After some students built the Periwinkle shell, Patti purchased the home and outfitted the inside in her own signature style. The walls are a beautiful turquoise blue, she has a loft bedroom, cozy living area (with an awesome green chair!), and a super-functional kitchen. Patti said she purchased probably 50% of her interior off Craigslist or similar listings, which just goes to show you that recycled can be adorable.
It’s encouraging to see that the small town of Spur, Texas (population 1,088) has announced that they are welcoming tiny houses as supposedly declared by their mayor, Manuel Herrera.
But let’s clear this up right here right now. We are getting somewhere. But you might be a little disappointed to learn the truth here as explored by Andrew Odom of Tiny r(E)volution below. Are tiny houses on trailers easily permitted? We’re not sure.
But it is very clear that creatively simple and safe tiny homes on foundations are welcome with open arms. We’re just not sure about the ones on wheels. Although I personally don’t see why not. But have a read for yourself below. Either way, I’m convinced this is good news for the tiny house movement. What do you think?
But if you’ve been looking for the right used tiny house to buy, this might be the right one at the right price. They’re only asking $16,100.
I think that’s quite the fair deal… Might even be a steal of a deal considering most tiny homes of that size and quality are demanding prices of $35,000, $45,000 and even $55,000 at times. More than likely it’s already sold.
I have been part of the tiny house community since I first saw Jay Shafer on Oprah back in 2008.
We used that inspiration to begin building our tiny house in 2009. As you might imagine, since that time I have seen a lot of other tiny house blogs and become part of the small but growing community of tiny house builders.
There are so many great designs and ideas out there now and many tiny house builders are creating some amazing homes that are smaller than most traditional bedrooms. I thought I might share my favorite tiny houses – in no particular order.
1. Macy Miller’s Tiny House on a Gooseneck Trailer
If you notice the photos do not show a bathroom built in this tiny house. The Odom’s tiny house is part of a larger idea that encompasses the addition of an ANNEX. The ANNEX will flow right from the initial tiny house trailer. There the permanent bathroom will be situated between two small bedrooms.
If you want to see the current bathroom facilities please visit facebook.com/tinyrev and refer to the photo album “The Shower Shack.” To find out more about the ANNEX search for the word ANNEX on www.tinyrevolution.us.
So much time is spent thinking about the exterior build of tiny houses – the trailer, the framework, the weight, the roof, etc – that the interior is often overlooked. But is that wise? Isn’t the interior what transforms an otherwise stark and impersonal trailer or foundation into a home? It is if you ask Stacey Pridgen of Rooms and Spaces and tiny places.
“The interior is what turns a trailer into a home. It is where a person lays their head at night and you want that person to feel like they are in a palace and not an outhouse,” says Pridgen.
A contractor, creator, builder, craftsman, artist, and innovator for over 25 years Pridgen has been putting hammer to nail since he was just 16 years old. “I started when I was 16 years old or so. I got a job with a construction outfit as a framing assistant. I spent a lot of time helping, lugging material, and trying to learn the trade.”
Since December of 2010 when we first stumbled across the tiny house living lifestyle we have had a dream to build our own, custom, tiny house trailer.
Having both lived in more traditional “sticks and bricks” homes and having both seen our fair share of consumer debt, mortgage bubble worst-case scenarios, and the like, we realized that we wanted something different; something more that could only be found in something less, so to speak.
We no longer wanted to live the status quo and fall prey to what we now realize is an antiquated “American Dream.”
We had no desire to get to know Fannie or Freddie and we knew that we wanted to further develop our micro-homestead, our self-sustaining lifestyle, and our desire to have a home that grew with us rather than us having to figure out how to fill it up.
So for the last three years or so (even before our tiny house dream) my wife, Crystal, and I have worked hard at simplifying our lives.
We have minimized the number of clothes we own, the amount of books/CDs/DVDs we own, the types of food we eat, our dependency on cars and travel in general, the number of square feet we need to exist indoors, and our overall debt!
Because of this exchange, we have maximized our quality of life, our love for each other, our concern for the world around us, our ideas of true entertainment, our health (both mental and physical), and our general dispositions.
In regards to our tiny house trailer, we are about 15% into it. We have secured our trailer (30′ long former travel trailer), sandblasted the entire thing, painted it, replaced the tires, replaced the leaf springs, etc. (see photos below).
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