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Small Log Cabin that's actually a SHED!

I had to make a post for you on this small log cabin that’s actually an Amish built shed.

The log cabin/shed has residential style windows that are single pane and is easily large enough to live in.

You can listen to Steven Barry while he gives you a full video tour (inside and out) of the shed cabin.

It has a really sharp pitch so you get plenty of room up there in the loft. Probably enough for most of you to stand in and enjoy a full sized bedroom.

The porch has pressure treated wood already so it’s protected and finished. Ceiling in the porch is tongue and groove pine.

Inside you’ll find 2 x 6 studs and it’s all unfinished so you can put in your own insulation then follow it up with interior wall paneling (tongue and groove pine!!) or drywall.

Inside it’s 14 by 30 so there is plenty of room. And no ladder loft… There are real stairs. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.


Pricing runs from $4,000 to $50,000 depending on size. I’m not sure how much this particular one runs but it has already been sold and will be used in a horse farm (it’s probably sitting there now!).

Small Log Cabin that's actually a SHED!
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Alex Pino and Jay Shafer at a Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop

Ever since I got back from Jay Shafer’s tiny house workshop, I’ve been crazy about starting a project to build my own version of his Lusby.

The only change is I’d turn the downstairs bedroom into a “deskroom” so that Andrea and I can work in there.

If that doesn’t work out I’ll build another house that’s even smaller to use as an office.

At the workshop Jay helps you design your own version of a small house design… In other words, a floor plan made specifically to meet your own needs. So it’s fun.

If you ever get a chance to attend one of his workshops I highly recommend it. You’ll learn a lot about design and after spending the weekend with him you’ll feel prepared to start because you will have gone over everything with someone who has built a lot of these little houses.

If you want to attend one of Jay’s Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshops, click here.

He might be holding a workshop within a few hours of a drive near you. You can also take a Greyhound bus or…

You can find a deal on airplane tickets. They usually pick fun locations, so check it out.

Alex Pino and Jay Shafer

I had a great time. A big thank you to Steve, Brett, and Jay for the experience.

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Stealth Van Dwelling

If you’ve been following Tiny House Talk you remember I was invited to go to Tumbleweed’s Tiny House Workshop in Orlando, Florida.


The time has arrived and I’m getting ready for the trip right now. We’ll be driving up there tomorrow morning so that we can meet up with the whole crew that evening.

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at Tumbleweed Houses (Jay, Steve and Brett) along with those of you who are attending the workshop.

I’m also thrilled about being able to learn about…

  • How to build an effective tiny house
  • The 14 tools that Jay uses
  • Building a house on a trailer
  • Selecting materials; which to avoid
  • Framing and sheathing
  • Siding
  • Insulation and venting
  • Roofing
  • Heaters and appliances
  • Building codes and zoning laws

Plus some more on design related things too…

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Composting Toilet

Have you ever wondered how composting toilets work? I think you’ll like this easy to understand explanation.

So you’ve heard/read about them before, but might not completely get all that’s involved if you tried it.

Thanks to Laura Allen of Greywater Guerillas and Kristen Dirksen of Faircompanies.com they explain/show you exactly how it all works. But in case you don’t want to stream the video I’ll help you “get it”…

Composting Toilets 101

In this video they set the urine up to flow into a separate container (so it’s not mixed with poo) because you can use it almost right away (after diluting with water) as a nitrogen fertilizer.

If that doesn’t interest you, you can just mix urine and poo and no worries really.

There’s another container inside where you poop in and you treat the smell by sprinkling little pieces of wood (sawdust works great) on it. This will get rid of the odors for you.

As you’ll see in the video later (or picture below), the toilet can be built yourself but there are also ones you can buy (for way more $).

Composting Toilet

What happens to the poo, and “the maintenance”

For a little while it’s stored in the toilet. In this particular house, they’ve made it very easy by making everything work outside.

This box right here opens up to the INSIDE of the toilet (where the poo/urine is). This way you can easily move it outside… Keeping the dirty work outdoors (no walking around the house with a bucket of poop). Very nice setup for this.

Composting Toilet - How It Works - What to do

The fun part: You can’t just leave the POO in there!

It needs to be moved to a spot where it can sit and “transform” in a matter of one year.

That’s why that simple to use opening is there. So you can move into one of these…

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Milarepa Center's Tiny House Project

The Milarepa Center is a Buddhist retreat in Barnet, Vermont.

In 2009 and 2010 the Center raised $17,000 to put towards their own tiny house on their property.

On their website it says that there are two people living in it and it’s been used for a retreat.

They’re planning to build and use more little homes so that their teachers have a place to stay. And it seems to be very cost effective so far.

Here’s a screen shot plus a video slide show of Milarepa’s new little cabin. I hope to bring you more pictures soon…

Milarepa Center's Tiny House Project

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Small House

Last year I experimented making my own videos but I was too shy to show them to you.

For 2011 I decided to erase my shyness. It’s actually fun to make them!

So let me know if you suggestions on making them better.

If you don’t want to stream it (even though it’s under 2 minutes) you can just visit the links I talk about later.

Otherwise go ahead, you can watch it now! Be sure to use the links at the bottom of this post to go more in depth!

Thank you for watching. I want to hear what you think, so let me know in the comments!

Again, you’ll see the links that I talk about below.

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Small Space Furniture #16: High Tech Hideaway Bed

You probably haven’t seen a hideaway bed exactly like this one before.

It’s a little different than your average murphy bed because of the way it works. One touch of a button on the remote and 35 seconds later you have a bedroom.

The unique feature is that you don’t physically have to fold your bed out although you will need to grab some sheets and a pillow!

But seriously the bed is perfectly hidden in the bookcase unit. And it slides out in a very unique way… You’ve got to see:

Small Space Furniture #16: High Tech Hideaway Bed

Small Space Furniture #16: High Tech Hideaway Bed

Watch the video below.

In the video below you can see exactly how it works.

For more information on this bed, visit the company, The Concealed Bed.

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