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Bachelor Pad

This is a pretty neat loft style apartment where the owner asked his designer to build him the ultimate “bachelor pad” in a small loft space.  There is a ton of reclaimed lumber and other materials that was integrated into the space for charm.  The loft took advantage of the tall ceilings and you’ll notice on the upper levels they used a lot of glass to not close off anything.  While it isn’t tiny, it is a small apartment for sure.  Here is what came of it.














5 Gifts For Tiny Housers

Out of all the things that come up with tiny houses, the holidays might be the trickiest for tiny house folks. Even after years of living tiny, people around me still feel the need to give gifts. While it isn’t necessary, I appreciate gifts much more because people really have to think of creative ideas for gifts that won’t take up space in my tiny house.

Today I wanted to share my top 5 gift ideas for tiny house folks.

If you are having trouble telling people what you want for the holidays, try sending them this post so they can get some ideas!

1. Experiences:

This is my absolute favorite gift to give and receive because it means that I can do something fun with that person that I care about. It could be a dinner out, tickets to an event or some other adventure. I try to think of things that the person likes and often get two so that not only is it an awesome experience, but we can experience it together.

Gift idea: Buy a ticket to the Tiny House Conference


2. Consumables

Next up is things that people can eat or use up; they’re things that after a certain amount of use are gone. A perfect example of this is food items. We are all busy and most of us like food, so making something or buying something that person likes is a great gift. Think of things that are difficult to make or are a nice indulgence. Other things besides food could be candles, eco-friendly bath products, or firewood.

Gift Idea: a subscription to a CSA (community supported agriculture).


3. Help them pursue a dream

For those we care about, we want to see them succeed. Find out some goals the person is working towards. Learning about what is on a person’s bucket list is a great way to get ideas for what you can help them achieve. If people ask you for what you want, you can think of things that will help you achieve your own goals. If someone’s goal is to build a tiny house, get a copy of their plans made up, get that resource they’ve been eyeing or pick up a good book on the topic.

Gift idea:  Tiny House Living By: Ryan Mitchell – #1 selling tiny house book


4. Something you’re already going to buy anyway.

I do this a lot, since I don’t really need much, and I don’t buy much either. So when something comes up that I need to replace it or buy something new, I hold off and suggest it as a gift when others ask. For example, I am in need of new shoes, have been for a month or so, but I’ve been holding off. This way those who must have to give me a gift can and its something that I really need in order to replace a worn-out item.

Gift Idea: Shoes, socks, tires, etc.


5. Digital or non-tangible items.

Sometimes there are gifts that take up no space at all and can be used later on. I’m thinking of gift cards, vouchers and digital downloads. A gift card to your favorite restaurant takes up next to no space, but is a great way for you to still give or receive things when you are living tiny. Other things could be iTunes music, Netflix, Amazon Prime, movies, or Kindle books.

Gift Idea: Cracking The Code – Guide to building codes and zoning for tiny houses!


Your Turn!

  • What are some of your favorite small-space gift ideas?

Tiny House Workshops – Online

micro-workshops-logoWith the roll out of Tiny House Craftsman (see the post here) we are also adding to the line up our Tiny Workshops!  You might have noticed a new link on our menu – “Events” – which will bring you to where you can sign up for them.  Our online tiny workshops are a quick way for you to learn everything you need to know about tiny houses, how to build, what the life is like, and much more!

Each session is 30 minutes long on a specific topic and you can get all your questions answered.  Our first session will be an intro to tiny houses where you can get a lot of your burning questions answered.  Followed up by that we’ll get down to the nitty gritty and focus on particular topics.

Let me know in the comments if there are other times/days that people want, if we have enough I can add a session!

  • Intro To Tiny Houses – Nov 16th 10am EST
  • How To Design Your House – Nov 23rd 10am EST
  • Choosing A Trailer – Nov 30th 10 am EST
  • Water, Power, Toilets, HVAC – Dec 7th 10 am EST
Sign up!

Your Turn

  • Let me know if there are other times that people want, if we have enough I can add a session!
  • What topics do you want to see in future Tiny Workshops?


How To Decorate A Tiny House

My buddy Andrew over at tinyrevolution.us has just announced a new ebook about decorating tiny houses.  I was able to check it out first hand and really liked it.  He has some guest contributors that many of you will recognize, all of which actually live in tiny houses.

The ebook is $4.95 and if you use this link (click here), its the same cost as on Andrew’s website, but you help support us too!


What do people need to know about your new book?

This is our first book in what will be a series of books based on our experiences both during the build and after moving full time into our tiny house. It explores the part of tiny houses often overlooked; turning the house into a home.  The ebook features guest decorator tips by a few big name tiny house folk and is 48-pages long complete with narrative, color photos, links, etc   In the book we discuss everything from the use of natural light to paint selections to furniture placement to accessorizing. It also touches on the psychological and physiological effects of color in a home.  The best part is, it is only $4.95

Is designing and decorating a tiny house different from a traditional house?

Designing and decorating a tiny house is not unlike designing and decorating a traditional home….if the traditional home is a small space. The difference lies in the size of the space. You can’t expect the same furniture pieces, pieces of art, and even color selections to project the same in 2,000 sq.ft. as they would in 200 sq.ft.

What do you think is the biggest mistake people make when designing a small space?

Be careful in using the terms designing and decorating synonymously. They are not the same. Design kind of ends when the windows, doors, and walls are in place. Decorating picks up with furniture selection, wall color, storage options, etc. The biggest mistake people make is just that. They typically think that once the house is built the decisions (and budget) are over. But at that point what you have is a structure, not a home.

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Leviathan Table

I have always been interested in table ideas that I can pull out for a dinner party, but have tucked away when it is just me.  I usually will eat my meals watching a TV show (the only time I watch TV) if I’m alone, go out with friends, or go to my families house for dinner.  I like having people over for meals, but in the end it may happen one-two times a month.  Though that is the life of a bachelor I guess.

so this table breaks down to a smaller size.  While its a coffee table I like the concept and it could be done on a larger scale.







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