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A Room of One’s Own: Custom Tiny Houses

A New Jerseyan builds your dream home, only smaller

Board by board, Finn creates a tiny house to accommodate your unique needs (not pictured here). (Photo: Tammy Strobel/Flickr)
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With the release of the documentary Tiny: A Story About Living Small, tiny houses have caught the public’s imagination. Should you be one of that throng but lack the basic know-how with tools to build your own miniature home, the Washington company A Room of One’s Own can build a custom space tailored to your needs.

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Reclaimed wood warms the interior of each custom tiny house. (Photo: Tom Robertson)

tiny house charles finn outside walden thoreau
Reclaimed wood warms the interior of each custom tiny house. (Photo: Tom Robertson)

After a period of rambling, self-taught builder and writer Charles Finn sat down at a friend’s kitchen table in Missoula, Montana, with a few bottles of beer, paper, and pencil to sketch his first home. More than ten years later and relocated to the West Coast, Finn takes orders for each “commissioned art piece,” which he then builds from reclaimed wood.

No two being the same, most houses include a bed, desk, bookshelves, wood stove for heat, two-burner propane stove for cooking, and sink with gray-water catch. Finn also throws in a pair of oil lamps and a complimentary copy of Walden to complete the Henry David Thoreau allusion.

From $18,000, finncharles.com

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Lead Photo: Tammy Strobel/Flickr
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