Four Lights Tiny House Company

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It makes sense that many who want to build a Four Lights Tiny House want to make it as eco-friendly as they can. After all, if you are going to reduce you footprint, you might as well make it as green as possible, right? What can you do to accomplish that when building your very own tiny home? Here are a list of options that can help:

  1. Use recycled materials. Many have discovered that places like Craigslist can be a great resource for finding just about anything you’ll need in your build. We found a few of our trailers on Craigslist for a substantial discount. Doors, windows, toilets and more can also be obtained by searching through your city’s Craigslist. Another great resource are new construction sites. Be sure to ask permission from the foreman of the site before swiping that tempting timber. Some areas even have centers where you can find recycled materials, like this one in Petaluma, CA.
  2. Use as many earth friendly products in your build as you can.  For instance, Jay likes to use beeswax to polish up his floors and walls vs. more toxic forms of protection. With so many eco-friendly options out there, you can find a green replacement for almost every item you’ll use in your build. Don’t be afraid of that composting toilet, either. It’s your friend!
  3. Go solar. Solar is a great alternative to traditional energy sources. There are some great products out there that are both economical and portable.

Do you have any suggestions for building with sustainability in mind? Let us know in the comments. I would love to put together a resources page, so feel free to share any local or regional resources.

p.s. Speaking of being eco-friendly: Did you know you can get a paperless copy of the Small House Book? Grab a copy for your Kindle and iPad right here.

Posted by Brett Torrey Haynes — April 10, 2013



A couple of my favorite places to equip my tiny house:
Small Appliances – Compact Appliances:
Alternative Energy – Northern Arizona Wind and Solar:
Please, Please, Please, if you want to do alternative energy, visit their forum!
it is a GREAT place to learn and share!
Low wattage Lighting, consider Cold Cathode – :

I have many more thing I am incorporating. I would be happy to share later.

April 10 2013 at 05:04 PM

Cynthia Howell:

I am in the process of drastic down sizing. I have a place that will work for me. I just need the tiny house. Jay, do you sell tiny houses built? I am seriously interested in having one built by you. Please let me know. Thanks.

April 11 2013 at 07:04 PM

Kim Whitley-Gaynor:

We sell reclaimed building materials from the salvage of old homes. Most of the lumber we reclaim is from old growth trees. We are located in East Texas, near Nacogdoches and Palestine, just a few hours from Austin, Houston, and Dallas. Our website is We have 1×4s, 1×6s, 2×4s, shiplap, 1×12 rough sawn lumber, beadboard, and the list goes on and on.

April 27 2013 at 04:04 PM


Jay, I love the Tiny House style, and I love the small home lifestyle. What I am concerned about is the legality of living in a tiny house. Are these homes meant to be lived in on a private lot? Are these basically only meant to be a vacation cabin?

April 30 2013 at 01:04 PM

Shelly Cassidy: – salvages a lot of materials to be reused like bowling alley flooring, gymnasium floors, doors, windows…pretty cool, I want my tiny home to have a bowling alley floor with the arrows still showing and the dots so I know where to stand :)

July 25 2013 at 10:07 PM


Its a camper that looks like a house.
Anyplace that allows campers would allow these.Any place that doesnt,wont.
I notice most of these folks are in somebody s backyard.

February 24 2014 at 04:02 AM

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