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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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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 tackphoto.com. Posted here is a small sample of some new photos that they posted on their blog – see more of this photo set at chrisandmalissa.com.

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 chrisandmalissa.com to see more.

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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.

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Tiny house videos are better than saturday morning cartoons. Below are some tiny house & simple living videos we spotted online this past week. Also:

This Must Be The Place is a growing series of short films exploring the idea of home. This one is on John Coffer, a tintype photographer who lives in a tiny cabin on 50 acres in Washington. I originally found it on the Solar Burrito Blog.

COFFER from thismustbetheplace on Vimeo.

Kevin Cyr built this tiny bike camper. You can view the video on YouTube.


This is the final video in a series of construction videos that Meg & Joe made of their tiny house construction project. See the complete series on their YouTube channel.

Ann Holley gives a tour of her tiny house, the Protohaus.

Theresa gives Alex a tour of her 7′x20′ tiny home.

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Solar Burrito’s off-the-grid cabin is coming along nicely. On their most recent visit they finished up the sheathing and sealed it up tight with house wrap. Originally they had a yurt in this same location but it caved in last winter under the weight of snow; so they bought a kit from Penny Pincher Barns and have been steadily building this little dream cabin. It’s located up on shared remote property on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State and you can follow along at the Solar Burrito Blog.

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Adam is building a tiny house from one of my free house plans, the 8×16 tiny solar house to be specific. He recent moved from Spokane, Washington to Montana and plans to go back to school and study architecture. This house is an opportunity to build himself a place to live while getting some hands on construction experience. So far he has the walls framed and will be lifting the rafters into place next. It’s looking great Adam!

You can also follow his progress on Adam’s blog.

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Another one of my readers, Adam Waltering of Spokane, Washington, has started to build an 8×16 Tiny Solar House from one of my free house plans. This small house design features a simple shed roof and a tall south facing wall for maximizing solar gain during cold weather. During hot weather the house can be turned around making shade awnings unnecessary. The interior ceiling is high with a loft at one end.

So far Adam has bought the trailer and the first big batch of lumber. He’s also started to lay out the floor framing. Adam plans to live in this home while attending college where he’ll study architecture.

He’s also recording his adventure on a new blog he just setup. You can follow his progress at educationorhouse.blogspot.com.

The other 8×16 Tiny Solar House that I know about is being built by Bill Brooks who plans to take his up to Alaska for an extended visit. You can see some early progress photos of Bill’s house at Tiny House Blog.

Photo credit Adam Waltering.

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peter frazier lifehacker tiny house exterior

This tiny building is the home office of Peter Frazier which overlooks Chuckanut Bay in Bellingham, Washington. It is currently featured on Lifehacker. My boss actually tipped me off to it, Thanks Gene! I imagine Gene took one look at this home office and figured he had stumbled upon what I might consider the perfect home office. He was right.

Ironically, Peter Frazier’s story sounds almost like a mirror of my own. He works from home in the technology world and has worn many of the same hats that I’ve worn like user-interface designer, customer experience researcher, and graphic designer.

He also fell into the trap that the hours, days, and years of sedentary work provides and packed on the pounds. This seems to be a common result of desk-bound jobs. Instead of accepting things as they were Peter changed his lifestyle. In his own words:

Recently I decided that working standing up would help me live a more active life. It’s worked. Along with meditating, running, hiking, and kayaking, working standing up (with hourly interludes of pushups, situps or yoga) I’ve dropped 30 pounds. My thinking is clearer for longer and you’re more likely to find me with things in perspective.

I guess there comes a time when all of us realize that there must be a better way and begin realigning our goals and values. Some of us build tiny pallet houses; others build tiny houses on cliffs. It’s really inspiring to see success stories like Peter’s. Read the complete story on Lifehacker. Photo credit Peter Frazier. Thanks Again Gene!

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I was just stumbling around the web tonight reading more about strategies for building sustainable lifestyles mostly and not really looking for tiny houses and found another tiny house project by accident. It seems tiny houses are popping up all over.

This is a small 12′ by 16′ cabin with a simple gable roof and generous 8′ by 12′ covered porch. It also has a large 12′ by 12′ sleeping loft and sits on a simple post and pier foundation. The simple design is speeding construction although it appears at the moment the weather has them focused more on interior work like cabinets. Be sure to visit the construction slide show.

In addition to the Yonderosa Blog, Mo, the owner-builder, has started another blog dedicated to some small house plans called the Cowboy Cabin Company. Can’t wait to see the Yonderosa cabin finished. More power to you Mo!




Here are some of the house plans you’ll find on the Cowboy Cabin Company blog. I don’t think it’s the plan for the cabin pictured above but anther design by Mo.