Four Lights Tiny House Company



Small Houses We Love: Yolo County Cabin

Not too far from Four Lights HQ is this fun little house, situated on a farm in Yolo County, designed by Butler Armsden Architects. Based on two of common features of modern farmhouses: a tower and a shed, this splendid little gem is a tiny house lover's dream. These are no ordinary tower and shed! The tower has a bedroom at the base of it that looks so comfy and has an observation area at the top. The shed is modern and fun, with a sleeping loft. Even a city boy like me could definitely fall in love with this great space. via Small House Bliss

 

Posted by Brett Torrey Haynes — July 22, 2014


Jay Shafer on NBC's Art of the startup

 

Jay was recently interviewed for NBC's Art of the Startup. Check it out below for a fun update:

Posted by Alicia Feltman — July 01, 2014


A walk through a custom Weller

 

Jay Shafer and Co. recently put the finishing touches on a custom Weller on wheels and the completed home is nothing short of magnificent. From the honeyed cedar craftsman style details to the signature red metal roof, Jay's house designs are warmly inviting and beautiful to behold. 

 

A Kitchen nook with a pop-up table

The floor plan of this custom Weller has the kitchenette in the front bump-out, taking full advantage of the windows for kitchen work and dining. The compact kitchen has a wall-mounted folding table, providing space for meals and then easily folding against the wall to open up the kitchen. There's ample storage in the cupboards, closets, and storage loft above. 

The Shafer Shelf 

Speaking of storage space, the fabulous "Shafer Shelf" seen below adds storage space and structural integrity, eliminating the need for collar beams and opening up the cathedral ceilings. This design feature is unique to Jay Shafer's Four Lights House plans. It adds tremendously to the design, while shaving off excess weight from the house load.  

Full bath, in the space of a half

The washroom is equipped with a metal basin tub that doubles as a sink. Who says you can't take baths in a tiny house?

The Great Room is wide enough for a downstairs bed and has tons of storage space. 

Bookshelf step ladder

The loft is accessed by a bookshelf step ladder that's easy to climb, adding both safety and attractive storage for all those books you thought you didn't have space for in your tiny house.  

Even the attractive visible purlins and craftsman style porch details are meticulously crafted and sanded smooth for a stunning effect.

 

Read more about the Weller here

  

Posted by Alicia Feltman — June 12, 2014


TINY: A Story About Living Small

Have you seen TINY: A Story About Living Small yet? This inspiring documentary by Merete Mueller & Christopher Smith explores the growing tiny house movement and questions the very notion of what what home is. You'll see some familiar faces, including some guy named Jay Shafer (You might have heard of him) and our friend and fierce force of brilliance that is Dee Williams. It's a great documentary and exploration of the tiny house movement from the perspective of two open-minded and introspective people, as you can see from the preview below.

TINY: A Story About Living Small - Trailer from TINY on Vimeo.

There are a few ways for you to see or purchase TINY. I would recommend getting the DVD. There are a number of special features on it, including an extended 12-minute interview with Dee Williams that didn't make it into the main film, a Behind the Scenes featurette and interviews with urban planners about building codes and more. You can purchase the DVD here. The documentary is also available on iTunes for rent or download in the US here or in Canade here.

Posted by Brett Torrey Haynes — June 12, 2014


Oprah’s “Tiny House Man Expands”: Not a Story About Weight Gain


I should really start paying more attention. I didn’t even know that this new piece on Oprah’s Where Are They Now was available online until I stumbled upon a link through Alex Pino’s Tiny House Talk. Thanks, Alex Pino. Thanks Oprah Winfrey.

Posted by Jay Shafer — April 02, 2014


Microtopia is Mega-Good


 

It was nearly two years ago when Jesper Watchmeister and his film crew caught a plane out of Stockholm to create a documentary about the international trend towards smaller, well-designed houses. I’m proud to have been one of the folks featured in the film.

The piece is called Microtopia, and its production values are high. Amongst other notable works, Jesper’s crew has been involved in the making of a movie called The Dragon With The Girl Tattoo... or something like that.

Watch the trailer for this brilliant film below: 

MICROTOPIA – a documentary about micro dwellings, downsizing and living off the grid. - Trailer from Eight Millimetres on Vimeo.

Depending on your region, you may be able to watch the full-length film for $3.99 using the Vimeo link provided above. If not, stay tuned for the full-length Microtopia to expand availability to your locale. 

 

Posted by Jay Shafer — March 31, 2014


Micro-House-March: Day 31


Today's Photo:

Living tiny in Madison, CT.

 


NOTE: Micro-House-March is Jay Shafer’s month-long celebration of beautiful and efficient home design. For the 31 days of March, Jay will be posting a photo per day from his tiny house travels. Most of these pictures have never been published before. The majority of the photos will not be accompanied by interior photographs, since they were taken during travel, not interior tours. These are not Four Lights Tiny House Company designs. You can see the entire list of Micro-House-March posts HERE

Posted by Jay Shafer — March 31, 2014


Micro-House-March: Day 30


Today's Photo:

Another cute house on Martha’s Vineyard.


NOTE: Micro-House-March is Jay Shafer’s month-long celebration of beautiful and efficient home design. For the 31 days of March, Jay will be posting a photo per day from his tiny house travels. Most of these pictures have never been published before. The majority of the photos will not be accompanied by interior photographs, since they were taken during travel, not interior tours. These are not Four Lights Tiny House Company designs. You can see the entire list of Micro-House-March posts HERE

Posted by Jay Shafer — March 31, 2014


Micro-House-March: Day 29


Today's Photo:

Round Log Cabin near Bodega, CA.


NOTE: Micro-House-March is Jay Shafer’s month-long celebration of beautiful and efficient home design. For the 31 days of March, Jay will be posting a photo per day from his tiny house travels. Most of these pictures have never been published before. The majority of the photos will not be accompanied by interior photographs, since they were taken during travel, not interior tours. These are not Four Lights Tiny House Company designs. You can see the entire list of Micro-House-March posts HERE

Posted by Jay Shafer — March 28, 2014


Micro-House-March: Day 28


Today's Photo:

End Gable in Mendocino, CA.


NOTE: Micro-House-March is Jay Shafer’s month-long celebration of beautiful and efficient home design. For the 31 days of March, Jay will be posting a photo per day from his tiny house travels. Most of these pictures have never been published before. The majority of the photos will not be accompanied by interior photographs, since they were taken during travel, not interior tours. These are not Four Lights Tiny House Company designs. You can see the entire list of Micro-House-March posts HERE

Posted by Jay Shafer — March 28, 2014


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