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Gøran Johansen’s Tiny Home in Norway (With Plans!)

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This is Gøran Johansen’s tiny home in Norway that he built using 8 x 8 square logs.

We haven’t seen many homes built like that, so it’s pretty amazing! He documented the build on his Facebook page, but you can also read what he told us below the pictures and download the floor plans that he generously shared.

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Gøran Johansen’s Tiny Home in Norway with FREE TINY HOUSE PLANS DOWNLOAD!

Photography by Gøran Johansen

Yep, I’d move here for the mountains!

Love the tiny dog house!

How fun is that deck? Love seeing something different.

Metal roofs = Love

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Now this is where I want to work from home!

What do you think of open shelving? I think I’m too messy!

Tiny window for a tiny space.

Oh that black flooring is different! Cool!

As long as there’s a washing machine, I’m pleased!

Enjoy more of this amazing Norway Cabin (and download the plans!) below!

Going all out with the awesome lime-green accent wall.

Showing off his artistic tastes!

Time to snuggle in 🙂

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Home is taking shape!

Just picturing myself with that chainsaw…yep, it’s terrifying!

Home sweet home!

Download the Plans:

Video: Tiny House – Aurland, Norway

From the builder:

My name is Gøran Johansen and I have now lived in my tiny house for some months. I started planning the project with a colleague of mine a couple of years ago, to build to tiny houses in the center of a rural town in Norway, called Aurland.

I was going to build a new unit, from scratch, and she was going to build with reused materials and an old sleeping-barrack.

Both units are 10 by 26 feet, with a footprint of 258 square feet, and and interior space of 205.

I have used wooden logs, 8 inch by 8 inch, square not round and in a technique we call “alipplaft” here in Norway, where you have a vertical log in each corner, and then release the horizontal logs into a vertical slot.

I have no insulation in the walls, but 8 inch insulation in the floor and 10 inch in the roof, everything woodfiber insulation.

We are connected to the municpality with water and sanitation.

Because it is not allowed to build so small units according to regulations in Norway, this is a test-project, and the houses must be removed in two years. We are hoping to find a new, more permanent place here in Aurland within the lime-limit, and that we can find a solution to the rigid regulations on such tiny homes.


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Ruth
    March 13, 2017, 5:44 pm

    Moving every 2 years sounds pretty fine. I imagine the tiny windows help keep the house warmer,

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 14, 2017, 10:18 am

      Good point, Ruth 🙂

    March 15, 2017, 6:55 pm

    Interesting! Though this TH looks small and cramped, it’s still has a cozy feeling to it! Well done!

    April 14, 2017, 4:47 am

    No Refrigerator? Deal breaker.

    • James D.
      September 7, 2021, 1:12 am

      It’s not in the same room!

  • iris
    April 14, 2017, 3:23 pm

    But, if one was to stay permanently in one place, I would advise having a subfloor and fill it with rocks or maybe it won’t get too windy. Or, have it wired down with grips of some sort to solid cement. I love the layout and can’t believe how much room you have in your laundry/bathroom. Only thing I would have done differently is the roof. I would have had it high on one side slanting down with the idea of making a mirror side some day on the other side. I did this once for a man, not quite homeless. I built it much like yours and built a twin about 2inches + smidgeon from it so that I could legally get away without a permit and he could eventually side in a 2 by 4 to make it one.

    • Alex
      April 14, 2017, 3:42 pm

      Good ideas! Thanks!

  • sven
    September 5, 2021, 6:18 am

    Exzellent work done. Congrats!!!

    Just wondering why Norwegian regulations do not allow a tiny house permanently at one site? What is the reasoning?
    Best wishes,

    • James D.
      September 7, 2021, 5:28 am

      From what I understand, basically, extremely high and strict standards that are difficult to meet in smaller structures, which also have to deal with hard and complex planning approval process… Norway’s building code, TEK 10, is generally considered one of the most strict mandatory building regulation in force in Europe and the eventual TEK15 will be even more strict…

      Buildings that will be used as full time homes, especially, will have to meet very high energy efficiency standards (Passive House), requirements like wheelchair access, etc. So anything that falls short of meeting all requirements tend to fall into recreational (RV/Caravan)/rental property/shed category. Limiting where they can be placed and how they can be used or at least making it very difficult to find a location that approval is possible and they can reconcile how a Tiny House can fit into their modern housing market/system…

  • Donna Rae
    September 17, 2023, 7:46 pm

    What a fun project! And it turned out great, too. Hearing that there were two of you creating homes that were the same measurements makes me so curious about how the other home turned out, especially because one was built by a guy and one by a gal. It would be interesting to see the different perspectives and use of space. I think we must all get used to stricter building codes because with the changing climate with extreme heat and extreme cold, efficiency will only get more and more important. We will all have to accept that homes may look very different in the future but those sorts of changes are part of life and civilization. Look at how homes have evolved in the last 100 or even 200 years. And we are better off because of it. We need to embrace more change if we are to live comfortably or even survive. I do hope we get to see the other home.

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