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

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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.

 

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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“Wolflahoma Lodge”

One of the things I love most about the Tiny Home craze is seeing other people’s tiny houses and for those of you willing to share stories, photos, etc I will publish them right here on my blog.

This one comes from Kirk Wolf and is appropriately named “Wolflahoma Lodge”. Wolf’s tiny home was featured on the DIY network show called “Building Off the Grid: Ozark Paradise” and will actually air again on August 27th at 12pm CST.

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One of Kirk’s goals scribbled on a piece of paper was to “Buy Land, with a river (and be sustainable) off grid”. The dream (literally born from a dream) began with a sketch of the home and then became a blank canvas of land soon to be transformed into a home.

Kirk used a lot of reused & re-purposed materials that were destined for the landfill and him and some friends did almost all the work themselves.

A home slowly begins to take shape….

A dream slowly begins to become reality…

The home has some pretty cool ideas. Kirk has set up a blower high up in his home to take in air, blow it down underground through 400 feet of tubing and then back up to the home, exiting the tube at a controled temperature.

The finished product is a huge success that Kirk and his friends and family can be proud to say they built with their bare hands and a lot of love & friendship.

Zyl Vados

I came across a Facebook post about Zyl Vados. For those who don’t know, as I didn’t before now, this post is about Tiny Homes that are beyond your traditional shed-roofed boxes (which I am not against for the record).

Abel Zyl is the Founder of Zyl Vados, a company based out of Olympia, Washington that creates “unforgettable tiny houses and art structures”. He has over twenty-five years experience in residential building and has also done AC electricity, theatrical lighting, mechanical drafting and marine construction (which shows in most of his tiny home designs). Abel is also a founding member of the American Tiny House Association and is the consulting board member for construction and design.

As mentioned on his website, he (and his work) have been featured on HGTV, National Geographic News, Forbes Magazine, OPB’s State of Wonder, ADR Germany TV, The San Francisco Globe, and in the book Tiny Homes on the Move, by Lloyd Khan.

Abel has been building Tiny Homes since 2007, long before the whole “Tiny Home Movement” picked up steam. His designs begin as pencil sketches, and then models and finally, beautiful handcrafted works of art.

There is no question, Zyl and his team, and Family, create some of the most eye-catching tiny homes ever seen! Visit the Facebook page and Instagram account to see way more awesome photos.

Savannah

There are those who love the tiny home idea and who have a tiny home built with all new materials…and then there is Savannah. Savannah is a huge fan of minimalism and living off the land and recycling old materials, which you will easily spot in her tiny home design.

I have helped Steve Zaleschuk with about 6 or 7 designs now, but this one is a bit different. Different because I have actually interacted with Savannah. Kind of got to know her, even if it’s just a little. I also love what her and Steve have done with the interior and the exterior. From using old doors and metal cladding to the upcycled handles on the cabinets and drawers. I also love the exposed copper piping in the bathroom. The second-hand claw-foot tub, the old vanity from her Dad’s childhood.

Have a look and let me know what you think…

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Vagabond

What you are about feast your eyes on is a 1953 35-foot Vagabond ‘Park Model’ trailer that is in original condition for the most-part. It was bought brand new from a dealer in Clearwater Florida named C. J. Stoll by a couple who lived in it for just a few years before putting it into storage. It remained in storage until being purchased in 1987 by a man in Lakeland Florida. The 8,000lb trailer was most recently advertised for sale on the Vintage Camper Trailers Facebook page back in 2015 for $75,000.

Where it went from there we don’t know, but one thing is evident to me, this was more like a Tiny Home than a camper, and it is awesome!

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