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Tiny House Features $500 DIY Elevator Bed Built with Free Plans



The ethos of doing-it-yourself in a resourceful, space-saving way is at the root of the tiny house movement. That said, one of the most amazing things about the tiny house world is observing the immense creative variety within the constraints of these small spaces, all attempting to answer the perennial question, “How can one make the most of a couple hundred square feet?”

These space-maximizing strategies are relevant to many of us, so it’s always enjoyable to come across new ideas, such as the ones implemented in this elegant small dwelling by Alaskan self-taught carpenter, blogger, mom and free-DIY-plans extraordinaire Ana White. Together with her husband Jacob, Ana created a surprisingly spacious 24-foot-long tiny house for a client that is jam-packed with clever, transforming furniture ideas and an affordable DIY “elevator bed”.

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Life in an 82 sq. ft. Apartment



Japan is famous throughout the world for it’s high population, cramped living conditions and downsized architecture. Even by Japanese standards though, this tiny Tokyo apartment is a lot smaller than usual. At only 8 square meters (82 square feet) this simple home is so small that it’s occupant Emma is able to reach out and touch both walls. Thankfully, some clever design elements allows the micro apartment to be a very functional and cosy home.

Despite the narrow, almost hall-like shape, this apartment’s height prevents the space from feeling too confined. Lofty windows at the end of the studio space allow an abundance of light to flow into the room and a small balcony even brings a touch of the outdoors into the home.

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30% Off All Shelter Books until February 23rd

We are having a sale on all of our books until February 23rd.

Head on over to shelterpub.com and use promo code shelter73 for 30% off all orders, including pre-orders for our new book, Small Homes: The Right Size.

A Well-Designed Tiny Home

The gorgeous hand-built house in question is called Keva Tiny House and it was lovingly designed and built by yoga instructor Rebecca Grim, with some help from her carpenter friend Rudy Hexter and his apprentice Lenny. It is located in the forest on Salt Spring Island, in Canada’s West Coast, and looks like something out of a fairytale.

The home is 22 feet long, and has an indoor area of 168 feet with a 64-square-foot loft. The home also features an 8 ft. by 8 ft. porch made of pallets so it is easy to dismantle and move should the need arise. The porch is covered with a plexiglass roof, which lets in the light and keeps out the rain.

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Family with Three Kids Downsizes to Tiny Home to Gain More Space

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With the birth of their third child and after a summer spent with the whole family traveling in a camper van and volunteering at organic farms, English architect Tim Francis and his wife, teacher Laura Hubbard–Miles, decided to actually downsize. They moved from London and out into the countryside of Gloucestershire, renovating a small, Victorian stone building on Francis’s parents’ property that once stored fruit…

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New Yorkers Making the Most of the Tiny House Trend

More than 10 million viewers tuned in to HGTV’s tiny-house shows this year. There’s a Tiny House magazine, at least two documentaries and countless blogs about tiny-house living.

“Part of the surprise is that it has resonated with urban viewers — the majority of whom are already living in tiny spaces,” said John Feld, senior vice president of programming and production at HGTV.

And while tiny studios are common in NYC, 1987 zoning restrictions meant new-build apartments could be no smaller than 400 sq. ft. But in 2012, a waiver was passed allowing for one building of “micro-units,” measuring between 260 and 360 sq. ft. The ribbon on those 55 units was officially cut in October.

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Gary and Luann's Treehouse

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img_5389Hey Lloyd!

I can’t wait for the new book. I’m ready for another dose of inspiration.

I just finished a treehouse in our backyard. The place in Haleiwa that Tom brought you to. I used as much recycled materials as possible. All siding from Fort Shafter, windows from the 1930’s, sinks, bathroom fixtures, toilet, shower stall is $90 stock tank from Lowe’s. I made the front door from a couple 4×6’s, cabinets are from old Douglas fir siding and an 8×8 I milled. I welded the stairs and made the rail from mahogany flooring.

Later,
–Gary and Luann

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Tiny Vintage Cabin for Sale in the Colorado Mountains

extThis is a tiny vintage cabin in the Colorado mountains. It’s for sale (asking $175,000) and located in Ward, Colorado.

Highlights

  • 585 sq. ft.
  • Views of Indian Peaks
  • One bedroom
  • Deck
  • Propane heat
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Propane lanterns
  • Off-the-grid
  • Furniture included
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