Note: Updated and republished.
The idea here is that you live in a small home that is on wheels, and you can park it and you don’t need a building permit – as it is not a permanent structure. What you do need to do however, is get it approved so that it can be towed around – which I don’t think is too hard.
So, I started to look around on the Internet for small homes, and was quite surprised in what I found.
Here is a good book at Amazon called A Little House of My Own: 47 Grand Designs for 47 Tiny Houses that looks very interesting. Page down on that link and you will find a list of other books on small homes also.
The change to their shed-like home has been so dramatic that Bill Kastrinos is now building the tiny homes to sell.
Here is 9 pictures of the home of Jay Shafer, founder of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, in Sebastopol, California. Jay’s home is a 100 square-foot cottage that includes a desk, a sitting area, a kitchen, a bathroom, a sleeping loft, and a front porch.
Today, Jay’s site is getting hammered – as it can’t handle being CNNed so it put up the Telstar Logistics Flickr account pictures. In a couple of days things will quite down, and you can visit Jay’s Tumbleweed Tiny House website.
The first couple of pages on a Google Image search for tiny homes also gives some good results.
Here are two good articles by The New York Times. Think Small from Feb 16, 2007, and The Next Little Thing? from Sept 10, 2008.
Here is a nice Sceen Cast on Tiny Houses: Less Is More, by Bethany Lyttle from the New York Times. It is 2:41 minutes long and has 16 quality pictures of tiny homes by John Freidman.
designboom has two pages of lovely tiny homes.
Tortoise Shell Home has a nice galary of pictures of Tiny Homes.