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Kitchen in a Tiny House

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Meet Steve and Wendy who are designing and building their own tiny house to live in permanently.

About a year ago they began to adjust their lives so that they could achieve some of the things that they have always wanted to do in life.

This Tiny House Means this Family’s Dreams

After years of raising a family and accumulating the things that go with that in America they realized that this wasn’t what they wanted.

Their stuff was getting in the way of things that mattered more to them in life, like God, family, friends and extra money.

They will have significantly smaller utility bills and a lot less stuff weighing them down. So let’s take a look at their progress so far! It’s important for me to note that they’re not finished yet.

Trailer Harvested from an RV for their NEW Tiny House

Here is what they started out with.. An old travel trailer which is going to serve as the trailer for their tiny house on wheels.

Steve and Wendy's Tiny House - Trailer
Photos Courtesy of Steve and Wendy

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If you have been wanting to watch HGTV’s Design Star tiny house challenge episode, you’re at the right place.

Thanks to Hulu.com, you can watch the entire episode right here on Tiny House Talk.

This is season 6 episode 9 of Design Star. It’s the three final contestants and their challenge is to design an entire house.

Little do they know, the houses are going to be just 99 square feet.

They’re the Box Bungalow tiny house designs by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Houses.

You can watch the entire episode below. Here’s another related post:

HGTV Design Star Tiny House Challenge – Full Episode – Season 6 Episode 9

Humble Homes, Simple Shacks.. By Derek Diedricksen - Book Giveaway

In July 2011 Derek Diedricksen gave me a copy of one of his homemade books so that I can give it away to you guys.

When you’re done reading this post you’ll know exactly what to do to win this copy.

Handmade Copy of Humble Homes, Simple Shacks

Deek’s book has one of the longest titles I’ve ever seen. The full title reads: Humble Homes Simple Shacks Cozy Cottages Ramshackle Retreats Funky Forts and Whatever the Heck Else we Could Squeeze in Here!

This homemade edition of the book covers things like…

  • Basic bridge building
  • Redneck window construction
  • Rain barrels
  • Solar showersHumble Homes, Simple Shacks.. By Derek Diedricksen - Book Giveaway

And there’s so much more. All ideas and concepts are accompanied by illustrations from Deek.

How You Can Win this Signed Copy of Humble Homes

All you have to do to enter is the following. The more you do, the better your chances of winning the book.

Step 1

If you already haven’t, do the following:

Step 2

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  • How did you originally find us?
  • What do you like best about Tiny House Talk?
  • What improvements do you think we should make?

Feel free to throw in whatever else comes to mind.

Video Explanation

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Join Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen of Relaxshacks.com on a video tour of 7 different treehouses.

Actually they’re more of a variety of backyard sheds, forts, cabins and treehouses.

On his way back from installing a house he had built and designed, Deek made a stop at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens to shoot this video for us.

Seven Different Backyard Structures Designed from Local Architects

The park has seven structures which are all designed and built by architects in the local area.

It’s a place where you can have a picnic by the garden and enjoy architecture. The gardens are open from May through the middle of October.

3,000 Species of PlantsTreehouses

There are more than 3,000 species of plants in the park where they offer…

  • workshops
  • lectures
  • and special events

…all year-round to help educate people on preserving nature and gardening.

In addition, they run educational programs for school children.

Events at Berkshire Botanical Garden

Annual events include:

  • Plant Sale
  • Flower Show
  • Fete des Fleurs Garden Party
  • Harvest Festival (since 1934)
  • Holiday Fair

Image: anankkml / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Visit or Contact the Berkshire Botanical Garden

The park’s address, phone number and link to where you can find more information is shown below.

5 West Stockbridge Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Phone: 413-298-3926
Website: http://berkshirebotanical.org

Deek’s Video Tour of Berkshire Botanical Garden

Length: 13:35

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Homemade Teardrop Camper for Sale

Zach Engle built his own teardrop trailer a year and a half ago.

He calls it a convertible because you can open and close the roof.

Intro to Teardrop Trailers

Teardrops are great because they’re inexpensive, easy to store and great on gas.

They keep things simple and it’s a big upgrade from tent camping because you won’t have to worry about leaks and such. They can be as light as 600lb and some are even small enough to be towed by motorcycles.

This means the car you already drive is strong enough to pull one of these little recreational vehicles.

Update: SOLD

Details on this Homemade Teardrop Camper

Homemade Teardrop Camper for Sale
Photos Courtesy of Zach Engle

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HGTV Design Star: Tiny House Challenge

Before you read any further you should know that I normally do not watch Design Star. This is the first episode I’ve ever watched because I don’t have cable.

I was interested in watching this episode, as you already know, because they had the final three contestants design tiny houses.

The homes we’re talking about here are actually three of Jay Shafer’s Box Bungalow designs which he just recently released through his Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

Actually, I put together a video you can watch about his new designs (which are featured in this episode) right here. Link opens in a new tab/window so you can save it for later.

Tiny House Design Competition on Design Star

So in the beginning of the episode the contestants are told that they will each have to design their own entire house. From top to bottom. They seem excited and nervous but they don’t seem to have any idea that the homes were going to be so small.

Then they are shown the three 99 square-foot houses. They’re pretty much in shock as soon as they see them. I don’t think any of the three contestants had ever heard of the homes before but it was cool to see how they mentioned that it’s a growing trend.

HGTV Design Star: Tiny House Challenge
Photo Courtesy of HGTV Design Star

From left to right that’s Karl, Meg and Mark right as they first witness their tiny house design project.

My Thoughts on this Tiny House Design Episode

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Interview with Jeremy Jackson: He's Traveling with his Tiny House

Right now Jeremy Jackson is traveling the U.S. towing his recently-built Tumbleweed tiny house. He built the majority of it all himself. He did it in about one year.

Interview with Jeremy who is traveling with his tiny house

In this interview with Jeremy you’ll be able to follow his story, learn about his struggles and what led him to where he is today. I hope you enjoy.

THT: What made you decide to start building a tiny house?

J: I woke up one day feeling frustrated with the world and my own life. My business was dying and I have been suffering from an industrial injury. Everything was crashing down on me.

I started to ponder about what would happen when my mother and siblings would pass because I am the youngest. At the time I was living with my mother. Well that evening I checked my email and stumbled onto the Yahoo! article which featured the tiny house movement and Jay Shafer.

I was instantly hooked from that moment on and I saw a spark of hope. I spent the next few months learning everything that I could on learning how to build a tiny house until I came up with a plan to build one myself because it made good sense to me.

I decided that if I were going to commit to building my own tiny house, I needed to get to it without allowing myself to over analyze the possible pitfalls. So- I jumped in head over heals and started buying materials whenever and wherever I could get them.

So I sold all of my valuables, including the DJ and Karaoke business, and just started even though I am disabled and on a fixed income because I felt that if I were to survive, I had to take a risk.

THT: So how long did it take you to complete the tiny house?

J: It has taken me the best part of a year to complete it (mostly by myself) but finally, it’s done.

Interview with Jeremy Jackson: He's Traveling with his Tiny House
Photos Courtesy of Jeremy Jackson

THT: Do you have any dreams you hope to fulfill thanks to this project?

I encourage you to enjoy the complete interview (and photo tour) below:
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