Palm to Palm Tiny House

This is a guest post from Ally & Priyan at Palm to Palm – Alternative Dwelling Design, Build and Consult.

My husband and I have a dream of creating a sustainable micro-homestead on a tiny backyard plot.  We built this 120 square foot home on a limited budget with zero construction experience.  Neither of us had ever swung a hammer before starting and we had less than $6k in the bank upon breaking ground.  As far fetched as it all seemed, we decided to trust that anything is possible with inspiration, vision and enthusiasm.

We learned framing, sheathing, roofing, drywalling, tiling, flooring, plumbing and wiring mostly from YouTube and a few select books.  Each part of the project had a steep learning curve as we gathered the necessary tools and materials and knowledge.  I mostly had to learn the art of patience and the supreme importance of good prep work !!

We designed the shell to be simple + approachable for first time builders. And because our budget was as tiny as the house, we used as much salvaged, reclaimed, restored, discounted and second hand materials as possible.  The chronic lack of funds inspired a lot of creativity and I discovered an amazing alchemical skill for transforming trash to treasure.  The whole thing cost less than $8500 to build and took about 9 months to manifest.

What a tremendous journey to build a house!  Besides being a dynamic, hands-on education, it was an absolute joy to see our vision manifest and take shape, step by step.  The result is a gorgeous labor of love that fits our simple lifestyle like a glove.

We have plans to develop the edible landscape with recycled grey water irrigation and to build a tiny greenhouse, rainwater catchment system and matching chook house.

Having completed this project, Priyan is now interested in the creation of tiny home communities where beautiful, functional, sustainable homes are affordable and available to average people.  Such communities would offer shared utilities and facilities and create safe, legal spaces to live large in tiny homes.

To learn more visit Palm to Palm on Facebook…

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Molecule Tiny Homes

Molecule Tiny Homes

This is a recently completed home by Molecule Tiny Homes in Santa Cruz, California. It’s 17-feet long and has a few notable features: a staircase to the loft, a bathtub, and a fold up porch. The whole thing is very nicely done, but those items really stand out in the crowd.

Stairs don’t normally work well in a tiny house because the height in the loft is too low by the time you climb to the top of the stairs. They solved this issue by using a shed dormer in the loft. I’m not sure why they chose to use a shed dormer just on one side, but it seems to work nicely making a nice asymmetrical loft space. The multiple windows and skylight in the loft also do a nice job of opening that space up.

The bathtub is tucked into a corner of the bathroom behind the sink. In addition to the window in the bathroom there’s a door that opens toward the back, which would seem to give the feeling that you’re soaking in a tub outside. I imagine this was a feature requested by the buyer.

The porch at the front door is hinged and folds-up when the house is being moved. Molecule Tiny Homes have been pioneering the implementation of fold-up porches on tiny houses. The porch on this house is small and appears to be partially supported by cables. I imagine it could also rest on a solid support for a firmer feel under foot. I really like the idea of adding fold-up porches to tiny houses, it adds a bit of extra outdoor decking without eating up precious indoor square footage.

To see more of their homes visit Molecule Tiny Homes. Photo credit to Molecule Tiny Homes.

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Healdsburg High School Students Build Tiny House

Healdsburg Tiny House by Students

Students at Healdsburg High School in California have built a tiny house from plans donated by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and modified by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects. The house will be on display on the Healdsburg Community Church campus, at 1100 University Ave., from 9 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013 until 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013.

Businesses and families in Healdsburg banded together to provide the materials and expertise to the students when needed. The house will be sold as part of a fund raising effort. Details about the sale will be available during the open house.

Learn more about this tiny house.

Read about another tiny house built by students and fund raising ideas for schools.