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Tiny House Blog

House Blog and the Tiny House Magazine.

Kent Griswold, Editor & publisher of the Tiny House Blog and the Tiny House Magazine.

Kent Griswold started the Tiny House Blog: Living Simply in Small Spaces in 2007 because he loved small spaces. His interest began with small simple cabins and the different ways in which they could be constructed. Then he stumbled across Jay Shafer’s Tumbleweed Tiny Houses website. His blog was one of the first blogs to start spreading the word about the new tiny house movement.

The purpose of the Tiny House Blog is to discover the different options available when considering and then planning to downsize into a tiny house or cabin. Or to find your first home. Kent considers different types of construction, from logs to yurts to modern and unusual. He also does book reviews and discusses alternate energy sources for heat and electricity. It’s the first place to look when you want to find out about materials, methods, manufacturers, and builders.

The Tiny House Blog also publishes the Tiny House Magazine, which started in 2013. It is an eMagazine available in PDF and iOS versions.

Everyone who works on the Tiny House Blog and the Tiny House Magazine lives in a tiny house— moving houses or trailers or campers.

Categories: Cottages & Tiny Houses, Useful, Curious, Inspiring

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3 replies

  1. Hello, Kent,
    Thanks for making this blog available.
    My first questions are about data presented and verification.
    Are square footages interior floor space only? Or do the numbers indicate the overall dimensions of the housing box on one or more levels?
    If the house has a tiny house loft, like an overhead sleeping loft, is that counted as square footage?
    One of the old quandaries of the mobile home business was that trailer homes were typically advertised as from the tip of the tow bar (tongue) to the back of the rear bumper, obviously a marketing ploy for making a home appear to be larger than its actual livable space.

    • I don’t know, without onsite measurements, how to find out whether the measurements include the walls and exterior framing. They should be considered approximate. Buyers and builders should clarify this with the transaction. If there is a floor plan, whether the loft is included can usually be determined. There has been major reform in trailer/caravan/mobile home construction for safety and longevity. I didn’t know about the measurements including the bumpers and tow bars. Nice to see you here!

  2. Excellent questions. You might find answers on the Pinup Houses site where they sell construction plans.

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