Our Tiny House Tour of the NW

January 2011 we went on  a road trip to Washington to tour several tiny houses.  Here are the pictures.  We visited Dee’s little 14 foot home but I failed to take photos because I was too busy asking questions.  The second house we saw was Abel’s 20 foot long house.  He is a fine craftsman and he put a lot of love and attention into the details.  This lovely home is the result:

The front door:

Front door details:

The bath trough


JoAnn lives in a house very similar to Dee’s.  This is the side view and a shot of her outhouse which contains a compost toilet.

As it turns out Olympia WA is full of cute little houses.  Not all of which are on wheels.  These were in the neighborhood and were so cute I had to take photos for inspiration:

As some of you know, one of the reasons we moved to Portland was to pursue our dream to get some land, have a garden and build a tiny house.  Portland proved to be exactly the right place to make all of this happen. Except for job hunting.

There are lots of these food cart “tiny homes” even here in the suburbs.  This one is in front of Home Depot which has a duck pond and is surrounded by forest (like everywhere else in PDX).

These two are in town and right next door to each other.  That would be a good situation for a couple who need space but want to live small. Could be the ideal thing for a long and happy marriage.

The side of one of them is tiled in flattened out old cans.  Creative recycling.

And we came across this one day.  What every tiny home on wheels needs…a tiny garden on wheels.  Certainly a new twist on the whole raised bed thing.  It makes sense because you can move it around to different spots on your property, for different times of the year and then park it in the garage at night so the deer and bears and raccoons don’t eat it all.  Or if you live in the city and don’t have a yard you can just park in front of your house.

Here’s another cute little yurt type house in Portland.  This one looks like cob and is on a base of stones. It has a very nice pointy skylight in the middle.

This tiny house we saw in Berkeley near where we used to live.  About 6 blocks away.  It isn’t on wheels but it is very small and very cute.  And probably somewhat easy to move. Something like an attractive mobile home.

The front gate… The entrance….

The kitchen

We put an ad on Tiny House blog and got a response from someone in Portland who is in the middle of building a tiny home the same size as ours.  He introduced us to Dee who lives in a little house in Washington and was one of my first inspirations for this dream.  She was on the cover of YES! magazine some time ago. These are pictures of Matt and Charlotte’s house in the making:

And here’s the unfinished insides.

We are so excited because this is our first time to actually see what one of these looks like in person.  I’m so happy Matt answered my ad in the tiny house classifieds. New paradigms are already happening in the NW.  Yay age of Aquarius!

For those who want more info about the tiny home movement which is growing really fast:



Everyone was so nice and helpful.  I thank them all for their time , advice and inspiration.  I’m very very grateful for this step to getting me closer to my dream.

We’re currently looking for a very inexpensive, flat, and secure space to build and/or park our home area starting in July of 2011.   If anyone has land or knows of any care-taking positions or affordable spots for sale please contact us at the following email:  limacatz@gmail.com

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4 comments on “Our Tiny House Tour of the NW
  1. abelzyl says:

    Thanks for putting pics of my own house up! Exciting to see your progress, Cat. I just put up prices for my houses online (for anyone that happens by this blog). Zylvardos.com


  2. Carrie says:

    Silly question time, what did you have to do to the trough to turn it into a functioning tub?

    • limacatz says:

      That wasn’t my house. But he got the inside coated with ceramic like those metal pans for camping that have the coating. He had someone do it. But I think they sell them like that too. For people who are concerned about the metal and water for their animals.

  3. Marie says:

    I love the first part of this post, but I am unable to view any of the pictures further on down. Something about not being a member of this blog?

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We have landed and after all the struggle, adventure, drama etc it all seems so worthwhile. We are now parked in a lovely and peaceful place just north of Santa Rosa. Bucolic bliss has become a reality. I got everything on my list: well water, garden, wildlife, quiet (can't even hear airplanes!) and lovely neighbors. Thanks to everyone for the prayers, help, moral support, and patience during this challenging project. About another year and we should be finished.... Ha : )

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