To Do This Summer: Build a Tiny House

In this recession, companies aren't the only ones who should be downsizing. Trading in a McMansion for less spacious accommodations may not be your decision, but if it has to happen, you might as well make sure your new abode is humble -- and cool. But even if you're just looking for a shabby-chic tool or writing shed, you can dream bigger, er, more interesting...

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Basic resources, plans, and workshops after the jump...

[image via Tiny House Blog]
That's the Igloo Satellite Cabin. Pretty nifty.

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Only requires assembly.

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But why not go for the gold and create the mini-house of your dreams?

You can pay any number of these companies to create a basic set of plans. One option that appeals to the lazy guy in me is to get someone to build the timber framing for you, then just fill in the blanks. Kind of like paint-by-numbers, only with a lot more sweat. And possibly blood and tears.

Or you can swipe any number of the free plans and PDFs posted to Tiny House Design. (all you have to do is agree to hang a CC license logo in the window*). I'm not going to advocate you build a "Earthbag" house, mainly because it involves living amongst dozens of dirt bags, but go ahead if that appeals to you. [insert joke about deep V-neck tees here]

If you want more guidance than a book, photos and web links. Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed hosts $200+ one- and two-day workshops across the country that are supposed to be helpful, especially for beginners (via This Tiny House).

Here's one guy who learned to build a "tiny house on wheels" and swears by Tumbleweed (note: it is not me).

Upcoming Tumbleweed Workshops:

  • Vancouver, BC - May 9 & 10
  • Boulder, CO - May 30 & 31
  • Chicago, IL - June 6 & 7
  • New York, NY - June 13 & 14
  • Indianapolis, IN - July 11 & 12
  • Washington, DC - Aug 8 & 9
  • Seattle, Washington - Sep 12 & 13
  • San Francisco, CA - Oct 10 & 11

*No you don't. I made that up.

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