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Here’s a tiny house I hadn’t seen before that I get to show you thanks to SpacesTV and my friend Ali.

And it’s got a one of a kind way of generating free heat which I’ll show you below.

It was designed and built by Yestermorrow Design Build School students.

Yestermorrow Tiny House

It was built in Vermont where Yestermorrow is located and the home is now in Massachusetts.


If you’re wondering, this is the same place where we’re having a Tiny House Fair this summer.

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Don’t miss the video tour below, too (along with the rest of the pictures):

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Elaine over at Tiny House Community has done a great job of organizing the 2013 Tiny House Fair at Yestermorrow Design Build School in Vermont.

She just announced scholarships for the fair that she needs help funding. I’ll just let her do the talking. But I can assure you that the money she raises here will be put to good use this summer.

Scholarships for the Tiny House Fair at Yestermorrow

Before I hand it over to Elaine I want you to know that contributing to the scholarship is completely optional. Please only do so if you really want to. If not no worries! Feel free to check out our other tiny home photo/video posts in the Tiny Houses category instead.

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How to Get a Scholarship

Elaine’s going to explain that in a moment below, but basically you submit an essay.

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Every so often I enjoy doing some Q&A on tiny houses and simple living.


And what usually prompts me to do it is an email or question in the comments from other readers.

So here’s a question I got yesterday along with my thoughts. I’d love to read through your thoughts and suggestions too.

Family Desperate to Downsize/Simplify

Below is a copy of the email I received. Let’s let the sender remain anonymous.

Subject: needing to downsize and simplify with a quickness

Message: Hey Alex. I am such a fan. I have been following you on you
tube for a few months now. The Tiny house movement is everything i am
into. Here is my delima… My husband and I just moved up here to
Alaska just over a year ago. Getting a bank to back us for land and a
build, not easy. We are a family of 4. We both work and feel like
hampsters on a neverending wheel. We work to pay rent and so the cycle
continues every month. How do we get out from under it and on our way to how it ought to be?

Pretty tough question, right?

If you want, read my response/thoughts below then add your own in the comments at the bottom.

I have a feeling there are many of us who feel like this too and by us sharing our own experiences, thoughts and tips, we can really make a world of difference for others who are trying to do the same.

Blue Tiny House with a Garage

Photo by Alex Pino

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Downsize, Simplify and Consider Moving Into a Smaller Home

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Hanging out in the Sleeping Loft of Tiny Living by Dan Louche

This month is a great time to take advantage of more than 12 tiny house workshops that are on sale.

Today there are more options than ever. From Florida to Sacramento, beyond, and in-between.

12 Tiny House Workshops on Sale

Tiny Home Builders Hands On Workshop near Atlanta GA

This May 25-26, 2013 in Alpharetta GA Dan Louche and I will be hosting a 2-day tiny house design and construction (hands on) workshop. Tickets for this experience are on sale until the end of this month.

Hanging out in the Sleeping Loft of Tiny Living by Dan Louche

Join us for a weekend hands on workshop near Atlanta, GA!
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Dee Williams hosting her own Tiny House Workshop

If you’re a fan of Dee Williams like I am you’ll be glad to know she’s offering her own tiny house workshops.

She has a few upcoming Tiny House Build & Design Workshops that you might be able to attend in Portland, OR.

PAD Tiny House Workshops

Here’s just some of what you can learn at a workshop with Dee Williams:

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Photo by PAD Tiny Houses

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Last month I gave you a recap of what has been happening behind the scenes here at Tiny House Talk.

As a reminder, this “behind the scenes” series is where I publicly talk about improvements and changes for our site.

It’s also where you can share your ideas in the comments. What do you wish I’d do more of around here? Or what feature do you wish we had?

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Photo by Alex Pino

Tiny House Events and Workshops I’ll Be At

I’m really excited about a few upcoming tiny house events and workshops that I’m going to get to be a part of. This also includes a Tiny Home Builders workshops I’m co-hosting with Dan Louche.

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How do you handle water in a tiny house or in the city in a small apartment?

Whether you are off-the-grid or using the city water system you might want to consider a water filter.

This way you don’t have to buy water. If you have a well or other access to water you can use a simple gravity fed filter to ensure your water is pure and 100% safe to drink.

Why Gravity Water Filters

  • No need to buy water
  • Cleans water inexpensively
  • Filters last a long time
  • You can clean these filters
  • Works with no power usage
  • Can take with you anywhere
  • Works well in emergency situations

Big Berkey Gravity Water Filter in a Tiny House

Top 5 Berkey Gravity Water Filters

My favorite gravity fed water filter is the Berkey Light because I’ve owned one for years and absolutely love it. They come in several different sizes and there’s even a small portable one that you can take with you anywhere. I’ll show you all of them in this post starting below:

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