Tiny homes in Portland

Tiny homes in Portland are attracting everyone from millennials to retirees. While at the Build Small, Live Large Summit, I toured a few tiny homes set up on the Portland State University campus. The two best designs were the Escape Traveler and the container from Modern Dwellings.

Tiny homes in Portland

A container project from Modern Dwellings, with excellent design and execution. The charred cedar siding is a traditional Japanese technique called “Shou Sugi Ban.”

Tiny homes in Portland

This container from Modern Dwellings has a great exterior stairway to the roof.

Tiny homes in Portland

The Escape Traveler is among the best designs I’ve seen.

Tiny homes in Portland

The Escape Traveler’s huge window brightens the entire place.

Large Homes Selling, But Tiny Homes Attracting Attention

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The average new home size has crept up as younger buyers are priced out of the market. Some of them are turning to tiny homes.

Large Homes Selling, But Tiny Homes Attracting Attention

The average size of a new home in the U.S. hit a new record in 2013, at 241 square metres. The previous record was about 232 square metres in 2008, just before the housing market imploded.

That might sound like good news, but it actually indicates a weak housing market, according to economist Robert Dietz of the National Association of Homebuilders.

“Higher-end homebuyers, particularly older homebuyers with cash reserves necessary to meet today’s down payment requirements, are in the new home market in greater proportions than first-time homebuyers who typically purchase smaller homes,” Dietz wrote in an opinion piece for U.S. News & World Report. “The result of this change in market mix is, at least in the data, rising average new home size on an average basis.”

Not coincidentally, in the decade from 2002 to 2012, home ownership fell most among people 35 and younger — 11 per cent, according to US Census data.

Read more here.

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Can You Build A Straw Bale Tiny Home In Just A Day?

Here’s an example of a low-cost and fast straw bale home. The author, in the comments, mentions how you can get all the walls up for a small structure or a tiny home in a day. Cob, another low-cost and sustainable method, would take days or weeks for the same size structure.

More about straw bale building.

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And a longer video. Fast and really cheap where straw is available. This method, like earth bags, also reduces the amount of wood needed.

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And one about building a yurt.

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  • green cities

  • permaculture