Portland Simple Tiny


Portland has recently become a hot bed for creative tiny home living and accessory dwelling units (ADU) , since they removed many fees required to build ADU’s in 2010, resulting in a recent spike in construction of the urban density icons.

The Sustainable Business Oregon (SBO) blog recently featured this stunning 160′ Tiny Home, by Mike Mercer and Laura Vincent.

The Tiny Home owners offered some interesting feedback with regard to life in their new home:

Image“For us, the most challenging part was moving in; figuring out what to bring in and what to sell. Honestly, the upsides have been significantly greater than any of the challenges. Well, OK, making the bed in the loft is a little tough on my knees,” says Mercer.


When asked for their advice, they commented, “Probably the greatest advice is to not do it on a whim. We didn’t make this choice out of necessity, it was a result of many factors: the strength of Laura’s and my relationship, our comfort with having less of our stuff around us and a desire for an adventure.”

To read more about the Mercer’s and Vincents, and the Sustainable Business Oregon site, click here.

Orcas Island Tiny House gem

Orcas Island CottageOne of my favorite Tiny Homes that I’ve discovered is this cabin by architect, David Vandervort. This one features refined finishes and millwork. It is located on Orcas Island, one of Washington’s San Juan Islands, surrounded by madrone trees and towering cedars.

The cabin is a 400 ft2 (37 m2) gable-roofed structure with lean-to extensions on either side. All four corner were notched out to create a cross-shaped floor plan. The corner notches are used for the entry porch, firewood storage and small covered sitting areas.

I love the interaction between indoors and outdoors. Although I’m often not fond of an all wood interior, there’s a simple elegance to this design. It is tops on my lists….partly due to the architecture as well as the location.

Could you live here?

Click here for more information.