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If you’re in Florida or are up for a trip to Orlando then this might excite you because Tumbleweed is having a tiny house workshop led by Jay Shafer in Orlando, Florida this January 26-27, 2013.

This is a lecture style workshop where Jay will guide you through the entire process of designing, building, and living in a little house. He will also cover such topics as:

  • Composting toilets
  • Compact appliances
  • Trailers
  • Preventing moisture

And much more. One of my favorite parts of these workshops is getting to meet a bunch of other like-minded people who also want to live in tiny houses.

It’s an intensive two day workshop where you’ll gain all of the knowledge and confidence you need to not only design your own really small space but also build it.

Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

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By Laura LaVoie

“Wow, you live in something that small?”

“Oh, I could never do that!” 

“I would live in a tiny house, but I can’t because of all my books.”

We’ve all heard the negativity on the internet. It isn’t just part of the tiny house community but all over there is an epidemic of individuals trolling websites on topics they couldn’t care less about to simply make comments about how that thing is the worst thing they’ve ever heard of. I think there is something about the anonymity that the internet provides that makes people bolder than they would otherwise be.

I believe the tiny house community is all about positivity. People can give our choices political assignment even when no political motives are present. People can write us off as those crazy folks who live a little weird. That is fine; but dealing with internet comments is part and parcel of blogging the tiny life. So, how do we deal with them?

  • Moderating comments. If you have a blog, it is never a bad idea to moderate comments. Not only will this eliminate the spam messages with random links, but will also allow you to control the message of your blog. I don’t post anything that is abusive. I do post things that might be construed as negative and use them as conversation starters.
Tiny House Community

Image courtesy of Teerapun / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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12 Year Old Building Mortgage-free Tiny House

If you thought that a 15-year-old building a mortgage-free tiny house was amazing, now there’s a 12-year-old with her sights set on her very own mortgage-free humble home.

Austin Hay is the young man behind Mini House Builder. Today he’s 17-years-old in his senior year of high school is has just about finished his little home.

Now on the horizon is a 12-year-old who goes by the name of La Petite online. In her blog, Tiny Maison, she’s already begun to share her knowledge and passion for building.

In one of her recent YouTube videos, which you can watch below, she’s laid out the possible floor plan for her house inside her living room using tape. By the way, this is a great way to tour get a feel for a tiny house without having to travel very far.

Right now La Petite is in the process of creating blueprints and ideas for her house and by March of 2013 she plans on having acquired her materials and having started the construction process.

So far she’s already acquired some reclaimed building materials like her bathroom door, front door, and some windows. And she’s sketched out some of her design ideas which I’ll share with you in this post.

12 Year Old Building Mortgage-free Tiny House

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Storage Units

Guest Post by Nicole Young

I hate clutter with a fiery passion. Every time I visit my in-laws’ home I cringe and try to subdue the urge to straighten and purge. Worse, according to my husband, is when I get home and try to start donating and tossing things around our own- already minimalist- home.

You see, every visit sparks a fear that one day our home will be overrun with useless knick-knacks, long forgotten children’s toys, and other junk. Many of my friends ask me for advice on clearing clutter from their own home, so I’ve decided to write down my best general advice and put it out into the world.

Have a Storage Unit

You need a dedicated space to store valuable, but infrequently, used items. If you don’t have a basement or spare space in the garage you will probably need a storage unit. When utilized properly, storage units will be invaluable. When utilized poorly, however, it will just be an expensive junk room you have to travel to.

Storage Units

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PAD Tiny Houses

This November 10, 2012 you have a chance to join Dee Williams and Joan Grimm of PAD Tiny Houses for a tiny house construction workshop that’s going to cover:

  • Financing and insuring these little homes on trailers and how they value or devalue over time
  • How to design with community in mind so resources are best used
  • How to tow a tiny house safely and where and how to find a legitimate place to park and live in one
  • How composting toilets work
  • How to plumb these homes, get water, and what to do with waste
  • How to figure out electricity for these little houses

The workshop will cover much more including how to adapt to the tiny house lifestyle since you’ll most likely be using smaller appliances, different types of water systems, and maybe even off-grid living.

PAD Tiny Houses

This class gives you a chance to meet with other people who are also interested in living tiny plus you’ll also get to hear from other seasoned tiny house enthusiasts.

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Dan Celebrates after Working on his Tiny House

Have you ever wondered how to build a tiny house on a trailer? You’re not alone..

Dan Louche of Tiny Home Builders has been creating how to videos on exactly how to build a tiny home of your own.

His latest design is called: Tinier Living. It’s a smaller version of his popular Tiny Living plans.

Since this is his third build, he’s been documenting every part of the construction process in video so anyone (including you) can learn how to do the same thing.

Dan just finished installing metal roofing on the house and added video footage on exactly how to do it. So here’s a photo of what the house looks like right now:

Tinier Living: Tiny House Metal Roof Installation

Photo by Dan Louche

If you want, watch a time-lapse video of Dan installing the metal roof onto the house below:

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I was excited to find out that Clothesline Tiny Homes was featured on HLNTV earlier this week.

That’s right- Shane and Carrie were on national television just the other day giving America a tour of their tiny house.

If you missed it you can watch their segment right here on Tiny House Talk. Not very long ago Shane and Carrie decided to design and build their own mortgage-free dream house.

It’s modern, sleek, and precisely created for their own needs. It’s unique relative to most other little houses out there because it was built on a gooseneck trailer which is similar to a 5th wheel travel trailer.

This allowed them to create an extra spacious sleeping area as opposed to the upstairs sleeping lofts that can sometimes feel cramped for some.

Clothesline Tiny House in Sante Fe

Photo Credits Clothesline Tiny Homes

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