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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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65 sq. ft. Apartments in Shanghai Sell for $135,000

Skyrocketing housing prices have Chinese buying increasingly tiny living spaces. Nine apartments in Shenzhen, in southern China’s Guangdong province, measuring around 6 square meters each were all sold in a single morning, Guangzhou Daily reported Sunday.

Each tiny home is equipped with a bed that folds into the closet to make the most of the limited space available. And the new homeowners will receive an extra 6 square meters free of charge in the form of a kitchen-cum-bathroom setup. The homes sold for an average price of 150,000 yuan ($22,500) per square meter.

  • 6 sq. meters = 65 sq. ft.
  • $22,500 per sq. meter = $135,000
  • 5.73 sq. meters to 7.48 square meters = 62 sq. ft. to 81 sq. ft.
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Kalamazoo’s First Tiny House May Change Housing Laws

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The City of Kalamazoo is considering changing its housing laws to accommodate tiny houses. These homes are often less than 400 sq. feet and use things like built-in tables to maximize space. Recent reality TV shows and documentaries have made living small seem chic. Some say tiny houses could be a more affordable option for people living on a small income. Ben Brown is excited as he shows me around his future home in Kalamazoo’s Eastside neighborhood. He says it fits well within his budget. “I know I can not only pay it off, I can have savings — and it doesn’t have to look like a shack. It can actually be palatial, a castle, a palace,” he says.

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Prefab Homes Made in California

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britespace-avava-systems-4-jpg-650x0_q70_crop-smartunknown-2California-based AVAVA Systems is one of these companies offering high-end, flat-pack, prefabricated small homes with an emphasis on ease of assembly, sustainable materials and seismic strength. The company’s flagship product is the Britespace, which comes in three sizes: 264, 352 and 480 square feet. They all use AVAVA’s innovative framing system, which is not only strong but is relatively simple to put together, taking only a matter of weeks, rather than months, to completely build the home. Incidentally, the system was first successfully tested by founders David Wilson and Michael Kozel during the Burning Man arts festival in 2005, to show that it could be a better alternative to the 150-year-old stick framing system…

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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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Greenfield, MA Tiny Home Movement



A new ordinance will bring the national tiny house movement to Greenfield.

Tiny homes provide residents with a green alternative within a 400-square-foot space.

Greenfield will first have to approve a fairly complicated accessory dwelling unit ordinance this summer in order for construction to begin on the tiny home communities. If the city does not approve the ordinance, people can opt to section off a portion of their current homes or create a tiny home that is completely detached.

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SimBLISSity Tiny Homes



Byron and Dot Fears, owners of SimBLISSity Tiny Homes, recently hosted our tiny house on their property just outside of Lyons, Colorado. What’s so cool about these tiny home builders (aside from the fact they are tiny home builders)? The construction site for SimBLISSity is completely off-grid! Read on as we spotlight this tiny home builder…

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