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This is a tiny house movement timeline… A brief history of tiny homes. How far back does the tiny house movement go? Some could argue that tiny homes have been here since the dawn of man. And it’s true, isn’t it? But for the purposes of this article, I’d like to start by skipping to the year 1854 because that’s the year that Henry David Thoreau published his book, Walden, after living in a 150-square-foot tiny cabin near Walden Pond on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s woodland property.

Little did he know, that he may be largely responsible for having sparked the giant tiny house movement that we are witnessing today. So please join me on a journey back in time, to explore the tiny homes of yesterday and see how they have inspired the tiny and small homes of today. And who knows, maybe we can figure out what the tiny homes of the future will be like? Let’s go…

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1854 – Henry David Thoreau publishes Walden while living in a 150-square-foot tiny cabin.


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Meet B.A. Norrgard. She’s a woman who attended a Four Lights Tiny House Workshop in February of 2013. After the event, she bought the Gifford tiny house plans and started building.

Five months later, her little house on wheels is complete. And now she’s been hired as COO to work with Jay Shafer and the rest of his Four Lights Tiny House Company team in California. Now that’s a pretty awesome story, isn’t it?

Once upon a time she was a litigation paralegal. And she desired a change. Now she’s helping others simplify their lives to live more purposeful lives. Just like she’s doing. Jay Shafer is calling her a “tiny house superhero.” And right now I just felt I had to introduce you to her. So, please, take a video tour of her new tiny house below, enjoy, and re-share if you feel compelled to!

Meet this Tiny House Superhero (And Her Gifford)


Images © Isha Erskine/YouTube

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The Small House Book by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses is a fun read.

I got it more than 3 years ago when I first heard about tiny houses, how they’re built on trailers, composting, permits, and things like that.

The book starts with an introduction on how the author lives in a house that’s just 90 square feet.

It’s so crazy to think, but he designed the house to meet all of his simple needs and it’s given him the opportunity to pursue other things in his life.

Jay Shafer and his tiny house

Photo credit: Tumbleweed Houses

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I made these tiny house floor plans a while back.

I never got around to publishing them until now.

It’s based on a 19′ by 8′ dimension making it a roomy tiny house.

I hope you enjoy and please let me know your favorite in the comments down below.

19x18 tiny house floor plan 1 19x18 tiny house floor plan with people in it 19x18 tiny house floor plan loft view

I know the loft view isn’t perfect–somehow I messed up with dimensions and missed the wood flooring–but I think you get the idea. I’ll get better I promise.

These floor plans give you a visual of what living in a tiny house would be like. It’s also good for organizing/planning furniture, kitchens, bathrooms and windows.

Want more tiny house floor plans?

Download my latest eBook called, The Little Book of Tiny House Floor Plans, it’s free.

You’ll learn all the why’s and how‘s on tiny houses.

There are color pictures, models, and fascinating explanations on each.

The Little Book of Tiny House Floor Plans by Alex Pino

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