Gooseneck Tiny House For Sale

Looking to live tiny and want a massive jump start? We designed the home using building plans from along with Price: $34,000

  • 280 square foot layout (8×24 lower section of trailer, 8×9.5 gooseneck extension for a loft room)
  • Custom trailer from Wright Trailers (triple axle, electronic brakes, gooseneck design for safe driving)
  • Spacious bathroom with neo angle shower stall and separett composting toilet
  • Sleeping loft on trailer hitch side, storage area above bathroom, and loft space/bedroom on opposite end of house with tongue and groove ceiling
  • Rough electric completed, multiple circuits for lots of options
    • Both electric and propane clothes washer/dryer and cook stove options already configured
  • Integrity window/door package (Marvin). Slider door not installed yet but on site. 2 sky lights.
  • Architectural shingles
  • Custom cherry staircase designed for pull out drawers under stair treads
  • All exterior trim and additional building products included


Contact us if you are interested in a quick finish customizing this tiny house however you want to start living tiny!




Larger pictures below!



2015 Going Out With A Green Bang!

Wow, there sure has been a lot of buzz going on in the world of sustainability the past few weeks! Looking back, when I created my major around Sustainable Development at the BDIC department at UMass Amherst in 2005 people thought I was nuts. Now, with the Paris talks wrapped up, the renewable ITC extension likely getting extended along with a likely lift to the cap for MA net-metering, I am very excited to implement my decade plus experience in renewable energy to the coming year.

Paris climate agreement:


Now, like every environmental step forward in the past – we cannot rest on our laurels. It is great to see so much collaboration, from the business world to the governments. From the talks, I like the focus on: investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future.

Federal ITC – Investment Tax Credit


While we aren’t counting our eggs before they hatch, it is looking good to see some type of ITC extension. For those not familiar with the ITC, it rewards people/organizations that invest in renewable technology for their home/business/school/etc by giving a 30% tax credit to help significantly reduce the cost of the technology.

The proposed ITC extension will create a steady draw down that will allow the renewable industry a little more time to get established while helping a lot of clients along the way!

Net Metering Cap In Massachusetts

Similar to the ITC, lifting the cap on net metering isn’t official yet but it is looking very good! I just called my representative again today to let him know about my position on net metering, and was glad to hear there is a lot of positive buzz about the prospects of a bill getting passed soon.

Net metering is the process of allowing customers to get credit for the extra electricity put into the grid when it isn’t being used. What is great about solar and net metering, is that the most amount of energy from solar is produced in the middle of the day when demand is the highest. The extra kWh from solar actually helps stabilize the grid. Challenges arise when solar reaches more than 15% of production, where the night time electricity demand can be difficult to manage – which is the reason I am very excited about distributed battery technology, capturing the energy in the middle of the day from the sun and allowing customers to draw from it when needed – lot’s to talk about with this so I will leave this to a future post.

End of year!!!

Let’s plan and get focused for the coming year. Ideas and laws alone won’t help us realize the sustainable world we are seeking. It will take diligent effort from all of us to apply the benefits for renewables. If you haven’t had a solar audit for your home or business yet, contact Seth @:; 508-436-4081



Our home and tiny house network is growing!

It is so nice to meet so many others interested in the tiny house movement and building community. We have made wonderful progress on our home, and may even be able to move in by mid May up from my earlier estimate of June 1st!!!

We have learned a lot from my father Jon who has been the leader making it all happen. It is amazing to see how efficient days are when he is here, compared to my endless puttering to get something done…

For anyone interested in seeing our building plans and pictures in addition to those on this blog, feel free to explore our public google drive folder we are regularly adding to:

And here are a couple pictures of recent progress on our home:

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In addition to the physical building of our tiny house, we are using this as an opportunity to connect with as many others interested in community. Out of this effort, about a half dozen others and us have developed a steering committee get communities going here in the MA/RI/NH/CT areas and maybe beyond. Here is a link to our goals/vision document we have developed:

The next phase of our community planning is developing as survey to help locate others interested in community as well. We are very close to a final draft ready to get out there!!

Thank you to everyone that has helped us with our tiny house and permaculture community vision, we are so excited to be actively creating the world we have been dreaming about for so long. Here we go 🙂


Day 1: Wow, we are really started!!!

Thank you to the many awesome people that joined us today to get started on our tiny house with our mini-barn raising today!! We made more progress than I expected, and hope to have enough lumber to keep the project busy tomorrow until the local lumber yards Koopman’s opens back up on Monday. And of course a big shout out to the many people that have loaned me tools and their design feedback suggestions! Our day started off with some snow showers, and eventually cleared up and turned into a very pleasant afternoon. Today was a  big deal, not only starting our house – but the first time I have led a group of people on a construction project (the last time I did this was building a chicken coop with my after school program at Touchstone Community School.

We have a unique Tiny House design that will feel really spacious, particularly the gooseneck trailer element for headroom in the bedroom – please share this post with your network to get the word out about our twist on two designs…

Funny start to the construction: I needed a few boards delivered in the morning, and Matt – the lumber delivery guy is into tiny houses and is going to talk to his boss at Koopmans lumber here in Grafton, MA to see how we can get a workshop or something for the tiny house community through Koopmans. Just like Wright Trailers in Seekonk have become a go-to resource for tiny house trailers because they are super accommodating and knowledgeable about tiny house needs – maybe Koopmans will do the same?

So progress for today: our original plan was to cut the sheets of plywood lengthwise and fit them up under the frame. This didn’t work since the dimensions were too tight so we adjusted our gamep lan and ran the plywood lengthwise front to rear of the trailer. You will see in the pictures 2×4 wood around the inside perimeter of the frame. We used screws with washers to drill up through the 2×2″ angle iron to fasten the plywood down, and also provide some needed rigidity in the middle of the trailer (even though the plywood is not load bear, it will be good for it to be supported and not let any moisture in to the dense pack cellulose we plan to use for insulation in our floor. Also, we had to notch the wood around the trailer’s electric brake cables…

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Mid day was a much needed lunch break with a nice spread of food with time to review our building plans since.

The trickiest part seemed to be all the cuts required to get the plywood to fix snuggly into the gooseneck/upper portion of the trailer. It turned into a family event, with parents and kids all working together really well to make it happen. I included some awesome tiny house artwork on some of the scrap wood, a wonderful addition to the many laughs from good to mediocre jokes (I will take responsibility for the puns!).

Tomorrow’s weather is looking chillier but no sign of precipitation so we will likely get all of the sill plates anchored to the trailer and will be ready for our plywood decking that we will be building walls on (we might even frame a couple smaller wall sections to get a jump on our wall raising party next weekend!

If you or a friend are interested in  coming here and learning more about building tiny houses please have them send me an email: Today’s gathering was wonderful to meet several other’s interested in living tiny; I look forward to more conversations about tiny house living options and building community through collective building projects like today’s work. Time to eat some food!!


Unemployment & Suicide

Let’s all band together to help people find meaningful employment, I had never considered the connection with suicide.
Please send anyone looking for green employment our way with their resume or at least contact info so my team can help them get active and employed with a green energy position:


We Are Ready To Build Our Tiny House!!

Hey everyone,

With our trailer completed, we are ready to build our tiny house! There are so many people that have been extremely helpful in our decision to go for a tiny house, and go through the design details – with several people that have been extremely welcoming letting us check out their tiny houses!!

We would greatly appreciate any help in our building process, and will have food for all volunteers and we will have plenty of time throughout the building process for mini lessons on how to build a tiny house on a trailer (most of the building practices can be transferred to a permanent house).

My dad is a great carpenter and teacher and will be in town to teach and direct the construction party (tiny house barn-raising!!) on the following days at my in-laws house in Grafton, MA, can you let me know which day(s) you would be able to help us out? March: 14,15,18, 28,29. April: 18,19. If there is another day after March 14th you and/or a friend would be available to help we can definitely set some additional days.

Please email/text/ or call to rsvp so we know how much food to have ready! This will be a wonderful time to get people together that are interested in tiny houses/permaculture (once the snow melts I can give tours of my edible forest and give out perennial plants to people that come help with our tiny house!)

-Seth Mansur 413-824-9573


Looking for head room in a tiny house – go GOOSENECK!!

Who loves being hunched over? I am 6’1″, and I either hit my head on low doorways/ceilings or end up hunching/slouching. Every time I curl up my spine and dip my head to hunch below a low doorway or most tiny house lofts, I can hear my chiropractor in my ear: stand up straight, don’t hunch to just because most of the world is shorter than you!

This is why my wife and I are going with a gooseneck trailer design for our tiny house. The sleeping loft area will have over 7′ or head room! Check out a recent addition to my website with more info about gooseneck tiny house design, and the pros/cons of using a gooseneck trailer vs. the typical flat utility trailer design.

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Can tiny houses save the world?

There has been a lot of talk about tiny houses. A reality TV show, the news show Chronicle with a nice piece, and I just heard the other day about the Pawn Stars show that included tiny houses.

In 1978 the average new house size in the U.S. was 1,655 square feet. Compare that to 2,169 in the most recent census. Why are houses getting smaller, while the average family size has decreased? Craziness, pure craziness!! We here in the U.S. use way more resources than most people in the world. Some estimates say that it would take 5 worlds if everyone on Earth consumed as many resources as we do here in the U.S. Tiny houses seem to average between 100 square feet or smaller to upwards of 400 square feet. Imagine the resource savings of building & maintaining properties that are 5-20 times smaller than current averages?? TINY HOUSES REALLY COULD SAVE THE WORLD!

Why is it important to pay attention to this trend? Tiny houses are a reflection of  a sustainable society by using few resources to build, operate, and maintain, along with creating deeper interpersonal connections since people don’t isolate themselves in their “wing” of the house. And an even deeper reason: people and their employment are more mobile than they have ever been.

We have all seen the statistics: Our grandparents used to be able to graduate from high school and work a job for 40 years and retire comfortably. Most people are living a very different reality: going deep into debt to complete college, then moving jobs and even professions every 5-7 years. How can someone feel settled if they employment shifts so much? The answer: tiny houses!

While some have chosen RVs, or recreational vehicles, many are opting for the home feel of a lumber framed tiny house that replicates a typical house in many ways – except smaller and uses the space extremely efficiently. Read more about tiny houses here.

What kind of tiny house would you like to live in??


What is “Akrasia”? I Bet It’s Part of Your Life…

What a great read! Akrasia is something all social entrepreneurs face at times. Thanks for the tips!!

The Little Black Book of Business

It’s not too often that I come across a nifty word online, but this week I did.

Akrasia: The paradox of wanting to do something beneficial, but failing to do it.

The word/concept spoke to me as we enter the New Year, and it helped me name WHY I don’t do what I know I should be doing.

So why do we wait to do things that can help us?

Because – for most situations – the results aren’t instantaneous.

Our Achilles’ heel is living in an “everything NOW culture.”

We can push an app button and find local restaurants NOW.
We are told we can take a diet pill and get results NOW.
We can enter info online and get approved for a credit card NOW.

However, to embrace some beneficial changes, we need to let go of NOW and accept the concept of LATER.

We need to invest in our…

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A belated Christmas and lots of snow!

Certainly an interesting Christmas, first time in my entire life I didn’t spend it with either side of my family, all with my wife’s family. It was quite nice not having to travel and do multiple Christmases in the same day but it definitely felt off, and a good perspective on change in the new year!

2015 has lots of changes ahead for us, from building are tiny home, expanding our edible forest, to teaching and empowering my green minded friends with employment that is rewarding in all types of ways!

The sustainable revolution is like a big tidal wave, it’s going to happen whether you want to or not. What’s awesome is there are so many ways to be on the leading edge of the wave and it’s a great place to be!