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  • Hikari Box Tiny House Modern Exterior

    Buying A Tiny House? Read This First

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    Are you getting ready to buy your very own 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 […]

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  • Loft Skylight Square

    Skylights: Dee’s Best Tiny House Decision

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    When I built my tiny house, I was nervous about installing skylight windows, thinking they could leak gallons of the Pacific Northwest winter rain into my house. But I also knew that a skylight would completely change the way my house felt.  All in all, […]

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  • Solar Powered Tiny House Off the Grid

    How to Power Your Tiny House With Solar Power

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    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 knowledge…my lack of […]

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  • ACE Academy students' Sweet Pea tiny house

    ACE Academy Students Build Two Tiny Homes – Now For Sale!

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    At PAD, we love supporting schools.  Seeing young people get their feet wet and hands sawdusty in a construction project just lights us up. We also love seeing people build off PAD’s plans, with the subtle but inevitable differences in approach and details to the […]

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  • Kate With Tools

    The Top Ten Tools You Need to Build a Tiny House

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    If you’re new to construction and wondering where you’d even begin building a tiny house, start by meeting the tools you’ll need to get the job done. Building tiny requires a fair sized accumulation of tools. Here’s one list that can help you get started, […]

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    The Northwest Woodworking Studio Teaches Hands-On Tiny House Building

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    A lot of DIY tiny house enthusiasts are relatively new to building, and wisely look for ways to get hands-on experience with construction in addition to education about tiny house design principles. That’s just one of the reasons we’re excited to announce the newest PAD […]

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  • Hikari Box Tiny House Modern Exterior

    Why We’re Lowering Our Tiny House Plan Prices

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    If you’ve shopped for tiny house plans, you have likely noticed that there is a very wide range of prices (from free to $700 or so), and an equally wide range of formats, design quality, and which details are included. Why all the differences? What […]

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  • Dee Williams tiny house roof detail

    The Devil in the Details of Tiny House Construction

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    A friend recently sent me an article from The Onion about a beaver who shifted his dam project from that of house and home, to esoteric art project. She added a little note that said, “For some reason this made me think of you.” I […]

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  • Aldo Square

    Why “Do It Yourself” When Someone Else Can Do It For You?

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    The ranks of tiny home builders are growing rapidly, so it’s easier now than ever to buy a tiny house instead of building one yourself. This is great, because not everyone has to, or should, build a tiny home themselves – just as not everyone […]

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  • Trailer Square

    A New Trailer Designed Just For Your Tiny House!

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    We’ve been updating people about Iron Eagle Trailers’ new website in our newsletter recently without really celebrating the awesome news the site introduces – the PAD Series Trailer, designed specifically for tiny homes on wheels! We put our heads together this past summer (me, Derin Williams […]

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    How To Visit A Tiny House: Why a guided tour of a tiny house is a vital part of PAD workshops

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    While tiny houses are getting more and more coverage in the media, it’s still difficult to find an opportunity to go inside and tour one. This is a shame, because like any space, you’ve got to be inside it to really know what it’s like.  A […]

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  • Dee Williams tiny house sketch

    How To Choose A Tiny House Builder

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    Tiny houses on wheels aren’t just miniature versions of normal houses. They shouldn’t be built like a shed, barn, or a “normal house”, they need to be able to handle their specialized circumstances.  So even someone who has worked in construction for the past 30 years […]

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  • Dee Building Square

    How do you start building a tiny house?

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    “A few days ago, I spent almost an hour trying to recondition an oscillating fan that I found in a junk pile. I’m not certain, but I think the reason it was tossed out was because it had a frightening wad of human hair wrapped […]

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  • Tiny House Cost

    Your Questions Answered: How Much Does a Tiny House Cost?

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    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 to […]

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  • Dee Williams touring a PAD Tiny House Workshop

    Code Concerns: How Safe is Safe Enough?

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    Many tiny housers are freaked out by the idea of having to deal with a city or county inspector, and they can’t fathom the courage it would take to walk into a planning office to discuss codes. So they build their little house as best […]

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