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Would you want to live in a 252-square-feet tiny apartment? I would!

If only they were more common.. And this well designed.

This particular apartment studio in San Francisco has a lot of features that a tiny house has.

For example an upstairs sleeping loft to save precious space on the first level of the house.

At just 9 feet wide and 28 feet long you’ve got to be smart about everything you decide to bring into the space.

When the tenant moved in from Portland she had to start over as far as furniture goes. So she went the reclaimed route by finding furniture on Craigslist and utilizing it for multiple purposes.

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Like the television stand in the living room for example. It also serves as clothing storage. She was also able to get a good deal on a beautiful vintage looking desk thanks to Craigslist.

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I got this email from one of our wonderful readers, Teri, who’s getting ready to build a Tumbleweed Fencl tiny house to live in.

She’s got a 95-year-old mother who is excited for her and they’d both love to get the chance to tour a little house preferably a Tumbleweed in the Los Angeles area.

So I thought I’d re-post her message here and ask if you might be able to help refer her to somewhere (or someone) that can help her.

Hi Alex,

Within the next couple of years I will be building a Tumbleweed Fencl to live in.  My 95-year old mom supports my dream but she doesn’t really know what a tiny house looks like.  I’d love to find someone in the greater Los Angeles, CA area who might be willing to share just a few minutes of their time to show my mom what my future little home will look like.  I’ve posted my request on the Tiny House Map, but other than that do you have any ideas how I can get my message out to other Tiny Housers?  Would this request merit a mention in your newsletter?

Thanks for your help!

Loving & Learning Center
Exceptional EduCare for Infants, Toddlers & Preschool

If you have any ideas or suggestions just leave them in the comments below or if you’d prefer to get in contact with Teri directly her email is terijane [AT] sonic dot NET (hope you can make that out, just trying to avoid spammers). Thank you so much!


I just ran into this bunkhouse tiny house and thought I’d share it with you.

The owner of the little cabin, Sue, runs a blog called A Porch of My Own hence the name of this post.

She had the shell of the cabin built by a company who delivered it right to her property as you’ll see in the photos below.

Then she slowly finished the interior. It’s actually still a work in progress that’s already looking quite nice and I imagine will start getting better and better.

So far she’s spent much less than $10,000 but it is an ongoing project. Doesn’t it look relaxing?

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You can see the cabin shell being delivered on a trailer in the photos below:

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Kara Rosenlund's Tiny Business on Wheels

I’ve got a question for you: would you ever consider running a tiny business on wheels?

With farmers markets growing in popularity and people turning back to the simple life to find happiness and meaning it may be a viable idea.

Take Kara Rosenlund for example. She’s converted an old travel trailer into a mobile shop where she sells vintage goods for folks to buy for their homes.

Not only is it a great place to get inspired and do your work, but it’s also a wonderful place to sell your products.

Kara simply tows and goes to any event she wishes and is able to display and sell her goods there. With this approach she doesn’t have to maintain an entire store with high rent and long hours.

Instead she can peacefully create her products from wherever she’d like as well as display and sell her work from just about anywhere she wants.

Kara calls her store Travelling Wares. And I think you’ll agree that her caravan is just adorable. Have a look..

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Photo Credit Kara Rosenlund kararosenlund.com

I encourage you to check out the rest of the photos along with Kara’s vintage decorations below:

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Most of us or at least I think most of us want a tiny house to live in full-time so we can live life on our own terms.

At least that’s why I was motivated to initially look into little homes.. How about you?

And I was able to achieve a lot of the same results with a really small apartment. This helped me save money, lower my living costs, and transition into owning my own business.

Right away I realized that living small also helps the environment which is great. And I believe the future of housing lies somewhere between small spaces and smart design.

But what about a little cabin to write in? To work in? Or maybe just to get away in? It turns out that a lot of normal people in regular sized houses want the same thing for their hobbies. A place to get away from it all or to concentrate on their passion.

So today I’m showing you author Mike Lunsford’s little writing cabin. I hope you enjoy.

Surrounded by nature and and a deck that surrounds part of the house. This makes for the perfect writing studio or even a livable tiny house for those of us eager to enjoy the simple life.

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Small Rustic Cabin Completely Off-Grid

This small rustic cabin was recently featured on NY Magazine and Apartment Therapy.

The materials used were reclaimed from a barn that’s over 100 years old.

It really doesn’t get much simpler than this. There’s an outhouse with a composting toilet and an outdoor water heater in case you want a warm shower.

When the weather’s right the owner takes his baths in a nearby river with a small waterfall.

There are concrete piers that support the house and the deck which are hidden by stacked local bluestone.

Newkirk, the owner, travels frequently so he’s outfitted the house with furniture and decorations from all around the world.

The home is totally off-grid with no electricity or plumbing. It’s a great place to live peacefully and get away from it all with beautiful views, a nice breeze, and wonderful outdoor space.

Small Rustic Cabin Completely Off-Grid

Photographs by Dean Kaufman for New York Magazine

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Fencl Tiny House for Sale from Tumbleweed Houses

Just a few days ago I received an email from my friend Ryan who blogs about tiny houses at The Tiny Life.

He basically announced that after 3 and a half years of writing and talking about tiny homes that he is finally going to build one for himself to live in as his home. A mortgage-free home.

So I decided to arrange a phone call to interview him that way you can get a glimpse into his thoughts and reasons for making this change and how he’s making it all work.

I’ve transcribed the interview for you to read below but I’ve also uploaded it to YouTube so you can listen to it on there. In the near future it will be available on iTunes as a podcast so that you can listen to it from your iPhone, iPad, iPod, PC, or Mac. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Oh and if you’re curious, he’s building and designing a slightly modified version of Tumbleweed’s Fencl design which looks like this:

Fencl Tiny House for Sale from Tumbleweed Houses

Photo Credit Tumbleweed Houses

I can’t wait to learn more about the house. But for now enjoy the interview then if you want to leave your thoughts at the bottom of this page in the comments so we can all talk about it.

Listen to the entire interview or read the transcript below:

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