Welcome to the Gold Thread Tiny House Blog

Welcome to the Gold Thread Tiny House Blog -

Buckminster Fuller once said, "If you want to change how somone thinks, give up; you can not change how people think. Give them a tool, the use of which will cause them to think differently." The tiny house is just such a tool.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Is a house ever really ever complete? Probably not.  However, I am pleased to announce that I have been living full-time in the Gold Thread Tiny house since August, 2012, and have been truly enjoying it.  The Gold Thread Tiny house is parked near Harlemville NY, in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York State, on a friend’s land.  It sits atop a grassy hillside with beautiful views of rolling hills, and the Catskill Mountains to the west where I was born.  I have three cows, and sometimes two horses, as neighbors, but they are not my own.
Two and a half years of research, writing, design, gathering materials, and building is drawing to a close and is accompanied by a corresponding feeling of sweet completion.  This was really brought home yesterday when I gave a presentation and slide show about Gold Thread at Columbia-Green Community College, in Hudson, NY.  I spoke in the literature class of my former professor, Gregg Berninger, who’s class had been reading Thoreau’s Walden.  What a pleasure it is to be freed up from the building process and begin to share my experiences with the community. It is exciting for me to see how affordable and environmentally responsible lifestyles is a very relevant topic with the younger generation and our larger community here in NY. State.
I have included some photos and a video of the Gold Thread as it is today. I hope you enjoy them.
The Main Room with Table set for two.

Propane range illuminated by flexible 12V LED strip lighting.

Kitchen with drain board/ dish storage behind.

Desk with table open.

Writing desk with a single draw and space for a lap top computer to the right.

Bookshelf with Violin hanging underneath. I teach violin to several students in tiny house each week. They all seem to love it, as do i.

Shoe rack with indoor and outdoor shoes.

Clothing closet with shelving and food storage on the door.

Composting toilet has been working well for the most part.

Sleeping loft with the ladder in its raise position as it is during most of the day.

Propane heating stove from Woodstock soapstone. It is a direct vent unit with a thermostat adjustment.

Clothing storage beneath the bench.

Gravity fed water above the sink, both for drinking and washing. it has been an adjustment to live without running water for me, but proving very workable with a little care. The rain water from the roof has proved enough thus far for all my dish washing needs.

Drain bucket beneath sink.

12V DC refrigerator uses about 400W per day, about 1/4 of my total electricity production per day.

Outside shed holds the batteries and electronics for the Photo Voltaic system, as well as some tool storage.

DC circuits and charge controller.

Exciting to have my rain catchment system finally hooked up. Come next spring i will make something more permanent.


  1. Really incredible to see this, Aldo - I'm so happy for you. What an amazing accomplishment that some of us only day dream about.

  2. Enjoyed seeing your tiny house. Love the big windows in your main room! Makes it look so spacious. Great storage ideas too. I hope you have many happy years there.

  3. Love the photos but you said "I have included some photos and a video of the Gold Thread as it is today." and I can't find the video. Was it forgotten?

  4. I love the huge windows in the main room. It is this, in addition to your clever use of space, that makes your house seem so much airier than others I've seen.

  5. The large windows are one of my favorite aspects of the design too. As you rightly note, it does make the space seem much large than it otherwise would, and the natural light and visible sky bring something that no artificial light is able to provide. It was a bit of an afterthought, to be honest. i saw the windows second hand, in the store and wanted to incorporate them into the design. They were nearly the perfect size. If i could make one recommendation to other tiny house builders it would be this; Find and purchase your windows before framing your walls and move your studs to fit what you find. Saved nearly $3000 in this way.

    I did forget the video. Will put that up soon. Thanks for noticing.

  6. This is a really beautiful home. FYI, since you have such a small fridge, you don't need to keep the eggs in there. :)

  7. As a fellow tiny house designer and dweller I stopped by to say nice house! and good use of the space!

  8. Cool photos! I love how you have so much storage. I will definitely have to go back and read more about your rain water system. We just got our composting toilet established, so I am looking for another project. :)

  9. What material did you use for the interior of your loft area? That's a beautiful design and very nice looking materials.

  10. Very nice house! Amazing! I want to have that kink of house, because it is unique. I will shared this site to my friends so that they can believe in your house too. T.hank you so much for letting us know this one. Anyway looking for more KB Homes? Check us here.