Guest Post by Elaine Walker
Tiny House Fair in Vermont June 14 to 16, 2013
- Join us for the first Tiny House Fair at the Yestermorrow Design & Build School (an hour from the Burlington, VT airport).
- Registration is $300 and includes meals and a choice of workshops.
- Lodging is available at the school for an extra cost, or stay in a nearby hotel.
- Learn about all the great workshops below!
Resizing The American Dream
Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has spent over a decade living in self-built homes of less than one hundred square feet. Through his Small House Book, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, his workshops and through mass media, he has helped to change the way we think about housing in the US. In this presentation, Jay discusses how better living, a smaller ecological footprint, and social justice can be achieved with smaller houses.
The Hemloft is an elegant egg-shaped treehouse, suspended around a single tree, deep in the woods of Whistler, BC. It was a secret woodland dwelling until it was published in Dwell, a modern architecture magazine, which triggered a flurry of international headlines and a host of publishing requests from other magazines and books.
The Hemloft was built as a labor of love by Joel Allen who was later joined by his wife Heidi Hermanski. The story of the Hemloft, published on Joel’s website, has captivated the masses and elicited more than a thousand impassioned comments. A great deal of the Hemloft’s intrigue is attributed to the unlikely feat of two novice carpenters completing such a technically and logistically challenging project. Joel and Heidi will be presenting the playful story and the intimate details of how they designed and built the Hemloft.
Design & Construction for Specific Climates
Abel (Zyl) Zimmerman of Zyl Vardos will present this workshop, specific to houses-on-wheels and small cabins: There is a lot to take into account when you design your house, AND complicating this is the fact that there are as many ways to build as there are mice on a cheese farm. You are likely to get as many different answers as people you ask. I grew up in the Pacific NorthWET. This is one of the more demanding environments for balancing design practices when building.
– managing summer heat
– making a weatherly exterior
– interior condensation
– cold weather concerns: snow load, frost heave, protecting utilities
– structural longevity
– pests and bugs
– practices that reduce maintenance.
If you are planning a project, bring your questions and even a sketch!
Clever Cabinetry & Finish Carpentry
Another terrific workshop with Abel (Zyl) Zimmerman of Zyl Vardos!
Bet you can hammer a nail. You may have even used a biscuit joiner…
But how do you get all those little pieces of wood to fit around that window frame? How do you make a drawer that doesn’t fall on your toes every time you open it?
In this workshop, we’ll sail through:
– The whys and woods of materials selection
– The tools that make everything easier for you
– Compounding measurements
– Fasteners, and how important they are
– Astonishing techniques, like spiling…
Bring your love of wood. See ya!
How to Free Yourself from Stuff
Alex Pino of Tiny House Talk will be speaking on how to get rid of your stuff so you can fit happily into a tiny house. The key to new, exciting beginnings is to part with the old and Alex is going to show you just how to do that in three simple steps. He’ll also talk about the psychological challenges associated with tiny house living including pressure from family and friends. Alex will also make time for a question and answer session involving other speakers and attendees.
How to Build Your Own Home for a Lot Less
Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, from Relaxshacks, host of the online show Tiny Yellow House for Make Magazine, and DIY Network TV Host will be speaking on “How to Build Your Own Home For A Heck Of A lot Less – Thinking Outside The Box”. Deek is pictured below with his brother Dustin, who might join Deek in presenting.
Deek’s specialty has been building with free, scavenged, and/or recycled materials for years, and his various shelters, tiny houses, treehouses, and mobile cabins have been featured in the New York Times, Yahoo.com, the History Channel, the Boston Globe, NPR, PBS, Treehugger.com, Apartment Therapy, the UK Daily News, the Seattle Times, and beyond…. His DIY tiny living book, Humble Homes, Simple Shacks was also the #1 ranked carpentry book worldwide on Amazon for almost 20 weeks.
Building a Community
Boneyard Studios is a tiny house showcase in Washington DC. Boneyard aims to demonstrate creative urban infill on one of many vacant city lots, promote the benefits of tiny houses (highly affordable housing, green, simple, attractive), model to the country what a tiny house community could look like, and advocate DC zoning/code changes to allow construction/habitation of ADU’s (accessory dwelling units) & tiny houses.
Brian and Lee will discuss the urban challenges of establishing a tiny house community in the nation’s capital.
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