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. In 2013 I built a 160 sq.ft. modern tiny house with my then long-term 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 had a great time living together in the house for nearly 1.5 years, but in the spring of 2015 we parted ways. Anjali went on to pursue the next phase of education and life, and I continued to live in the house full-time with the dog. Recently, I’ve moved to Austin, TX, to be with my wonderful, new partner, Lee, and we both live in the tiny house together.
Who We Are
Alek is a freelance web designer and tiny house enthusiast (duh!). He’s most at home trekking through the wilderness and is passionate about connecting people to the earth and to their wild, natural, loving selves.
Lee is happiest living outdoors and being in nature. She is full of love an compassion for friends, family, and the earth, and strives to bring greater love into the world, whenever she goes. She gives back to her community by providing low-cost legal services to those in need.
Anya is quite possibly the cutest shiba inu ever. She is 9 years old (no longer a crazy puppy), so she’s mellow and really much more like a cat than a dog.
The main aspect of the Tiny Project is to dwell in a tiny house, thus shifting all aspects of life and lifestyle towards greater peace and sustainability. Inhabiting such a small space will encourage 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 very low rent (for parking) 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 chronicles my experiences in design, planning and construction of my own tiny house, and all of the joys,challenges and lifestyle changes associated such an endeavor. Now that I’ve been living full-time in the house for more than 2 years, I continue to blog about my experience, and share valuable info on tiny living, do’s and dont’s, product reviews and advice, and all other things tiny.
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What I believe about tiny houses
I believe that for our future housing to be sustainable it needs to return to human scale. Our homes should include what we need to feel comfortable on a daily basis, but not more. Less space means less stuff — fewer things to clean, to maintain, to fix. All this means more time for introspection, gardening, getting back to the simple things in life. A goal of mine is for this smaller dwelling to encourage me to be outdoors, to connect with my neighbors, and to foster collaborative, supportive community. It also acts as a reminder that any of us (even with no construction experience) can take the building of our own home back into our own two hands, if we so choose. Tiny living isn’t without its sacrifices, but maybe that’s a good thing? It’s about time we took a good look at what we really need to be happy, to rethink what it means to be a homeowner and to be successful in life.” – Alek Lisefski (https://tiny-project.com)
Fantastic effort. A lovely house. I would live in it happily." – Sally-Ann
Our Modern Tiny House Plans Now For Sale!
We’re excited that we are now able to offer complete construction floor plans for the Tiny Project tiny house! These tiny home plans include almost 40 pages of detailed diagrams and images, allowing you to build to the same specifications as our original modern tiny house on wheels featured on this site.Click here to view the plans
One of the best tiny houses I've seen so far...attractive exterior with decks, better roofline for interior headroom, excellent selection of interior materials, well matched and very thoughtful use of space well-adapted to their lifestyle" – Neb
What is a tiny house?
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.
No matter what tiny houses plans are used, no matter how the mini home is designed and constructed, tiny house owners tend to choose to do so for one of several reasons:
- Tiny houses are a more affordable option (compared to a full-size home) for debt-free living
- Tiny houses offer an alternative (especially for younger and older generations) to the increasingly difficult, traditional “American Dream” path to home-ownership.
- Building a tiny house is offers mobility and flexibility for anyone who does not wish to be tied to specific location.
- Tiny homes offer an incredibly simple yet all-inclusive form of shelter, perfect for out-of-the-way, off-grid living.
- Tiny houses are a great way to minimize environmental impact by living in a much more efficient and sustainable structure.
- Mini homes create simpler living — they are an easy to maintain, self-contained housing option for those of retirement age.
- Building a tiny house is a fun/challenging/rewarding and educational project used to share alternative housing options to the next generation of home owners/builders!
Author: Alek Lisefski