October 23, 2009

Phil’s Sonoma Shanty Shed


Phil was one of the first people to buy the Sonoma Shanty plans. He has been building a shanty as a way to learn construction skills. This first Sonoma Shanty is a simple shed, his next one will be much more detailed.

This one is built in Southern California. His second one he plans to build on the Northern California coast in the Shelter Cove region. He still has trim to install so the shanty appears rough at this time. He has documented with photos his build and you can learn a lot from it. Enjoy and thank you Phil for sharing these with us.

To view all the pictures go to the Sonoma Shanty Pictures tab above and view the gallery.

Kent Griswold

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joseph-kenyon - October 23, 2009 Reply

I like it! And I think if you think it out a little you can even convert THIS to a tiny house if you decided that you want to. it would be obviously small, but it can work if you plan it out. But Im not trying to suggest that you do. Im glad that you decided to build this first to get your hands and mind prepared for the tiny house to come, You will need the experience etc.
(“A fellow Tiny Houser”)

gary - January 1, 2010 Reply

Wished you had contact information.

    Kent Griswold - January 1, 2010 Reply

    Hi Gary, I can pass your information on to Phil if you want me to. Let me know. Thanks, Kent

Kaycee - February 1, 2010 Reply


We are engineering students at Northwestern University and we are working on a Tiny House project. We call ourselves team Casita. We would greatly appreciate if you could take a moment to take this survey that would assist in our project.

Link if you are an owner of a tiny house: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TinyHouseOwnerSurvey
Link if you are interested in tiny houses:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TinyHouseInterested
Link if you are unfamiliar with tiny houses:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TinyHouseUnfamiliar

Please look at this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbRvsWuWNUM
for a brief tour of a tiny house.

Also note that you DO NOT have to answer all of the questions.
Answer as many as you want.

Thanks so much!!!
You are helping us more than you could know.


karin - September 28, 2010 Reply

would have loved to see better pic of the whole inside!

Eli Q. Wade - November 18, 2013 Reply

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

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