Micro homes are tiny houses, and an exciting new trend in housing options. I define them as ones with less than 500 square feet. Why have more house than you need? A little place is cheap and easy to own and maintain. Consider a micro home.
The micro homes of the Tumbleweed House Company have received a lot of attention over the last few years. Jay Shafer has done a good job promoting the benefits of living in really tiny houses. His website offers small house plans ranging from 50 square feet to 500 square feet. All are designed to be fully liveable, with bathroom and kitchen designed into tiny spaces. I like the 392-square-foot modern "Z Glass House".
If the construction process is overwhelming you, consider a prefab. The IdeaBox is a modern 400-square-foot prefab tiny house that is in production now. A nice simple design. Just add furniture and move in.
The kitHAUS modules are fantastic. 117-square-feet to 289-square-feet aluminum-framed modules that can stand-alone or combine for larger structures. This is the future of housing innovation -- strong, efficient, easy-to-assemble kits of parts. If these go into volume production, prices could fall substantially.
How about the miniHOME trailer home? Like any mobile home, it's on wheels so it can be hauled from the factory to your property. It's attractively tiny (270-square-feet) and is built for off-grid living (solar panels and a wind-turbine). Watch a miniHOME video.
The BluHomes Origin is a modern pre-fab home. 408 square feet. The design boasts eco-materials, energy efficiency and water conservation.
The micro compact home is a clever little living-space built in Germany. The tiny box is a fully-functioning home and has been used to house college students.
Katrina Cottages are small, high-quality house designs born out of post-Hurricane-Katrina housing needs. They have really nice plans for fans of traditional architecture, from the tiny 170-square-foot "Fish Camp" to the 308-square-foot Katrina Cottage I and the 446-square-foot Katrina Tiny Cottage V.
Another good source of micro house plans is Sheldon Designs. They offer cabin and cottage small house plans from 192 square feet and up. I bought their 12 x 16 micro-cabin plan and hope to build it some day.
Here's a plan for a 320 square foot 1-bedroom home. Its extremely simple design would be easy to build.
I hope you've found these micro house resources interesting and useful. If you want something a little bigger, check out our small house plans. There are options out there -- live in a tiny house if you want to!
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