Jenkins

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Burstner Trailer

Here is a pretty interesting travel trailer, while it is pretty expensive (originally posted on the blog “Born Rich”), but the design concepts are neat and could be re-created.  One feature I really like is the bathroom.  The shower stall folds out around the person.  The floor has a drain and when not in use, the stall folds flat against the wall, clearing up the bathroom area to create a open feel.

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