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The true (and unmentioned) cost savings of living small

My friend and fellow tiny houser, Laura LaVoie of Life in 120 Square Feet, recently wrote a good post expanding on an article that may mislead some about the true cost of tiny houses and small living. Here’s what happened: Laura and I (plus some other tiny house greats, like Lina Menard and Christopher Carson Smith) were contacted by the Lauren Modery (writing for GOOD magazine) for research into tiny house (and tiny living) costs. She asked some great questions about how much our houses cost and what our cost of living was like now that we’ve been living tiny […]

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Tiny House Systems offers custom, on-site tiny house construction

Through his company Tiny House Systems, Gary Bute, who helped with systems design and consulting on the Tiny Project house, is now offering custom tiny house building services! If you are you wanting the very best ultra-custom tiny house on wheels look no further! We are now building tiny homes for well qualified owners wanting absolute perfection.  After touring 100’s of THOW’s, designing over 50 plus homes and performing service calls on other “builders” THOWs over the last four years we are ready to serve your construction needs. Interview with Gary Bute about Custom THOW construction I recently interviewed Gary […]

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How much should you spend on tiny house plans?

If you are a person who loves doing internet research, picking up new skills, asking for help, planning and preparing for all that you do, then it’s very conceivable that you could create your own set of tiny house plans for your build. But many people don’t have the time, patience or simply the personality type that would allow them to do all that work themselves. For this reason, a good set of plans is one of the best ways you could SAVE a lot of money (and maybe more importantly, sanity) on your tiny house build. But why is […]

Advanced Framing (for tiny houses)

Advanced Framing for Tiny Houses

Advanced framing, though decades old, is still not nearly as well known as it should be. The goals of advanced framing match closely to the desired outcomes of most tiny house builders, so I’d advocate for its wider use throughout the tiny house building community (DIY included, of course!). For those of you you have not heard of it before, or want to learn more, this post if for you. Green Building Advisor defines advanced framing this way: Advanced framing, also called optimum value engineering (OVE), is a framing system that aims to pare the amount of lumber used to […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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Tiny House Tips and Resources: Your Questions Answered

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve noticed some great tiny house blog posts. These resources all address some of the most common questions about going tiny. I shared some of these on Facebook, but they’re so good that I wanted to share them again. Below you’ll find info on entering into a more minimalist lifestyle, on tiny house retirement, ladders/stairs, tools and tips, plus tiny living myths debunked. Enjoy! More From Less: A Beginner’s Guide to the Minimalist Movement CustomMade is know for their great infographics, and this one continues that trend. It’s always helpful to have reminders about how […]

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Future uses for our tiny house (when we’re no longer living in it full-time)

Treehugger just beat me to the punch. I’ve always loved the feeling of knowing that the use of our tiny house can change and evolve as we do. It will never lose its value (to us or to others) since it can always be used for something important (even long after were done living it full-time). I’ve given a lot of thought to this, and have mentioned most or all of these uses in various interviews and such, but I thought it would make a great blog post as well. So here are my Top 6 Future Uses for Tiny […]

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Viewpoints: Tiny House Tours & Respect for the Privacy of Homeowners

Laura LaVoie of 120squarefeet.com recently wrote a post (“Tiny House Tours, Private Homes, and Etiquette”) for Tiny House Listings in which she gives some important yet rarely mentioned advice: Above all else please respect that tiny homes are actual private homes owned by the individuals. Being open on the internet is not an invitation for a complete lack of privacy. Please respect their personal space and only view tiny homes in the appropriate context. I’ve had the same experience that Laura and I’m sure many others have had: struggling to say no when people ask for a tour of our […]

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