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Brand New Member to Our Pin-Up Houses Family!

Aloha, everyone! We are so proud to inform you that our family has become even bigger with a brand-new family member – Elisabeth. This time, the pictures are from Hawaii! Her majesty Elisabeth is beginning to arise from the ashes to rise and shine and to reign (with its view) over the beautiful lands of […]

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Timber – Beams, Boards, Planks, Joists… for Your Small House!

Buying the correct timber (Beams, Boards, Planks, Joists…) In previous entries to our blog, we discussed what to be careful with when building foundations, floors supporting walls and many other things. In this entry, we want to focus on types of timber. Believe us, there’s much more to building houses than just a few wooden […]

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Building Without a Permit

Small homes without building permit

Building without a permit for building Back in the days of our grandfathers, getting  planning permission wasn’t part of the routine. You could build anything you wanted (at your own risk), as long as it was on your own property. Building without a permit was absoultely common. It was certainly in your interest to build […]

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Gambrel Roof Framing

timber framework gambrel roof for small houses

Gambrel roof Gambrel roof framing is another of simple timber roof trusses types, which we are going to examine. Together with the traditional gable roof and often seen shed roof, gambrel roof is also a common type of roof both for small house plans as well as bigger houses, barns and other buildings. Gambrel roof […]

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Tiny House Construction Guide – Press Release & Pictures

step by step guide to DIY construction

Download press release & pictures of the How to build a tiny house book guide: pictures & press release How to build a tiny house We are proud to present to you our first tiny house construction book guide on DIY tiny house construction How to Build a Tiny House. Step by step guidance, illustrations, photographs and more, […]

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Exterior Door Construction

Building entrance doors Today, we are going to look at another part of DIY timber construction of a small house, tiny cabin, shed or pretty much any type of small wooden structure – exterior door construction. Being the first thing you encounter when entering a house or cabin, the entrance door has quite strong influence […]

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Energy Efficient Small House Plans

eco friendly tiny house, composting and of off grid living

Eco friendly micro homes Tiny house movement is become more and more popular in recent years for few main reasons: cost efficiency, whereby you can get rid of mortgage and lower your debts; trend of minimalistic living and a desire to live more simple life without burden of unnecessary things and space, concentrated on the […]

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Small House Framing Connectors

Small house framing connectors, examples of metal fasteners on timber roof frame

Small house timber connectors A highly important item when it comes to DIY house plans construction are the small house framing connectors: components that attach different elements of the house to each other. They need to be effective in order to provide a proper structural support and stability and their strength and stiffness become crucial […]

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Free Cabin Plans

Free cabin plan

Free cabin plans available to download HERE. We are architects who are big supporters of tiny house movements and concentrate on designing easy to build micro house plans off all kinds. You have probably noticed that, if you have been following us alreadt, but maybe you just stumbled upon our small house blog for the very […]

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Concrete Foundation Footings

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Materials for concrete foundation Concrete (binder/sand/gravel/water) or complex dry concrete mix Boards / planks Anchor bolts Metal fasteners – basic Concrete foundation footings method Cast in situ concrete foundation footings are a type of concrete foundation suitable for example for low-cost, simple single-storey small houses made of wood. For these, the dimensions would be about 14” x […]