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Tiny home improvements for summer living

It’s been a busy few months with multiple tiny house improvements to better enjoy (and get relief) from the hot Texas summer. Truck camper I’ll talk much more about this in the separate post (stay tuned!), but we’ve built a simple raised bed (with super comfy folding memory foam mattress!) in the back of my F-350 (towing) truck to use for some luxury car camping during several car trips this summer. We’ll be headed to the Tiny House Jamboree in just a couple days — the first outing as truck campers! Here’s a preview. More details to come… Outdoor tub […]

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Going Solar in a Tiny House

The concept of tiny house living is built on self-reliance and minimization. Transitioning to a tiny house means minimizing your space and belongings, but it also goes hand-in-hand with reducing your negative impact on the environment. It makes sense that many tiny home dwellers choose to fulfill some or all of their energy needs with a photovoltaic (PV) solar system, since it decreases dependence on utility companies and meshes with the environmental philosophy behind going tiny. The type and size of solar system you will need depends on the answer to the following questions: What’s your current energy load? Do […]

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Book Review: Tiny House Design & Construction Guide

Dan Louche’s Tiny House Design & Construction Guide is truly one of the most important tiny house resources you can buy. From my personal experience, I can say it’s the best “how to build a tiny house” book I know of, and one that I referenced a lot when building my tiny house. (I’d say my house turned out really well, thanks in part to this book!) I’m writing this review because Dan has recently released an updated 2nd edition of the book that contains 50% more content including 38 more images and illustrations! The book was great before, and […]

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Product Review: Culer SOLO Flash-Evaporative Air Cooler

The kind folks at Culer recently sent me a SOLO Flash-Evaporative Air Cooler to test out in the tiny house environment. With the heat of summer quickly approaching here in Texas, this spring was the perfect time to test this personal cooler for its effectiveness. Here’s my review. Design The Culer SOLO is an attractive and solidly built little appliance. It comes in a cool white color and sports a clean design which I find attractive. It’s made of plastic, but seems robust. It’s designed with a wider base (also its water tank) which is great for stability but does […]

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Choosing a tiny house building plan

Choosing a tiny house building plan is a big part of your journey toward living in a tiny house. But how do you pick one? Ryan and Amy at The Tiny Life just created an awesome resource to help make the process of choosing a tiny house plan much easier. They only reviewed tried and true plans for houses that have been built and lived in, and mine is among the plans they reviewed! Ryan and Amy laid out 16 criteria for what to look for in different tiny house plans, from road height to roof type to number of […]

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Tiny House Workshop in Portland, Oregon — July 2-3

Please join me and 3 other expert presenters for the Tiny House Collaborative Tiny House 101 Workshop in Portland OR! This workshop will help you decide if tiny living is right for you and how to go about creating your tiny dream home. We’d love to share with you all the knowledge we have to empower you to create a life of freedom! Location: Portland, Oregon Date: July 2-3, 2016 2 full days of presentations, hand-on activities and tours! Learn the basics of how to build a tiny house and decide whether tiny house living is for you. With a […]

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Come see an entire tiny house village at Earth Day Texas

For the second year in a row, Earth Day Texas Tiny House Village will be hosted tiny house enthusiast BA Norrgard with her mobile house, “A Bed Over My Head.” In 2016, this display will grow into an entire village of unique tiny homes. Visitors can tour these beautifully designed spaces, listen to experts discuss small footprint choices, and learn how they can apply tiny principles to their own lives. BA has 11 tiny houses confirmed for our Tiny House Village in April! Confirmed houses include A Bed Over My Head, Eco Cabins, The Best Little House in Texas, and […]

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Video Interview Teaser: SIMPLIFE tiny house documentary

Last summer I was honored to have a Japanese film crew (and my friend, Gabriel Craft of Small and Tiny Home Ideas) over to my tiny house for a video interview as part of the forthcoming SIMPLIFE Tiny House Documentary. The filmmakers have recently released several short teaser interviews, and you can watch mine below. For more SIMPLIFE teasers, check out their vimeo page.

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Introducing the Tiny House Collaborative!

I’m really excited to finally be able to announce the launch of the Tiny House Collaborative. 6 dear friends and I are out to change the world of housing — to create a shift towards more sustainable, well designed, human-scale dwellings.  Here’s a bit of our story and what we hope to accomplish. If you’re interested in talking with us, please use the contact form at http://www.tinyhousecollaborative.com/consulting/ How it Started We all met at the 2015 Tiny House Jamboree and instantly came to the same conclusion. There was so much excitement and possibility in the tiny house movement — so […]

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PAD’s Two-day Tiny House Basics Workshop

May 14-15, 2016 in Portland, Oregon Ready to start your tiny house journey? PAD Tiny House’s two-day Tiny House Basics Workshop is comprehensive but entry-level, introducing you to the unique design and building principles that apply to a house on wheels. With a mix of classroom-style learning and a tour of real tiny houses at the Caravan Tiny House Hotel, they address: Case studies of tiny houses and pocket neighborhoods. Cultivating home—the place and the people who make community. Navigating codes, insurance, and regulations. Tiny house building basics, including how to properly anchor a stick-built structure to a trailer. Tiny […]

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