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Our home, TinyHouse43, is technically still a work in progress, but even still we’re pretty darn proud of it! It started as a Tumbleweed Barn Raiser in May 2014, and we built it to a livable state by October 2015 to move from Texas to Colorado for a job transfer. We’ve enjoyed the winter here immensely, but we’re headed back to Texas in April and will have a chance to complete and improve upon the tiny house’s design and function even further. We’re looking forward to revealing TinyHouse43 v2.0 soon! www.TinyHouse43.com as well.

A community-built Tumbleweed tiny house in Colorado. Photos by Megan Carthel and Meg MacG. More info. here.

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18 Comments

  • Reply Kathy February 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    This is just what I have been longing to see: a real, comfortable, homey TH actually being lived in. Lovely wallpapers, tin ceilings, really a magical place for your lucky little boy. And stumbling down the stairs to the bathroom in the middle of the night seems less lethal than most THs–hoping you have sanded those babies frantically.

    Warm and creative. Thanks for letting us inside!

    • Reply Meg MacG of TinyHouse43 February 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks, Kathy! It may not be finished, but it’s home! I must give the crew of Bear Creek Carpentry Company in NY credit for the stair idea. I knew more or less what I was after, but once I saw a set they did in a THOW I had Brand reverse engineer them to our specs. I’m terrified of coming down ladders backwards, so this was a perfect solution for us and for our munchkin, who loves sneaking up into the loft in the morning to snuggle.

  • Reply Danni February 28, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Omg, love the decor, I want the figment and the light fixture! I love the personality to this th!

    • Reply Meg MacG of TinyHouse43 February 28, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks! And I’m glad someone recognizes good ‘ol Figment! He’s vintage from our trip to Disney and Epcot in the late 80s. He was one of the few “sleep friends” who made the cut when we were downsizing – our son made sure of that!

  • Reply Andrea Hardy February 29, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Good job! Can’t WAIT to finish ours and live the dream…

  • Reply LauraLMHS February 29, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    What a labor of love this must have been. Love that wallpaper in the bathroom.

    • Reply Meg MacG of TinyHouse43 March 3, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks! We thought it went perfectly with the shower curtain we chose that has a whale, the Nautilus, a Galleon type ship, and the moon set over the ocean. We love steampunk type themes and anything in the teal/aqua/turquoise color family, and my love of mermaids will never cease. 😉

  • Reply Robert March 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    It’s a beautiful house.

  • Reply Katharina March 5, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Wow, and your shower/tub!!! Such a great solution! Love it. Love the birch-details inside and outside! <3

    • Reply Meg MacG of TinyHouse43 March 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks very much! We had planned a wine barrel tub for the cottage we want to build in Washington in a few years, but seeing one used in the Tiny Tack House convinced us it could be done in a THOW as well. Birch trees are a fave of mine, and I ordered a bunch of poles from a seller in New York. We love them and have more to install in various projects in the house.

  • Reply JenniferSmith March 5, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    love your house! you must be so proud! i’d love to do something like this but i have absolutely no experience. congrats on accomplishing what a lot only dream of!

    • Reply Meg MacG of TinyHouse43 March 9, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      You don’t have to have experience, but it helps to have a big group of willing friends and family in lieu. There are lots of folks who built their tiny with zero construction experience, and thankfully most of them share their experiences online! Don’t count yourself out completely. ☺️

  • Reply Liz March 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    What kind of truck do you have to tow it?

  • Reply Kelly March 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    We are getting ready to build our tiny house and my husband and I disagree about the use of materials. He wants brand new materials and I want salvaged. Do you mind me asking how much it costs to build your tiny house? Did you use salvaged materials?

    • Reply Meg MacG of TinyHouse43 March 9, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      We essentially did new for structural areas and reclaimed for non-structural spots. For example, the tongue-end and both long sides have all-new materials for the siding, but the windo trim on the whole house and all but two boards on the front end of the house are reclaimed wood. The tongue-end of the house takes the biggest beating while traveling, so it needs to be the most structurally sound side of the house. The front end where the door is takes the least, and that’s how I could justify using old reclaimed barn wood and a raw birch pole for the porch post on the front of the house – less wear and tear to them. I say meet in the middle and use our example as a guide. That way you both get what you want more or less!

      As for cost, we didn’t keep close tabs, so I would estimate between $45-55k total, which includes the $16k Barn Raiser we started with. One could definitely build cheaper, but we didn’t skimp on things we thought were the most important (all new tempered glass high elevation windows $3700, our heat/cooking Kimberly stove $5000, Nature’s Head compost toilet $960, a real sofa from Pottery Barn $760, etc). You can prioritize things that are crucial and then save money elsewhere. The wood for our floors and the walls of the nook (and eventually all the loft walls as well) probably cost $40 from Habitat ReStore. Hope that helps with perspective!

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