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Small House in Naples Florida | Photo by Alex Pino

Every Friday I’ve decided that I’ll show you tiny houses for sale from the past week.

Last week I showed you a 280 square foot log cabin, an 89 square foot tiny house on a trailer and a 200 square foot cottage.

If you missed that post, you can check it out right here: Tiny Houses for Sale: Log Cabin, Epu and a Cottage.

Tiny Houses for Sale

Now thanks to Tiny House Listings it’s becoming really easy to find small spaces that are either available for rent or for sale.

Every week I’ll feature what I think are the best ones right here. Some links will go to other websites and they’ll automatically open in a new window.


Tiny House in Florida

Photo by Alex Pino

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All links will open up in a new window to the original listing where you can find photos and more information.

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Beavan Box Bungalow Tiny House Plans by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses

Every Thursday I’ll be featuring a random set of tiny house plans here on Tiny House Talk.

Today I’m introducing you to Tumbleweed’s Beavan Box Bungalow design.

Beavan Box Bungalow Tiny House Plans

The Beavan is one of Tumbleweed Houses latest designs in the Box Bungalow category.

As you may already know all of this company’s house plans are designed by Jay Shafer, who has been living happily in really small spaces since 1997.

That’s over ten years of extremely simple living. That’s why he’s #1 when it comes to designing micro sized spaces for humans.

Jay Shafer and Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

Jay is at the forefront of today’s tiny house movement not because he is the first person to live so simply but because he has successfully shared his amazing ideas with the world.

In his Small House Book, he shows you the current generous loopholes which allow you to bypass minimum size housing building code restrictions in most areas.

The Beavan Box Bungalow

Let’s take a close look at this beautiful design which was recently featured on HGTV’s Design Star.

Beavan Box Bungalow Tiny House Plans by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses

Photo Courtesy of Tumbleweed Houses

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Tiny House of the Week: Fivers Houseboat in San Francisco Bay

This week’s tiny house is situated in the land of multi-million dollar homes.


Its owner, Fiver Brown, has found a life hack to live frugally in this area.

How? A floating home. It’s a former World War II lifeboat that was converted into a 481 square foot house in 1967.

San Francisco Bay 481 Square Foot Houseboat

The boat is 13′ x 37′ with fantastic views of the bay. Fiver says he sees stingrays, seals, fish and birds from his kitchen and loft windows.

His little house is paid off so all he has to worry about is the boat slip rental at Galilee Harbor Co-op which is located in central Sausalito, California.

FYI: Sausalito is just north of San Francisco if you used the Golden Gate Bridge to get there. The community is composed of:

  • Artists
  • Marine workers
  • Creative writers
  • Painters
  • Photographers
  • Boat-builders

Tiny House of the Week: Fivers Houseboat in San Francisco Bay

Screenshot Courtesy of Faircompanies.com on YouTube

Video tour and interview below:

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Study Carrels for Coworkspaces, Libraries, Internet Cafes, Learning Centers and More

For this week’s small space furniture series I wanted to reintroduce you to study carrels.

I am sure that you’ve used one of these in the past at your school, college or library in the past.

These little privacy booths give you the ability to focus on your work or studies.

Custom Study Carrels for Work or Study in Small Spaces

I’m currently working on opening up a co-workspace where I live in Florida.

Since the location I’m renting is really small I decided that I wanted to use study carrels to create privacy for each workstation.

Then I thought this would be a great way to stay focused while you work at home on your dining table. It’s a super simple way for you to focus and block out any distractions around you.

Here are your options. You can:

  • Make your own out of plywood or cardboard
  • Order the inexpensive ready made cardboard version
  • Design and build your own
  • Order them ready made for more money

Cheap Study Carrels

Photo Courtesy of ClassRoomProducts.com

Study Carrels so you can Work out of Your Small Space

You can use these to create a more focused work environment on any of your current tables or desks.

The next option is to purchase or build your own custom made workstation with privacy panels.

On the rest of this post I’ll show you some great examples of what I found on the internet while doing research for my options.

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250 square foot Micro Studio in San Fransisco

Guest Post by Maren Kate

You think your place is small? Try our tiny studio on for size!

We are two start up founders who have squeezed into a 250 square foot micro studio in the heart of San Francisco, California. But even though the quarters are close we still really enjoy our small place.

The reason people, like us, get shoehorned into tiny studios is because quality multiple bedroom apartments are very hard to find.

So as you wait for a 2 or 3 bedroom to become available, you crash in a studio for a temporary “quick fix”. That’s what happened with us – and nine months later we’re still here!

We found living in a small studio with a built in loft bed (so there is one bed below, one on top) saved us gobs on rent and acts almost like a college dorm – a nice place to sleep when it’s nighttime, but we rarely spend time in it during the day.

This forces us to spend more time at work, explore the city and socialize – we’ve also become utilitarians about what we “need” to live comfortably versus what we “want”.

I’d suggest everyone live in a tiny house or small studio at some point because it teaches you a lot about yourself and the person you live with, plus it’s a great lesson on why less is often more.

250 square foot Micro Studio in San Fransisco

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SignaTour Campers Teardrop Trailers

SignaTour Campers is a Tampa, Florida based small business that builds high-quality teardrop campers.

These micro campers are lightweight, inexpensive to buy, cheap to maintain and you can pull it with just about any vehicle.

In fact, one customer of the SignaTour teardrop trailers has been pulled theirs with a Smart Car!

Hand Built Teardrop Campers

SignaTour Campers builds each teardrop trailer by hand to ensure the highest quality and attention to detail.

Each one is 5′ x 8′ with the modified teardrop shape to maximize the space inside.

SignaTour Campers Teardrop Trailers

Here is a brief list of some of the materials used:

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Tumbleweed Epu Tiny House Plans and Video Tour

Jay Shafer, founder of Tumbleweed Houses, designed the Epu tiny house and offers building plans for those interested in their very own little home on wheels.

He lived in this design for several years before selling it so that he can create more. This post will give you all of the information you need to find building plans for the Epu.

You’ll also find plenty of photos and a complete video tour of the house with Jay himself.

Tumbleweed Epu Tiny House

This design is 8′ wide and 15′ long and is made to sit on a 7′ by 14′ double axle trailer. Inside the ceiling is 6′ 3″ high with a loft height of 3′ 8″.

If you are a taller person these dimensions can be adjusted when building to meet your own height requirements as it has been done before.

Tumbleweed Epu Tiny House Plans and Video Tour

Photos Courtesy of Tumbleweed Houses

This design has been featured on Oprah and it comes with the following features:

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