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I thought I’d let you know that Dee Williams and her team at PAD Tiny Houses have made the Sweet Pea tiny house design available to the public.

It’s a design that was created for their friend Gina who wanted a tiny house that she can maybe start a family in. What do you think?

Can you see yourself starting a family in this tiny house? There’s a sleeping loft up top that’s able to accommodate mom and dad. Then there’s a pull-out bed below that would work for a child.


Photos by Chris Tack

Do you think this tiny house is spacious enough for a young family who enjoys simplicity? I encourage you to tour the rest of the house below then share your thoughts in the comments at the bottom:

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Recently Deek visited Ella Jenkins and her Tumbleweed Tiny House.

And while he was there he created a new video that you can watch below.

Ella shares her home with you while she tells you about how she lives happily in her little house on wheels.

She started the project when she was 23 years old and completed it in about one year.

You might also be excited to know that she’s sharing the house with her boyfriend. And they both play instruments which they’re able to keep in the house.


Photo Credit Little Yellow Door

I encourage you to watch the video tour with Deek and Ella below:

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As you know I have been happily living in my tiny house for nearly a year and a half.

Matt and I started this project a very long time ago and I thought maybe I would go back to the beginning to share some of my own tiny house building advice.

If I were to talk to the 2007 me who had barely touched a hammer in her life, what would I say? This post covers the top 3 tips I think you should know before building tiny.


1. Throw away your time expectations.

I realize that our tiny house experience was different than most. We were building on a fixed location that happened to be over three hours from where we lived.

This meant that we were only able to work on the house for a very short amount of time each visit. With the exception of a few week long vacations most of the construction was done on weekends.

We would arrive around noon on Saturday and work as long as we could before we had to leave sometime in the afternoon on Sunday to make it back to Atlanta. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.

When we started construction in 2009 we had an expectation that we might be done by winter of that same year. Having never built anything before, we quickly realized that it was best if we slow down and be more cautious about the process.

In the end it took us three years to complete the house. Even for someone building a tiny house on a trailer in their yard I would suggest that you not adhere to some dogmatic time estimate. Instead concentrate on doing an exceptional job and the house will be finished when it is finished.

I encourage you to read my other 2 tips if you’re thinking of building tiny below:

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I thought you would also enjoy this tiny house poem video by Carla Schwartz.

It’s a simple collection of photo memories in Claude von Roesgen’s tiny solar houseboat that you can see in this post.

The little houseboat is named TinySol, “the wake with the solar tiny houseboat!”

And it earns the name with its unique solar roof panels (check them out here).


Photo Credit Carla Schwartz via YouTube

I encourage you to enjoy the video poem below then share your favorite line from it in the comments when you’re done:

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Today, this post by Solar Baby was brought to my attention. While she and her husband do not live in a tiny house I would argue that they do live intentionally and having solar power is a big part of their identity. I love that she takes on the myths of solar power systems and shares her insight on what solar power isn’t.

Since I do live in a tiny house which happens to be off the grid, I thought I might chime in on some of her topics here.

It is not camping. I love camping. I go camping frequently. I would say that my experience camping influences my tiny life and vice versa, but they are not the same thing.

Living in our tiny house is not in any way “roughing it.” Some people might argue that it is because of our air pressurized shower and our outdoor kitchen, but I would argue back that these are value judgments. One person’s “roughing it” is another’s luxury. I don’t rough it when I camp either.

6 course dinner at recent camping trip. Photo by my friend Lamyka.

6 course dinner at recent camping trip. Photo by my friend Lamyka.

I encourage you to read more of my thoughts on off the grid living below:

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In this post you’ll get to tour a newlyweds’ recently built 160 sq. ft. tiny home on wheels.

The house is 13’5″ high and about 8′ wide so it’s legal to tow on public roads.

There’s also an upstairs loft that adds around 30-40 sq. ft. of livable space to the home.

So in total… It’s really about 200 sq. ft. of living space with a footprint of just 160 sq. ft.


Photo Credit YouTube/Argustfest

I encourage you to enjoy the entire video tour & interview with the builder/contractor, Tory Smith, below:

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If you love tiny houses… Want to learn how to build by doing it…

And get a kick out of Derek “Deek” Diedricksen…

I thought you should know about his upcoming three day hands on workshop in Boston.

You might want to consider joining him for a hands on tiny house design and build workshop.

It’s this November 15-17 in Canton, MA. The emphasis will be very DIY because budget will be relatively low and Deek will be using recycled materials to build.


Photo Credit RelaxShacks.com

All in all, if you decide to attend, you get to build a tiny structure with Deek and the rest of the crew. I encourage you to learn more and consider attending if you want to below:

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