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2013 Tiny House Fair: Will You Be There?

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!
Sustainable Treehouse at Yestermorrow

Photo Credit Yestermorrow

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.

Jay Shafer with his Tumbleweed Epu Tiny House

Photo Credit TumbleweedHouses.com

The Hemloft

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.


Photo Credit TheHemloft.com

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.

Zyl Vardos Tiny House on Wheels

Photo Credit Zyl Vardos

We’ll cover:

– managing summer heat
– making a weatherly exterior
– insulation
– 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?

Abel in the Shop

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 8' by 8' by 8' Tiny Cabin

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.

Boneyard Studios Tiny House Community

Photo Credit IndulgentRestraint.com

Brian and Lee will discuss the urban challenges of establishing a tiny house community in the nation’s capital.

Related: For  a List of Upcoming Tiny House Workshops and Events

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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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  • Avatar LuAnn Johnson December 7, 2012, 10:10 pm

    Oh my goodness, have you seen this tiny house and what is pulling it! Crazy!


    • Avatar Erik Markus June 11, 2013, 5:39 pm

      lol. It is darling.
      That looks like something someone would buy for their pets to commute in. Maybe if someone had pet flamingoes, they could take them for a stroll….
      Blimey, what next, a mobility scooter-caravanette?

  • Avatar Shirley Burgess December 15, 2013, 5:59 pm

    I would love to know the 3 steps to getting rid of ” stuff ” we always thought we needed in order ” to live a comfortable life”. I am REALLY ready to live small, my hubby, not so much! Discussions about it have been non productive and led to deep silence to where he scoffs at even looking at this site. In his defence, he is not a small man (6ft-4″ ) I am 5ft
    4″ and always thought kitchens and bathroom sinks were designed for taller people. Hubby has always wanted ” big” everything to support his frame with any comfort at all. We want to retire in Florida on the Gulf. He is talking condo, and says I’m talking closets. I am tired and 70 yrs of cleaning a big space is not what I call retirement. HELP!!!!!!

    • Avatar Alex Pino December 16, 2013, 2:18 pm

      Hey Shirley, you guys gotta just meet in between. It’s important for both of you to be happy and it’s probably not fair to expect him to live in a tiny house. But small might work. There are lots of small spaces, older condos, and apartments you can consider on the Gulf in Florida that are less than 1000 square feet. Some are as small as 400-600 square feet. My suggestion is to take a vacation together in one of these.

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