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A Pallet-house from
November 30, 2010, 8:16 pm
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Update: Only approx. 80-90 copies of my tiny housing book are left (left hand column to order) before I take it out of print to make way for a NEW, bigger, follow-up to be released through The Lyons Press.

As for the photo: ‘LOVE this one! I have a few tiny house-pallet construction ideas in my own book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks…”, and some tutorial info within from pallet pros like Michael Janzen, but this is certainly a different, yet simple look in the field. Its from

By the way, my next book has EVEN more on pallet usage and construction when it comes to micro-architecture/tiny homes. My deadline for the book is in a few days, and aside from not sleeping much lately from working on it, I can’t wait to see the final product down the road!

AND…sidenote, FINALLY, our Jay Shafer/Tumbleweed Tiny House Company episode of “Tiny Yellow House TV” on youtube will be up pretty soon- we just need one more sponsor so we can break even on equipment rentals, etc. If you want to reach a TON of people, email me at

Our latest video on a “fold-down fort” (a prototype for a larger “tiny” house/shelter) has now received 32,000+ views in only 5 days!



Micro-Castle for Sale in Sweden (and “THE ODD POD” micro-housing design)
November 30, 2010, 10:42 am
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Jon Kalish, NPR host-extraordinare, sent me this, which he found on

Apprarently, its actually a lookout tower, but constructed with a castle aesthetic- that sits on 1000 square meters of land. Unfortunately the realtor’s photo stinks (they usually do)- but you get the general idea. VERY cool….

There’s a similar tower in Marshfield, MA- an old submarine lookout tower form the war- MUCH taller, that you can rent out. I’ll try to locate some pics…    

ALSO- Shelton Davis of a site/organization with a great concept and I are hard at work on pdf plans for a brand new micro-architecture piece/afforadable cabin I designed that I’ve dubbed “The Odd Pod”- A sketch of it will be in my upcoming book through The Lyons Press, as well as some of Shelton’s design/layout work- which looks INCREDIBLE! Check out his site- he’s got some great ideas.

Here’s 0ne of Shelton’ s pallet-wood chairs, recently auctioned off for charity…


Got Pallets? Nuff’ Said…
November 29, 2010, 7:14 am
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Not sure if the pallet construction/usage continues to this interior of this home, but even as an exterior facade, it certain makes a statement, whether you like the look or not. Its not so much a tiny home, heck, its NOT, but I love the attempted use of recycled and free materials.0 which I’m all about.

A Tiny Cabin in the Catskills, NY
November 28, 2010, 10:10 pm
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Sandy Foster of turned me on to this cool tiny home, which, like Sandy’s shabby-chic cabin, is nestled in The Catskills in NY. I love the front porch stonework on this one, and the simple, rustic interior.

Here’s a few shots of Kim Trans and Jonny Ollsin’s backwoods cabin…

Andrea Funk’s Michigan Cabin
November 27, 2010, 10:09 am
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Thanks Andrea, for sending me a series of photos in submission for my upcoming book (we’re just about at my final deadline now). if you have any last minute photos you want to send this way. The publisher saw the photos I’ve chosen so far, and LOVED THEM- and now wants to expand the color insert section of the book.

Here’s a few shots (she sent many more) of a cabin she completed in Olivet Michigan that sits not so far off from her main home. Its got a cool mini-loft in half of its gable space, and some nice cedar shingle work ta’ boot (her very first time at it, she claims).

Looks like a real cozy place to simple get away from it all, or a great tiny house-design option for those looking to scale down.

I really like that loft’s arched window too- although, unless second-hand or salvaged, it could be a bit pricey. Its a real nice touch to the exterior facade of this great lil’ cabin though. The cabin, by the way, was made by both David Johnson, and Andrea.

New tiny home/house composting toilet/bucket toilet video
November 26, 2010, 6:12 pm
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Great for temporary or permanent use in tiny cabins, small houses, emergency usage, and especially on boats. And I know, yeah, yeah, a Baby Ruth would have been better, but post-halloween, we only had Almond Joys left (apparently the least favorite of my family).

For MUCH more info, check out Joseph Jenkins’ “The Humanure Handbook”

A Tiny Turkey House- Happy Thanksgiving!
November 25, 2010, 8:24 am
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Tiny Turkey House (No, we're not REALLY going to build this) by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Happy Thanksgiving to all!– well, to all who observe it/celebrate it. Here’s a goofy lil’ sketch I whipped up last night while working on my new drawings for tiny housing book #2.

As ridiculous as the drawing is, with sculpted ferrocement construction, anything is possible in terms of housing- well, just about.

Also, that fold-down fort on Make Magazine’s youtube channel hit 21,000 views in ONE DAY! Holy Schnikeys! (its posted two posts deep on this blog).