Carrie and Shane Caverly

If tiny houses have nothing else, they have style. They have charm. They have personalities; each of them their own, in fact. But when it comes to tiny house character none seem to leave the impression Shane and Carrie Caverly’s does. With its angled roofline, wide clapboard siding complete with z-bar fillers, oversized windows, and 5th wheel foundation, the first rig to roll off the Clothesline Tiny Homes is indeed a beauty. As well it should be.

Perhaps more qualified than any to design and build a tiny house as Shane is a carpenter/contractor and non-traditional structure enthusiast and Carrie is an architectural designer with a background in commercial design, the pair just seem to “get it” when it comes to living simply, paring down, and making the most of every space. According to their website:

We are tired of paying mortgages and rent and having nothing to show for it. We want to put our time and efforts into something of our own – something we can call home – and hopefully something we can learn from and put more back into the river of life. Also, we want to make a change toward smaller, simpler living. We have too much stuff. And if everyone has too much stuff then how can the earth possibly sustain us? We’d like to develop a lifestyle that is simple, adventurous, and fun!

Perhaps the couple is best know though for being the FIRST tiny house online to use drywall interior instead of a ply or a T&G substrate. It has been quite a conversation these past few weeks!

The duo have recently moved into their tiny house after allowing their lease to expire. The spot they are in now costs them a fraction of what their former monthly expense was and they hope to catch back up with the Tiny r(E)volution audience for a follow-up interview after being such a hit the first time around!

In the meantime you can find them primarily on their popular blog Clothesline Tiny Homes.

Not only are Shane and Carrie good friends and supporters of the r(E)volution, they are also another fine example of a cottage industry born out of personal experience. Now that they have completed their own tiny home they are beginning to consult and build homes for others. They will be offering both tiny house shells and finished interior tiny houses; all custom built to owner specifications. And I can only imagine how much these two are going to change the face of the tiny house community. To say thank you for all of your support of their project and to show their appreciation of the Tiny House Community they are giving away a FREE design and/or construction consultation session with them (30 min. in length to be conducted online or in person if within 25 miles). That means one of you will get to talk to them both about design possibilities, design specs, building examples, building techniques, etc. It is a great way to hear from folks who have been through it and come out the other side as well as to hear from real professionals in the design/construction industry! Only one winner will be chosen but you can enter as many as 4 times by doing each of the following:

  1. Comment on this post by putting a note of thanks to Clothesline Tiny Homes
  2. SHARE this blog post on your Facebook profile page
  3. Tweet this post link and include the hashtag #THAW2012
  4. Comment on the Facebook status update regarding this blog post

The winner will be chosen at 9pm EST tonight (via so hurry up and start socializing our digital thank you’s.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Andy Hawkins; a long-time friend and supporter of the Tiny r(E)volution. Andy has won a consultation with one of the most fresh and exciting tiny house small businesses to come about in the tiny house community: Clothesline Tiny Homes.