Best Tiny Home Ever?


This one is a beauty and it shows in every facet. Chosen as best tiny home in 2013, this gorgeous little gem was designed and built by Nir Pearlson.

Nir Pearlson heads an architectural firm in Eugene, Oregon. He received his Architectural Degree from the University of Oregon, following years of traveling and living in diverse countries and cultures. Nir seeks to identify the subtle contextual patterns of each site, listens for the hidden narrative within the client’s program, and celebrates the project's essence through its design. Nir combines hands-on experience as a craftsman and builder, with an artistic attention to composition and detail.

Since its foundation in 2003, Nir’s firm has received regional and national acclaim and awards for a diverse body of commercial and residential projects. Practicing architecture as a means to promote the well-being of individuals and communities, the firm designs with rigor and simplicity, and strives for beauty and balance. The resulting designs respect existing architectural tradition and context, lead with design innovation, and seek to sustain our natural world's climate, terrain, resources, and all its living systems.

Over the past decade as economies and sensibilities shifted, clients have sought appropriate-scale living. In response, Nir has designed numerous small homes and generated a set of mini-home design principles. These principles are carefully applied in the design of small-footprint houses that feel expansive, yet nurture the diverse activities and needs of families and individuals.

It is my charge as an architect to create a built environment that promotes all aspects of human well-being, while respecting and sustaining the multiple eco-systems within the natural world around us. In generating design solutions I seek appropriate use of resources, longevity and adaptability.

If your tiny house will be on a slab or foundation, then to be a legal residence, it must conform to building codes and most likely, go through the permitting process. If you follow this path and build in accordance with zoning & building regulations, I recommend using a realtor to help find your land. It can be tempting to try to save money by searching for cheap land from eBay or another auction site, but buyer beware!

Without a professional involved, you'll need to be extra diligent in researching for issues like back taxes, liens, hazardous waste, former meth labs (especially with burned out buildings), mineral rights, water rights, moratoriums on building due to water scarcity (mostly in CA), depth of well needed to get water (mostly in the desert), minimum lot size required to build, whether there are wetlands on the property, whether there are endangered species there that prevent building (scrub jays in Florida), whether the property is landlocked or otherwise inaccessible, whether the photos are of the actual property or just the area, zoning, what the HOA rules are, etc.


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