Dave Koszegi and His Tiny House on Wheels

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Dave Koszegi, his wife Erin and their children Julia, Francesca and Matteo were on their annual Hornby Island, BC camping trip two summers ago when Dave happened to read Lloyd Kahn’s Tiny Homes on the Move. When the family saw the photos of Derek Diedricksen’s tiny house on wheels, Dave and Erin realized it would not only be a perfect addition to their overcrowded Volkswagen Westfalia camper van, it would also a great family project…

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Natural Building Colloquium – High Desert, Southern California, Oct. 17–22, 2016

5438538_orig-2Focusing on the West Coast and Southwest, Quail Springs is an educational and land stewardship nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating and teaching holistic ways of designing human environments, restoring and revitalizing the land and community, and facilitating deeper understandings of ourselves and one another through immersive experiences in nature. The 2016 Colloquium organizing team consists of the whole Quail Springs team, Sasha Rabin*, Tammy Van, and Rebekah Hacker.

The gathering will give focus and priority to the building and builders of the west coast and southwest, U.S. We ask that all people attending the colloquium have some experience with natural building. This is not the event for the novice builder. That being said, we value the fresh eyes and perspectives, and enthusiasm that comes with a newness to the field. We will strive for a balance of experienced attendees, while also encouraging the next generation of builders…

*Sasha’s beautiful cob house will be in Small Homes.

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Fully Furnished Tiny House Built in France

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This beautiful house on wheels may look tiny, but it can easily fit a family of three thanks to its space-saving interior design. French tiny house company Baluchon designed the ultimate home for wandering minimalists, giving it a fitting name — Odyssée.

The 217-square-foot house has a space-efficient layout that fits all the amenities of a regular-sized home. The sitting area lies above a small room that can be used as a guest room or play area for a small child. A small, operable window ensures the crawlspace is well-ventilated. The kitchen is split into two areas — one with a sink and the other with the stove. A pull-out table forms a small dining space next to the kitchen. Accessible via a ladder is the main sleeping area with a big bed, while the bathroom features a composting toilet.

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Bernie Harberts' Lost Sea Expedition TV Series

Bernie Harberts was featured in our book Tiny Homes (pp. 188–189). He traveled from Canada to Mexico for 14 months in a 21-square-foot wagon pulled by a mule. Here is a letter we just received from him.

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Howdy Lloyd,

Many mule miles, no letters…

You featured mule Polly and her wagon in your Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter book. That story continues.

What I never really said much about is that I filmed that 14-month voyage across America. That voyage is now the “Lost Sea Expedition” TV series. The site and official trailer are at: www.lostseaexpedition.com.

I’ve attached some photos for you. I’d love to share the story and news with your blog readers.

Hell, I know you’re busy. You write you could use a clone. No worries. I’ll write the content for you. Just tell me what would work for you (short article, picture essay, blog post, etc).

Hope you and the hummers are well. You and I have lived for we know the jubilation of a thawed hummer flying from our hands!

Keep groovin’
–Bernie Harberts
www.lostseaexpedition.com
A Man A Mule America

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Adobe-Style Tiny House on Wheels for Sale

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24′ (+7′) goose-neck southwest adobe-style tiny house, on a Trailer Made triple-axle goose-neck trailer (18k)

southwest-adobe-tiny-house-7As seen at the 2016 National Tiny House Jamboree, this beautiful southwest style tiny house is the first of its kind! The exterior is made of E.I.F.S. synthetic stucco, which is extremely lightweight, crack-resistant, and also provides an exterior layer of 1″ foam insulation. Featuring a spacious interior layout of 250 sq. feet, including the master sleeping loft over the goose-neck deck, with room to stand! As is, home is unfinished on the interior, making it the perfect blank canvas to finish into your dream southwest style home! Can be purchased as is, or have the interior completed any way you want by MitchCraft Tiny Homes.

Contact us for more information!

My interest in alternative housing sparked years ago, and I fell in love with tiny homes the moment I discovered them. My work in furniture-making, cabinet-making, and residential remodeling fueled an appreciation for the creative, detailed, and unique ways we express ourselves. Even if just in small ways — like the feeling we get from of a space, or the integrity of a piece of furniture — the things we build deserve our attention.

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Young Woman Builds Beautiful Recycled Tiny House for $19,000



For many, the idea of building a tiny house on wheels is a wonderful pipe dream, however young kiwi furniture maker Annelies Zwaan has turned that dream into reality by building her very own cottage-in-the-woods style tiny home. Despite having gained many skills working with timber as a furniture maker, the learning curve when it came to building her own home was still steep. With the help of YouTube and some instruction videos, she was able to follow each step to completion…

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It's All About Building

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Small Homes — the book

I’ve got pretty much all the pages laid out. Rick will be back from Hawaii next week and build the rest of the pages in InDesign. The book is looking better each week. Here’s a little hidden waterfront cottage (under construction) on Vancouver Island, BC. (The shakes for the eaves were steamed and bent.)

Material continues to come in for the book (400–1200 sq. ft. homes), and we’ll continue the book after its publication on The Shelter Blog, with a section titled “Small Homes.” Ongoing small homes.

My Next Book (?)

Adventures in Building: a 70-Year Odyssey

No kidding. I started at 12 years old, helping my dad build a house on his rice farm near Colusa, California. At 18 I got into the carpenters’ union in San Francisco and worked for a shipwright on the docks (SF was a port in those days!). At age 25 I started building and remodeling on a piece of land with 3 cottages in Mill Valley, California.

I never got the chance to work with a master carpenter or formally learn architecture, so I had a layman’s approach. Everything was new.

Right off, I liked the smell of lumber, and was fascinated with how things went together (still am). In about 12 buildings over the course of years, I personally went through post and beam, then polyhedral (domes), and finally stud frame construction techniques.

And all along, I shot pictures of buildings, collected books, and interviewed builders about all types of buildings and materials, and so far, have produced 6 highly graphic books on building.

Having this layman’s view means I can talk to inexperienced builders in understandable terms. Plus, all the travel and studying and interviews have given me a wealth of material of interest to experienced builders. We’re all interested in how things are put together. That’s what building is all about.

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Small Homes Book Sneak Preview #23

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Off-the-grid cabin in California woods

When my brother and I bought land in remote coastal Northern California in the ’70s, our parents, Bob and Jean Anderson, jumped at the opportunity to build a small home on our place.

Bob was a retired filmmaker, and Jean a travel agent, so they had seen a lot of the world from which to get ideas for building.

“I saw it more as set design than architecture,” Bob said about the 665 square foot house…

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Tiny Home for Sale in Oregon

8x30-Tiny-House-For-Sale-600x8002016 tiny house on wheels for sale — 8′ × 30′ – 2 bedroom loft with catwalk — 480 square feet

This is a great large, livable tiny house. The full kitchen has a propane stove, efficient refrigerator, sink, tile backsplash and lots of storage. The bathroom has a full bathtub, shower and compost toilet. The living room has enough room for a small table and coach with a sliding door out to a deck. The back door also has a deck that comes with the house. There is a closet downstairs that has a washer/dryer hookup. Then you can walk up the stairs, not a ladder with storage underneath including a pantry and a lazy susan. Both bedrooms can fit a queen-size bed or two twin beds. There are two deep closets in each bedroom. The catwalk between the bedrooms has a large cabinet for storage. The tiny house includes the curtains.

$54,000 OBO cash sale only…

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