Fully Customizable Off-grid Tiny Home

Living Room

Since tiny homes are so small, the key to living in them comfortably is a clever interior layout. And this is best achieved when it is tailored to your specific needs.  Enter the so-called Kootenay tiny house built by the firm TruForm Tiny. Potential customers have a wide range of layouts, as well as size, materials, colors, and even furniture to choose from when ordering one.  The home is towable and can also be made to operate completely off-the-grid.

The Kootenay comes in three sizes, namely 20, 24, and 28 ft (6, 7.3, and 8.5 m) in length.  The model pictured in this post is the largest, 28 ft (8.5 m)-long one.  Its total floor space measures 379 sq ft (35.2 sq m) and it features a metal roof.  The exterior cladding comes in different colors and wood types, while the color of the roof, the style of the exterior and even the window frames can also be chosen by the customer.

Exterior Deck

Exterior Side

Sleeping Loft

The interior features a living area with a sofa, a kitchen with a well-sized breakfast bar, a small oven and plenty of cupboards and shelves.  There is also enough room for a washer/dryer, dishwasher, and full-size appliances, which can be purchased as optional extras.

The far end of the home is taken up by a relatively spacious bathroom, which features a full-size bathtub. The Kootenay has two lofts. The larger one is accessible via a set of stairs and is meant as the master bedroom, though the latter can also be installed on the ground level should the client wish so.  The second loft is accessible via a ladder, and can be used as a guest room, though it is perhaps more suitable as a storage area.   The home also features a drop down deck, which extends from the living area.


Breakfast Bar


The Kootenay can be connected to the grid via a standard RV-style hookup, but a custom off-grid package is also available. This includes a solar power array, a wood-burning stove, a composting toilet, and a propane-powered fridge.

The basic version of The Kootenay costs $57,900.

Tiny Homes on Rails


Small House on Tracks is the name of a unique new tiny home project, which was envisioned by Tomasz Zablotny and Paweł Maszota, two architecture students from Poland. They designed a number of tiny homes, which are also expandable, and which can be moved around on the rail tracks at the Gdańsk Shipyard.

The tiny houses will be built from laminated wood and steel, and each would measure only 6.85 x 4.92 x 7.97 feet (209 x 150 x 243 cm) when unoccupied or being transported. Once in use, it will be possible to pull the homes outwards and increase their length by 3.2 feet (1 m). The interior of each tiny house features a kitchenette, a pull-out table which also serves as a countertop, and a sofa, which can be turned into a bed. There is also a skylight, which offers plenty of natural light during the day. The homes also feature a solar power array, which provides a portion of their power needs.




The Small House on Tracks is still in the concept stage, and is part of a call for ideas on how to reinvigorate Gdańsk Shipyard, which has been in decline. The Small House on Rails community is meant to provide housing for artists of all media, who could use them as studio space.


Since the homes are envisioned to sit on rails, they could also be pushed around, which would give the community added flexibility. Though, the same could also be achieved by simply fitting them with wheels, and make them independent of the rail system. The proposal doesn’t mention details on plumbing or exactly how much power is needed to run the homes. The details on how precisely they can be joined together or expanded is also not explained. Overall, however, it is a pretty unique concept, which does take into account the existing rail infrastructure and upcycles it into something useful again.



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Tiny Homes for the Homeless Made of Salvaged and Recycled Materials


Artist Gregory Kloehn has been quietly addressing the problem of homelessness in Oakland by building a number of unique, tiny homes for the homeless using repurposed and salvaged materials. This initiative is called the Homeless Homes Project and through it, Gregory has already provided several homes for the area’s homeless. To build the homes, he uses primarily illegally dumped garbage and industrial waste solving several problems at once.

To build these tiny homes, Gregory uses anything that can somehow become part of a home, including a discarded washing machine front, which is used as a window, as well as bed frames, sofa frames, and even refrigerator shelves. The main building blocks he uses to build these homes are pallets, plywood, OSB, packing crates and more. The pellets are normally used to build the basic frame and base, though he also uses more creative building blocks such as car consoles. When searching for building materials, Gregory looks for anything that consists of real wood, tempered glass and sturdy frames. He then buys the nails, screws, glue, paint brushes and saw blades needed to turn the refuse into homes. When a home is completed, he pushes it into the street, takes a few photos and then gives it away.


All of the homes are also fitted with wheels so the owners can move them around if they need to. The homes also come equipped with locks for security and privacy. These homes are usually only big enough to fit a bed and some storage space, and take about three days to construct. The houses are also painted with bright colors and given fun names, such as R2D2, Romanian Farm House, Uni-bomber Shack and The Chuck Wagon, which Gregory believes helps give the new owners added hope for the future.



He started the project on his own, but since then several local community groups and volunteers have expressed an interest in helping him. They are currently planning to move all activities into a larger space that can accommodate workshops and allow for larger builds.

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Relax Shacks Builds a Micro Reading Pod for NYU Professor

NYU office pod final
Photo: RelaxShacks.com

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com is in the process of completing a micro home for an NYU professor to use as a reading and study pod. The pod is built mostly from recycled, repurposed and salvaged materials. It’s also on wheels for easy transportation, though the owner plans to primarily use it on a lake front plot of land where it will serve as a quiet escape from daily life.

The micro house measures 7 feet by 5 feet, and is about 6 feet high. It is also wide enough for two people to sleep in, though its main purpose is to serve as a quiet office space or relaxation pod. The whole front of this tiny pod is covered in Tuftex scrap from www.ondura.com, as is one of the sides of this pod, which serves as the main entrance. The front also opens upwards, and serves as a roof for the exterior in case the owners want to let in some fresh air in nice weather.

Photo: RelaxShacks.com

Photo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-LBRQd2mrI&list=UUoYe2YOpqspuGAOB1Epe7GA

The Tuftex is slightly smoky, which does block some of the light getting in. To compensate for this, Derek also installed a double pane window on one of the shorter sides of the pod, which he found at the side of the road. The entire interior back wall of the pod is made from scraps and bits of wood left over from constructing other houses, arranged together in a mosaic style. On the back, the exterior is clad with repurposed plywood. The pod is covered by recycled metal roofing, also from www.ondura.com, which is very durable and can withstand wind speeds of 220 mph if nailed on properly.

Photo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-LBRQd2mrI&list=UUoYe2YOpqspuGAOB1Epe7GA

Photo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-LBRQd2mrI&list=UUoYe2YOpqspuGAOB1Epe7GA

The interior is basically just a single space, with flooring made of polyurethane board, which Derek repurposed from a demolition site of a house that had been torn down. He will also fill the seams between the boards with polyurethane foam to make it easier to care for and keep clean. The siding is lumber, obtained from Goodridge Lumber of Vermont.

You can check out the full video tour of this micro home at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-LBRQd2mrI&list=UUoYe2YOpqspuGAOB1Epe7GA.

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