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About a year ago I introduced you to Shaye and Tom thanks to the people over at Living Big in a Tiny House. I love this story because this couple decided to ‘just go for it’ and take advantage of the benefits of tiny house living early in their life. They’re now enjoying more freedom and are building a life on their own terms.

Right now I’m here to give you an update on them since a lot has changed for them after living in their tiny house for one year. They now have a newborn daughter named Hazel. Their tiny house has a new porch and it’s fully decorated inside. And if you really like their house you can even buy the plans to build one just like it yourself.

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Young Family Designs and Builds Debt-free Tiny Home on Wheels with a Porch

Young Family's DIY Tiny House on Wheels

Images © DIY House Buiding

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Right now I want to introduce you to this tiny house family. They’re a husband and wife living in their own DIY tiny house on wheels with their son.

Inside you’ll find a built-in sofa with clothing storage, a shoe rack by the front door, wall mounted LCD TV, a built-in dresser/desk, and more.

A ladder leads you up to the sleeping loft. Underneath the loft is the bathroom and the kitchen. Please enjoy the casual video tour and re-share if you want to below. Thanks!

Young Family’s Tiny House on Wheels


Images © GntleGiantJeffy

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This man with a family of 4 (and 5th on the way) started his tiny house project in August of 2012 and finished it August 2013 while working part-time. He did all of the work himself and found much of the materials he used for the build on Craigslist.

By using salvaged materials, including a free travel trailer that he stripped down completely, he was able to finish the entire tiny home for less than $5,000. But it did take a lot of work in terms of labor.

Recently the family has given away their tiny house to a minister in New York and they are now preparing to buy a large 5th wheel travel trailer so they can travel the country together as a family. Please enjoy the videos below to learn more.

Man Builds Tiny House for Family for less than $5k


Images © marrieddragoon/youtube

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Lisa over at the Bumble Shack sent me some exciting news today I wanted to share with you. And heck, you might even be able to help. Either way it’s fun and interesting because they’ve recently bought a tiny house on wheels from Joe Everson at Tiny Happy Homes and they’re moving in really soon.

Right now they’re living in a normal house in Florida but they’ve already had their tiny home for a while. Her husband, Jon, has already found the perfect job and he’s to be in Asheville in only six weeks. So this tiny house family is in need of a space to park and live in their beautiful little home.

Tiny House Family Needs Land Near Asheville


Images © The Bumble Shack

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In this post I wanted to let you know how you can watch Tiny House Nation S01E01 (Season 1 Episode 1) online for free.

This episode focuses on a young family (husband and wife with a toddler daughter) who are moving into a tiny house on wheels.

They’re going from a 1300 sq. ft. 3 bedroom traditional home to a 172 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels. And you’ll get to see it all unfold in this fun first episode of Tiny House Nation.

Tiny House Nation S01E01 Takeaways

Watch the entire full episode (45 minutes) below for free:

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Meet Alysha, her kids, and their tiny house in Red Bluff, California. It was built with the help of the Oregon Cottage Company.

She decided to move she and her kids into a tiny home after her husband passed away tragically and unexpectedly in his early 30s after serving in the United States Air Force.

Alysha knew she had to do the best with what she had. So she decided to pick up a lifestyle that would allow her to spend the most time raising her two young children, especially since she would do it alone.

Her tiny house was built by architect Todd Miller in Eugene, Oregon. She now rents out her former ‘big house’ for immediate income and lives in the backyard.

Woman Goes Tiny with Family After Husband Dies

I encourage you to enjoy the complete story and tiny house tour below in video:

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How to be Mortgage-free Guest Post by Hari Berzins – Original story appeared at Tiny House Blog

During the big snow storm last week, Karl and I walked up the hill from our tiny house to our newly dried-in (Woohoo!) ‘big’ house to watch the falling snow.

The snow in the woods was magical and the view in all directions was spectacular.

I looked up at the rafters and there was no snow falling in the house!

We were dry.

After more than a year of watching rain and snowfall on our house, this was big.

I smiled at Karl. “How does it feel to go into this snow storm with a finished roof on the house?”

He took a deep breath. “You have no idea.”

Here’s How You, Too, Can Build a Mortgage-free Homestead

Mortgage-Free Micro-Homestead

That was a nice moment.

We’ve come so far, and it’s so important to take time to celebrate all of the milestones along the way.

I encourage you to read our story below and take a tour of the tiny house that started it all for us…

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This year a lot has happened in the world of tiny houses including quite a bit of new books.

In this post I wanted to share some of my new favorites with you along with some of the classics.

Some of these books will inspire you with photos and others will be filled with valuable how to information.

You might still be gathering ideas for your future home or you might be eager to build up your construction skills.

Either way some of these books, if you don’t already own them, should help inspire you towards your dream tiny house.

1. Tiny House Magazine by Kent Griswold


How to get the latest issues of the Tiny House Magazine

I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the tiny house books list below:

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Most of you are already familiar with Hari from the Tiny House Family. From her blog and some of the guest posts that she did for us here at Tiny House Talk.

Coming Home: Letters from a Tiny House

In it she talks about everything. There’s no holding back. From her experience with national television to the challenges of raising two children and living with your spouse in less than 200-square-feet. If you’ve been considering going tiny, smaller, or are just plain curious this will be a great read for you. She expresses the little things, too, like, “What makes me happy is seeing durable plates and utensils collected from various stages of our lives and very little plastic.”


Little Life Secrets, Gardening, And More

Hari also throws in her own experiences along with what she’s learned thanks to them. For example, in one chapter she’s talking about gardening and says, “The key to a happy life, I think, is to keep this beginner’s mind for the rest of my life.” [continue reading…]