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Yuri decided to build a tiny house for many reasons.

Lots of us want to move into a small space so we can gain more freedom in our lives.

Maybe so we can have more time to even just do the simple things…

Like read, write, reflect, spend time with our families, and toy around with our hobbies/interests.

After all, that’s what life is really all about.


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Images: Aluminum Tiny House

And with a tiny home, you can free up lots of your time for those things.

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Meet Alek, Anjali and Anya.

They’re a young couple with a little dog.

And they’ve been building they own mortgage-free tiny home on a 8×20 trailer.

It was designed in SketchUp and every little bit of the process has been documented on their blog.

The tiny house has everything you’d need, including:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hot water
  • Kitchen
  • Washer/Dryer

And much more! Best of all the house is mortgage-free.

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What would you do without expensive rent or a mortgage?

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For me, tiny homes come in all shapes and sizes.


And for me to be able to call a house tiny doesn’t require it to be a particular square footage.

If you’re with me, high five!

And depending who I’m talking to, I may call it a tiny house or I may call it a small house.

All I really look for is that it’s relatively small, makes good use of space, and is designed in a somewhat unique fashion.

In other words… No wasted space, no cookie cutter design, and as much common sense as possible.

That’s why I’m excited to share this former chapel that was saved from destruction and rehabbed into a beautiful humble home.

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Last month I told you about a business man who built a community of tiny houses for the homeless in Texas.

Ever since then I’ve been noticing more projects and non-profits who are on a similar mission.

This story begins with a group of homeless people protesting in a parking lot in the city of Olympia.

They did so by camping out in the parking lot in 2007 when, later, police forced them out.

After this, local churches started offering space for the people to camp in since they had nowhere else to go.

Today- several years later- it is a self-governed village of 30 permanent tiny cabins for the group to live in.

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Photo by Bettina Hansen for the Seattle Times

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In this post you’re going to learn how to design and build your own version of a tiny house to scale.

This is a great way to play around with different ideas you might have before you actually start spending lots of money building your home.

It allows you to work out kinks and try out different concepts after you’ve gathered ideas for your future tiny house before you ever buy any of your materials.

And one of our readers, Dan Paquette, is going to show you exactly how to do it step by step in the video below.

How to Build your own Scaled 3D Tiny House Design (VIDEO)

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What you’ll need before you start:

  • 4 1/4 inch styrofoam sheets
  • Marker & pencil
  • Tape measurer

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Wanted to show you this 252 sq. ft. tiny house in MA.

Deek of RelaxShacks.com gives you the tour with his brother, Dustin, of the Bodega house designed by Tumbleweed.

Chris Haynes, the owner/builder, tweaked the plans just a bit to meet his own needs as well as to meet the local building codes in his county.

He even has a 140W solar system set up which he’s soon going to expand.

There’s also a really nice small built in porch that Chris screened in which makes for an awesome hang out.

252 Sq. Ft. Bodega Tiny House Tour with Deek

5 lb. Entertainment System

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That’s right! Chris set up a 5 lb. entertainment system that consists of Apple TV, Brookstone projector, and Bluetooth sound system that uses only 18W to run.

Be sure to visit Chris Haynes tiny house site here. He also put together a tiny house search engine you can use here.

Also be sure to visit Deek’s site over at RelaxShacks.com. He’s got an upcoming hands on workshop in Wilmington April 11-13, 2014.

If you enjoyed this Bodega 252 sq. ft. tiny house video tour with Deek you’ll love our free daily tiny house newsletter with even more!

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If you haven’t seen the 200 sq. ft. Zen in Law tiny house yet I think you’ll be glad you did today.

It’s a 10′ x 20′ studio was designed and built for a local author near downtown Boise, Idaho.

He wanted to have space for writing, doing workshops and hosting the occasional guest.

But if it were mine I’d like to live in it full-time because it’s AWESOME…

You’d just have to be willing to use the kind of scary ladder to the loft.

But besides that I think you’ll agree that it could make a great full-time tiny house.

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Images © Kaybird Photography via GravitasLC

It was designed by Gravitas LC and is actually available as a vacation rental on AirBNB by the owners.

One thing that’s different about it is that it has a murphy bed in the loft.

I encourage you to take the full tour below:

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