Rough Cut Sheds

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Rough Cut Sheds is a small company in Yelm, Washington that literally uses rough cut board & bat siding on their structures. They can build tiny structures up to 200 square feet and deliver them to your property in most parts of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

What impresses me about the houses, cabins, playhouses, barns, etc, that I see on their website is the diversity of buildings they have made. While the aesthetic seems very consistent it sounds like they’re happy to build to their customers specifications. So if you have an idea and need a builder in the Pacific Northwest these may be some people to considering hiring.

To see more visit the Rough Cut Sheds website.

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The Tiny Tack House

Tiny Tack House

Chris and Malissa’s tiny house is another one of my favorites – and not just because one of Chris’s talents is photography – see more of that at Posted here is a small sample of some new photos that they posted on their blog – see more of this photo set at

It’s 140 square feet, has wool insulation in the walls and natural wood surfaces inside. Currently they are living in Snohomish, Washington and legally camping on land they rent. It took them about 800 hours to build the house with little previous construction experience. Malissa is a 3D modeler and animator so she drew up the design and plans herself.

It cost them about $20,000 to build their home and $12,000 for their off-grid solar system. Due to the cloudy weather in Washington in the winter, they typically spend about a dollar a day to make up the difference between what the solar system can’t generate and what they use.

The entire building process was captures on their blog in photos – and is a must see if you’re wondering what it takes to build a tiny house. Visit to see more.

Tiny Tack House - Door

Tiny Tack House - Interior

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Tiny Tack House - Kitchen

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Tiny Tack House - Pallet Table and Benches

Tiny Tack House - Shower

Tiny Tack House - Potty

How to Build a Greenhouse

Cody (a.k.a Wranglerstar) is one of the folks I follow on YouTube and Facebook. He regularly posts great how-to videos he films on his homestead near White Salmon, Washington. While this short video series focuses on building a greenhouse, it demonstrates how quickly the shell of a small building can be framed. He found the plans for this greenhouse at Ana White’s website.

While a small building like this is not unlike a tiny house there are some significant differences which will add to the time and cost to a tiny house project. As you can see here the shell of stick framed building goes up quickly. To make it comfortable for living more steps are needed like making it weather tight, insulating the shell, finishing the interior, installing utilities, and so on. Learn more about how to build a tiny house.

Cody is also working on a timber frame cabin and documenting every step. Compared to timber framing, stick framing goes very quickly as you can see in the greenhouse construction videos below. You can also watch them on Cody’s YouTube Channel.

I’ll add the final video(s) when Cody posts it on YouTube.