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Last week I spoke about the costs of tiny houses and why I don’t find that figure to be much of a problem. Several individuals mentioned that the $20,000 cost was fine for just the house but what about the cost of adding power systems on top of it. A lot of people believe that solar power needs to be expensive but we have a different experience with this.

The first step is to determine how much power you need if you want to be off the grid. If you’re looking to run a refrigerator, an air conditioner, a washer and dryer, etc.; a small solar power system may not be the best solution for you. We decided to keep our lifestyle as simple as possible to be able to use a scaled down system. We run as much as we can on butane and propane so the only thing that really runs on the solar power are the lights and our computers, including Matt’s massive gaming laptop. And remember, both of us work from the tiny house so we need access to our computers most of the day.

Our solar panels. Photo by Laura M. LaVoie

Do you want to see how we did it? Read the rest below:

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On Thursday I received this email from a reader.

Read it for yourself below,

Subject: Tech-loving couple tiny living ideas?

Message: Hi there, 

I’m having a hard time convincing my husband that we can live happily

in a tiny home. He claims its’ not enough room for both of our

computers, our large TV and game consoles that he’s absolutely against

getting rid of or down-sizing. 

He claims that tiny homes are for people who are never home and “not

like us”.

I was curious to know if you had any suggestions and/or examples of

computer-centered homebodies who have made this move and are happily

living the dream without sacrificing. 

Thank you for your time!

My Thoughts on Couples Not Agreeing on Tiny Houses

I think it’s normal for someone already in a relationship to reject the idea of small spaces.

Some people are happy living in larger spaces and I think that’s okay.

I don’t believe in changing people if they don’t want to or aren’t even interested.

Everyone goes through stages at different times in their own lives.

But it’s not natural to have to convince someone to live in a tiny house when they really don’t want to.

If it doesn’t work yet, and you love your partner, just let it go and find other more constructive ways to improve your life.

One of the best ways to do this is by getting rid of some of your own stuff.

Let go of the tiny house idea for now, and work on smaller, easier ways to simplify right now.

There have been cases where it takes someone a few months or even a couple of years before they’re open to the idea.

Some are open to it right away. For others it’s a complete impossibility. It all depends.

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We, as Tiny Housers/Simplistic Living Enthusiasts know what it takes to shed the extra layers of possessions that were accumulated over the years from living outside of our means. Though, there are others who find mountains to face when it comes to getting rid of their possessions – whether they literally be mountains of stuff, or figuratively, mountains of attachment that need to be overcome.

So, to facilitate the process of parting with ones belongings, I’ve compiled a list of five common-fare tips on how to get rid of your stuff , or in other words, move mountains.

Tip #1: Get Organized

You would love to downsize your belongings and clear up space, but where do you start? First off, to aid in the commencing of getting down to downsizing business, it helps to have most everything organized. No, not in the sense of keeping your soup cans’ labels facing front first on the shelf, an extra roll of TP within arms reach of the commode, or making sure Friday’s undergarments are not worn on a Wednesday.

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Have you seen Chris and Malissa’s Tiny Tack House before? Their tiny house is AWESOME.

One of my favorites because it’s a couple’s tiny house and Chris is a photographer.

The latest tiny house that Chris has gotten to photograph from what I understand is Yan’s tiny tack house, shown below.

And Chris Tack’s photos are always amazing. To build this one they used a set of Tumbleweed Fencl plans.

And they made some modifications to it. They even set up a pull down screen and projector for movies.

When you walk in you’re greeted by a beautiful fireplace. To the right there’s a little nook to hang out in with storage above and below. Vaulted ceilings and windows make it feel spacious.

All photos by Chris Tack

Candice's Tiny Tack House: Interior Photos: Modified Tumbleweed Fencl: Photos by Chris Tack (1)

Photo by Chris Tack

Yan’s Tiny Tack House

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In this post I’m showing you Ella’s Tumbleweed Tiny House on wheels.

She started building in late 2011 after her return from College overseas.

When Ella went back to California she decided to build her own tiny home so she wouldn’t have to pay expensive rent in an oversized space.

Today she blogs over at Little Yellow Door.

Her little house has all of the features of a normal house:

  • Kitchen
  • Living area
  • Storage space
  • Sleeping loft
  • Bathroom

“My porch post doesn’t hold any weight, it’s a manzanita branch I found that is just there because it’s pretty.”

Look at more photos and watch the video tour with Ella below:

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Lighting is one of the most important ways to define a space and make it feel comfortable and inviting.

It’s also an opportunity to indulge your creativity and individuality.

There are two basic types of lighting to consider: daylighting and artificial lighting.

Today’s post looks at daylighting and how to design a space to take advantage of the free, high-quality light from the sun.

Daylighting: Lighting Design for Tiny Houses

Daylight is a wonderful resource and you should use it for as much of your lighting as possible during the day.

This tiny house, by Leaf House, uses daylighting to full advantage.

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Every product we buy whether it is manufactured in China or made here in the US has a price based on the skill and energy put into creating it. That price can be expensive or inexpensive based on the market for that item. Tiny houses are no exception. The blogosphere often asks why and assumes that tiny houses are too expensive, but are they really?

The only experience I have is my own, so I wanted to share a bit of it with you. Realize, however, I am not the numbers person in my partnership. I have these rough figures but specifics I am not so good at. In any case I do not believe that our tiny house was too expensive to build. It might cost more per square foot than a traditionally sized house, but that was a tradeoff we were willing to make.

The cost of our tiny house, not including the solar power set up, was just around $20,000. This figure includes the plans from the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company as well as the tools we used to build the house. This also includes all of our mistakes. Since it was our first time building anything we had a couple. If we started again we believe we could build the same or similar house for closer to $10,000.

Photo by Laura M. LaVoie

Is this affordable? Yes, I believe it is. Finish reading below to see why I think so.

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