Schlage Keypad Deadbolt, Satin Nickel

Tiny House Security Improvements

Parking a tiny house in a city is a lot different than being tucked away (unseen) in a rural back yard. In a city, security needs to be taken just a bit more seriously. Now that I’m no longer there, I feel safe in saying that I hardly ever locked my door when I lived in Sebastopol, CA! Now, in Austin, I lock it every time I leave home. As part of getting settled in Austin, I’ve added several new security improvements to the tiny house — to prevent theft and to make both us and the house feel less […]

Ford F350 towing the Tiny Project tiny house

Towing a Tiny House (from California to Texas)

In 2013, the Tiny Project house took its maiden voyage from Iowa to California. We documented that trip, with plenty of tiny house towing tips in Part 1 and Part 2 of our Tiny House Towing Adventure. Now, 2 years later, we’ve relocated to Austin Texas, adding another 1900 (hard earned) miles to our towing experience. Towing the tiny house this distance was NOT easy. Unlike 2 years ago, we avoided bad weather this time, but instead were struck with some trailer brake and tire issues that added a couple days (and stress) to our journey. We hope our experience […]


The Tiny Project is moving to Austin (I need your help)!

Hi friends! I’m in need of your help! In a very quick turn of events (a woman, of course), I’ve decided to pack up and move the tiny house to Austin, TX. In order to get my tiny house out of it’s current (potentially soggy) spot before NorCal rainy season hits, I have to act fast. So, I’m looking for a place to park/live in Austin starting as early as November 1st. Please, please share this post with your friends and help me find a spot to call home for this next, big life adventure! I can’t do this alone! […]


New Book! – Tiny House Parking: How to Find Land for Your Tiny House

Are you sold on the tiny house movement but still not sure where you would put yours? When it comes to building your own home, location is everything. No doubt, you’ve heard about someone being forced to move from their tiny house due to complaints by neighbors, zoning issues, or conflicts with landlords. The good news is that these kinds of issues can be minimized by finding the right piece of land for your tiny house. Whether you rent land, buy it, or trade your time or services, you need to lay out your exact requirements so you’ll know exactly […]


SMUD Tiny House Competition

Get excited, the Tiny House movement is spreading! The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is sponsoring The Tiny House Competition to promote energy awareness, solar technology, green building construction techniques and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Math) development in young adults. What is the Tiny House Competition? The Tiny House Competition is a home building competition taking place on October 10 -15, 2016 at California State University, Sacramento. The Tiny Homes will be open for public viewing on October 15, 2016. In keeping with the excitement of the Tiny House movement, the competition will inspire student builders to address […]

Tiny House Relationships

Tiny House Relationships

The benefits and challenges of sharing a small space with your partner These days I see more and more couples in the middle of building a tiny house together, or in the early planning stages, figuring out what each of them needs to be happy. Adopting this lifestyle and sharing a small space together can be an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience. But I’d also say that it’s not for the faint of heart. Especially if building a tiny house yourself, it will test you and require more of you more than ever knew you had! That’s true both in […]


Considering Efficiency: Tiny House products for space-saving, good looking design

What makes a Tiny Home efficient? Is it the idea that less is more, or a principle understanding that efficiency can make spaces better for the things we already own? If we chose the efficiency argument, what products give us an upper hand on saving space, maximizing daily use, and making sure it still looks good? There are a lot of MacGyver fixes in the world of Tiny Homes, but products that keep efficiency top priority, are products that combine things we may have individual spaces for in a larger home. Being an efficient, stylish designer takes hunting for products […]

tiny house parking

The Tiny Project goes from Three to Two

For those of you who may be newer to this site, here’s a brief history: In 2013, I built the tiny house with my then-partner Anjali as a space designed specifically for us both to live… with our angel of a dog Anya, as well. After finishing building the house in Iowa, we then towed it over 2,000 miles to Northern California. We lived together in the house for nearly 1.5 years, during which we learned a tremendous amount about how to navigate living in a very small space, including: balancing each others’ needs for space & privacy, communication dynamics, […]

<a href="">Toybox Tiny Home</a>

Tiny House Inspiration – Amazing New Builds [PHOTOS]

The past several weeks have brought a huge amount of tiny house design design inspiration flickering past my Facebook news feed. There are so many amazing new tiny designs, new features, and some tiny house builders with an amazing sense of style! Below are 6 of my favorite bits of recent tiny house inspiration. Heart of it All Tiny House Heart of it All House is one in a million! This couple chose to build from the Morrison’s amazing hOMe plans, and the result is incredible! With an very solid floorplan to play with, they then went above and beyond […]

Jay Shafer - image source: <a href="">Tiny House Blog</a>

Are we losing the Soul of the Tiny House Movement?

In a recent post entitled Tiny House Living: the Ultimate Un-Making Project? I outlined my deeper motivation for going tiny. I started to make the case for why tiny house living is more about the intention to live simply and with less reliance on external things for happiness than it is about the house itself. But that got me thinking: with all the newer (and bigger, more elaborate, feature-rich) tiny houses being built these day, as we losing the soul of the movement? Our Founding Mother and Father A LOT has changed in just the short 2.5 years since I […]