Types of Tiny Houses From The Unusual To The Bizarre

Most people think of a tiny house as a small house (sometimes on wheels) that is less that 400 square feet. But, did you know that there are many types of tiny houses?

Ones like this…

float house

And this…


And even this…

shipping container home

There are so many options when it comes to tiny houses, and most of us limit ourselves to the traditional home style houses with 4 walls and a roof.

But… what if it didn’t have to be that way. What if you… by using your imagination could build a small home that was livable, supplied all your needs and wants, and was off or on the grid as your wants dictated?

People have been doing just that for years even before the tiny house moment came along. Not everyone needs a large traditional house to live in or wants all the upkeep and price tag that goes along with it.

Below are some videos about unusual tiny houses to expand the perception of what a small house actually is.

I’ve included a table of contents so you can skip down to the one that interests you the most.

Floating Home

People have been living in floating homes for hundreds of years without knowing they were doing anything special. Today it’s become a way of life without living completely on a boat. Groups of people have come together to form float house communities and you can see them on lakes, rivers and even on the ocean.

There is an association FHA  in San Francisco Bay that assists people in finding insurance, financing and sends out monthly newsletters on the happening in that community.

Here is an excerpt from their web page…

What is a Floating Home?
A “Floating Home” is a legally-permitted structure, with no means of self-propulsion, which occupies a permanent berth and is subject to property taxes. It complies with all applicable codes and is connected to all utilities and services, including water, sewage, electricity, gas, telephone, and cable television. Floating home marinas are privately owned and charge homeowners monthly berthage fees.  Our communities evolved from the free-spirited artists, shipbuilders and writers who lived aboard the arks and the various types of boats which were informally anchored in San Francisco Bay beginning in the 1800s.  By contrast, today’s floating home communities are structured and highly-regulated.

Watch the video below as Marc Even a floating home builder explains what he does, why he does it and how he helps clients in the process.

Hobbit Hole House

Have you ever read “Lord of the Rings”? If so, you will know what a hobbit hole house is. For the rest of us, it’s an unusual style of house that is built into a hill or mountain side.

benefit of building such a home is that the temperature remains constant. The ground around the house insulates it and cuts down on the cost to build.

Planning this type of house is critical to be able to maximize the amount of light that comes into the home via windows. Tubular skylights are also an option to allow more light into back rooms.

Below is a video of how one woman, Kristie Wolfe, purchased land and built a unique hobbit hole house.

Shipping Container Home

As shipping containers are becoming more widely available they are being recycled into permanent dwellings. Tiny container houses that can be placed almost anywhere and that are comfortable and affordable.

I have written an article on them explaining what they are, how big, where to buy them, and the most common questions asked when building one. You can find that article here.

Watch as they convert a shipping container into a house for under $45,000.

RV / Motorhome or Trailer

Most people think of an RV as something you take on holiday and then either return to the backyard or rental shop until you want to head out again.

But did you know that there are actually people living the RV lifestyle? They live in their motorhome and are very mobile. They can travel the countryside with their house, staying in places that a lot of us have never been.

Being able to work remotely from your RV as well makes it a perfect lifestyle.

Watch as one couple and their daughter manage the day to day living in their RV.


Have you ever thought about living in a treehouse? Listening to the wind rustle the branches and feel like you are up int the clouds.

Now most people build a square treehouse, with a foundation that connects to the trees that it’s sitting on or against, but one man has taken it a little farther. He has created Free Spirit Spheres Treehotels where you can go and stay and enjoy living in a sphere.

The spheres are hanging in a tree so you get the movement of the wind and the feel of being in a cocoon.

If you are wanting to try them out, head over to Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and you can rent them just like a hotel.

This video showed what they are like, how they came into being and the experience of staying in one. Enjoy.


Here was a tiny house that I had never considered before. In doing more research they are the ideal small house to assemble and live in. They have a low impact on the earth, lower cost than most structures and are easily moved.

There is a company in Canada that has taken the traditional Mongolian style yurt and enhanced it to be more compatible with the North American climate.

Watch as they make, assemble and show what’s possible inside a yurt.

Alone In The Wilderness

The last two videos are for the person who is wanting to get totally off the grid, away from the rat race and just commune with nature.

These 2 videos are excerpts from the story of Dick Proenneke. He went for his dream and lived the Alaska life.

To give you a little background, when Dick was 51 he retired and started out to find land to build a cabin on.

Dick Proenneke built his cabin using only hand tools, no backhoes, no chainsaws, no electric drill, just hand powered tools. Dick even made many of his tools himself.

Dick’s cabin measured 11′ by 14′. It had a gravel floor, windows, a dutch door, a fireplace, and a moss covered waterproof roof. He had to build all his own furniture too, chairs, tables, desk and his bunk. He also built a cache to store his food out of the reach of the animals.
by Bob Swerer

Part 1

Part 2