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Anyone who has shopped for tiny house plans and designs knows that the shopping process is, well…pretty annoying. Tiny house plan shoppers need to visit sites scattered all over the internet and compare designs with totally different features and prices. That’s why I’m excited to announce the launch of TinyHousePlans.com, a new one-stop shop to…Read more

How do you prepare and insulate the floor of a van to convert it into a campervan or home on wheels? To be honest, I didn’t think this question was going to take me so long to answer. It may not take you as long to answer – a lot depends on your goals, preferences,…Read more

It’s been almost four years since The Big Tiny came out – jeez, time flies! Dee roved the country for the better part of that year, speaking with audiences from Brooklyn to Sebastopol, sharing her pioneering version of what it looks like to live lightly with her signature humor, candor and heart. But tiny houses…Read more

Whoa Nelly you guys! Are tiny houses legal in Portand? Not quite, but they will be “allowed” through a creative workaround: the laws about “camping” in tiny houses and RVs on private property will no longer be enforced! Rachel Monahan from Willamette Week has the scoop: “In a sweeping change to Portland housing policy, City…Read more

The heart of small housing is about giving people more options for what to call home.  At PAD, we’ve never cared much to discriminate about “small vs. tiny”, or “on wheels vs. on a foundation.” What we care about is people having access to affordable, sustainable places to live in a way that serves their…Read more

By Billy Ulmer I once mentioned the tiny house movement to an outdoor guide who remarked, “Oh, I’ve got a tiny house! It’s called a campervan.” And he’s right, in a lot of ways. Vans outfitted for camping or living have quite a lot in common with tiny houses on wheels. I’m learning this every…Read more

It’s both hard and fun to design a tiny house on wheels. You have Department of Transportation requirements for height and width, limited square footage, and you’re trying to accommodate key functions, systems, possessions… and trying to make it all multi-purpose and flexible over time. It’s a lot to handle! That’s why we sell tiny…Read more

One of the most exciting things about offering tiny house designs for sale is seeing them built in the real world by our customers. All of our tiny house plans have already been built in real life for custom clients, but it’s a new thrill to see them built by others. Some look just like…Read more

If you’re tired of seeing the same layouts and configurations in tiny house designs, it might be time to look at some tiny house alternatives. Step into the related small-space worlds of vans, travel trailers, and even truck camping, and you’ll see some truly unique and ingenious designs. Some people start their small home search…Read more

Wondering how to power your tiny house with solar power? I was, too! My current little house has been running on solar power for 13 years, but when it came time to set up a system for my new, littler house, I was starting from square one.  My book, The Big Tiny, explained my solar…Read more

Everyone wants to know: how much does a tiny house cost? Tiny houses, just like big houses, can range in price greatly depending on size, systems, materials, and whether you build it yourself or hire someone to build it for you. Whether a house is 300 square feet or 3,000 square feet, how you intend…Read more

Are you looking into buying a tiny house? Now comes the hard part – finding a tiny house builder. New tiny house builders are opening up shop every day. While it’s great to have options, it’s also a very confusing market for potential buyers. We’ve heard from a number of people lately who bought tiny…Read more