Not to be a ‘Bug’ but…

In German, Volkswagen means “people’s car” and back in the 1930’s the German auto maker rolled out the first Beetle. Since then, automobiles have come a long way in technology and overall look. But the people’s car maker has, for the most-part, kept the same shape and exterior look of one of it’s most popular models…like a beetle.

In the 1970’s, people wanted the Beetle to be more ‘functional’ off-road. I know, weird right? Queue the birth of “The Super Bugger”, a cross between the Beetle and an RV built on a 1968 Beetle chassis. Back in 1975 (the year I was born) a third-party builder named Super Campers out of Costa Mesa, California built and sold the Supper Buggers for $6,000. They were constructed of fiberglass paneling and only had a small kitchen and seating area.

(Photo credit: MyStarCollectorCar)

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About Me

Not sure if many of you know this but, I am a Draftsman by trade and have been working with Steve Zaleschuk from Finished Right Contracting designing Tiny Homes. To date I have helped Steve bring twelve tiny homes to life. I have learned a lot about tiny home rules and regulations (I know, very grey area) and a lot about helpful tips and tricks to maximize space and construction materials.
I have also been doing drafting & design for over 20 years. My current full-time job is managing projects for a structural engineer where I am responsible for projects from ‘napkin sketches’ to final inspections. I also work in some land development if the project requires it. I have extensive experience in land development having spent many of my drafting years doing civil engineering and land development.
I also worked as an Estimator/Salesperson at a major building supply store here in Alberta. Estimating and doing quotes for projects ranging from small fences and sheds to decks, garages and pole buildings.
Needless to say, I know my way around buildings and building products. So if anyone needs some tips, advice or even a set of plans done up, let me know and I would be happy to work with you!
Jason

Tiny Town Association

On of the most interesting ideas I have been following lately is the Tiny Town Association which is a Non-Profit founded by Ed Peterson. Ed’s idea is…

To build towns for THOWs (Tiny Houses On Wheels) within commuting distance of host cities. This Tiny Town model adds appeal to the host city by increasing the available, affordable housing options, without affecting the space occupied by traditional homes.

Ed has done a lot of leg work on the idea and has even built one of the models of tiny home that would be offered.

The Logan is a 32-foot tiny home designed on a single floor to accommodate seniors as well. The design is the result of many trials and boasts a one-piece acrylic walk-in shower with seat and a convenient second exterior door.

Ed has been able to secure some sponsors who have helped him build The Logan, including Timbercraft Tiny Homes who sponsored the set of plans for The Logan and Longevity Acrylics who sponsored the one-piece acrylic shower.

But not only has Ed come up with a model tiny home, he has also come up with a lot of statistics to go along with his vision.

To get an explanation of these stats and to read more about the Tiny Town Association and it’s new charity 24Pillars which is focusing on providing tiny homes to the homeless, check out these great resources:

Tiny Town Association website

Tiny Town Association Facebook page

24Pillars website

Tiny With a Twist

I love Tiny Homes enough as it is, but when I see a tiny with a twist I am mesmerized! When it comes to saving space and making the most of what you got to work with, nobody compares to Europeans. I stumbled across the company Optinid based out of Rhône-Alpes in Southeast France. When you see their designs, there’s no doubt Eric, Christopher, Jonas and Yoann are creating some unique tiny homes.

I have to begin with my favourite part, albeit the part that would never be viable in Canada. They call it a “Sunroof” and they aren’t far off. If you live in a sunny climate, this is a feature that will have you sold! They are the first to ever introduce the idea of a retractable, roof allowing you to sunbathe by day, and stargaze by night!

What they do on the inside to conserve space and make sure everything has a purpose is amazing as well. From utilizing a tabletop as part of the stairs to the seating area transforming into a bed.

Looking at the exteriors of their tiny homes is also a treat. They utilize low sloped double roof lines in most cases to maximize interior space. Their selection of materials and colours also makes for a beautiful exterior.

Here’s a short video of the sunroof in operation.

Check out their Facebook page for more photos of their designs.

 

Tiny House or Cottage?

I have seen literally thousands of Tiny Homes. For the most part a lot of them look the same. Basically a small house or shed. But every once in a while I see something different. This is one of those different tiny homes.

It is a beautiful ‘cottage’ type home with stone work on the outside, something you don’t often see on tiny homes due to the weight, however, this is faux stone. On the inside…breathtaking woodwork.

It’s a creation by SimBLISSity Tiny Homes. They describe it as a “Mountain Sanctuary” with large windows, aesthetic ambiance and comfortable sitting/gathering area. It’s 8’x24′ and measures out to roughly 250 square feet of tranquility. But, I’ll let you be the judge!

Haida Houseboat

Alright, I know it’s been a while since my last post, and I apologize, but life comes and goes in moments of craziness and moments of serenity. The last few weeks have been craziness lol. Anyway, I have a bunch of saved up ideas for posts that I hope to have coming your way in the coming week or so.

Today I want to share another Tiny House Boat. Technically it’s over 500 square feet so not a Tiny House, but still close enough.

The Haida Houseboat is roughly 600 square feet and is snuggled in a harbour in Seattle, Washington. It’s adorned with curved beams and arches and beautiful tiger-wood countertops. The 15’x40′ floating home boasts a 4’x14′ covered exterior deck and was listed for sale, and sold recently for $295,000.

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Fenix Eco Cabins

 

I recently saw a comment on one of my posts from a man named Steven Vincent. He simply said “Check out Roatan ! I DID AND MOVE HERE 10 YEARS AGO !!!” I asked him if he meant the island in Honduras and he confirmed it was. He went on to tell me he has built two tiny homes there and is in the process of building four more on his own land. The best part is there are no bylaws or codes holding him back. That’s not to say he is cutting corners or building them shabby, because as you will see in the photos, they are built with some pretty heavy timber.

Hopefully he will provide us some more interior photos soon…Enjoy!

Check out the Fenix Eco Cabins page for more info & photos.