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This is a Reader Submitted Guest Post – Share Your Small House Story Too

Hi Alex,

My partner and I bought this small house as a second home in early 2012, as a retreat from our lives in the “biggish” city of Durham, NC.

The house, located in Blowing Rock, NC (just 3 hours from our primary home) was built as part of a “future” 21 unit vacation rental community.


700 Sq. Ft. Simple Living Cabin

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Olympia, WA

If you’re interested in learning how to design and build your own tiny home, Tumbleweed has lots of options including this upcoming workshop in Olympia, WA.

I’ve been to a few of these in the past and they’re fun because you get to learn while sharing your stories, getting to know others, learn about the culture of living tiny, and you get to do it with other rare and like-minded people who are there for the same reasons.

The workshop runs from Saturday to Sunday but I recommend getting there by Friday so you can enjoy that night’s mixer event where you get to socialize and hang out with other attendees and the presenters. In this case it’s Derek Diedricksen and Ella Jenkins.

Ella built, owns and lives in her own tiny home while and Derek has built many micro cabins and has led dozens of these workshops to date so you’ll get to gain a lot from their wisdom and experiences.

Learn How you can Build a Mortgage-free Tiny Home too!

Cypress Tiny House on Wheels by Tumbleweed

You’ll learn about trailers, materials, tools, tips, tricks, methods and more for when you start your project. They even cover downsizing, off grid living, insulation, and more.

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Tommy's Tiny Blues Log Cabin

This is a Reader Submitted Guest Post – Share Your Downsizing Story Too


This is my tiny blues cabin. I live in the Tennessee hill-country but my musical tastes are more in line with Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta country!

It’s about 70 miles south of Nashville (which is a great place) and I’m a bluesman at heart (even if not by talent!). I have this cabin because I wanted a get-away place to enjoy my blues music all night if I wanted to, to study, and also just to relax.

I bought this little log cabin from an Amish company in Kentucky. The outside was already finished, but my dad finished the inside.

A friend of mine also built the front steps. The cabin is 14×20, but the front porch takes up 4 ft, leaving the actual living space at 200 sq. ft. My parents did all of the inside work to this place, including the electric blue paint and the Mississippi Mud paint!

Mortgage-free in an Amish Log Cabin

Tommy's Tiny Blues Log Cabin

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This is a Reader Submitted Guest Post – Share Your Downsizing Story Too

Once upon a time I lived in a large house of 4,100 square feet in Sydney, Australia.

I seemed to spend a lot of time and money cleaning and maintaining such a residence and eventually decided to downsize to a more manageable one.

I sold the property and bought one of just 1,800 square feet. Living alone I soon realized that this house was also too large for my needs.

So I decided to downsize again and move to the country. I was approaching retirement and so spent many hours looking at houses on the internet.

I found a small two bedroom house that was built in 1990 and was a copy of a traditional miners cottage and was just 585 square feet in size.

Simple Living in 585 Square Feet After Downsizing

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Since 1997, Jay Shafer has been wowing the world with his incredible tiny house designs.

In 2002 he co-founded the Small House Society with Gregory Johnson.

Last year he split with his original company, Tumbleweed, and founded Four Lights Tiny House Company.

“I’m always fidgeting with how to make spaces more efficient,” says Jay.

Today he’s working on constantly improving ways to make his tiny houses as flexible as possible so you can adjust the homes to your needs as easily as possible.

Jay shares his latest tiny house design ideas with you

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These travel trailer to cabin conversions are for those of you who love the idea of tiny living but want to remain as mobile as possible.

With a trailer renovation like this you can still move about since these units are aerodynamic and lighter in weight than stick built homes on trailers.

And even if you don’t want to move around very often, trailers renovated like this easily serve as tiny cabins on your land.

That’s why I’m showing you these two classic trailers that have been tastefully renovated and decorated for the simple life.

Travel Trailer to Cabin Renovations

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I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the tour of these wonderful classic trailer to cabin renovations on a campsite in Yosemite:

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If you’ve ever wanted a treehouse as a kid and are now interested in tiny living I think you’ll love this..

It’s a micro cabin with a balcony/deck that hovers over the main house on the property.

But it’s not just any kid’s fort either… This is a fully functioning micro cabin with:

  • kitchenette
  • sleeping loft
  • downstairs bed
  • fireplace
  • wall mounted LCD TV
  • outdoor shower/bathroom

Treehouse Micro Cabin

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I encourage you to tour it yourself below and let us know what you liked best about it in the comments:

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