Tiny House for Film Stars

Here is a wonderful tiny home with Clark Gable and Joan Crawford eyeing each other up on the front porch.  It appears to be strapped to a regular flatbed trailer, presumably for delivery to its final destination. There is nothing new under the sun. Found here but the site is sadly defunct now: http://wintechmodularbuildings.co.uk/

Ana White and Some Truly Brilliant Ideas

Someone recently shared this house with me and I've seen her (Ana White's) work popping up all over the Internet lately.  Ana White uses readily available materials to create some genius storage and living solutions for small homes.  These could easily be applied in many other situations in order to make the most of any … Continue reading Ana White and Some Truly Brilliant Ideas

The Tiny House Movement

Here’s a redux from a conversation held last year.

Preindustrial Craftsmanship

Here’s a recent conversation I had, as best I can recall, of creating disappointment and maybe using the wrong words when describing the Vardo.

A woman in a grocery store parking lot jogs up to the vardo while I’m making a sandwich shouting, “Oh my gosh!  That is so cool!  Wow! Is that a Tiny House like on TV? Can I have a look inside?”

“Yes, of course.  You can look inside.”  So far, it’s progressing just like a hundred other conversations I’ve had over the years.

“Is it like the little TV houses? You know, like on that show?”

“I don’t know the show but it’s actually a little camping caravan.”

“It’s not a Tiny House?  Oh, never mind then,” turning on her heel she walked away without a backward glance.  Then to another gentleman walking towards us she shouts, “It’s nothing.  It’s not like the Tiny House Show”…

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Ravenlore Tiny Home

Tiny Green Cabins has some pretty nice and well thought-out designs. I find their website a little difficult to navigate but their blog has some interesting stuff on it.  I am very much a traditionalist and a form-follows-function kind of guy.  However, I think they have some new and innovative designs as well as some … Continue reading Ravenlore Tiny Home

An Engineering Marvel; Tiny House Truck

That transforms into a modernist castle. As usual, Lloyd Kahn always finds the good stuff to post when it comes to unique Shelter.  The Tiny House Truck is built on an old flatbed and is a true marvel of engineering as it "pops" out into a faux castle.  An appropriate home I suppose for these … Continue reading An Engineering Marvel; Tiny House Truck

Awesome House-Car of the 1920s

Found on the Vintage Everyday blog.  It is thought to be from circa 1926 and is a real beauty.  It has some nice details as well.  The sign on the roof, lightning rods, and even a little chimney.  A great solution of one facing homelessness but still had the car.  Possibly a nightmare to drive?

The Conklin House Bus

Roland and Mary Conklin of Huntington, N.Y., made house-car travel a family experience. Their bus factory built the Gypsy Van, shown above, and in the summer of 1915, the Conklin family set out to see America. Photo & caption courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, the Huntington Historical Society (New York), and Home on the Road: … Continue reading The Conklin House Bus

Update to the Little Yellow House

Another update from Kent Griswold's website, The Tiny House Blog.  This is arguably the cutest house in America, built by Ella Jenkins at the the Little Yellow Door website.  Just over a year ago she made the big move into a small space and seems to be doing better than ever. Ella is a posterchild … Continue reading Update to the Little Yellow House

Ella Jenkins Tiny House

Deek has featured another fine home with some great photos.  I particularly like this set as the house doesn't appear to be "staged" but is actually lived in. I can't wait to see more as promised. See the rest of the photos HERE or just cruise the rest of the Relaxshacks site if you have … Continue reading Ella Jenkins Tiny House

Maker Faire 2012 Update

The Bay Area Maker Faire was bigger and more interesting than I thought possible.  I have rarely been so busy in my life as the eighteen or so hours I stood and talked about the Vardo.  There were many interesting and interested people who thoroughly examined every aspect of the wagon.  As it was built … Continue reading Maker Faire 2012 Update

More Vardos

Here are a couple new Vardos found in the Arizona desert this February. Jack's wagon, nearly complete inside.  I helped him build the main structure in my driveway last summer and he has been trimming it out ever since.  It essentially the same design as mine (with a few logical improvements) and lengthened by two … Continue reading More Vardos

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter

I received an advance copy of Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter when I went to my post office box today.  I have been thumbing through it all all evening, looking at the photos and pondering the meaning of Shelter. Maybe the tides of change are subtle in the beginning.  But I never thought I would be … Continue reading Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter