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Jon me at the 2015 Tiny House Jamboree (For FREE)

In addition to speaking on a couple topics at the Tiny House Conference this year, I’ve added another super-exciting event to my summer schedule. I invite (and STRONGLY encourage) you all to join me at the first ever Tiny House Jamboree, in Colorado Springs, CO – August 7-9th. The amount of tiny house knowledge and experience that is going to be present at this event is truly unparalleled. Plus there will be MANY tiny houses to tour, so many cool products and vendors, and tons of great food and entertainment too! It’s almost too good to be true! The event […]

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Tiny House Living: the Ultimate Un-Making Project?

This post is different from those you’ve read before. It’s more personal, spiritual, revealing in a way. I hope you can relate. In many ways building a tiny house is the ultimate maker project. It involves geeky research, design and planning, often uses technology to help in the design process, and then becomes an epic DIY building adventure that results in seeing a dream come to life before your very eyes! There’s a lot of thinking, planning, doing, making & building. So why would I call tiny house living an un-making project? It’s all about the intention behind all that […]

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Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary now available!

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, had 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.” We were very fortunate […]

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Tiny Home Insurance

Good news for tiny house owners — more options coming to insure your home! Darrell Grenz Insurance Agency of Portland Oregon is wanting to expand his tiny house insurance policy to be available in more states. Currently the tiny house policy is only offered in AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR and UT, but Darrell wants to expand to as many other states as possible. Go to the new Tiny House Insurance website and fill out the form to let his company know that you need coverage in your state. They promise to do their best to get access to as […]

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Introducing Live Simple: rent the world’s most unique tiny houses!

Brendan Rempel built Live Simple to help anyone experience the tiny lifestyle. With the rise in popularity of tiny houses, he set out to eliminate all barriers to tiny living by making it easy for anyone to discover and rent unique, tiny accommodations. The community marketplace allows for tiny homeowners to earn extra income by renting out their houses, while enabling people currently contemplating the tiny life to experience it for themselves (without having to fully commit to the social and monetary investments it entails). Right now, Brendan’s biggest goal is to grow the number of listings on the site – after all, the […]

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5 Day Hands-On Tiny House Build Workshop – Early Bird Discount!

Ready to Change YOUR World? Date: July 1-5, 2015 Location: The Sanctuary Minnesota – Ogilvie, MN Register now for a special $200 off, earlybird discount! This is a one-of-a-kind, never before, 5-Day, Hands-On tiny house workshop!   Join the renowned tiny house guru Jay Shafer, tiny-houser B.A. Norrgard, and construction professional Daniel Bell at The Sanctuary Minnesota, a scenic, wooded 80 acre facility. Get your day started with an on-site yoga class & a continental breakfast. During the day we will break into groups and rotate between swinging hammers and classroom time.  We will frame one of Jay’s tiny house designs, […]

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Solar Power for Tiny Homes

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by SolSolutions, who designs and builds the SolMan line of solar generators, solar light towers and custom solar power systems. These solar products meet a need for Tiny Home power, emergency backup, off grid power, and temporary power or lighting.  SolSlutions is fully committed to helping customers to integrate their ideas with practical solutions to achieve energy independence and efficiency using quality, well-built products. The following “Solar Power for Tiny Homes” white paper offers an overview of the various considerations and planning needed to use solar power for your tiny house. Tiny Home […]

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Profile: Chad and Jillian’s Tiny Home Project [VIDEO]

Editor’s Note: I’m happy to introduce to you my friends Jillian and Chad who are currently building a tiny house in Sebastopol, CA. Below you’ll find a great video tour and interview with them, a photo gallery of their house in progress, and a bit of their story of going tiny. Please follow them (links below) and support them on their tiny house journey! We are both “Sebastopolians” out of Sebastopol, CA. We are individuals who both enjoy the outdoors including supporting the environment around us. Over the last couple years we have become more knowledgeable on how to maintain […]

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Interview with Kai Rostcheck of Tiny House Lending

Tiny House Lending is a relatively new service aimed at matching tiny house builders and buyers with a lender. As far as I know, it is the only website created for this purpose, and the easiest way to get a tiny house loan. Founder Kai Rostcheck has been quietly improving the service, bringing new lenders on board, and I was excited to chat with him to find out more details and learn more about his future plans. Alek: Can you tell me a bit of your background? What is your expertise and what is your history with tiny houses? Kai: […]

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Film Review: “Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary”

My partner, Anjali, and I recently had the honor of pre-screening the much-anticipated Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary by Jeremy Beasley. I loved it so much that I HAD to write a review and share this all with you! First off, if you haven’t see the trailer yet, take a peek below. My review: 5 stars! After seeing the film myself, I can say with certainty that it’s the best tiny house documentary to date! It’s beautifully filmed and edited, but that’s not what makes it special. What got me is that the characters are REAL, their stories […]