Yeah I know, nobody likes to read any more, so here are a few videos with links to written articles below.
Jay Shafer of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company gives us a tour of his 89-square-foot home on wheels parked in Sebastapol, California. He sells plans for the Epu model for $859. Ready made: $45,997 Build it yourself: $19,950
Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/…
They make these in every state! The last video was in NC this is South West OK. This cabin is as affordable as a car payment and you own it! Lots of room too!
Uploaded on Feb 13, 2011
Sustainable Development – Photos of cob homes that I took on the West Coast of Canada
Published on Jun 4, 2012
Rocy Pillsbury spent 17 years working as a carpenter in conventional construction until he started having children and wanted to work from home. Both he and his wife, Melissa, are fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so he began designing a real-world version of the mini-abodes inhabited in the novels, and films, by Frodo, Bilbo Baggins and their kin.
Today, the couple via their Wooden Wonders family business, are the only ones in the world to sell Hobbit Holes officially licensed with Middle-earth Enterprises. They build these wee shelters as small as chicken coops ($999) and as large as a 16-foot diameter, 8-foot 2-inch-high cottage ($15,000 to $20,000 for an insulated version with finished floors, windows and screens).
Customers are using their hand-crafted structures as chicken coops (complete with distinctive rounded doors and windows), playhouses, garden sheds, backyard offices, yoga studios, meditation suites and guest cottages. As of yet, none of their customers are living in their whimsical shelters year-round, but Melissa sees them as an ideal way to transition to tiny house living.
Wooden Wonders: http://www.wooden-wonders.com/
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