I found this video that shows a family that lives in an old converted street car. Over a decade, Claudine raise three boys in this tiny 400ish square foot house that was originally a 1920’s street car from Santa Cruz. Originally only having one bedroom, as the family grew, so did the house. They built a tree house and then a cob hut to allow their children to have a bit more space. It is interesting because the owner is working with the city to get her home legal. Lots of great commentary on this topic.
Today I did a quick video of some of the tools I have on hand to build my Tiny House. These certainly isn’t all of them, but they are the main players. I will do an update after I am done building the house to talk about what I used, what I didn’t use a lot, what tools I needed to get along the way, etc.
I have been buying tools gradually for about 3 years now and paying with cash. It’s worth noting that I use these tools for my job (community gardening) to do odd jobs around the garden, so I spent a little more than some people might and I decided to go new vs. used on them because I use them often. All the tools I bought were new, but I shopped around. I did intentionally splurge on my Drill and Impact Driver Set, but I feel like that was money well spent. To date I have spent $1,541 on tools
- Air compressor: $150
- 2 finish nailers and staple gun: $120
- Framing nailer: $180
- Skill Miter Saw: $79
- Clamps- assorted: $125
- Porter Cable Circular saw, Drill, Sawzall, flashlight, two batteries (kit): $129
- DeWalt Drill, Impact Driver, and two batteries- $249
- Jig Saw: $24
- Assorted small hand tools: Estimate $300
- Table Saw: $90
- Drill Bits (various & specilty): $95
When you hear the word Hobbit, immediately you think small, but I didn’t think this small. The Hobbit Hole is a “miniscule place of peace” and they aren’t kidding, this house is a whopping 4 feet tall. You enter through a small door and make the curve in what looks like a burrow. In addition he has made a bath hut and a sauna on the 2 acres that he leases for $100 a year!
This is an interesting one, talk about minimalist! This cube is 8 feet cubed and sits on wheels so that the owner can rotate the space in order to align with them moon. The owner, Liu Ming, is well known for feng shui and hosts many classes in his loft. The rolling house can be moved to the corner and out of the way to make space for people who come to learn. The wood is simple plywood made from Ash.
Today we have an interesting post of an old boat that has been reclaimed into a floating house. This Old Boat is a project by John Kolsun and he has posted some photos at our Facebook Page. To see more photos click the image, while you are on The Tiny Life’s Facebook page, help us out and “like” us if you haven’t already! John states:
I know my project will have to be different from others. Up until this point I have not given any thought of recycling, reusing, reclaiming, and repurposing building materials to create my project. Cutting cost is a necessity, I’ll seek out and acquire building materials from current construction projects, soon-to-be demolished homes, and people’s “junk piles.” Yup, for the project to move forward I would have to scavenge old doors, windows, fixtures, etc.