≡ Menu

This is Jay Shafer’s latest tiny house that he built for only $5,000 in material cost.

His new tiny house design is aimed at taking things back to the absolute basics and simplicity in all aspects. That means a home which is simple and pleasant to live in, simple to build and also simple to afford. This new tiny house design costs a remarkably low sum of US $5000!1

Don’t miss other incredible stories like this – join our FREE Tiny House Newsletter for more!

Jay Shafer Designs/Builds a Beautiful $5k Tiny Home

[continue reading…]


This is the Light Haus Tiny House on Wheels designed by Vina Lustado.

It’s a tiny home designed with tall people in mind.

Please don’t miss other interesting tiny homes like this – join our FREE Tiny House Newsletter for more!

A Tiny House Design for Tall People

Light Haus Tiny House for Tall People 001

Images © Vina’s Tiny House

[continue reading…]


This is the North West Territories 521 sq. ft. Small House Design.

It’s designed by John Robinson of Robinson Residential.

Don’t miss other interesting tiny homes like this – join our FREE Tiny House Newsletter for more! 

521 Sq. Ft. Small House Design: North West Territories

[continue reading…]


These are proposed designs for Salt and Water’s Portable Tiny House that’s not on wheels.

It’s an eco-friendly space that both opens to the outdoors and closes up for transport.

Please enjoy, read more, and re-share below!

Salt and Water’s Portable Tiny House (not on wheels!)


Images © Salt and Water

[continue reading…]


One of our readers, Robert Olson, shared one of his floor plan sketches to help another reader.

She needed a home to suite the needs of herself and her disabled son. Read the comment below.

Thanks, Robert and Alex for the small home ideas. I am a single Mom with a son in his 20’s with special needs (unable to live by himself) who will be living with me for a very long time; space and privacy are necessities for him. Do you have any ideas for a small house for 2 adults who need separate sleeping quarters? I am in the process of getting my house ready to sell and move home to New Mexico; we can’t afford, nor do I want a regular house; I have been searching for a small house plan that would work for us as hopefully we can build; also, my son needs his own bathroom, do to Aspergers. I would gladly buy a plan from you that would work for us. I am disabled as well, due to a brain injury. The closet, washer, dryer, bathroom is a brilliant idea! Thanks so much for all you do for us. You give me hope! (source)

Thankfully, Robert already had a plan he had sketched out that would be perfect for her. He replies,

MaryAnne, I would suggest a one level home, 2 bedroom 2 bath split bedroom arrangement. This way your son can live with you, but you each have your privacy on opposite sides of the house, yet joined by a common living area.

I sketched out a house like that once, designed for 2 room mates to share the high cost of housing in Hawaii. I might still have that in my computer somewhere. I’ll look. (source)


Yes MaryAnne, I do still have it in my computer. Its called the Aloha. It was a quick 5 minute concept sketch. I don’t even have square footage. Its just an idea sketch, but I think it would fit your needs. You can build it as big or small as you want. I will send it to Alex to forward to you. Keep in mind this was designed for 2 room mates with sweeping views of the pacific ocean from a hillside, so all the windows are on the ocean side. (source)

In case you find yourself wanting something similar, or are just curious about what the plans look like, I’m sharing them below thanks to Robert. And we’re lucky to have him in the community. Thank you Robert.

THE ALOHA 2/2 Split Bedroom Floor Plan


Images © Robert Olson

[continue reading…]


I just had to show you this tiny house design sent in by a reader.

It’s called the mobile wooden hut which is designed for four people to sleep in.

The purpose of this mobile micro cabin is to serve as a cabin for vacations and camping sites.

Right now the first ones are being built for a campground in Belgium.

Tiny House Design for Campgrounds

Related: Why Tiny House Communities Hardly Exist

I think you might be surprised by how tiny it really is when you take a look inside below:

[continue reading…]


Last week I told you about LaMar’s off grid tiny house design contest.

If you decide to participate and submit your own design you can win books, solar panels and even up to $500 in cash.

All of the details are available right here at LaMar’s website.

But today I wanted to show you one of the very first submissions.

It’s a 192 sq. ft. off grid cabin.


As you can see there are plans for solar power, water collection and more:

[continue reading…]


Twelve Cubed makes a 12′ by 12′ cube house. At such a small size you’d be surprised as to what fits inside. Small houses like this one create opportunities for people while helping the environment.

Small spaces can help you get out of debt or start a new career because they help you save money. Since the average one bedroom apartment is still somewhere around 800 square feet, we have to get creative to truly enjoy the benefits of living simply. That’s what James Stuart is doing with his Twelve3 prefab tiny house company. The company is based in Vancouver Island, British Columbia. These little dwellings have a variety of uses, just like other tiny houses.

Don’t miss other great stories like this – join our FREE Tiny House Newsletter for more!

The 144 Square Foot Cube House

12 by 12 Cube House
YouTube Screenshot TwelveCubedHomes

[continue reading…]