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Tiny House Magazine 4th of July Sale 2019

Tiny House Magazine 4th of July Sale

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Meet Tom and Sophie, they converted an army truck into their 72 sq. ft. off-grid tiny home. It’s equipped with solar power, a custom pulley bed, and much more. It’s basically a total adventure machine! Since November 2017 Tom and Sophie have been traveling in their Lorry tiny home exploring Europe and enjoying some surfing along the way.

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Off-Grid Living in a 72 Sq. Ft. Converted Army Truck

Couple Turn Army Truck into Tiny House

Photo credit via The Lorry Life

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Have you heard about the Small is Beautiful Tiny House Documentary that’s coming out soon? It’s a new movie that shares stories of people who are taking their freedom back by going tiny.

The documentary is coming out April 30, 2015 and I don’t know about you but I’m excited to watch this one because there’s a lot I haven’t seen inside. Better yet, you’re getting a sneak peek at the film right here right now (below).

This film showcases a collection of stories of people who are chasing their own personal freedoms by designing, building, and moving into their own tiny house. Stories and people that you probably haven’t heard of yet.

I encourage you to enjoy this preview of the Small is Beautiful tiny house documentary below and that it inspires you now and reminds you to watch the rest of the film when it’s released on April 30th. I can’t wait! Thanks!

Small is Beautiful Tiny House Documentary Preview


Images © Small is Beautiful

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Building a Mortgage-free Tiny House by the Seat of My Pants – Part 2 – by Shirley Loomis

Arriving at my tiny house daily was so much more pleasant once the outside was complete. It looked like I was working on something real, no longer just a picture in my mind’s eye. An added benefit of having the exterior complete was that I could work inside with an added degree of warmth and protection from the elements.

Prior to tackling the inside I looked at a lot of layouts I had seen published in books and online, examined my own existing furniture, considering how I might be able to repurpose it for use inside my tiny house. Being a book hound my bookcases were definitely something that would be put to use. As you look at your space, always keep in mind how you live, the kinds of things you like to do, how you make your living, and what you readily have on hand that you can tailor to meet your needs.

Related: Woman in her 50s Builds Tiny Home (original)

And: Building a Mortgage-free Tiny House By the Seat of My Pants (part 1)


All Images © Shirley Loomis

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Building a Mortgage-free Tiny House by the Seat of My Pants – Part 1 – by Shirley Loomis

Years ago virtually every home in this country was built by the men and women who lived in them. They were homes, barns, outbuildings of one form or another, silos; homes for people, crops, and livestock. These were places of shelter and it was envisioned by the builders that they would serve as such for years on into the future, long after they were built, and perhaps long after the builders themselves were gone.

When I started building my tiny house I went back to that premise of building; the owner-builder, the homesteader in need of shelter, because in many ways that’s exactly where I found myself.

I looked at simple building books, books on sheds and small outbuildings, the books on the market (before Kindle and Amazon) that dealt with cottages and tiny homes that were built with the intention owners would add on to them at a later date, books on writer’s cottages and fishermen’s cottages, treehouses, huts and forts; anything that was built from scratch, and constructed without intricate detail or complexity.


Over time, as my search continued, I came across plans that were specifically designed to be built on top of trailer frames or flatbeds. They were portable and they were called tiny houses. Some looked like gypsy caravans, others like the cottages I’d been reviewing with the only exception being that these were on wheels. They were portable and ideal for someone like me whose future seemed continually subject to revision.

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In this post I wanted to share this story on a young married couple who build a tiny home with no mortgage or debt.

I don’t know what stage you are in life right now and for sure it’s never too late to build and live tiny.

I’m just saying wouldn’t it be great if more people decided to live in this way, no matter what age? I think so.

Not only is it more sustainable for our environment, but it’s a more financially sustainable life, too. Meet Jen, her husband and their new tiny house.

“Hi! My husband and I are just about finished with our tiny house so I thought I’d share as your page has been super influential to our build! “

(Thank you for sharing, Jen!)

Married Couple’s Tiny Home

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If you’ve been discouraged by tiny house prices lately think again. Macy Miller of Mini Motives was able to design and build her own DIY tiny house for just $11,000.

And now… she’s offering the plans so if you want, you can build one just like it. More information on that below. The 196 sq. ft. mobile micro home is simple, beautiful, functional, and best of all… No mortgage.

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She Built A Debt-FREE Tiny House for $11k

She Built Her 196 Sq. Ft. Tiny House for $11k

But it wasn’t that easy… I encourage you to continue reading and touring her tiny house below to learn more about how she did it:

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I’m so glad Deb Nardi sent me this article on Ken Ilgunas, a Duke graduate who is now telling all about how he lived in a van to stay out of debt while finishing his grad studies at the University.

By the way, before that, he had completed his undergrad studies in Buffalo, and ended up with $32,000 of debt because of it.

And he was turned down for 25 paid internships after that with his college degree. So he was working at Home Depot for $8 an hour.

Before he went back to graduate school, he dedicated two and half years to working and paying off the student loan debt he accumulated.

Even after all of this, Ken was NOT willing to give up on his education. In fact, he seemed to be even hungrier for it. But how would he afford it without getting another student loan?

His solution? To create his own “Walden on Wheels,” as he calls it.


Photo Ken Ilgunas

“The van was more than just a way to save money. I wanted it to be an experience, to see how little I could spend. I didn’t want to be borrowing money from my parents any time I had a hardship.”

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