Jay is founding a new company called Four Lights Tiny House Company and will be launching – are you ready for this? – 8 brand new tiny house design, a Tiny House village to be done by 2015 and extended hands on workshops.
UPDATE: Jay has changed their plans for the launch. they are going to start by releasing just one 280 square foot house instead of three houses.
Jay Shafer will be unveiling what he calls his, “best tiny houses yet”, at fourlightshouses.com this Tuesday, December 11 at 9:00 am EST. Jay has resigned from his position at Tumbleweed Tiny Houses to form Four Lights Tiny House Company.
When asked why he split with the business he founded in 1999, Jay says, “For some of the same reasons I started designing, building and living in small houses in the first place – for more freedom and more manageability. The message and design philosophy I’d built my original company on had become harder and harder to maintain as the business grew from a one-man operation into what it is today.”
Four Lights will launch by offering Jay’s first-ever unabridged, hands-on building workshop, his plans for a tiny house village (slated for completion in 2015), and three portable houses ranging from about 100 to 500 square feet (including lofts). An additional house will be unveiled every month for the next five months. Jay’s designs for compact furnishings and his system for “design-it-yourself” tiny houses will be released thru fourlightshouses.com on January 31.
You can receive a schedule and reminders of these events by signing up at fourlightshouses.com when it officially launches this Tuesday.
What do you think about his new venture?
If there could be one new thing you’d like to see in Jay’s new house, what would it be?
So I just got an email from Jay about his brand new house, The Gifford! The house is designed to be under 120 square feet because many municipalities don’t require a permit for structure under that size. The looks of this house are amazing! Jay has done it again! What is interesting about this house is that Jay has left the interior open to however you want to do it. It is an interesting twist in his approach as Jay strikes me as a person who likes every detail to be planned out. The house has the ability to outfitted with a sleeping loft or however else you see fit. The fully built house will run you $13,999. The one thing that jumped out at me is the cost of the window options, while I know good windows are a great investment and these look very nice, a 4 foot by 3 foot window for $900 window seems like a lot!
Many of you have seen Jay Shafer’s spotlight on Fox Business News which featured the Pompo Tiny House. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it is a great video showing the house and brings the Tiny House Movement to the mainstream somewhat. Below is the video. I was sitting in Google’s new “hangouts” video chat with a few Tiny House people. We took a moment to watch this video and the first thing that came out of someone’s mouth was “I’m not sure about the beard” oddly enough it started a 15 minute conversation on Jay’s facial hair, who essentially is the spokes person in some ways for the Tiny House Movement. So in addition to checking out this great video, vote on Jay’s beard.
For those of you who haven’t checked out Jay’s Small House Book, I highly recommend it. I have a copy and really enjoyed it. It allows people to really wrap their head around the design approach Jay uses, talks in depth about building a Tiny House and shows off some of his designs. It is currently on sale for $29.95 Click the image above to check it out!