Here is a selection of resources we have loved though our journey and hope you enjoy just as much:
Tiny Home Builders/Architects/Designers
- Tumbleweed Tiny Houses– Obviously we’re extremely grateful for all for the support as we build our Linden 20 Overlook – they’ve been great!
- Four Lights Tiny Houses – started by Jay Shafer, who also wrote The Small House Book, which has had a huge impact on the tiny house movement.
- Relax Shacks – Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is one of the pioneers of the tiny home movement, and, among other things, the push to used reclaimed resources for tiny home builds.
- Micro Showcase – We really love their Minim House. We didn’t think it would work with our current requirements, but you should check out the great work they do!
- Ross Chapin Homes – Check out their cottages and tiny homes – they really get it when it comes to scale and proportion. Beautiful homes. Ross Chapin was one of the first proponents of pocket neighborhoods
- Portland Alternative Dwellings- Another great resource with Plans, Books, Workshops, and more. Hopefully you’ll find the resource that fits your needs the best!
- Zyl Vardos Homes – the design aspect of these homes is really unique and beautiful.
- Tennessee Tiny Homes/ Tiny Happy Homes – Joe and Kristen Everson founded nationwide companies to build tiny homes in 2011
- The Shed Yard – These are the people featured in Tumbleweed’s construction video, and who build some of the finished Tumbleweed homes, as well as Tumbleweed’s Amish Barn Raisers. They also build sheds, outbuildings, gazebos, pergolas – you name it!
- Wishbone Tiny Homes – Tiny home builders in Asheville, NC. Be sure to check out their page on doors – we love beautiful doors!
- Tiny House Design – Tiny House Design focuses on simple sustainable home design and downsizing.
People who own or are building their own tiny homes
- Tiny House Expedition: Alexis and Christian are producing not one but two (!) tiny House documentaries and are just generally friendly, gracious people. We loved meeting them while they came through Las Vegas and they generously opened their house to our meetup group to tour.
- Tiny House Giant Journey– Megan got to meet Jenna and Guillaume during our Tiny House workshop in Vegas, while previewing tiny houses all dressed up for an HGTV special! We were also interviewed by Jenna for a blog post over at Tumbleweed about our trailer delivery and the start of our journey!
- A Bed Over My Head- Follow B.A. Norrgard’s transition to living tiny and ongoing dream of building a tiny house community
- La Petite Maison – You should read Sicily Kolbeck’s amazing and inspiring journey to build her own tiny house
- Tiny House43- I have loved watching their progress. Just a little ahead of us.
- Another Tiny House Story- Jess and Dan blog their journey to self-sustaining lifestyle
- Life in 120 Square Feet – Laura, Matt, and their Sphynx cat, Piglet, live in a tiny house near Asheville, NC.
- The Tack House – Melissa and Chris Tack, who designed and built their own tiny home. You can buy plans of their home as well as a book of design ideas.
- Tiny House, Big Adventures – One woman, 4 dogs, and a cat move into a 160 sq ft house on wheels in Alaska.
- Tiny House in the Country – Another Linden build! Read about his adventures with a Linden starting from a Tumbleweed Barn Raiser.
- Living Big in a Tiny House– Bryce and Mel use their skills as filmmakers to document their ecologically minded Tiny House Project in New Zealand. A very impressive website full of good information!
- Wolves and Sage: A Tiny House In the Vast Okanogan: Sandra is another Linden builder – she’s building her tiny house to live in a remote area of Washington.
- MI CASITA VERDE SOBRE RUEDAS: Yet ANOTHER Linden build – this one is being built in Santa Cruz, CA.
- Sketchup – the software we use for drafting and designing our tiny house (from Tumbleweed’s plans)
- Podium – the rendering software we use for rendering some of our scenes in Sketchup
- Compact Appliance – a great resource for, well – compact appliances!
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore – see if there is one in your city – it can be a GREAT place to find deals on excess/unused/gently used materials and resources.
- Little Bits – a really brilliant electronics prototyping and building solution that requires little knowledge of electronics. We think there is serious potential for these to be a huge help to the tiny home movement
- MakeZine – an online magazine dedicated to “maker culture”, whose DIY and repurposing ideals are right in line with the tiny home movement.
- Consumer Affairs Solar Energy Guide – The best 11 solar energy companies for 2015, as reported by Consumer Affairs
Websites about tiny house living and the tiny house lifestyle
- Tiny House Talk – Part of the news I ingest every morning in the Tiny House Newsletter from Alex Pino over at Tiny House Talk.
- Tiny House Map – an interactive map that shows people all over the world who are involved in the Tiny Home movement. You can add yourself to the map!
- Tiny House Community – a great place to start if you’re just getting into the tiny home movement, lots of help and resources.
- Tinyhousejoy – Tinies are your new muse
- Tiny r(E)volution – an Internet home for people interested in simple, minimalist living, and less square feet than most master bedrooms.
- Life Edited – LifeEdited shows how to design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy. It’s life. Edited.
- Tiny House Blog – covers a wide range of tiny living styles (including yurts!). Links to plans from various manufacturers/designers.
- Just Enough – Dedicated to the micro-home movement and living sustainably with a smaller footprint. Restore, recycle, reuse … sustainable ideals for today!
- Tuckerbox Homes – Tuckerbox Homes is dedicated to living small with ingenuity and getting back to what life is all about.
- Tiny House Dating- Interested in living the Tiny House Lifestyle and want to find a mate who agrees? There’s a dating site just for you!
- RowdyKittens – is about going small, thinking big, and being happy
- Tiny House Listings – Buy, sell, and rent tiny homes
- Tiny House Chat
- The Minimalists
- As we organize our digital lives, we increasingly read content on our devices. The Las Vegas library has an extensive online catalog, we can easily check out books to read on the FREE Kindle Reading App. No more late fees, as it just disappears after. Of course we can buy them if we enjoy them, this is a great way to keep only those books we love!*
- The Minimalists- Their newest book, “Everything That Remains” was huge inspiration and help in moving forward in simplification. Highly recommended!
- Miss Minimalist – A blog about living the minimalist lifestyle by Francine Jay – traveler, writer, mother, and all-around inspiration. Check out her book, The Joy of Less.
- Project 333 – Project 333 is a minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months.
- Into Mind – An entire website to help you get to those perfect functional pieces you love!
- Lauren Jade Lately – Lauren Jade is a twenty-something creative entrepreneur living in Austin, Tx. She is on a mission to simplify her life and maximize her happiness. She is also planning to build a tiny house!
- The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo- If you have not yet read this, please do! It’s been extremely helpful to us in clearing those emotional hurdles and plateaus as we let our unused belongings go onto their next lives!
- TINY: A Story About Living Small – What is home? And how do we find it? One couple’s attempt to build a Tiny House with no building experience raises questions about sustainability, good design, and the changing American Dream.
- Livin’ Tiny: A Quest For Powder- skiers and snowboarders travel with their 112sf tiny house in search of the ski bum’s dream
- Tiny House Nation – In “Tiny House Nation,” renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 500 square feet.
Some of these websites could go into multiple categories – if we’ve gotten one horribly wrong, please let us know, we’ll fix it!
More to come as we discover them – Please suggest your favorite!
Please note: unless explicitly stated, we are not endorsed or otherwise compensated by any of the companies/organizations listed above.