Hiking Stuart Fork Emerald Lake

Does living in a tiny home create the need for escape?

I struggle with this one a lot. Home should be a refuge of comfort and safety. Ideally we should all be living in a place that makes us happy and satisfied to the extent that we aren’t always desiring to go on “vacation” or to some place beautiful in order to rest and rejuvenate ourselves. But living in a tiny house I find myself doing just that. Is this bad? I don’t think so. I built this house (and chose this lifestyle) with the specific hope that a smaller dwelling would in fact encourage and maybe even force me to […]

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Locating land for Tiny Houses and other parking options

By John Russell One of the most common questions I hear centers around where people can live in tiny houses legally. The challenge is that in many communities the definition of what qualifies as a residential home has been too tightly defined. For example, one of the things you’ll find are square footage minimums that define the smallest size a home can be, which can often be several hundred or thousand square feet. I personally think all these rules are insanity because who in their right mind could determine a fixed minimum house size for everyone in a community. If […]

The TIny Project on Facebook

Thank You — all 9,000 of you!

I want to give a big thank you to all our Facebook fans! Whether you just started following us yesterday, or you’ve been with us since the beginning, we feel blessed and honored to have so much support. Today marks our 9,000th like! For anyone who hasn’t found our Facebook page yet, please follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/TheTinyProject


Inteview with Malissa Tack of Project Wosho

I recently stumbled upon the Project Wosho website and was amazed by their designs and the ideas they have to push tiny houses to the next level. I’ve always been a huge fan of passive solar design, so was very eager to reach and get some more info. Knowing of Malissa Tack as owner of one of best and most inspirational tiny house examples I’d seen, I couldn’t wait to connect with her on this and share what I found here. Alek: Tell me more about Project Wosho. I understand that the house designs are foundation based (no trailers) and […]


Read our In-depth tiny house interview on Hobo with a Laptop

Michael Hulleman of Hobo with a Laptop is starting to amass some pretty great interviews with some amazing tiny house people. He recently shared his interview with my favorite tiny house couple  Gabriella and Andrew Morrison, and just today posted a similar interview with myself. In some areas, this interview is more in-depth than what I’ve written on my blog, so I really wanted to share it here as an additional resource. Many of these questions and answers will help give you a better understanding our house, and will hopefully provide some insight into our tiny house lives now that […]


Top 5 Reasons Tiny House People Are Winning the Race for Sustainability

In addition to providing profound financial benefits, living in a Tiny House can also reduce ones carbon footprint sustainably: Here’s how. Editor’s Note: This guest blog post was written by Michael Hulleman, a Canadian copywriter living abroad in South East Asia. You can find more of his blog writing over at Hobo with a Laptop. In today’s economy and ecological landscape, more attention is being focused on living sustainably. With this mindset growing in popularity, many North Americans are turning to Tiny House culture in good faith that they, too, can save a few bucks while doing their part to […]

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Our Tiny House Towing Adventure: Part Two

This post is a continuation of Our Tiny House Towing Adventure: Part One RV Parks Though it took some careful planning one of the easiest and most enjoyable parts of the process was being able to stay in our tiny house almost every night of the trip. We found it much nicer to have nearly everything we needed when we stopped for the day (and a comfortable home for our dog), preferring tiny house nights to hotel stays. By doing research ahead of time and planning out stops where RV parks were located, we knew we’d always have a place […]

tiny house towing

Our Tiny House Towing Adventure: Part One

Pulling out of our Fairfield, Iowa driveway at 7am on a cool, drizzly morning, I was filled with an appropriate mix of excitement and apprehension. After a year of pouring my heart and soul into designing and building a tiny house from scratch, our week-long tiny house move was just beginning. Now was the time to make this little house our real home – but to do this we had to get it half way across the country! Editor’s Note: This post is edited from an original version written for the Tiny House Magazine many months ago. It’s long, so […]

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Tiny House Find: Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC)

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a 2-week Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at OAEC. This course has been offered at OAEC since 1994 and is the longest continually-offered permaculture design course in California. We had some amazing instructors, and learned more than could possibly be squeezed in our heads (and hands) over those 2 weeks. I highly recommend it! For those of you who don’t know, here’s one way to define permaculture: Permaculture and Ecological Design are systematic approaches to human settlement that are rooted in the ethics of caring for the Earth and human communities. Farmers, gardeners, land […]

Sunset Magazine September 2014

Find us in the September issue of Sunset Magazine!

As the winner of the “On Wheels” category of the 2014 Small Space, Big Dreams Home Awards, we’ve got ourselves a two page spread in the September 2014 issue of the magazine. Go out and get your copy of Sunset to read our exclusive interview. Yay! I want to give a big thank you to Sue, Tom, Joanna, Jess and the entire Sunset crew for a fun day of shooting and the satisfaction of seeing our beautiful home in print! Proud day! Below are some images from the photoshoot, kindly shared by Sunset.