I recently watched a TEDx Talk covering tiny houses. In this forteen minute discussion the speaker, Amy Henion, covers the topics of explaining what tiny houses are, reasons for their popularity, and ways they can change your life. Her definition of a tiny houses is “small mobile houses built on travel trailers”. Amy’s directed audience … More TEDx Talk: What’s a Tiny House?
On Monday, while two of us finished putting plywood up around the outside of the tiny house, the rest of our team was all hands on deck to start installing the roof. By the end of the class period, we went from an open-air building to what definitely resembles a room. For now, we were … More Raise the Roof!
When recently visiting a friend I saw this book sitting on her coffee table, and I of course had to read it. This book provides profiles of several tiny house owners. In this section you will find a picture of each home, its floor plan, list of utilities. In addition, the author briefly discusses sourcing … More A Good Read
Over spring break, I had the chance to visit Tanzania with fellow UGA students and professor Sandra Whitney. While we spent a lot of time observing animals and learning about geology, we also had the chance to see a lot of the country and to drive through different residential and commercial areas. Doing so made … More American Ideas About Materials
A dead mall in Providence, RI, has been repurposed into micro-apartments ranging from 225-300 square feet. The three-story building houses boutique shops on the bottom floor and 38 micro apartments on the upper floors. There are over 4,000 hopeful tenants on the waiting list for the $550/mo apartments, a steal considering Rhode Island is in … More Tiny Houses, Tiny Apartments?
Before we drilled into the 2x4s and screwed the end pieces in place, we had to apply liberal amounts of wood glue to help hold things still while we lined everything up.
While the rain came down on Monday we spent our time building raised beds. These beds will be used for people in wheelchairs to plant in. Most of the frames were already build, so we spent our time putting wood glue on the frame to ensure stability, and then finish drilling in boards. By the … More Building Raised Beds
… Come again some other day (preferably the days we aren’t working on the tiny house please).
The rain came like crazy today! We couldn’t work on the tiny house itself, so we set up shop inside the barn. As a side project, another class is building wheel chair accessible planters. With no smaller tiny house projects to work on, we set to organizing our work space and making adjustments to the … More Rain Day
Many US cities have issues with decreasing supply of affordable housing. It’s often up for political debate, but what is actually being done? Some cities are pushing for changes in zoning laws and building codes to allow for accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Is this an opportunity for tiny homes? http://americantinyhouseassociation.org/accessory-dwelling-units/ ADUs’ Tiny Relatives (video) http://marketurbanism.com/2017/01/09/how-lexington-can-expand-affordable-housing-without-touching-the-ugb/