Hi, I’m Alex Pino. In 2007 I started to simplify because I wanted to take more control over my life, was unhappy with where I was at and wanted to do something about it.

So by 2009 I went from working as a government computer technician and living in a 1400 square foot home…

To writing about tiny houses and simple living while building my own Internet publishing business out of a 500-square-foot apartment.

Later in 2012 I downsized again to a little bit smaller 400-square-foot apartment in the same building after a month of living out of a backpack.

Alex Pino and Andrea Fouch next to Dan Louche's Tiny Living House

At Jay Shafer’s Tiny House Workshop in March of 2010 (My first one)

In March of 2010 I got to attend Jay Shafer’s tiny house workshop in Orlando, Florida.

This helped me gain an understanding on how to build a house, when I do it myself.

Alex Pino and Jay Shafer at a Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop

But I couldn’t just stop there. And I still wasn’t ready to tackle a build by myself, so..

In July 2011 I attended Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s Micro Building Workshop

In July of 2011 I was invited to attend Deek’s micro building workshop.

This was another opportunity for me to learn from someone who has designed and built several micro structures.

Deek's RelaxShacks Micro Cabin Slash Tiny House Workshop

Building Your Own Tiny House

If you need help building, designing or getting your own tiny house built start with my free eBook, Plans to Build Your Own Tiny House.

Deek and I do a Casual Interview in Florida back in 2010

Below is a pretty old interview from 2010 with Derek “Deek” Diedricksen from Tiny Yellow House, Relaxshacks.com when we met up in Florida.

Fast Forward to 2013…

I’m still living relatively tiny in a 400 square foot apartment that’s close to the beach, which I love. My fiancee Andrea and I live and work out of the space and we still plan on designing and building our very own tiny cabin or cottage in the near future. But for now, we’re perfectly happy in our 1950’s 400 sq. ft. apartment. :)

Deek’s 2013 RelaxShacks Hands on Workshop in NC

RelaxShacks Hands on Workshop

This is where I got to meet Laura LaVoie for the first time (she blogs here) along with her husband Matt who both live off grid in 120 sq. ft. in the mountains of North Carolina near Asheville.

Me Inside Dan’s Tinier Living House

In Dan's Tinier Living House
There’s me inside Dan’s tinier living house when we did the workshop :)

Andrea (my awesome fiancee) in the Kitchen (she loves cooking)

Andrea in the Kitchen

She’s a vegan recipe author and runs a Free Easy Vegan Recipes website helping others eat smarter and healthier in case you’re interested in more natural energy (and adding a few years to your life simply by adding more vegan meals to your current diet).

My Tiny House Newsletter and Blog Reach New Heights

The Tiny House Newsletter I started back in 2009 is now one of the most popular e-zines on tiny houses and simple living with more than 55,000 readers (and growing!)

Can you believe it?! Together us tiny housers are pretty big! If you’re not already a Tiny House Newsletter subscriber you can join free right here (or below).

Workshops and Tiny House People

Over the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to attend several events and workshops including co-hosting a hands on workshop with Dan Louche of Tiny Home Builders in 2013 which was such a blessing and an amazing experience. I couldn’t recommend Dan’s products and workshops more highly. He’s an amazing builder and teacher.

GA Tiny Home Builders Workshop with Dan Louche

Me, Dee Williams, and Dan Louche

Alex, Dee Williams and Dan Louche

I also had the chance to talk about the power of simple living at the 2013 Tiny House Fair in Vermont where I got to meet and re-connect with most of the people that got me into tiny houses in the first place like Dee Williams, Tammy Strobel, Logan Smith, Jay Shafer, and many more inspiring simple living advocates (see below)..

Dee Williams and I at the Tiny House Fair

Dee Williams and I

Dee Williams has been happily living in her self built tiny house for more than 7 years now (but no it’s not that house). She also owns and operates PAD Tiny Houses and is author of the book Go House Go: How to Build a Tiny House on Wheels. And did I mention that she’s a blessing just be around? Seriously, she totally rocks.

Christopher Smith from TINY: The Movie

Christopher Smith and I

Learn more about Christopher Smith, his tiny house and his documentary TINY: The Movie.

Lina Menard, Deek and I

Lina Menard, Deek and I

Visit Lina’s awesome blog, This Is the Little Life. Go to Deek’s site, RelaxShacks.com.

Tammy Strobel of RowdyKittens

Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens

It was so awesome to finally get to meet Tammy Strobel in person after following her blog, RowdyKittens, over the years as she slowly paired down from a minimalist apartment into a tiny home on wheels with her husband, Logan (below), of Smalltopia.

Logan Smith of Smalltopia

Logan Smith of Smalltopia

Brian of Boneyard Studios in DC (A Showcase Tiny House Community)

Brian of Boneyard Studios Tiny House Community

Learn more about Brian here and the showcase tiny house community he helped develop in Washington, DC.

Matt and Mariah of The Comet Camper!

Matt and Mariah of the Comet Camper

I even got to re-connect with Matt and Mariah of the Comet Camper.

What I Like Besides Tiny Houses and Simple Living

There’s a lot more to me than tiny houses and simple living.. Those are just two interests I’m REALLY passionate about.

I also like reading, writing, learning, traveling with Andrea, hanging out in our hometown, playing with our dog Louie, creating delicious and healthy home cooked meals, blogging about topics I care about, and teaching others how to improve their lives through: simplifying, following your passion, building good businesses and making the world a better place.

Thank you for joining me in my BIG goal of helping to provide smart, affordable (and tiny) housing for those in need all over the world!

Currently, my favorite charities include:

And I’m proud to say that a portion of the income generated from this blog and our Tiny House Newsletter is given to these charities to help towards the goal of providing affordable housing to those in need in the United States and around the world.

I’m always looking for more meaningful charities to contribute to so if you have any recommendations please let me know.

Thank you so much for being a part of the tiny house movement with me!

You can also find me on:

The Best Way to Stay in Touch With Me

Thanks again and talk to you soon,

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