Small prefab backyard home feels more livable than McMansions

September 11, 2022 john 20 72050 17:58

John Geary grew up watching his father build big homes in the San Francisco Bay Area where it can take years to permit a project, so when the state legislature began passing bills to make it much easier to build a home in your own backyard, he set up shop selling smaller, cheaper homes that…

Friends’ Garage Conversion ADU + Tiny House – Communal Backyard Oasis

July 1, 2022 john 30 52564 30:59

Thanks to our sponsor Skillshare! The 1st 1,000 folks to use our link will get a 1-month FREE trial: https://skl.sh/tinyhouseexpedition03221 ✨ Meet best friends, Becca & Anthony and Kate & Brad, who created a mini urban ecovillage of sorts in a Portland, Oregon backyard oasis. Their little tiny home community features a garage conversion ADU,…

Parents buy 2 CONTAINER HOMES for teen daughters to live in backyard

March 18, 2022 john 20 61500 08:55

Matt and his partner, Linda, moved in together but didn’t have enough space for each of their teen daughters to have a private bedroom. So, they decided to buy two container homes to act as backyard tiny homes for their girls. This gave the girls the privacy they craved, while keeping them close to home.…

They 3D-print a home in 24h. Now want to custom-print yours

September 19, 2021 john 22 30230 17:27

Thanks to new extra-large 3D printers, it’s now possible to print a house with a machine that extrudes a material – usually concrete/cement or a polymer, but more lately even earth – in an entirely additive process so there is exponentially less waste in construction. Mighty Buildings can print a home in just 24 hours…

Modal is a prefab ADU to rent out or dwell in your yard

August 1, 2021 john 23 20142 09:23

A year after Salt Lake City allowed owners to put tiny homes in their backyards, Colin Jube and Dallin Jolley launched Modal Living, creating prefabricated housing that allows homeowners to erect small shelters and within months. Modal charges around $120,000 for their basic unit (installation not included), but they say owners are renting them for…

Full home unfolds in 1-hour, kitchen & bathroom included

May 28, 2021 john 20 31943 13:47

The Boxabl Casita is a $49,000 home that begins as an easily-transportable 8-foot wide box and unfolds into 375-square-feet of living space. In under an hour, it unfurls to reveal a kitchen with a refrigerator, double sink, oven, and dishwasher and a bathroom with a shower/tub, sink, counter, mirror, and sliding glass door. Father/son team…

Three PROFITABLE ways to make money with Tiny Houses!

July 11, 2020 john 40 3116 10:11

There’s a lot of reasons why people go tiny. If you’ve been around for a while, you know that for us it was a combination of ownership, geographic flexibility, and future ROI (return on investment). Today, almost three years into our Tiny journey, we are much closer (financially speaking) to taking the next step and…

Impeccably Designed Portland ADU w/ ADU 101: How Do Tiny Houses Fit?

September 30, 2019 john 22 15881 24:56

Meet Kol Peterson, a well-respected accessory dwelling unit expert in Portland, OR and author of the “Backdoor Revolution: the Definitive Guide to ADU Development”. He and his wife built a beautifully designed ADU, their dream home. It’s 800 square feet, or as they see it, 400 sqft/person. They live in it full-time in the backyard…

Oakland college class shows how to build your own tiny house

June 17, 2019 john 22 4944 10:32

In Carpentry 221, Laney College students build a tiny house in two semesters. The Digital Fabrication class first designs and CNC cuts as much as possible. Then the 20 to 30 students in Matthew Wolpe’s “Advanced Elements of Construction” begin to build from the trailer up. Once completed, the tiny homes are used as housing…

Swedish-inspired backyard cottage works as secluded oasis home

May 20, 2019 john 20 66373 21:16

Su Pang loves travel and traditional Swedish cottages. In 2013, she had a little-used 5000-square-foot backyard subject to relaxed building codes, so she began designing a Scandinavian-inspired cottage that would give her the freedom to live mortgage-free. Working around decades-old redwood and walnut trees, Su and her architect built an L-shaped 500-square-foot home (700-sq-ft, including…