The top ten tiny houses of 2014

Herrle Custom Carpentry
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UPDATE: after doing this post I found that posts early last year were not put in the Tiny House category, and I missed them on the first run. So now this is actually the top 13 tiny houses.

It's really amazing, how much interest there is in the Tiny House movement. It just resonates with people who see it as an option for living with less, having a smaller footprint, getting their financial houses in order. Here are your favorites:

1. Romantic tiny forest home built in 6 weeks for $4,000

Carpenter Dave Herrle explains:
For the longest time I had a hard time not being "normal." I graduated from a small liberal arts college, got a desk job, and hated every minute of it. In 2007 my life changed dramatically after hiking the entirity of the Appalachian Trail. It was a gut check in life and I'm lucky it happened when I was 27 and not 67. My time in the woods gave me a perspective on the benefits of simplicity. It was in the woods that I promised myself that I wouldn't spend a lifetime doing a job I didn't enjoy.

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2. The Tiny Tack House is kind of a big deal

Christopher Tack is a professional photographer; Malissa Tack works in 3D animation and graphic design. They have built themselves a tiny house and put their skills to work; it's not just a house but a real demonstration of their skills as designers, builders, 3D modellers, photographers and last but not least, tiny home entrepreneurs.
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3. Student designed 70 sq. ft. living pod can be towed with regular car (Video)

REED Green Mountain College© REED Green Mountain College
We previously covered this food-growing, electric-car-charging Solar Garage by Vermont's Green Mountain College, now their Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) students have come up with the OTIS, a 70-square foot mobile tiny home.
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4. How to pack a whole lot of living into 221 square feet

Gabriella Morrison explains:
To our surprise we have not felt, at any point, that we have had to make any compromises or sacrifices in our self designed and built home. Not once have we felt that our space was too small, that our needs weren’t luxuriously met, or that we didn’t have enough space to run our home business, entertain, cook, bathe, watch movies, play guitar, wrestle with our dog, or store our clothes and belongings. Not once have we been uncomfortable, hurt our backs in the lofts, struggled on our stairs, felt like our fridge or kitchen sink was too small, or felt that we didn’t have enough space for an item.

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"5. Glamper" tiny houses built with hot tubs for luxurious vacationing

Tinywood Homes© Tinywood Homes
Tiny homes come in all shapes, sizes and budgets. While some may build ultra-tiny houses for a few thousand dollars, others may be inclined to spend more for luxuries that still fit into the tiny house genre. Of course, it depends on one's definition of what "living with less" may mean. For Warwickshire, UK-based Tinywood Homes, building wood-fired hot tubs is part of their business, so it seemed inevitable that they would combine one of these luxuries with their high-end tiny home building service.
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6. How a talented architect makes an RV look like a charming cabin in the woods

The tiny house movement has become a big thing as more and more people try to live with a smaller financial, environmental and physical footprint. As Alek Lisefski noted in his Tiny Project, it's about less house and more life. It's also about laws, that regulate what can go down a road, what can go on a property under zoning bylaws, what code it gets built under.
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7. Brilliant off-grid 161 sq. ft. debt-free tiny home built for less than $18K (Video)

Living Big In A Tiny House© Living Big In A Tiny House
From the positively miniscule to the monster home, tiny houses come in all shapes and sizes, and it's always interesting to see how different tiny home designs come about. Self-taught bone-carver, tattoo artist and sailor Brett Sutherland of New Zealand recently built this contemporary, space-efficient yet spacious off-grid tiny home, that boasts a number of ingenious features.
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8. This prefab sauna is absolutely extraordinary on so many levels.

The architects for this project, PARTISANS, were just founded in 2010 and do not have a large body of built work, but they are starting off with a serious bang.
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9. Modern prefab gets closer to the right mix of quality and price with the Solo 40

There is a lot of history behind the latest work from AltiusRSA (Rapid Systems Architecture), the latest in the line of what started with the Sustain Minihome.
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10. Conqueror popup trailer has a place for everything and is ready for anything

UEV 440 openConqueror 440/Screen capture
Travel trailers offer a lot of lessons for living in small spaces, using fewer resources and creating multifunctional spaces. TreeHugger has shown a lot of them, but never one the astonishing UEV440 from Australia's Conqueror. UEV stands for Urban Escape Vehicle but this thing looks like it could go to the moon.
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11. The Tiny Project: "Less house! More Life!"

Alex writes:
Inhabiting such a small space will force me to live in a simpler, more organized and efficient way. Without room to hoard things and hide away from the world, I’ll be forced to spend more time outdoors, in nature and engaging with my community.

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12. This micro camper sleeps two adults and can be towed by bicycle

When I first saw mention of this cool little micro bicycle camper, I got a little weak in my knees. Because bicycles! Because tiny houses! Because pedal-powered nomadic lifestyle! But after taking a few deep breaths, I'm over it.
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13. Tiny modern house squeezes a lot of living into 136 square feet

Many of the tiny houses we show on TreeHugger have a decidedly traditional look, with gabled roofs and cutesy details. For some people, that's the definition of "home." But it never made a lot of sense; most tiny homes have lofts and gable lofts make lousy sleeping areas, your head is rarely at the highest part. They have lousy aerodynamics when you are taking it on the road.
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