Feel free to link, comment, and participate. I'm going to spend this next month just jotting down the different possibilities and ideas here.
For those that don't know.. I'm building a tiny house in 2013.
The only restrictions I have is that:
- I don't want a concrete foundation.
- I need the house to be entirely built for under $30k. I'd prefer a $20k house.
- I need to be able to build this myself.
- City of Houston standards are a ceiling of at least 7 ft tall, and a room of at least 7 feet wide.
I've built smaller things before, like sheds and such, with the help of my father. This is a big project for me, and I'm really excited about it. I've been playing with possibilities. It needs to be big enough to hold everything I need it to, and have smart, efficient layouts. But it doesn't need to be too big.. I don't plan on hosting parties there or anything. We have an outdoor, private recreational center for all that.
Anyways. Here are some of the ideas I've come up with so far.
- Tumbleweed home.
Finding this website kickstarted my ideas and inspiration.
The design style I was looking at is this one:
- Sporting Cabin.
This is a small cabin made for a retreat during hunting seasons and such.. but the cost is so low for the basic layout. I'd have to build the interior myself.
- Cozy Home plans.
I found this website when I donated $30 to Tiny (a documentary on a guy who impulsively decided to do what I'm about to do.). They have some awesome layouts, like this one:
And this one, which is very similar to what I was planning to do with the sporting cabin.
This website features some things that I find pretty interesting, like Steel homes.
and a civilian version of the CLU, which fits really nicely into the awesome ideas of Container City.
And this idea which I just discovered today.. The Earth Bag house, basically made up of Sandbags.
I love the layout, but I know very little about it.
I'm gonna check out this book as well and see what's all in it.
And while I'm documenting things from my favorites pages... Here's something I thought was really awesome invention wise.
A small library/reading area AND a guest bed seems like such a fantastic idea.
I definitely got inspired by this video as well.
My challenge is to make something that's really awesome.. for less than the price of buying one of these:
I have nothing against trailers.. I just think they're so poorly constructed and shabby. I want something a little more personal.. but I can't deny that I'm a total cheapskate. so this is an interesting adventure I've embarked on.
I have a year to brainstorm and plan.