Cool tiny house not a typical design .

Just thought I would show you a really cool atypical design for a tiny house. I actually built one of these over 20 years ago . all the framing members and walls are the same size . there tough little buildings mine is still standing . It’s an innovative structure very tall 14 ft. Steep pitched roof gives lots of volume mine has a loft in it.   I have had many people over the years stop to look inside and comment  on it so enjoy the tour.  http://youtu.be/xBm8HOpUxkk  This video is a part of a movie about tiny houses coming next year . It should be interesting I’m looking forward to seeing it .

Foundation and floor framing video up





Chilly morning 28. Fired up the stove this morning in the shop so posting this while I wait for it to warm up. The second video is live on you tube. Today we discuss the foundation and floor framing for your tiny house. We see two examples of a foundation. Pier blocks and pressure treated 4×4 beams as runners or skids. Small buildings are light enough to move around and can be skidded or picked up and repositioned with out harm.

About 18 years ago I  had a client that wanted to insulate a small barn style shed floor after it was built. It was so sturdy I simply pushed it over on it’s side and installed the insulation under the floor framing then rolled back on it’s bottom 😉 Then I attached a rope to it and drug it across the yard to it’s new location where it was to be a shed turned tiny house for a friend of her’s that needed a place to stay. (Tiny houses have been in back yards for years )

So here is the video and so you don’t miss any new videos and post’s don’t forget to subscribe to this blog and the Youtube Channel. Oh and if you would like others to find this and benefit from it like us on Facebook to 😉  Thanks for stopping by

P.S. the next video will have a section on tools you will need to build your tiny house.

Mortgage free …the death of a 30 year commitment




I see the writing on the wall don’t you? The banks have gone to far! The construction industry has gone to far! Realtors have stepped across the line! There are big changes coming for all three of them. There has been a collusion for too long forcing people into spending more and more money for housing out of nothing more than pure greed!

What if we just don’t play their game anymore? Stop buying overpriced, undervalued, poorly built houses. Stop paying 20, 25 and 30 year loans and spending all your time working to pay for them. This is not an investment. It’s an enslavement. An enslavement that you don’t have any control over. We don’t set the prices or the values on these “investments” other entity decide if the house you just bought will go up or down in value and when. But your still responsible either way.

What if you pay cash for a house and never owe a payment to a bank again?

Now what would you do with all that extra time/money you would other wise be spending on a mortgage?

Well first off you would not have to work full time. Your boss won’t be able to hang your job over your head any more because he/she knows you have bills to pay and can’t afford to lose your income. With your time back in your hands you can pursue interests that have been side lined or put on the back burner of life. Family time to spend with them now that hustle and bustle are a thing of the past. Self, where did the time to take care of you go?

What would you do if you had TIME? You can sell your time but you can’t buy it and you only have so much…

Now if you live closer to work and the grocery store you may not even need a car?!

Wait just a minute Here!!

Am I saying no car and no house payment/rent!?! YES!

I just eliminated the two biggest things in life you spend money on 😉  Or maybe an inexpensive one as it is not a daily driver any more.

Well go ahead ask me. How am I going to do that?

I’m glad you asked. Build a tiny house. Place it near where you work and shop then ride a bike or walk to get around. You will have the time to walk/ride because your cost of living will be a fraction of it’s former self and the dreaded 40 hour work week will be a thing of the past.

You will no longer need the bank because you will pay cash for everything. You no longer need credit cards.  Money the stuff we seem to never have enough of (because we spend over half of what we make on housing and transportation) will suddenly be available. If you save it by putting away the same amount you were spending on a house and car you could retire at 35 instead of 65+!

I think the best thing you could do with your spare time is learn to build that tiny house and get out or avoid the current housing trap designed to make you work till you drop while others make huge profits off your hard work.

Slow down and ride a bike down to the farmers market and get some fresh ingredients for a slow home cooked meal with your friends and family.



So you want to build a tiny house.





I thought I would do a post on some beginning thoughts and considerations.

First off I get the sense that a big obstacle or belief is that If I build a tiny house I won’t be able to find a place to put it. I’ve seen the comments in numerous post and conversations on other sites and forums.

Now what I have observed is the people who have built/bought tiny houses and are living in them have found accommodations for them by simply letting people know there intentions. Friends relatives networking out until someone shows interest and an agreement is created.

Here is another way to get an opportunity started. There is a site called Tiny House Listings. This is a buy, sell and rent tiny houses and spaces site that has developed to help like-minded people find each other.

All that being said lets talk about site size and orientation. To begin planning your house build you need to think about the end. That being the final product how big where you would like it to be and how it will sit at the site.

Where would you like to place your house?

Are you planning on moving around and traveling a lot?

Do you see yourself in a backyard or in an RV park or a private lot or acreage?

How big or small will the house be?

How many people will it need to house?

What do you need in the way of possessions in your house?

Will you have pets? Guests? Overnight? 

Spend some time in an RV if you can to get a sense of space and storage.

Orientation how will your house sit on site? When planning you will want to have window and door placement for natural light and access southern exposure in winter. Summer heat and shade trees and other buildings. Will you site deal with wind, rain and drainage of the site.

These are all considerations to ponder along with whether or not you want to build on a trailer or a foundation and if so what kind? Permanent, semi permanent, on skids, blocks or footers.

This is an interactive process so questions and comments are encouraged and well necessary to help create the finished product, your house.

I am here to help make that happen to facilitate. To remove the obstacles and barriers and beliefs that are stopping you from having the confidence to create this tiny living space you want.

Lets have fun and create a place to call your own 😉



Tiny house build on video





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Eye candy …Tammy stroble’s new tiny house in Portland

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This is a very clean crisp new tiny house in the Portland area built by Dee Williams and Katy Anderson of Pad http://portlandalternativedwellings.com/  The layout is a little different than I’ve seen in most homes of this size. With the kitchen and bath right up front as you come thru the door it leaves the back of the house open and  the vaulted ceiling gives it a lot of space. A unique feature are the french doors in the living area adding both natural light and a sense of outdoor space . The loft is open to the living area wich I like rather than the closed up hatch types I have seen in other designs .

With the placement of windows and glass doors and a skylight in the loft there is plenty of natural light . I am not sure of the heat source looks like a space heater in there maybe I missed it . There has been some thought towards complying or working with the concerns of the local planning dept as mentioned in the video regarding egress for emergency purposes . Portland seems to be open to the tiny house movement and alternate live/work options in general (green thinking) . I may need to spend more time there in the near future and get in on the vibe . Those food carts my need some investigating …

more money in 2 and a half weeks than a lot of people make in a year/ ADHD /and what the hell is this post about

  It’s been a whirlwind month. I spent two and a half weeks back east and made a years income . Then went to seattle on a false alarm (My daughter is due with my 3rd grandchild) Then a week at a high power marketing conference in Phoenix. Back to Seattle for the actual birth of my grandson . Home  for a few days now (stopped to see my granddaughter on the way by) and then off to negotiate a possible deal with a company to make a lifetimes income in a few months WHEW!

 You see I and my wife have a particular set of skills that are highly sought after and alow us to create ridiculously extraordinary value for others. People are happy to pay us phenomenally well for this . The essence of this is we have learned to use what most people label as disorders or dysfunctions as high function assets .

My wife has OCD ( obsessive compulsive disorder) and I have ADD /ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) These are labels and “disorders” as they say but we have learned to use these as  UNIQUE ABILITIES as high functioning results creating value making assets . We are and have been off the chain for a while now and the allows us to create our own optimum environment which in turn allows us to create results that are ,well unrealistic by most people’s standards.

What’s this mean in everyday terms my wife has the ability to create order and systems a strategic planner. I am completely at home in the middle of a shit storm I manage chaos when every one else is running for cover I’m at my highest value as a orchastrator I see the problems and create solutions and fix the problems. 

When you can create unrealistic results (value) you will create extraordinary returns (money) for yourself and those around you. If you want other examples of this you need merely look around you there every where. People stand out everyday as such like pro ball players and other athletes, actors and other celebrity rock stars and other singers ceo’s and leaders of industry, inventors, entrepreneurs book authors ect…    

So if you have a disorder or  problem or issue and are labeled.If there is some thing wrong with you the reality may very well be that it is an asset in need of development. Check out the book Unique ability and take the Kolbe test to find out what your M.O. (method of operation )is and get off the chain so you can create extraordinary results in your life .

What’s new ?





Well busy summer keeping up with all the projects holy moly.

The garden is coming along nicely onions, tomatoes, squash, herbs ect…

The rabbits are bred and due the end of the month. The goat finished weeding the pig pen. The deer have pruned the shit out of my little apple trees! (In oct I might just prune some deer!!)

Anyway took my son to college in northern ca. I have been walking almost every day 5 miles in the am did 40 miles last week! Did my first 10 mile day today!

Waiting for it to cool off a little for more projects like fencing and the green house.

I need to start planting herbs for indoor kitchen gardens to sell this fall. The garlic will go in late next month probably over a 1000 cloves to sell next year. I propagated 200 hen and chicks along with some other sedums for sales next year. 

Spending lots of time with my grandkids. New one due next month!

Lots of planning for next years farm stead growth and expansion. I guess that it for now I think I’ll go to the lake tomorrow and cool off in the water 😉

The daily micro farm report





Overcast and 75 today afternoon showers. It’s warm and humid here in the Pacific northwest.  

Today we started breeding up the rabbits. In about a week all three will be bred. Two months from now hopefully we will have 15 to 20 or more fryers ready for the freezer. I built nest boxes for all three of the does today.

brand new bunny boxes

    The boxes are 9.5 x 11 x 18 long with a top on the back half for mom to get away from the kids when she needs to.

view number 2

I finished cleaning up the greenhouse site reclaiming it back from the grass and weeds. Now I need to start framing it up.

cleaned up green house site

The front will be a lot of recycled glass doors framed in on the south side Ive been saving for a new to me project 😉

storm door, french door, and sliding glass doors

One of my helpers on the farm is working on a project cleaning up the pig pen of grass and weeds.

using goat power to clear out the pig pen

The pen is 16 x 32 plenty for two hog’s to be happy. The pen is built of 16 ft cattle panels and lined with railroad ties. The secret to keeping these bulldozers in the pen is give them what they want. Plenty of food and water, a place to get out of the sun and a buddy to hang out with.

pig pen is 16 x 32

When they get done in about 5 months that pen will be completely rotated, manured and not a weed in site.

Well that’s about all for now I need to get things put away before it rains anymore.

An acre !! just what am I getting myself into ?





Ok I know I said I wanted to farm an acre the other day but I thought it was not that much space. In fact when I originally thought this up I wondered if I could really fit every thing in that space. Well let me tell you my wife and I did some measuring and as it turns out an acre is HUGE! So I looked up some info on the subject and here is what I found.  

A football field (including the two end zones) is 360 feet long and 160 feet wide for a total of 57,600 square feet. When you take away the two 30-foot-long end zones at each end, the field is 48,000 square feet making an acre about 91% of the field.

An acre which is a common measurement of land area, is equal to 43,560 square feet. So that being said if you want to see what that looks like go over to your local school or stadium and get a feel for what an acre looks like.

Now the good news is an acre is HUGE. That is some what of a relief because as I said earlier I was not sure if I could fit every thing in that I wanted to. As it turns out there is plenty of room one square acre is 220 ft x 220 sq ft more or less and that is more than enough room for a half-acre of pasture an orchard with apple, pear, plum, cherry and peach trees. I can plant all the garden I can keep up with and still have plenty of room for my house a large shop/garage a yard around the house and plenty of room for a barn.

I will put in a big pig pen with a shade house,chicken coop with room for the ducks and geese and a couple of bee hives. I will need room in the barn for a milking parlor and storage for hay and grains with some stalls for the cow and her calf and the goats. I might want a few sheep again and I already have some rabbits.

The sheep can graze in the orchard they will not chew on the trees unlike the goats that will kill them in short order. The chickens, ducks and geese can roam the pastures and orchard but no chickens in the garden if you want any veggies or strawberries. Geese eat grass mostly and the ducks will help out with bugs. They really like slugs.

Goats have to be behind well-built fencing or on a tether if not you won’t have anything left anywhere! I use them to mow the grass and weeds all over the farm. They really like weeds like thistle. A nasty bugger to get rid of.  

Today was hot. Worked in the garden a little and on fencing then measuring out spaces for pens and pastures. I put “butthead” the pigmy goat in the future pig pen to mow out the weeds a little. She went to work immediately on the project. It is 16 ft x 32 ft in size right next to the veggie garden so I can throw leftovers in there all summer. 

Well that’s all for now just getting a grip on how much space I have to work with. Plenty to grow all we need and extra to sell at the farmers market and to the neighbors. Should have no trouble making an extra $10 to $12k per year or more with the surplus eggs, milk, fruit, veggies, plant starts and offspring of the live stalk and meat. 😉