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Video: 70 Year Old Man’s Debt-free Tiny House Lifestyle

This is the story of Peter Matheson, the 70-year-old man who designed and built his own 125 sq. ft. tiny home on wheels. He shared his story with us in early 2016, and today I’m excited to tell you about a new video that Peter is featured in on Living Big in a Tiny House on YouTube!

Pete is Even Working on a Legal Tiny House Community in His Area!

Watch the video below to learn more!

Video Tour & Interview with 70 Year Old and His Off-Grid, Debt-Free Tiny Home!



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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Evening Iris October 20, 2017, 1:28 pm

    This is very well done. The only thing is I’d have to have a full bath. I’m so happy to hear that this gentleman is going to try and create a THOW community. It is so important that those who have land give a helping hand to others in the movement to acquire an affordable place to put their THOWs. He is to be applauded for his community spirit!

    • James D. October 20, 2017, 5:21 pm

      He actually is a very good salesman, he helped the community planners to convince the city council in his area to give permission for the Tiny House Community to be formed…

      It’s unfortunately not just a issue of finding land but permission to use that land for living Tiny that makes such options hard to find… But such examples will help people show that it can work and that’ll help convince other officials to at least consider such options instead of automatically rejecting them…

      • Peter Matheson Peter Matheson October 20, 2017, 5:34 pm

        Thanks for your confidence James, but you may be giving me too much credit for ‘convincing council and staff’ to seriously explore small, laneway and tiny housing concepts. I did have some information I was invited to share that came from building and living in my tiny house, but our Mayor, City councilors and city staff (Planning, Building, Engineering) were already well out in front of this with their adoption of the Sustainable Community Plan a few years back.

        • James D. October 21, 2017, 3:25 am

          Perhaps, but in the world of politics a good spokesperson that people can relate to and easily understand can make all the difference…

        • Peter Matheson Peter Matheson October 21, 2017, 11:19 am

          Thank you James.

  • Paul Larsen October 20, 2017, 1:45 pm

    Hi Peter. Great to hear that you are still enjoying and living in your beautiful tiny home. The video was excellent and informative. I really think that tiny sustainable homes are and should be the wave of the future, rather than the big plywood palaces that see to be so common in Calgary. I hope to be out in Grand Forks again this coming spring.

    • Peter Matheson Peter Matheson October 20, 2017, 2:30 pm

      Hey Paul, nice to hear from you. I look forward to another visit with you this spring.

  • Leslie Berg October 20, 2017, 1:56 pm

    Great presentation! What a creative endeavor, kudos to the builder on inovative use of repurposed materials, very inspiring. Any ideas on how to acquire the chassis for building?

  • Connie M Gallegos October 20, 2017, 8:50 pm

    so beautiful and gorgeous!! Now this is what I’m talking about. LOVE everything about this tiny house, I wouldn’t change anything about it, I would love to one built just like yours. So peaceful and enjoyable

  • Peter Matheson Peter Matheson October 20, 2017, 9:07 pm

    Thanks for posting this Alex – and thank you for all that you do in supporting the tiny house movement, downsizing and sustainability. You make an awesome contribution and have introduced many new tiny house friends all around the world.

  • Carol Perry October 21, 2017, 11:40 am

    I really enjoyed touring Peter’s Cozy Home! It is adorable & offers lots of great ideas! Pretty smart thinking regarding Your fridge! It allows You to have wall space & You don’t allow to much cold air to escape! I would never have thought to use a freezer for a tub! Great idea for utilizing things that nobody wants! I really love Your kitchen! It’s adorable! You have really organized Your space well! The views from Your window are just gorgeous! I love all of Your neighbors that come strolling through Your Yard! The views of the river are just beautiful! It’s nice that You are a finished carpenter, & You can save money instead of paying a mortgage! Thank You! For sharing Your adorable home!🍁🍃🍂

  • Wendy Hill November 18, 2017, 8:07 pm

    Dear Peter, I just watched the video where you shared your tiny home …I was very impressed …I would love to build my own tiny home someday…the interview was honest and informative and I think gave a real feel for living in a small space…I fear I might need a larger space since I am an artist and we tend to collect lots of stuff…have you had any experience with artists paring down their stuff to live in a tiny home….I do not think they are allowed here in Gilbert, AZ due to zoning ?.. not sure…I purchased 5 acres up north then found out the smallest I can build is 1500’….

  • Leigh Jackson November 19, 2017, 2:58 am

    When someone builds smart, that’s impressive. This guy did a great job on his place.

  • Nanny M November 19, 2017, 10:51 am

    Charming home, charming guy. Inspiring. I just wish all homeless could enjoy such a place!

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