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Archive for June, 2011

Tiny House Progress Report: Walls and Roof Complete

Rafters finished.

I have been working away on the Tiny House and filming for the past month or so. Progress has been slow and steady and the familiar outline of a house has finally taken shape. I have been working mostly alone, but have had some dedicated support from a few good friends.

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An Interview with Karen Chapple, Professor of Urban Planning at UC Berkeley

Tiny Houses as a Solution for Affordable Housing.

When we emailed Karen Chapple last spring, for an interview about her recently-built, net-zero small house, she wrote us back jokingly, “Join the club.”

There’s been a lot of interest in Karen’s 420-square foot house, which she built in the backyard of her Berkeley home and currently rents out to another family. This is in part because Karen’s personal experiment in urban development is the first piece of a larger study that looks at how small houses might be a solution for affordable housing in the Bay Area.

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An Interview with Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny Houses.

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You could call Jay Shafer the Johnny Appleseed of Tiny Houses.

Google “Tiny House” and he’s the first result that pops up. Most other blogs and websites related to building tiny houses and living small make at least some reference to Jay, and most DIY builders rely on the blueprints and plans that he designs and sells to make their own small homes a reality.

Jay has built a business empire out of living small, selling how-to books and blueprints for an array of original small house designs, teaching workshops around the country, and hosting bi-monthly open houses at his own small home in Groton, California. By providing ready-made plans and an example of how it’s done, Jay’s made it possible for anyone to build their own home.

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