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Tiny House Conference in Charlotte, NC: April 2014

Just over a year ago I wrote about my dream for a tiny house convention.

In April 2014, Tiny House Conference becomes a reality thanks to the organizational skills and big ideas from The Tiny Life’s Ryan Mitchell.

While I can’t take any credit for the concept or certainly any of the work, I am pleased that the event is happening.


Though the event was announced early this year, Mitchell recently updated the website and is now actively promoting the conference.

On the website you can see the list of speakers as well as a general guideline to the types of workshops that will be scheduled throughout the weekend.

Mitchell promises a lot of tiny houses on site for convention goers to walk through as part of the experience.


I encourage you to read more about the Tiny House Conference below:

The conference will be held at the McDowell Nature Preserve in Charlotte, NC and onsite camping is available on a first come first served basis. There are also plenty of area hotels or even couch surfing options available.

“We tried hotels, but they wanted $10,000 and it just didn’t seem right for tiny houses.  We tried many things, searching for over a year and a half, we finally found the perfect place.  A place that fit with tiny houses and the people who follow them, but also a place that didn’t break the bank, so we could keep the ticket prices as affordable as possible.  We are happy to announce that we have officially signed a location, a 1100 acre nature preserve!”


This won’t be the first major tiny house event organized by Mitchell. In 2011 he created the first Mini Tiny House Conference in Charlotte. He reposted about the event here.

The cost of the conference is $250 and if you buy your tickets before October 1, 2013, you can get $50 off the cost of admission.

If you’ve thought about getting starting with a tiny house or you’re just interested in the ideas that tiny house builders and dwellers have to share, this is the perfect event for you. Topics will range from how to downsize to how to handle zoning issues.

Full disclosure: I will be at the Tiny House Conference as a featured guest, but, this post is not a paid endorsement of any kind. I am sharing this with you at Tiny House Talk because I genuinely believe in this event and I would write this even if I weren’t participating.

Check out the website for more information on the speakers, the topics, and the venue. April will be here before you know it so get your tickets now for the Tiny House Conference in Charlotte!

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Laura LaVoie

Contributor and Tiny House Owner at 120SquareFeet.com
Laura M. LaVoie is a professional writer living in the mountains of North Carolina in a 120 Square Foot house with her partner and their hairless cat, Piglet. Laura graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Anthropology. She has been published in magazines and anthologies on the subjects of mythology and culture. She spent nearly 15 years in the temporary staffing industry before deciding to become a full time writer. Laura works closely with the Zulu Orphan Alliance volunteering her time and the skills she's learned building her own small house to build a shelter for orphans and other vulnerable children living near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Laura also enjoys simple living, brewing and drinking craft beer, and popular culture.

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  • Avatar Paul August 29, 2013, 4:43 pm

    This is cool. However will this convention be just for Tiny Houses on Wheels and other conventional-looking modular structures, or will there be some types of vehicle conversions such as Skoolie buses and vans? I know the term tiny house means any living space that is under 400 sq. ft., and wonder if the Tiny House Conference will single out Tiny Houses on Wheels or show a larger spectrum of Alternative Living? I know this is a starter event, and events don’t get big when they start. I just want to know if Tiny House Conference will just be Tiny Houses on Wheels or will there be some diversity with unconventional dwellings?

    • Avatar Alex September 2, 2013, 8:15 am

      Great question, Paul, I’m not sure as I’m not running the event but I’d be curious to Ryan’s answer to this. Personally I’d love to see the larger spectrum of alternative living there if folks were willing to bring their conversions, etc to show them off. That’d be such a cool event.

  • Avatar di September 15, 2013, 4:55 pm

    How do people find land or communities that are properly zoned for these tiny houses?

  • Avatar Sara March 2, 2015, 9:56 pm

    I’m a tiny house enthusiast, and so excited that this conference is literally within walking distance of my home … But isn’t the price a bit steep to attend? :-/

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