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Tiny House Tour: Daniel Aragon’s “Ico” in Placerville, Colorado.

In the midst of our own building process, we’ve been gaining inspiration from other Tiny House owners around the country.

As we visit other tiny house dwellers, we learn about their unique home designs, and also the lifestyles that led them to live in just a few hundred square feet. With each interview, we’re gaining a deeper understanding of what makes a house into a home, and how building a house from scratch allows people to create a place that truly feels like their own.

Daniel Aragon lovingly calls his tiny home in Placerville, Colorado, “The Ico” because of its 12-sided shape, and it’s definitely different from most other tiny houses we’ve seen first-hand. A graduate of the Ecosa Institute of Ecological Design at Prescott College, Daniel designed the Ico himself and built it in just a few months, with a handful of friends.

The house sits off a winding two-lane road, about 30 minutes outside of Telluride, Colorado, and in May was surrounded by flowering trees and raised garden beds. Daniel himself had to rush off after our interview to help organize a screening of the documentary film, “Truck Farm,” at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival. Gardening is one of his passions, and owning his own small house, which is built on land owned by an old friend, allows him plenty of time to spend outside, with his fingers in the dirt.

Here’s our video tour of Daniel’s house. Enjoy!

Tiny House Tour: Daniel Aragon’s “Ico” from TINY on Vimeo.

Know someone with a unique Tiny House that we should visit? Send us an email and let us know!


~ written by Merete Mueller, 8/7/2011




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