At the Great American Tiny House Show

Do you know anyone in the market for a fabulous tiny house on wheels? Jason and the Tiny Terrapin are looking sharp at the Washington State Fairgrounds today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out our updated gallery photos, but it’s even better in person! Go to Tiny Terrapin Tiny House on Facebook for more information.

Looking for buyers!

Warmer weather has arrived in Oregon, and the Tiny Terrapin is close to completion! Jason is working long hours to finish up and we are looking for buyers. If you contact us now, you still have a chance for customization of the kitchen cabinets and fixtures.

I’m posting some new photos to the gallery, so be sure to look for the new trim work and flooring!

It’s Coming Together!

Our spring has been unusually rainy (yes, even for Portland!) and that’s caused Jason to have to set up all his tools inside the tiny house, since we don’t have much undercover outdoor workspace. There has barely been space for one person in there! He’s been whitewashing, drying and cutting wallboards inside the tiny, which made it look cramped and not at all picturesque!

Now that he’s moving on to trimming and details work, it’s cleared out enough to show it off! If you had trouble picturing the finished interior before, you should definitely check out the new gallery photos! It’s coming together.

What’s new? Jason finished the plumbing and electrical work last month, and is working on trimming out the interior now. I’m slowly getting the exterior painting done on those occasions when we see some sunshine. Stay tuned for flooring and cabinets coming soon!

On the Move!



Wow! It’s been a while… we have a bunch of new gallery photos to check out and a road trip to tell you about.


In December, we received an unexpected gift: a zoning violation from the city for building a tiny in our driveway. Because tiny houses don’t exactly fit into any current classification in city ordinances, it’s really unusual to receive a violation and most people don’t register their tiny houses until it’s time to haul them because at that point they more closely fit the description of an RV and can be registered as such.

Jason had to do a lot of calling around, getting referred in circles because (again) the ordinances just aren’t there for tinies yet. He finally decided he needed to insure it as a trailer and drive it to the DMV so he could get it registered.

For insurance, he used Michael Carmona at Farmers Insurance, and was very pleased with the service he received.

Then he hired Casey, who came highly recommended, to drive it to the DMV. He did an amazing job getting the tiny terrapin maneuvered carefully out of the driveway, to the DMV and safely back home again. Check out his business here.

Jason and I followed Casey’s truck in another vehicle. The terrapin did great on the road. Along the way, it was fun to see all the interest it attracted: people were taking photos and stopping to point and stare as went by. Hilariously, one woman on our small city street was getting out of her car while talking on her cell phone with her back to the street. She didn’t even notice as the tiny house rolled by her a few feet away as she walked up the sidewalk toward her house!

We arrived at the DMV, and after waiting in line for quite some time, found an employee, Brenda, who was very helpful. She wanted to be sure that what she was telling Jason was correct so he wouldn’t have to bring the tiny back another time. Because this was the first tiny to come through the Foster DMV, she called another person to be sure she had it right. It took some time waiting for a response, but in the end she gave us an RV license plate and registered it. That was a great feeling!

Completed since last post: plumbing system (nearly completed), walls insulated, ceiling baffles are in, chose exterior paint and started painting before getting hit with a cold snap and subsequent snowstorms (very unusual in Portland)

Still needs to be finished: electrical, insulate ceilings, tongue and groove hemlock for walls and ceiling, floors and cabinets, and many other small details


Now is a great time to start picking out interior finishes and details. Let us know if you are interested in buying or if you know someone who is. The sooner we have a buyer, the more involved in final details that person can be.

Skylights and Siding



Jason is installing 3 skylights, two small and one large. The small ones he installed himself, and he will need a buff friend to help with the large one when it arrives (again). He’s had three damaged ones shipped already, with a fourth on its way. It would be nice to finally get that one in, but I decided to go ahead and post anyway.


The siding is cedar double teardrop. Here’s a link to the local supplier.

Here’s a link to the siding he used.

Week of Spring Break



This week was spring break for me (Christina). Since I was able to be with the kids, Jason put in a lot of time on the terrapin.

First he worked at putting up the roof rafters, then added the dormer shed roof. On each window, he put a double sill for nailing siding to later. Then he leveled out the shed.

He used cedar 2x6s for the loft supports, which will be exposed when done. These are on 2 foot centers, which he chiseled out for the loft to sit on.

The final step this week was adding brackets to attach the house frame to the trailer. It’s getting close to time for windows, roof and siding. Stay posted!