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The 2017 Tiny House Conference is coming up this April 8-9, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

This is a great opportunity if you want to get to tour tiny houses in person, take some workshops, meet and learn from an army of tiny house experts, and get to know other like minded people.

Tickets are available right now if you’re interested in attending this year. If you want to learn how to design, build, and live tiny, this is an amazing event to go to!


2017 Tiny House Conference in Portland!

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Right now I want to let you know about the upcoming Tiny House Conference organized by Ryan Mitchell April 18-19, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

It’s a great opportunity to tour tiny houses in person, meet and learn from an army of experienced builders, and get to know other like minded people.

Tickets are available right now and the earlier you get your tickets the more money you’ll save. If you’re interested in learning how to design, build, and live tiny this could be the perfect event to attend.

2015 Tiny House Conference in Portland, Oregon

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Any time tiny houses make it onto a non-tiny house blog the comments turn to “oh, I could never do that.” When The Tiny Life Infographic that Ryan Mitchell published early this year made it to Gizmodo on Monday, September 2, 2013, the comments began pouring in. The same old objections came up in several ways.


  • Permitting is just impossible.
  • This is only feasible for one person.
  • I couldn’t fit all my stuff in it.
  • Why not just get an RV?

I thought I might take a minute to readdress these objections. Living in a tiny house is not an untested theory. I have been doing it comfortably for over a year and I know several other tiny house dwellers that have happily downsized as well.

Infographic courtesy of The Tiny Life.

Infographic courtesy of The Tiny Life.

I encourage you to read my thoughts on these subjects below:

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Just over a year ago I wrote about my dream for a tiny house convention.

In April 2014, Tiny House Conference becomes a reality thanks to the organizational skills and big ideas from The Tiny Life’s Ryan Mitchell.

While I can’t take any credit for the concept or certainly any of the work, I am pleased that the event is happening.

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Though the event was announced early this year, Mitchell recently updated the website and is now actively promoting the conference.

On the website you can see the list of speakers as well as a general guideline to the types of workshops that will be scheduled throughout the weekend.

Mitchell promises a lot of tiny houses on site for convention goers to walk through as part of the experience.

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I encourage you to read more about the Tiny House Conference below:

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Tiny houses were featured on the HuffPost Live today on a segment called Honey, I Shrunk Our House.

Dan Louche of Tiny Home Builders was on the show along with Logan Smith.

Also Gregory Johnson of The Small House Society and Ryan Mitchell of The Tiny Life.

Watch the video, interviews and tiny house tours live on the show below:

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I had an amazing time at the Relax Shacks workshop in Wilmington. I was able to meet so many bloggers and builders that I have known online – including Alex from right here at Tiny House Talk. I also had the privilege of spending more time with Ryan Mitchell of The Tiny Life – we even shared a condo for the weekend. At the workshop, he announced the release of his eBook Cracking the Code: A Guide to Building Codes and Zoning for the Tiny Houses.”

As a blogger, and someone who built a tiny home of my own, I am so grateful for the existence of this book. It is not overstating it to say it is an invaluable resource. I am often asked questions here on Tiny House Talk, over at my own blog, and on Facebook, about permits and codes. I had always felt powerless when faced with these inquiries as the answers aren’t so simple. Thankfully, Ryan Mitchell has come to the rescue by putting together years of research on building codes for his own house and releasing it as an eBook guide. Mitchell shares insight on how to work with your local government and how civil disobedience might be the best option for some tiny house builders.

Cracking the Code by Ryan Mitchell

Cracking the Code by Ryan Mitchell

Click below to read more about Ryan Mitchell’s eBook.

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Ryan Mitchell of The Tiny Life has been building his own tiny house.

Besides blogging about living tiny and the construction of his tiny home..

And hosting a tiny house chat with Macy Miller of MiniMotives..

He’s been collecting research on tiny houses. Remember that survey I posted?

Ryan is having a visual representation of the information created.

If you want to help support the project just see below to learn how.

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