Micro Green Book Error

Just in case you’ve come here after reading Mimi Zeiger’s new book, Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, I need to point out an error as it pertains to my story and this project.

The book incorrectly says:

“Equipped with a bathroom and kitchen, it accomodates his entire family. Janzen, his wife, and young daughter all live, eat, and sleep in one room.”

The house is designed to accomodate my family but we do not live in a tiny house full-time, nor intend to. This tiny house is an experiment in extremely low-cost housing that we’ll use as a home away from home. It could also serve as a Plan B in the event of major economic trouble.

Form more information on this project read:

Besides this error in Mimi’s book I’d say it’s a good value for someone looking to see more examples of tiny houses. Another good book on the topic is The Small House Book by Jay Shafer.

You can learn more about tiny house at TinyHouseDesign.com and TinyHouseBlog.com.

You can buy a copy of Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature on Amazon.

Corrugated Roof

Yesterday, before the rain started, my father-in-law and I got the roof covered with corrugated steel. So now the structure is mostly protected from the weather. To seal the house up I just have the end wall to cover with plywood, a layer of housewrap to add, then windows and a door. I’ll need to build a door, but I have everything else already. It feels nice to be back on the horse.

I also want to thank my father-in-law for all his help on the roof. He not only scored the material but had the necessary agility, at 20 years my senior, to fling himself on top of the roof and finish the ridge. He came off with a double back-flip.

Here are some photos of the house with it’s tin roof. First photo by Sherry Johnson.


Some exciting events happend at the farm this past week, although not with the tiny house.

A crop duster was taking off nearby and shortly after take-off had engine trouble and crashed in a nearby field. My in-laws immediately went to investigate and found the plane upside down in a rice field. The engine was snapped off and flipped backwards.

My father-in-law made his way through the water and mud and found the pilot alive and kicking, but stuck inside with the doors pinned shut by mud. He helped pop a window out and helped the pilot move away from the plane. Gas was leaking and it had a full load of fertilizer.

The pilot is doing well, partially thanks to Dick and Sherry’s quick action!