Thursday, August 11, 2016

Jamboree - Tiny Houses #1

In no particular order, here are some of the houses I was able to tour during the Jamboree. There will be at least two more of these posts, just so I don't overwhelm one post with too many photos.

 In general, there were a lot of great ideas in many houses. I wouldn't want to get into the "but the point of tiny houses is!" debate, so please understand that none of my comments are referring to that. There are lots of different points to tiny houses and many reasons that motivate different people to go tiny. My comments are solely in reference to how certain things would fit into my life and goals and personal preferences in style. 

That said, for me, many of the homes there this year were trying, and doing a pretty good job, of fitting in many things I personally don't need or want in my house. I know my place is both larger and has more stuff, thanks to my cooking, than many people have. But a lot of the homes this year, while nice, were stuffed with a lot of things I just don't happen to care about.

The one above is a much more modern look than mine. Nice, just not as much my personal style at what I have but very nicely done however.

Inside they had maybe the largest "real" couch I think I've ever seen in a tiny house. 

I liked the natural wood, white, and grey finishes. Maybe because that's what I have in mine. :)

The bathroom had the tiniest little sink I've ever seen! Very cute, but I'm not sure I could really do much in it.

Again, I really likes the finishes and colors in this place. The kitchen countertop was really beautiful.

And the loft was quite spacious and bright.

Behr Paints is giving away a tiny house which attracted a lot of attention! You can enter the drawing through October. I wasn't sure it if was this exact model you'd actually win, but you were only able to view this one through the windows. Looks pretty cool!

The one view you could get inside.

Another more modern looking exterior. 

This one had a pretty unique double staircase going to both lofts which I had not seen before. And it seemed like a pretty good setup.

The stairs did add a lot of storage space for sure. 

The kitchen was nice and open and bright.

The tile in the shower was nicely done, just not my style.

And the living room was again open and spacious. 

Another different exterior on one with lots of large windows which I do really like.

The kitchen seemed well laid out and cheery.

The living room had a electric fireplace which did look really nice, but would not be the thing to have if you are off grid!

Another kitchen shot.

And I liked the bathtub setup.

Another large comfy couch facing the fireplace with a hammock on the front porch.

One of the crowds listening to speakers on the main stage. Sadly, I missed almost all of the speakers this year since I'd signed up to volunteer. It was fine, and in general I like volunteering for things, but I will say that the fact that you were asked to commit to at least two 6 1/2 hour shifts cut pretty deeply into my available time to view houses, chat with people, listen to speakers, try to get good house photos and get them posted in a more timely fashion, etc. For that reason, unless it's possible to only volunteer for maybe one 4 hour shift, I probably will not do so next year.

One of the many cool tiny house tee shirts I spotted over the Jamboree.

The lines were not nearly as bad as last year to view most of the houses, but they did start to get pretty long at times. It was helped a lot by having so many more houses to view.

There were several stunning thunderstorms over the weekend, but we only really got rained on once at the Jamboree. Here you can see some of the impressive thunderheads towering over the tiny houses though.

One of the first things you saw as you walked in from the parking lot.

The only adobe exterior tiny house I've seen. It would look quite odd in my mountain setting, but I think could look great is some more dry, warm, or desert areas.

The interior was unfinished.

But did have the following layout plan displayed.

Unlike almost every other house present, this tiny was not on wheels. It was built on skids and using the same kind of truck that would haul a mobil home, you can simply pull it up onto a trailer when you need to move it. This allowed for it to be wider than most as well.

The interior was very simple, but homey and cozy feeling.

This might have been the only bathroom I saw that was about as narrow as mine.

The wood stove added to the cozy feeling.

The kitchen was very basic and I'd need a few more things there myself, but overall I liked this little place.

One of the houses that had an exterior much more like mine.

The interior was well laid out, clean, and bright.

This may have been the only other tiny kitchen I saw with a double sink. Just for the record, I am so glad I have a double and use it all the time.

Some of the time it felt like the crowds made it really hard to photograph or even see the houses well. But sometimes, I think all the people in the shots help give you a sense of perspective, and show off how much space there really is inside.

Another shot of the Behr home with the long row of toilets in the background. I was very thankful with the crowds that they had so many!

Maybe just because they are so often out all on their own (and I like being there!) it was just really cool to see so many tiny houses side by side.

One of the more unique and artistic exteriors present.

It had a cozy kitchen.

With fun details on the door and drawer handles.

Another mini wood stove.

A functional and bright bathroom.

The only overhead glass walkway I've ever seen in a tiny. This connected the two lofts.

Which both had beautiful curved details as well.

I suppose because I don't really have a good break point... That's it for post one! I'm going to just put this one up and start on number two. Enjoy!


  1. Thank you for sharing your experience at this year's festival and all of the photos, Ariel. While there are many things to admire about each of these new homes, it is all proof that you chose very wisely for yours. You have a beautiful, comfortable, and highly functional home. Cheers, Ardith

  2. Great photos! We also volunteered....but were actually not placed anywhere to work! The rain on Saturday really threw them a curve. Oh well....I bought my t shirt and enjoyed the jamboree anyway😉

  3. I might have to include the silverware drawer handles. Thank you for sharing, looking forward to the next update!