teenies are cuter than tinies

Today we are going to share three wonderful houses on wheels. What’s different is their size, because they are teeny versions of the real tinies. Can you say absurdly cute?

Teeny Model of Tumbleweed Elm: A talented miniaturist, Blondie, created a tiny house on a perfect 1:12 scale. She chose an Elm from Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, furnishing the place with Bohemian and Victorian decor. What an amazing effort!

This Tumbleweed Elm teeny can't be ignored with such bold colors. Has it has just been moved here? (Teenie-Tow)

This Tumbleweed Elm teeny can’t be ignored with such bold colors. Has it just been moved here? (Teenie-Tow)

With the roof removed, check out the loft above and floor plan below. It seems like everything's in place. (Teenie-Tow)

With the roof removed, check out the loft above and floor plan below. It seems like everything’s in place. (Teenie-Tow)

Inside the teeny Elm and great room, notice plenty of traditional furniture and seating options -- and a cat. (Teenie-Tow)

Inside the teeny Elm and great room, notice plenty of traditional furniture and seating options — and a cat. (Teenie-Tow)

Teeny Model of Brevard Robin’s Nest: Before building a brand-new style, Brevard Tiny Houses constructed a teeny Robin’s Nest. The builder first wanted to share details with and receive approvals from the buyer. We’re impressed by the teeny and tiny results.

This teeny-sized Brevard Robin's Nest is adorable, with its left porch, sleeping dormer roof and robin blue door. (Brevard)

This teeny-sized Brevard Robin’s Nest is adorable, with its left porch, sleeping dormer roof and robin blue door. (Brevard)

Robin's Nest teeny and tiny homes are shown together. The tiny one has been delivered to a Florida customer. (Brevard)

Robin’s Nest teeny and tiny homes are seen together. The tiny one has been delivered to a Florida customer. (Brevard)

Peeking inside the Robin's Nest, we see its great room, kitchen, bathroom door to right and loft ahead. (Brevard)

Peeking inside the Robin’s Nest, we see its great room, kitchen, bathroom door to right and loft ahead. (Brevard)

Teeny Model of Tumbleweed Cypress: Four years ago, Kyle dreamed about and constructed a Tumbleweed Cypress model from popsicle sticks. He and his wife Danae just began their real tiny build on a 24-foot trailer, based in Kansas. It helps that Kyle works in residential construction.

This Tumbleweed Cypress teeny shows an interior plan with left entry, nook, rear kitchen and bath. (schmidts2x)

This Tumbleweed Cypress teeny shows an interior plan with left entry, nook, rear kitchen and bath. (schmidts2x)

Kyle and Danae are testing two of the window cut-outs, and they seem to work fine. (schmidts2x)

Kyle and Danae are testing two of the window cut-outs, and they seem to work fine. (schmidts2x)

Here's the modified Cypress under construction, with sheathing complete and the roof getting installed. (schmidts2x)

Here’s the modified Cypress under construction, with sheathing complete and the roof getting installed. (schmidts2x)

one cute tiny house can be moved

One cute tiny house caught our eye because of its shape, inspired by a farmer’s traditional corn crib which stores and dries crops. The place seems like an elegant take on a Dr. Seuss type house, right?

Yet the Crib surprised us with an intelligent, environmentally-sound and moveable design. The structure gets shop-fabricated and quickly assembled on-site, and may be dismantled and relocated elsewhere. Let’s take a look.

The Crib Exterior

This very-first Crib house, in rural Maryland, contains a masonry foundation due to its river floodplain. Standard Crib design is reflected in the upper level structure. (Broadhurst)

This very-first Crib house, in rural Maryland, contains a masonry foundation due to its river floodplain. Standard Crib design is reflected in the upper level structure. (Broadhurst)

The Crib prototype gets displayed at the Strathmore Arts Center, in Bethesda, MD. There's visitor interest in secondary units behind homes as well as small getaways. (Broadhurst)

The Crib prototype gets displayed at the Strathmore Arts Center, in Bethesda, Maryland. There’s visitor interest in secondary units behind homes as well as small getaways. (Broadhurst)

By raising a garage-like glass wall, the Strathmore Crib prototype effectively increases its liveable square footage with the porch area. (Broadhurst)

By raising a garage-like glass wall, the Strathmore Crib prototype effectively increases its liveable square footage with the porch area. (Broadhurst)

The Crib Interior

Here is the Crib's interior, complete with a sleeping loft, kitchen and great room. The kitchen is part of a box, which closes to reveal the TV on the outside. (Broadhurst)

Here is the Crib’s interior, complete with a sleeping loft, kitchen and great room. The kitchen is part of a box, which closes to reveal the TV on the outside. (Broadhurst)

From the sleeping loft, you get a bird's eye view into the great room. It features plenty of comfortable seating for such a tiny house. (Broadhurst)

From the sleeping loft, you get a bird’s eye view into the great room. It features plenty of comfortable seating for such a tiny house. (Broadhurst)

The interior plus exterior space looks expansive when the garage-like glass wall is lifted. There's an entire new dining room outside! (Broadhurst)

The interior plus exterior space looks expansive when the garage-like glass wall is lifted. There’s an entire new dining room outside! (Broadhurst)

The Crib: An Enviresponsible Shelter

This tiny house is intelligently designed with structural insulated panels (SIPs), insulated glass and multi-layer polycarbonate panels. Steel, aluminum and rubber are also used in construction. Here’s how Broadhurst Architects describes assembly:

  • “The main structure consists of two shop-fabricated galvanized steel bents that combine the concept of traditional wood timber framing with the structural simplicity of common scaffolding systems.”
  • “The floor and roof consist of structural insulated panels (SIPs) which are supported by engineered wood and steel beams that span between the bents.”
  • “Prefabricated wall panels made of unpainted heat-treated native and sustainable poplar and recyclable translucent insulating multi-layer polycarbonate sheets are weather-stripped and clipped into the framework.”

Heat can be from a propane fireplace, radiant floor heat and/or solar hot water and voltaics. Other features include rainwater catchment for showers and gardening, LED/CFL lights and a fan rather than air conditioner.

Our favorite building feature is the anti-rodent and anti-other animal proofing for when the home isn’t in use. Building above ground definitely helps out.

For more details, please reach Broadhurst Architects here or here.

no more library and office detritus

Once the detritus of going digital, library catalogs and office files now make regular appearances inside our homes. Their wood or metal cabinets are often used to create a throwback, industrial-style look.

As a small house solution, these simple cabinets actually hide and organize your stuff. Let’s see a few examples that look swell in their surroundings.

Look at this large library catalog, tucked under floating stairs in the great room. Since an HGTV designer, Genevieve Gorder, lives here, we wonder what's hidden in the drawers. (HGTV)

Look at this large library catalog, tucked under floating stairs in the great room. Since an HGTV designer, Genevieve Gorder, lives here, we wonder what’s hidden in the drawers. (HGTV)

In Spain, a large office cabinet contains 20 drawers. All this bedroom storage is terrific, though may require a tall person to reach the top files. (Elle Spain)

In Spain, a large office cabinet contains 20 drawers. All this bedroom storage is terrific, though may require a tall person to reach the top files. (Elle Spain)

French designer Maurice Padovani renewed a Marseilles beach home with an industrial vibe. Two former office cabinets have positions of honor in this great room. (Homedsgn.com)

French designer Maurice Padovani renewed a Marseilles beach home with an industrial vibe. Two former office cabinets have positions of honor in this great room. (Homedsgn.com)

Surprise! An old and ugly chest of drawers gets renewed with a library catalog veneer. What looks like three drawers across opens to a single, more useful drawer. (Twice Lovely)

Surprise! An old and ugly chest of drawers gets renewed with a library catalog veneer. What looks like three drawers across opens to a single, more useful drawer. (Twice Lovely)

Mid-century goes industrial in this new dresser with pewter, bronze and brass pulls. It could be used in a great room or bedroom. Measures 48" W x 15" D x 36.5" H. (Dot and Bo)

Mid-century goes industrial in this new dresser with pewter, bronze and brass pulls. It could be used in a great room or bedroom. Measures 48″ W x 15″ D x 36.5″ H. (Dot and Bo)

architizer’s top small houses of 2014

Architizer, a meeting ground for architects and designers, has announced their 2014 awards. In the Single Family Homes XS category under 1,000 square feet, three finalists and two winners were selected. For inspiration, check out the exterior and interior images of all five homes.

The Two Winners

Architizer Jury Winner: New Zealand. An industrial and wood beach home is installed on sleds for moving. From architects Crosson Clarke Carnachan. (Hut on Sleds)

Architizer Jury Winner: New Zealand. An industrial and wood beach home is installed on sleds for moving. From architect Crosson Clarke Carnachan. (Hut on Sleds)

New Zealand Interior: In this beach-side place, there's nicely finished wood and shelves line all the walls! You'll find upscale appliances and treatments too. (Hut on Sleds)

New Zealand Interior: In this beach-side place, there’s nicely finished wood and shelves line all the walls! You’ll find upscale appliances and treatments too. (Hut on Sleds)

Architizer Popular Winner: Spain. This perfectly compact home has been placed in a large field, complete with sheep. From architect and builder Abiton. (Portable Home)

Architizer Popular Winner: Spain. This perfectly compact home has been placed in a large field, complete with sheep. From architect and builder Abiton. (Portable Home)

Spain Interior: In this prefab, there's plenty of space for a great room, sleeping area and the comforts of home. (Portable Home)

Spain Interior: In this prefab, there’s plenty of space for a great room, sleeping area and the comforts of home. (Portable Home)

Other Three Finalists

Architizer Finalist: Australia. The upper-level boxes not only add a master suite but also create visual interest in a cottage. From architect Andrew Maynard. (Moor Street)

Architizer Finalist: Australia. The upper-level boxes not only add a master suite but also create visual interest in a cottage. From architect Andrew Maynard. (Moor Street)

Australia Interior: In a small cottage, it's possible to fit a family of four when space expands to indoor-outdoor living. (Moor Street)

Australia Interior: In a small cottage, it’s possible to fit a family of four when space expands to indoor-outdoor living. (Moor Street)

Architizer Finalist: USA. This three winged structure is built on steel stilts to avoid tree roots, in Ukiah, CA. From architect Mork Ulnes (Moose Road)

Architizer Finalist: USA. This three winged structure is built on steel stilts to avoid tree roots, in Ukiah, CA. From architect Mork Ulnes. (Moose Road)

USA Interior: A sustainable design includes open interiors made from off-the-shelf plywood and OSB board. (Moose Road)

USA Interior: A sustainable design includes open interiors made from off-the-shelf plywood and OSB board. (Moose Road)

Architizer Finalist: Switzerland. An exposed concrete cube gets tucked naturally into the mountainside. From architect Lischer Partner Architekten Planer. (Ferienhaus Vitznau)

Architizer Finalist: Switzerland. An exposed concrete cube gets tucked naturally into the mountainside. From architect Lischer Partner Architekten Planer. (Ferienhaus Vitznau)

Switzerland Interior: Here you find a clean, wood interior as well as spectacular views right above Lake Lucerne. (Ferienhaus Vitznau)

Switzerland Interior: Here you find a clean, wood interior as well as spectacular views right above Lake Lucerne. (Ferienhaus Vitznau)

fred’s tree, guest and main houses

We spend about two to four percent of our time outdoors, which Northern Californian Fred Reid declares “is very sad!” As an antidote, his property features perfect tree, guest and main houses. “When you’re in a small house like these,” he explains, “nature is bigger and nature is more important.” Let’s take a look.

Treehouse video:  Reid’s architect, who shows the treehouse, built an observation tower to eliminate stress on the redwoods. While in the tower, you do feel like another tree in the grove! We might add comforts with solar electricity, water access, a lower-level shower and loo.

Three house video:  Owner Reid shares his “just enough” space to appreciate the outdoors. All three houses are open to light yet have forested views. Inside, the functional and simple furniture is spot-on. We’re ready to move into the tiny guest house anytime.

Realistic for you?  While Fred Reid has helmed airlines and is surely well-off, his practical approach to useable and natural spaces isn’t only for millionaires. It’s possible to find property that works for an affordable small house, tiny cabin or house on wheels.

tiny modern house gets feted

Let’s applaud Western home and garden publisher, Sunset, which will fete a 172 sq. ft. modern house at its annual celebration and then in print. The team has focused on small spaces over the past year.

Sunset’s Sarah Gaffney says the house “is going to be imagined as a female’s home office in her backyard.” Tumbleweed Houses delivered a steel-clad Mica house on wheels, and here’s a peek at the transformation.

Tiny house arrives and gets settled

At 10,000 lbs, moving a tiny house on wheels is no small undertaking. A large tow truck gets the job done. (Sunset)

At 10,000 lbs, moving a tiny house on wheels is no small undertaking. A large tow truck gets the job done. (Sunset)

The deck gets assembled, raised up and placed alongside the tiny house. (Palo Alto Weekly)

The deck gets assembled, raised up and placed alongside the tiny house. (Palo Alto Weekly)

Gardeners are working and adding edible plants to the tiny house yard. How beautiful! (Palo Alto Weekly)

Gardeners are working and adding edible plants to the tiny house yard. How beautiful! (Palo Alto Weekly)

Now the tiny house looks like it has always belonged in this backyard. It's ready for viewing. (Sunset)

Now the tiny house looks like it has always belonged in this backyard. It’s ready for viewing. (Sunset)

Tiny house gets appreciated from the inside

Sunset editors are hard at work, testing out whiskeys and recording results from their tiny house lab. (Sunset)

Sunset editors are hard at work, testing out whiskeys and recording results from their tiny house lab. (Sunset)

Before the furnishing began, a nice big dog visited and blessed the tiny house. (Sunset)

Before the furnishing began, a nice big dog visited and blessed the tiny house. (Sunset)

In a small space, it's nice to have only useful or beautiful objects around you. (Sunset)

In a small space, it’s nice to have only useful or beautiful objects around you. (Sunset)

It's easy to say, "I will sleep right here," in the cozy bedroom for two. (Sunset)

It’s easy to say, “I will sleep right here,” in the cozy bedroom for two. (Sunset)

small house winners for 2014

Let’s share the annual Howies Awards, run by Houseplans. The small house category had 12 finalists, and a traditional cottage designed by Peter Brachvogel received the winner’s ribbon. At 780 sq. ft, the Willow cottage comes with one bedroom, 1.5 baths and terrific porch. While any colors work, we like to imagine it with brown shingles.

"The Willow's wrap around porch and walk-thru great room makes this house feel much larger than its modest size. This perfect starter house contains a fireplace, cozy dining nook, private bedroom in the trees and the potential to expand near the stairs." (Peter Brachvogel, architect)

“The Willow’s wrap around porch and walk-thru great room makes this house feel much larger than its modest size. This perfect starter house contains a fireplace, cozy dining nook, private bedroom in the trees and the potential to expand near the stairs.” (Peter Brachvogel, architect)

We think three other finalists are also worth closer examination. They vary in style, look well-designed, optimize interior space, and feel larger than their footprints. To see house details, you may click on each architect: Moser, Pearlson and Schwabe. And see the stylish exteriors here!

"A vaulted ceiling in the living room and sleeping loft define the open feeling of this plan, which is ideal for a starter house or vacation cabin." It features two bedrooms and one bath, in 697 sq. ft. (Eric Moser, Katrina Cottages)

“A vaulted ceiling in the living room and sleeping loft define the open feeling of this plan, which is ideal for a starter house or vacation cabin.” It features two bedrooms and one bath, in 697 sq. ft. (Eric Moser, Katrina Cottages)

This single-level deck house received Fine Homebuilding Magazine's Small Home of 2013 Award for "its shared spaces and connections to the outdoors that make it seem larger." It has two bedrooms and one bath, in 800 sq. ft. (Nir Pearlson)

This single-level deck house received Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s Small Home of 2013 Award for “its shared spaces and connections to the outdoors that make it seem larger.” It has two bedrooms and one bath, in 800 sq. ft. (Nir Pearlson)

A SF Bay Area architect designed this modern cabin to feel much larger than its footprint thanks to a wide deck, soaring ceilings, large windows, and strategically placed built-ins. It has two bedrooms and one bath, in 840 sq. ft. (Cathy Schwabe)

A SF Bay Area architect designed this modern cabin to feel much larger than its footprint “thanks to a wide deck, soaring ceilings, large windows, and strategically placed built-ins.” It has two bedrooms and one bath, in 840 sq. ft. (Cathy Schwabe)

board and batten suits tiny houses

We believe you know about board and batten siding. This siding may be familiar when envisioning traditional barns, old Victorians, cottages or modern homes. Remember the cladding on the American Gothic home?

In American Gothic, painter Grant Wood includes a Victorian country home with white-painted board and batten siding. (Art Institute Chicago)

In American Gothic, painter Grant Wood includes a Victorian country home with white-painted board and batten siding. (Art Institute Chicago)

How board and batten gets assembled

Even if you never pick up a hammer, it’s good to learn that board and batten is a unique siding assembly. Wide boards are nailed vertically, followed by narrow battens that cover spaces between them. Sometimes the arrangement is reversed, with battens attached first and boards covering gaps. And boards alone may be used, with overlaps to create visual interest.

Construction highlights: By placing vertical boards and battens with 1/2 inch or larger gaps, it allows for wood expansion and shrinkage seasonally. Wood should be stained or painted for protection. Builders recommend nailing through the wood, as shown. (Fine Homebuilding)

Construction highlights: By placing vertical boards and battens with 1/2″ or larger gaps, it allows for wood expansion and shrinkage seasonally. Wood should be stained or painted for protection. Builders recommend nailing though the wood, as shown. (Fine Homebuilding)

Historic board and batten houses

In 1842, Andrew Jackson “A.J.” Downing introduced 29 cottage plans with board and batten designs. The book was widely read and spread the new Carpenter Gothic style. In 1850, Downing published another tome with country house plans, some sporting porches. While best-known for landscape design, Downing’s impact on architecture comes a close second through the 19th century.

Springside Gatehouse is one of the earliest examples of Carpenter Gothic style, with obvious board and batten use. It is the only known home designed by A.J. Downing, and built after his death in the 1850s. It stands today on landmarked property in Poughkeepsie, NY. (Springside Estate)

Springside Gatehouse is one of the earliest examples of Carpenter Gothic style, with obvious board and batten use. It is the only known home designed by A.J. Downing, and built after his death in the 1850s. It stands today on landmarked property in Poughkeepsie, NY. (Springside Estate)

The Aaron Ferrey House, built in 1866, followed a design from A.J. Downing's country houses book and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While not a small Ohio home, many features can be seen in cottages built today. (Living Places)

The Aaron Ferrey House, built in 1866, followed a design from A.J. Downing’s country houses book and is on the National Register of Historic Places. While not a small Ohio home, many features can be seen in cottages built today. (Living Places)

Modern board and battens to build

These days, you may spot board and batten treatments in different homes. We selected four looks including an elegant lakeside place, cute studio cottage, barn-style garden shed and sweet garage. As you consider a new home or space, this vertical cladding could make it something unexpected.

This Washington home is made with energy efficient SIP panels. Its cedar board and batten siding and fir timber work well together. Measures 1,200 sq. ft. (Cascade Joinery)

This Washington home is made with energy efficient SIP panels. Its cedar board and batten siding and fir timber work well together. Measures 1,200 sq. ft. (Cascade Joinery)

A welcoming, country style entry is seen in this tiny house with green-painted board and batten, along with proportional door and windows. (Kanga Studio)

A welcoming, country style entry is seen in this tiny house with green-painted board and batten, along with proportional door and windows. Measures 168 sq. ft. (Kanga Studio)

Next to a 100-year old farmhouse, the decrepit garden shed was knocked down and replaced by this traditional board and batten built with care. (Barn Light)

Next to a 100-year old farmhouse, the decrepit garden shed was knocked down and replaced by this traditional board and batten built with care. Measures 160 sq. ft. (Barn Light)

Storybook cottage owners renovated their garage with board and batten, in Carmel CA. Next renovation is a tiny house, no? Measurements unavailable. (Garden Tour)

Storybook cottage owners renovated their garage with board and batten, in Carmel CA. Next renovation is a tiny house, no? Measurements unavailable. (Garden Tour)

adopt a tumbleweed two year old

The market for used Tumbleweeds is, uh, very tiny. Owners of a two-year old built by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company are sadly selling theirs for $47,000 used vs. $57,000 new.

The Cypress 18 Overlook for sale may be one of the most popular models and floorplans, attracting dwellers with its cottage-like hipped roof and front nook surrounded by windows.

Brand-new Cypress 18 Overlook, with the same cranberry red colored door and windows frames as the two-year old version for sale. (Tumbleweed Houses)

Brand-new Cypress 18 Overlook, with the same cranberry red colored door and window frames as the two-year old version for sale. (Tumbleweed Houses)

This new home includes a full galley kitchen in the back, with plenty of counter and storage space. Behind the door is the bathroom. (Tumbleweed Houses)

This new home includes a full galley kitchen in the back, with plenty of counter and storage space. Behind the door is the bathroom. (Tumbleweed Houses)

Imagine how you would decorate and make this empty great room your own. Besides the multi-use space, there's shelving and the loft entry in view. (Tumbleweed Houses)

Imagine how you would decorate and make this empty great room your own. Besides the multi-use space, there’s shelving and the loft entry in view. (Tumbleweed Houses)

One Cypress owner customized her interior with white paint and natural wood trim. Her nook seating and nearby chairs look welcoming for all. (Tumbleweed Houses)

One Cypress owner customized her interior with white paint and natural wood trim. Her nook seating and nearby chairs look welcoming for all. (Tumbleweed Houses)

About the used Cypress sale

The Oakland, CA sellers enjoyed using their 187 sq. ft. home as an office and sometimes guest house. They are moving to another primary residence which lacks room for the tiny home.

According to the sale listing, you may visit the Tumbleweed on May 18th or 25th, from 2:00 to 4:30pm. Learn more about the home and reach listers here.

Please note: Tiny House Joy simply admires this Cypress 18 Overlook for sale, and has no business ties with the sellers or Tumbleweed Houses.

is it modern art or a home?

Sure, we gaze at smaller modern homes with awe. They often sport an open great room, bedroom and expansive views. These places feel terrific!

Even located in a rock quarry, one modern home shines. Hungarian architects Attila Béres and Jusztina Balázs spent three years building their dream home, which received an architecture award.

Yet this Hungarian home looks more like modern art than a home. What do you think? Would you live here?

A rectangular modern, with birch siding and nice glass windows, is sited on an old quarry hillside. (Hideg House)

A rectangular modern, with birch siding and nice glass windows, is sited on an old quarry hillside. (Hideg House)

The breezeway runs between the guest quarters and main home, highlighting the unusual view. (Hideg House)

The breezeway runs between the guest quarters and main home, highlighting the unusual view. (Hideg House)

It's a gorgeous evening behind the well-lit house, which abuts the rock quarry. (Hideg House)

It’s a gorgeous evening behind the well-lit house, which abuts the rock quarry. (Hideg House)

This white great room offers space to sit, cook and dine. Black appliances and chair backs create nice contrast. (Hideg House)

This white great room offers space to sit, cook and dine. Black appliances and chair backs create nice contrast. (Hideg House)

The spa bath is placed symmetrically in the enclosure, with warm colors that create a peaceful escape. (Hideg House)

The spa bath is placed symmetrically in the enclosure, with warm colors that create a peaceful escape. (Hideg House)