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Dee Williams hosting her own Tiny House Workshop

Dee Williams is leading a Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop in Portland, Oregon on June 16-17, 2012.

This course shows you how to build a tiny house on a trailer step by step.

Portland has always been on my wish list of places to visit in the United States because of it’s growing acceptance of- and even promotion of- tiny homes and bicycle commuting.

I just think that this makes Portland a great example of what other cities can be doing to help people and the environment. And if you’re lucky, Dee might give you a tour of her little house, too, since she lives in the area.

That’s one of the little benefits of attending this workshop in addition to all of the interesting like-minded people you’ll get to meet and connect with.

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Plaster Tiny House in Texas

Guest Post by Michael Mckenna

Zen House… I often hear that term about my little houses; breathe out, open your eyes, feel that feeling…Peace, soft edges, captivating small views of an otherwise big picture, a house that fits  the land, and you, and, ahhhhh, tells you, you are home.

Not modern, but not old-fashioned.  I think my houses sum up what most of us are looking for: to be comfortable in our skin.

I am a great fan of Christopher Alexander and his book, Pattern Language.

He reminds us to think of the smallest detail: where to put the light switch, what is the most comfortable height for the kitchen counter, details that eventually make my houses as unique, as comfortable, and as “just right” as your favorite slippers.

Pictured is Josefina’s House, a minimalist Artist, who gathers inspiration from nature, and transforms it into large art forms for public places. She lives and makes art in a 600 square foot house.

Plaster Tiny House in Texas

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Clothesline Tiny Homes - Shane and Carries Tiny House

I’ve been following Shane and Carrie’s process for a little while now after finding out about their blog, Clothesline Tiny Homes.

I was excited to find out that they were featured on ABC 12 in a video that you can actually watch (below) so you get the full tour of their new tiny house.

Shane is a contractor and he says he’s willing to build more if people want to buy them. For me, it’s just exciting to see more and more people- especially couples- choosing to live in a tiny houses.

At just 204 square feet, it’s going to be a big change from what they were used to. But here’s the exciting part…

The couple’s housing bills are going down to $300 a month from $1300. That’s where part of the power of small comes in.

This allows Shane and Carrie to gain financial independence much faster. Not only that, but it also makes life way easier, simpler, and practically stress-free.

Clothesline Tiny Homes - Shane and Carries Tiny House

Photo Credit Shane and Carrie at Clothesline Tiny Homes

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Andrew and Crystal Odom Announcing Tiny House Appreciation Week

Guest Post by Andrew Odom

Just what does make a community? Is it a group of people with common interests or experience?

Perhaps, yes. But let’s face it. The commitment level of individuals within the group will range from highly engaged to slightly interested. The group membership will be fluid as folks ebb and flow.

So it’s a group of people with just a little in common?

Well, if you are like me, you are not just interested in tiny houses but also in homesteading, in technology, and in food sourcing. So perhaps this is not the main community for some. Perhaps it isn’t even the one with which they feel the strongest connection. People’s interests change over time, as circumstances change. But there always has to be a few that remain committed – né, passionate – day in and day out. They have to see past the slow days and the challenges and continue to find the drive and the excitement.

Does it depend on a few people making a lot of noise?

Andrew and Crystal Odom Announcing Tiny House Appreciation Week

Photo Credit Tiny r(E)volution

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Reasons not to live in a tiny house on Facebook

The other day on Facebook I posted something titled, 5 Reasons You SHOULDN’T Live in a Tiny House.

I did this because for all the reasons that there are to live tiny, there are also reasons that some people shouldn’t, at least for now, right?

So here’s a recap of what I wrote- below- and then I’ll show you some of the comments that others left which I found insightful.

5 Reasons You SHOULDN’T Live in a Tiny House

1. You have kids who are accustomed to their own space

2. Extended family/friends stay frequently (and you like it)

3. Your spouse despises the idea, and this person is more important to you than the size of your house

4. You enjoy cleaning or forcing your children to for punishment (better yet, discipline!)

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Laura Lavoie building her tiny house

Guest Post by Laura Lavoie

Trust me, I never thought I would be the kind of person to downsize my life and move into a 120 square foot house.  I didn’t like to be outside. I didn’t like to get dirty.  I didn’t like to try adventurous things. A few years ago, something changed for me. I realized that living conventionally didn’t inspire me and I finally decided to do something about it.  When the idea came to us about building a tiny house it seemed like the perfect thing.

Our first taste of adventure came when we decided to move away from everyone we knew to Atlanta.  It was still a safety net, though, because it was a job that moved us here.  We knew we wanted to do something more. We had fallen in love with the town of Asheville, just three hours away from Atlanta. We started to spend more and more time up there and talked about buying some land and building our own house. Our minds were made up when a friend shared Tumbleweed Tiny Houses with us.  This teensy, portable house was perfect!

Laura Lavoie building her tiny house

Photo Courtesy of Laura Lavoie

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Small Beachfront Home is Elegant, Modern, and on Sleds

This small beachfront home is the epiphany of a simple yet luxurious beach shack. It’s tiny, yet seems ‘small’.

It’s a modern and open oceanfront hut which can completely close up to protect itself from the environment.

It was designed by Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects for a family of five (clients) and its named the Whangapoua Sled House because it’s built on large wooden ‘sleds’ so that it can be moved when needed, more on that later.

As most of you know, you can’t build a solid foundation on sand so the wooden ‘sleds’ are a great solution, allowing this home to be dragged by a tractor or placed on a barge where it can be moved a few feet or anywhere around the world.

Although more expensive and difficult to move because of its larger size in comparison to most tiny houses that we feature, it’s still mobile if you absolutely needed to move it yet large enough for a family to comfortably live in. At 430.556 sq ft square feet it’s not very ‘tiny’, although relative to most homes today… it is!

Small Beachfront Home is Elegant, Modern, and on Sleds

Photo Credits Jackie Meiring Courtesy of Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects

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