Best Tiny Home Designs

Natalie working on a drafting table designing a tiny house

In this post, we’re not going to spoon feed you the best tiny house designs by showing flashy photos. Instead, we’re going to give you a selection of patterns that will act as helpful tools for creating and evaluating your own tiny home designs. By exploring patterns, our hope is to avoid the tendency to […]

Building an Ecological Tiny House with Natural Materials

Hemcrete tiny house

People all over the world have been using natural materials to build homes and other structures throughout human history. Here, we dig into the differences between conventional and more ecological building materials and discuss three natural building modalities to consider when building a tiny house:  Rammed earth Hempcrete Cordwood Sustainability of building materials: conventional vs. […]

Lloyd Kahn and a Shout-Out to Shelter Publications

natural tiny house in the forest with curved branches as banister

Meet the 84-year-old surfer who pioneered green and natural building. Lloyd Kahn has been designing and building beautiful and whimsical natural buildings for more than 60 years. He’s also been photographing and writing about them for over 40 years. In the 1970s, Lloyd founded Shelter Publications. Since then, they’ve produced several gorgeous and inspiring books […]

DIY Paint: Beautiful and 100% Natural

apprentices applying earthen paint to walls

Do It Yourself (DIY) paint is a fabulous way to reduce the presence of toxins in your home.  Not to mention that it’s beautiful and improves the “vibe” of a space (the energy of clay tends to be calming and grounding).  Plus, it’s so safe that children, elders, or other folks who wouldn’t want to […]