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We’ve featured plenty of tiny homes over the years that use tons of recycled and reclaimed materials. But what if someone built a tiny house entirely out of reused, repurposed, and dumpster-dived items? Well, that’s what certified “reuser” Alex Eaves and tiny house builder and personality Derek “Deek” Diedricksen have done with the REUSE! Box Truck.

The best part? They teamed up with videographer Jason Kimball and made a documentary following the entire process from conception to the three years Eaves lived and traveled the country in the box truck. The film isn’t just about tiny houses, it’s about living with what you already have. And it’s showing across the Northeast down to New York over the next couple of months (or you can watch it at home). You’ll want to check out the schedule here.

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NOW SHOWING: The REUSE! Box Truck Film

Documentary On Building a Tiny House Entirely from Recycled Materials

Images by Dylan Jon Wade Cox

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It’s been two years in the making, but Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary is finally here!

This isn’t the first documentary on Tiny Houses, but it’s definitely unique. Here’s what Jeremy Beasley, the director, has to say:

“I wasn’t aiming to glorify tiny house living. I explored what it is really like to build and live in a tiny house, sharing the subjects struggle and triumphs – and their real life journey through it.  I wanted the film to go deeper than trends or aesthetic. I wanted it to be courageous and vulnerable. To explore the real human aspect living tiny.”

What inspired you to make the movie?

“The idea of having a 30 year mortgage is not something I’m comfortable with, so I started researching alternative ways to live. How could I live with less material possessions, in a smaller space and I thought what better way to learn about it than to interview the people in the process or already doing it. I started making a few short films of people living in shipping container houses and on boat houses and eventually ended up in Portland, Oregon where the Tiny House community is incredibly strong and offered a really deep, beautiful and inspiring look into tiny houses.”


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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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Some of you might remember Tiny: A Story About Living Small.

It’s a tiny house documentary created years ago by Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller.

I posted on it a while back (and even more later- see below) and some of you even helped raise money for them on their Kickstarter fundraiser.

You might already have even seen the movie at a local screening or film festival. But I’m here to announce that the film is now officially available. More on how and where you can watch it below.

Tiny: A Story About Living Small Released


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I just found out about this new tiny housing documentary called Microtopia thanks to Derek Markham at Treehugger and wanted to tell you about.

It’s a documentary with a different style than we’re used to in the tiny house world in my opinion but it focuses on the fact that most of us live in homes that are too big.

In return this often creates financial problems as well as potential environmental and waste issues. So the documentary gives us inspiring stories and micro homes that might be part of the solution.

Microtopia Tiny House Documentary

I encourage you to enjoy the free preview/trailer of this micro housing documentary below:

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Meet Anderson Page. He’s an environmental studies graduate at Northeastern University.

He’s also the designer and builder of the tiny house you’re about to see in this post.

Page designed and built this tiny home for his undergrad thesis project because it falls in line with his passion for better housing.

Student Creates Tiny House Documentary

I encourage you to watch and enjoy the full 48 minute documentary for FREE on how this tiny house was designed and built (plus get a complete tour of the finished product) below:

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In this post I’m going to give you a preview of a new tiny house documentary called Small Is Beautiful in case you haven’t already heard about it.

The film is a real life journey featuring people who are building and living in a tiny home.

Best of all, the movie will show people what tiny house living is really like. The good and the bad.

Small Is Beautiful: Tiny House Documentary


I encourage you to watch the preview of the documentary below and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s out. But for now, enjoy the trailer videos below.

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The filmmakers behind “TINY: A Story About Living Small” just visited Derek “DEEK ” Diedricksen, author of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks“.

Derek has built several micro houses in his backyard out of reclaimed materials. In this video interview, Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith give you a glimpse into Deek’s world.

Micro Houses & Backyard Forts

What I like the most about small structures is all of the different ways that people can benefit from them. Many of the micro homes that Deek creates cost less than $200 to build.

If you’re willing to look around with an open mind, you can find lots of your materials for free as long as you have the time and willingness to look around and talk to people.

9 Ways To Use a $200 Micro Shelter

  • Backyard office
  • Children’s playhouse
  • Micro storage unitDeek's RelaxShacks Micro Cabins
  • Chicken coop
  • Micro Cabin
  • $100 Homeless Hut
  • Occupy Wall Street Shelter
  • Tree house
  • Micro camper

What are some other cool ways that people can use these micro houses? Share your ideas in the comments after you watch the video.

Photo Credit: Me

Video Interview with Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen

Length: 4:31

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Christopher Smith is the man behind TINY: A Story About Living Small.

He’s turning thirty years old and is set on making the mountains in Boulder, Colorado his permanent home.

Christopher has been visiting and interviewing people who live in tiny houses after he asked himself the big question.

What makes a good home?

The answer is different for every person. But for many, small houses are becoming the answer because they simply cost less.

People are attracted to tiny houses because of the time and financial freedom it offers. It’s a no mortgage lifestyle with fewer chores.

Tiny The Movie - A Story About Living Small - Tiny House Movement
Screenshot thanks to Christopher Smith, TINY on Vimeo

Building with no experience

Christopher has never built anything previous to this project. He took the plunge by purchasing a 5 acre plot of land in the mountains.

He’s learning and figuring everything out as he goes and he’s creating a film throughout the entire process.

Tiny house documentary preview

Length: 2:48

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