Tiny Homes & Frugal Living
There are a lot of advantages to a tiny house being built on stilts like this: the air up there is cooler and there are fewer crawly things; It frees the ground plane for storage of cars and provides shade; it’s useful in floods. When you put a 400 square foot box on a 40 square foot stick, you have to design the foundation really well to keep it from falling over, particularly in the wind. It has to go deeper and have a lot more material. It also takes a lot more structure to cantilever the box out over the stick than a conventional building would need.
Durango, Colorado based designer and tiny home builder Greg Parham of Rocky Mountain Homes built this family-sized tiny house that is surprisingly convincing as real family home, featuring two lofted bedrooms connected by a plexiglass catwalk.
Los Angeles expats of a certain age Margy and Wayne Lutz took a decidedly unique route when selecting where exactly to hunker down after taking an early retirement from their careers in education.
Living Big In A Tiny House host Bryce Langston and tiny home owner Brett Sutherland take us inside Brett’s amazing little 15 square metre (161 square feet) jewel, which Brett designed and built himself. Packed with unique, space saving design elements, Brett has created a fantastic space to both live and work.
How did they build the cabin so cheaply? Well, it helps that the property was owned by Olson’s family, so they got a great deal on that. Additionally, the dwelling has no plumbing or electricity, and almost all of the building materials are repurposed.
University of Texas design student, Joel Webber had a desire many college students have — to reduce the debt of his college years. But unlike many of us, he used that desire to motivate him to create a beautiful 145 tiny home. Rather than spend $800/month for housing, Webber invested $20,000 into his own tiny house. It’s very cleverly designed — the steps up to his loft double as storage cubbies — which means it feels much bigger than 145 feet (which is on the smaller side for a tiny house).
Rob Greenfield’s journey for a more simpler, but more impactful life has led him to live in a second-hand tiny home, rent-free in someone else’s backyard that he is cultivating in exchange.
When the Simply Home community members decided to look for a place together, they blanketed the residents of their area with flyers requesting a property with a very large lot. Once they secured the land, the group spent several months hashing out all their community agreements about where they’d keep the cats and dogs, who would garden, wash the dishes, etc.
California designer, Vina Lustado is quick to point out that her tiny house is not temporary, but her “forever” house. If she moves, it’s going with her. That is one of the great advantage of owing a tiny home. It’s mobile.
Watch as Emily Castor talks about her experience diving into the “sharing economy” and how she feels it will ultimately benefit everyone.
Just a few years ago, Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh of Tiny House BIG Journey had a pretty common lifestyle. They both had regular jobs and resided in pretty typical homes. Jenna lived in a 2500 square foot home with roommates and Guillaume lived in a 1000 square foot apartment that he had all to himself. So it’s an understatement to say that their lifestyle changed radically when they both quit their jobs to build a tiny home on wheels and tour the U.S.
B.A. Norgard loans out her tiny 112 square foot house to some people so they can try on her little lifestyle. The experiment was only for a few hours and even so, it clearly wasn’t the right lifestyle choice for some.
With house prices in Auckland City (New Zealand) going through the roof, 22 year old Lily Kemp decided to get a bit creative in order to escape the rent trap. For her, inspiration struck in the form of a vintage pop-top camper which she found on TradeMe (similar to ebay) for only $1,000.