About the Tiny Project


What is the Tiny Project?

The Tiny Project is my attempt to live a simpler, more conscious, debt-free life, and in doing so helping to set and example and educate the community about alternative, affordable, more sustainable ways of living.

My name is Alek Lisefski. I live with my beautiful girlfriend, Anjali, and our angel of a dog, Anya. Go ahead and say it: that’s a lot of “A” names.

Alek (Tiny Project designer and builder)

Alek (Tiny Project designer and builder)

Anjali

Anjali (the beautiful girlfriend)

Anya (our most precious shib inu doggy)

Anya, our most precious shib inu

I’m a web designer by trade, and have a passion for the visual arts, the great outdoors, architecture, and all things natural and beautiful. I tend to find inspiration all around me, but most powerfully and directly, while alone out in nature, and in silence.

The main aspect of the Tiny Project is to build a tiny house. Inhabiting such a small space will force me to live in a simpler, more organized and efficient way. Without room to hoard things and hide away from the world, I’ll be forced to spend more time outdoors, in nature and engaging with my community. This will foster better health and healthy relationships. With no more rent to pay, I’ll save money, allowing for a less hectic work life and more time and funds for health, leisure and travel. I won’t be able to keep closets full of clothes or store 5 year old trinkets in a house so small. But I also couldn’t possibly spend $100/month to heat the place, like I have when renting apartments in the past. Tiny house living has its trade-offs, but one thing is certain: While living in a such a small house, my space, and in turn each area of my life, will be simpler, less chaotic, and free from all but what is essential. That sounds really great to me!

This website will chronicle my experiences in design, planning and construction of my own tiny house, and all of the difficulties and lifestyle changes associated such an endeavor.

For more info on the tiny house I am building, see My Tiny House Plans

The Tiny Project is the answer to the most important question I have been asking myself; 'Can I commit myself to living a more humble life in a smaller space'. For the first time I wholeheartedly believe I can." – Marjolein

What is a tiny house?

Protohaus Interior

Protohaus Interior

Tumbleweed's Walden

Tumbleweed’s Walden

The tiny house movement is rapidly gaining popularity in the US and elsewhere around the world. Though no two tiny homes are identical, they share many core principles, and of course, they are all quite tiny! Though a tiny house can be built on a foundation, many people choose to build on a flatbed trailer, in order to make the house mobile, and to avoid minimum square footage requirements that most municipalities have in place for permanent structures. Building on a trailer means the house is considered more like an RV, and does not need to adhere to the same permits, codes, and rules associated with building a normal home. The trick with trying to live full-time in a psuedo-RV is where to park it. We’ll save that conversation for a future blog post.

Tiny houses built on trailers have their own set of restrictions, mostly with regard to size. In order to easily move the house, to adhere to DOT regulations, the finished house can be no wider than 8.5 feet, and no taller than 13.5 feet. Length is not limited, though most people build on 16 or 20 foot trailers. With these general size restrictions, the typical tiny house will be well under 200 sq. ft., often including a loft area to add extra space for a bed.


Author: Alek Lisefski