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Dakota Tiny House Front

I’ve been wanting to introduce you to Dakota Tiny Houses as well as show you one of their very first builds.

The Dakota design is 30′ long by 8’6″ wide and 13’6″ tall. I’ll show you the floor plan down below.

There’s even a 3′ porch in the front and inside you’ll find just about everything you’d normally find in a normal home or fully featured RV.

  • Combination washer dryer
  • Normal sized toilet
  • 36″ shower
  • 3 burner stove with oven
  • Large kitchen sink

Dakota Tiny Houses

Dakota Tiny Houses

Images © Dakota Tiny Houses

  • Cabinets with storage throughout
  • Air Conditioner
  • Retractable staircase to porch
  • Attached micro shed in the back
  • Ceiling fan
  • Couch
  • Refrigerator
  • Wall mounted LCD TV with sound bar

In other words, this thing is fully loaded and absolutely ready to live in. And it does come with a price tag. But guess what? ALL of the work is done for you! It’s literally ready to go..

I encourage you to learn more and tour the entire home below:

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Putting the FoundHouse Together

I’ve been wanting to talk about open source housing for a while now which is something you’ve probably never heard of yet.

For a while I’ve known that sometime in the near future housing is going to drastically change thanks to the internet and technology. When I put together this post last year is when I truly realized it.

The good part is that this will most likely reduce the price of building a house because it reduces the need for labor and design.

So today I wanted to introduce you to an idea called WikiHouse. It’s open source housing. Like Wikipedia but for real life stuff.

Open Source Housing & Construction

Open Source Housing

The idea is that you would be able to browse and choose through an ever growing amount of house and furniture designs that are free and open source.

Is this serious?

Yes. This isn’t just an idea anymore. It’s real. At the bottom of this post I’ll introduce you to some people who have already built their own tiny home using these methods. And there are photos to prove it, too! If you already haven’t, check out this Solar House in Barcelona that was built like this and continue reading below:

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NOMAD Micro House

The NOMAD micro home is a prefabricated 10 x 10 dwelling designed in British Columbia.

It’s made so that you can order and have it shipped anywhere worldwide.

This means it’s great for living but also useful for emergency situations.

And it can also be used as an office, hotel room, guest house, affordable housing, and more.

NOMAD Tiny House

NOMAD Micro House

Images: NOMAD Micro Homes

Ian Kent is the man behind NOMAD and he’s perfected the 100 sq. ft. design with the following innovations which you can see in the photos below:

  • space saving staircase to the loft,
  • varying ceiling heights,
  • and maximizing natural light.

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Firefly Micro Camper

Earlier this year I showed you NASA’s former senior architect’s Cricket RV trailer.

Well, Garret Finney is at it again! This time he’s working on an even smaller micro camper.

It’s called the Firefly. And it’s something that can be used for camping trips and traveling.

But it can be more than just a weekend camper too. I’ll explain below.

Introducing: The Firefly

Firefly Micro Camper

Finney thinks the Firefly can be used in industrial and disaster-relief situations as base camps in areas with little to no infrastructure or where systems have been temporarily compromised as well.

I’d rather see people like you and me using them for lightweight and fun travels though. Anyway let me show you more of Garret’s modern take on the vardo which you can put on a small utility trailer, in the back of your pick up truck or on its legs (yes, it has legs).

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I wanted to show you this 600 sq. ft. small house remodeled by Atelier Drome Architecture today.

Not sure about you but I love finding out about small homes that have survived the test of time. This one not only survived the test of time but it also recently got a complete renovation.

In this case the home owners were already in their 600 square foot home that was built in the 1950s but they wanted to make better use of the space. Instead of just adding on to the house, they hired the help of an architect to redesign it completely without making any additions.

600 Sq. Ft. Small House Remodel


Images: Atelier Drome Architecture and Humble Homes

I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the tour inside below (I think you’ll like the kitchen):

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Now here’s a tiny house on wheels that more folks might be open to.

To me it’s like a breed between a Park Model and a Tiny House.

Most park models are wider than 8’6″ so you need a special permit to tow it. But not this one. Rich Daniels built it at just 8′ wide so you can still tow it yourself.

Park Model Tiny House by Rich’s Portable Cabins


Images: Rich Daniels

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Carnival Attraction to Tiny House

A few days ago I received a Facebook message from Denham and Eileen who are building their own tiny home in Canada.

When it comes to living and building tiny, you can get as creative as you can imagine. And that’s one of the things I love about it so much.

This tiny living project is unique because the trailer they’re using for the house used to be a carnival attraction. Here’s what it looked like when they first got it:

Fair Attraction to Tiny Home

Carnival Attraction to Tiny House

Image: Wet Coast Tiny Home

I encourage you to enjoy the rest of this post below:

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