Come See the Tiny House Village at the Auburn Fall Home Show ~ Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2016

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It’s a Home Show with a Tiny House Giveaway! Thats right, one of the tiny homes on wheels on display at the The Auburn Fall Home Show will be given away! It will be on display at the show’s Tiny House Village in Auburn, California from September 30 through October 2, 2016.

The house was built by Tiny Mountain Houses and has a value of $60,000 – with included upgrades like a washer/dryer combo, customized furniture, granite countertops, and more.

The Tiny House Village will have 15-20 tiny homes on display, including Tiny Houses on Wheels, yurts, and teepees, that are coming from California, Oregon, Washington, and Canada. You’ll be able to tour affordable and luxury tiny homes.

Here’s the current breakdown of what will be found in the Tiny House Village:

  • Tiny Mountain Houses – bringing 2-3 homes (including the tiny home that will be given away at the show)
  • Tiny Home Oregon – bringing 1-2 homes
  • Mukwa Teepees – bringing 2 teepees
  • Eagle Log Cabin – bringing 1 home (that’s been transformed into a tiny house cookie business) & 1 trailer
  • Thimble Homes – bringing 3 homes & 1 Chantey Trailer
  • SunTime Yurts – bringing 1 home
  • Sunwest Tiny Homes – bringing 1 home
  • Tiny Idahomes – bringing 1 home
  • Sierra Tiny Houses – bringing 1 home
  • Gold Country Tiny Homes – bringing 1 home
  • Einstyne Tiny Homes – bringing 1 home
  • AJ Zamora – bringing 1 home

Also at the home show will be Tiny Living Seminars – located in the tiny house seminar tent inside the tiny house village. NOAH (National Organization of Alternative Housing) is coming to discuss how it is feasible to own a tiny home; and Eagle Log Cabins will share how they were able to turn a tiny home into a business.

Auburn, California is not far from Sacramento. It’s located in the Sierra foothills along I-80 as you drive toward Reno. To learn more about this home show visit the Auburn Fall Home Show website. You can also get the details on the Tiny House Giveaway. Here’s a map to Auburn, California:

Below the tour video are more preview photos of the Tiny House Giveaway – built by Tiny Mountain Houses.

Little Tahoma Peak Exterior

Little Tahoma Peak Kitchen

Little Tahoma Peak Washer Dryer

Little Tahoma Peak Bathroom

Little Tahoma Peak Loft

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A Cabin Nicknamed ‘Cobby’

Little Cabin Company

Located in Fernie, British Columbia is The Little Cabin Company, makers of this tiny 12′ x 11’3″ one-room cabin.

It’s shown here setup as a simple cabin, studio, or office – but the makers can built it bigger and even add amenities like a bathroom. The cabin is also designed and built for high snow loads and cold temperatures.

To learn more visit the Little Cabin Company website.

Little Cabin Company at Dusk on Porch

Little Cabin Company Interior 3

Little Cabin Company Interior 2

Little Cabin Company Interior

Little Cabin Company Bed

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D407 House Truck by Jay Nelson

D407 House Truck Interior

This tiny house truck is the creation or artist Jay Nelson. His artwork focuses on architectural forms, and sometimes he makes one that can be taken out on the road and lived-in. This is one of those projects. Here’s how Jay describes his work.

“My work is project based, for an exhibit I come up with a vision for the the whole show and then build the elements as one piece, which means as a painter the paintings and then the structure that holds the paintings. If I’m building a mobile structure or dwelling its designed around an experience I plan to have, a trip I will take or time I will spend in a structure.”- Jay Nelson

See and read more on Jay Nelson’s website.

D407 House Truck

D407 House Truck 3

D407 House Truck 2

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Cob Cottage, made from Natural Building Materials

Unique Cob Cottage - via Airbnb.com

Designing and building cob homes can cost very little in materials and the finished product often has the feel of a hand-sculpted clay pot. As you can see the finished product is unlike anything modern building materials gives you.

A cob home literally can come from the earth around you. It’s built slowly by layering lumps of clay – usually a combination of dirt, sand, straw and water. The builders mix the clay by hand and foot, in a pit, and then stack those wet lumps up on the walls. As the walls dry and can support more weight, additional layers are added. The roofs are also often made from natural wood poles, locally milled lumber, and assembled carefully by hand due to the irregular shape.

This particular house is actually available as a rental on Mayne Island in British Columbia. You can learn more about it and even book a stay on Airbnb.com.

I especially love its round rooms, arched roof, and deep door & window openings. Everything in it looks as if it were lovingly sculpted from natural materials – from the spiral staircase, to the doors & windows, and to the floors. There is hardly a trace of modern manufacturing in this house. It’s obvious that few modern building materials were used.

The main caveat I’d offer for building a tiny house from natural building materials is that it takes more time and labor. Manufactured building materials like sheetrock, lumber, plywood, house wrap, and vinyl siding are all designed to make construction quicker and easier. So when planning and dreaming about your future tiny home consider the balance needed between time, cost, and aesthetics.

For those planning a tiny house on wheels in their future, cob and other earthen options, (like adobe, rammed earth, and earth bags), are not really viable due to their weight and road unworthiness of dirt. For a tiny house on wheels lightweight materials and a wood or steel frame make a better choice.

Unique Cob Cottage - Interior

Unique Cob Cottage - Kitchen

Unique Cob Cottage - Bed

Unique Cob Cottage - Interior 2

Unique Cob Cottage - Bed 2

Unique Cob Cottage - Looking Inside

Unique Cob Cottage - Fireplace Woodstove

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Little Leaf

The Little Leaf Project

The Little Leaf Project - Kitchen

Little Leaf is an owner-designed and built tiny house on wheels. It’s 20-feet long and has an 8’x7′ loft. Space heating, water heating, and the stove are powered by propane. Like an RV, the house has an on-grid power setup, but can go off-grid for several days.

Priority electrical systems, like the furnace exhaust fan, carbon dioxide detector, and composting toilet fan, are connected to a 12-volt battery backup system. The house also has 60-gallons of fresh water storage.

The house may still be for sale at Tiny House Listings.

The Little Leaf Project - Napping

The Little Leaf Project - Dining Table

The Little Leaf Project - Dining

The Little Leaf Project - Loft

The Little Leaf Project - Kitchen Detail

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Koda – Tiny Prefab Assembles in a Day

Koda Exterior

Koda Interior

Developed by Kodasema, an Estonian design company, the Koda can be dismantled or reassembled in seven hours. Inside it has a living room, kitchen, dining area, lofted bedroom, and bathroom. Koda is small too, with a footprint of just 25 m2 (269 square feet).

“KODA’s components are manufactured in a controlled and optimised factory environment. As a result erection on a chosen site takes no more than seven hours… KODA doesn’t need any special finishing once built either – allowing you to move in straight away… All KODA needs is a level footing and connection points for water, electricity and sewerage.” – Kodasema

The shell is thin but well-insulated. The windows are quadruple glazed. Through a grid-tied solar system it can produce send more energy back to the grid than it uses. Koda is also free standing and doesn’t require a foundation.  The finishing materials are all non-toxic.

Use it as a home, office, studio, or open a cafe. To learn more about this clever design visit the Kodasema website.

Koda Interior 2

Koda 3D Sketch

Koda Construction Team

Koda Floor Plan

Koda Floor Plan Uppder Level

Koda Exterior Rear

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