dan price: my tiny house dan price: my tiny house
aug 21, 2012

dan price: my tiny house

‘my tiny house’ by dan price image © dan price

with a refreshing contrast to the seemingly budget-less, material extensive projects published around the internet, dan price‘s ‘tiny house’ offers a more sobering sustainability in construction and consciousness. the concept revisits the basic principles of a site, finding that perfect natural balance between sun, shading, ventilation, and a water source. ‘primitive living’ is above all a process of discovery that requires time to intimately understand the terrain, the materials and more importantly your own personal needs. the project challenges the very question of human necessity with regards to our culture of ‘living.’

the dwelling is embedded into the ground, with a larger perimeter than the actual oval form of the main living space to leave room for future expansion and for ease of building. thick plastic covers the floor as a water barrier and wraps over the vertically placed 2×6 wood planks. paving stones line the inside of the partition to secure the footprint from shifting while thin strips are screwed laterally to the upper sections to reinforce the circular shape. 2×4 wood members are stacked along their short axes to create a type of large laminated beam as the roof, capable of supporting the soil that will eventually insulate the entire construct. holes are cut out of the shell to make a door and angled skylight, inviting light and views, with flashing elements to seal the connections and keep wood and water separate. from this point, each person possesses the ability to customize their new home to their individual desires as this is, after all, the basic unit of what every other project stems from.

  • Amazing!!! I just find it complicated to have a family living in a tiny house… the simplicity is wonderful for one person but what about when you are 3,4,5…. even trying to simplify when you are more than one you need more space. This type of life is perfect for a hermit.

    I guess that I could apply the philosophy of less is more in my own home by doing what Dan says about selling things that are really not neccesary…LESS STUFF MORE TIME TO DO THE THINGS YOU LOVE.

    anonimous says:
  • Truly amazing guy!

    kacey wong says:
  • very pleasantly illustrated, and quite unlike a lot of the stuff I’ve seen about minimalist homes (which are often huge nonetheless). thanks!

    parker says:
  • ……..KISS…..!…less is more… Uuuuuuu….!!! more time to Do & play the things like most.

    edVergara says:
  • What is this ?!!! a tiny house for ants?!

    What an awesome article GO DESIGNBOOM

    Iheartincubus says:
  • great idea

    aidan says:
  • Can we please revisit this project in 10 years? I desperately want this to be sustainable (i.e. humanly, not just environmentally) but there are nagging doubts…

    ayla says:
  • Wonderful presentation, though!

    ayla says:
  • One of the best ideas I’ve seen in a long time, reminds of the shelters that the Frank Lloyd Wright students have to build in Arizona.

    Korby says:
  • KISS from me too…
    this book is about learning how to do with less whether you are one or many in a family. Think about it for awhile and see how you can make it work for your circumstances. No ones expecting you to live in a cave… but then again why not???

    bilbaggins says:

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