Radical downsizing? Maybe not so radical.
Get inspired by these mobile travelers who have taken living tiny one step further.
A two-story tiny house that tilts onto its side? Anything is possible.
Pack your bags now, because after seeing these tiny homes, you'll never want to go back.
Tiny house enthusiasts and young military couple Derek and Mary Voight have decided to hire a builder to do all the heavy lifting. They lend a hand on occasion to speed up the process but they prefer letting a pro tackle the tricky business of building a sturdy house that's agile enough to be pulled by a two-ton truck. The Voights hire builder and tiny home dweller Greg Parham to design and construct their dream home at his construction site in Durango, Colorado.
When full-time college student, Kaitlin Snyder-Patterson, came to the conclusion that renting an apartment was bleeding her dry, she took a serious interest in the tiny house movement. And, when her dad, Mike Snyder, heard that his daughter was serious about becoming debt free, he quickly volunteered his build and engineering expertise to help his daughter's tiny house dream come true. Where Mike has the mad construction skills, Kaitlin has über artistic sense. Together, they build a fun and functional rent-free residence that includes a hidden staircase.
Rob Irwin knows a lot about form and function working together, which is absolutely necessary to tiny-house living. This industrial designer is building a 300-square feet house with all sorts of engineering feats and eco-friendly features including a butterfly-angled roof that captures rain water, an attached chicken coop that lets you grab fresh eggs from inside the house, an aquaponics system where he can grow fresh herbs year-round, solar panels for heating, and even an efficient climbing wall to get to the loft! This is eco-living tiny-style!
Kris Anderson and Betty Johnston are on a mission for freedom. They were both working dead-end jobs in Oklahoma, trying to balance work and their passions, when they saw a documentary about tiny houses and made a plan. Kris, an aspiring artist, and Betty, a hair and makeup stylist, are creating a tiny house-on- wheels that will allow them to work from anywhere across the country. Their dream home is based on one of Kris' original designs!
Jarrod and Ali Boyle have always loved living tiny. Both remember a time when life was simpler with few material possessions, and, at a moment's notice they could take off in their small camper to go exploring on our great nation's highways. Having a family, left that life behind.....until now! As owners of a Washington family winery, Jarrod and Ali wish to re-visit their tiny, carefree past with not one tiny house but TWO! Each tiny home will possess its own unique style. And here's the twist... the Boyles challenge two teams of builders to create the most amazing tiny guest abode ever! Bragging rights are at stake when these two teams go neck-and-neck to build the best 'tiny' in only ten days!
Jenn Baxter's inspiration for her tiny house came after her mother passed away and she was reading one of her mother's journals. An entry about letting fear stop you in your tracks made Jenn realize that she needed to follow her dream. She immediately hired a builder and created a one-of-a-kind tiny house that includes a rooftop deck, breakfast bar with a hidden washer/dryer and lots and lots of cubby holes and secret storage.
Personal trainers Mike and Jasmine want a house that's tailored to their fitness lifestyle. With traditional real estate out of their reach, they've decided to think outside the box. They've hired seasoned tiny house builders Sean McDonnel and Greg Zocher to create a 330-square foot fitness nest which not only provides all the popular necessities, but also a climbing wall, climbing bars, climbing rope, weight storage, and a pneumatic transforming table!
When Jason and Blair realized the next few years of their lives would be mobile, they started looking for a solution. Their plan is to salvage a junkyard school bus and make it into stellar digs. The compact 100 square feet of space has lots of clever features including a wood-burning stove, a dining area that converts into a master bedroom, an on-the-go garden and a rooftop deck for stargazing.
The tiny house movement is all about restoring old materials. Charles Kern and Dakota Hills are taking the idea one step further. They purchased an old bus and are transforming it into a tiny house unlike any other! They're popping the top, adding wood paneling, handcrafted cabinetry and a rooftop deck to convert the space into their own personal cozy cabin. The coolest feature of all? Their Murphy bed/office desk/yoga studio.
Design-obsessed couple Zane and Katherine have already constructed one home together and are now ready to try building 'tinies' as a business. Firm believers in 'walking the walk,' they plan to live in their tiny house to test it out before they build more. Zane and Katherine's tiny house design will be efficient and precise thanks to computer-controlled construction equipment like CNC machines, plasma cutters and 3D printers.
Chrissy is all about saving the planet. She'd like to incorporate as many reclaimed or reused materials as she can in her own tiny house build in Burlington, Vermont. Her builder Seth isn't too keen on the idea due to the wear and tear of recycled items. Can Chrissy and Seth work together in order to meet her deadline to move in.... or will Chrissy have to give in on some of her "green" dreams?
Trevor and Mary are creating a tiny house outside of Dayton, Ohio, that suits both their needs -- and those of their four cats! It's a house unlike any other tiny dwelling thanks to cat bridges and walkways throughout the plan. The creature comforts also include two spacious lofts, a foldaway office, big appliances, and a view unlike any other. The lucky couple is planting their tiny house on the family's wildlife refuge. Trevor and Mary are trading volunteer help with the animals in exchange for free parking. This tiny house build will certainly lead to lots of wild adventures!
Caitlin and Zach Hogan want a house that perfectly fits the needs of their family of four. Fortunately, they have just the right builder! Josh Battis is creating a revolutionary staircase that doubles as a hidden pantry - with a removable lower step for child safety. The couples' toddlers will also get their very own bunk beds that fold into the wall to reveal a play area. The house also includes all sorts of hidden storage and multi-functional features. The only catch? The cozy home must be finished before the family moves to Nevada for a new career opportunity.
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