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10 Downsizing and Minimalism Tips for Tiny House Living

I recently contributed to an article on what can be learned about minimalism from people living in tiny houses. Up until now I have not written much at all about minimalism or downsizing as a topic of its own, though the sentiment is often mentioned or implied in nearly everything tiny house related.  I’ve always believed that a tiny house goes far beyond its 4 walls and a roof, and is only part of a conscious personal choice to live in a more simple and sustainable way. I hope my house and continued tiny house outreach helps to catalyze a […]

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Podcast: How Tiny House Living can Shape Your Relationships, Career, and Life with Alek Lisefski

Recently I had the pleasure to take part in Ethan Waldman’s tiny house podcast series. It was a lot of fun to talk about my experiences, and how tiny living has shaped my life, even though I have now moved to a new country and have sold the tiny house. Scroll down to read more and to listen… Here’s how Ethan summarizes the episode: Alek designed and built his 8×20′ tiny house in 2013, and lived in it for 3.5 years before selling everything and moving to New Zealand for his next adventure! Alek believes a tiny house goes far […]

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An Inside Peek at Pauline’s amazing “Hale Lehuanani” Tiny House

Years ago, Pauline Sugarman came to see the Tiny Project house when I was living in Sebastopol, CA. Since then we’ve stayed in touch and I’ve visited her house a couple times while under construction, offering any advise I could along her design/build journey. Pauline has been very private about her process until now, but the time has now come when her house is near complete and she’s ready to share it with the world. She doesn’t have her own blog or website, so I’ve asked her if I can share her photos and story myself. She’s named her house […]

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9 things you need to safely tow, park, and level a tiny house

Many factors are involved in safely towing a tiny house on wheels. Most important, of course, is the design of the house itself. This post will focus on specific safety items and tools you’ll need to tow and park a house, and will touch on some important design considerations as well. I’ve already written extensively, describing in detail my two long towing trips (2,000 miles each) and everything I did to prepare. Please read the two posts below as well to get all the details not included in this post. Towing a Tiny House (from California to Texas) Our Tiny […]

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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 home improvements for summer living

It’s been a busy few months with multiple tiny house improvements to better enjoy (and get relief) from the hot Texas summer. Truck camper I’ll talk much more about this in the separate post (stay tuned!), but we’ve built a simple raised bed (with super comfy folding memory foam mattress!) in the back of my F-350 (towing) truck to use for some luxury car camping during several car trips this summer. We’ll be headed to the Tiny House Jamboree in just a couple days — the first outing as truck campers! Here’s a preview. More details to come… Outdoor tub […]

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Video Interview Teaser: SIMPLIFE tiny house documentary

Last summer I was honored to have a Japanese film crew (and my friend, Gabriel Craft of Small and Tiny Home Ideas) over to my tiny house for a video interview as part of the forthcoming SIMPLIFE Tiny House Documentary. The filmmakers have recently released several short teaser interviews, and you can watch mine below. For more SIMPLIFE teasers, check out their vimeo page.

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Tiny House Internet Options (cable, wireless, satellite & more)

One big issue many tiny house dwellers face is how to get fast and reliable internet service to their tiny house. Many tiny housers have somewhat alternative, location-independent jobs, and often work from home. This makes a good internet connection even more important. Many of us also forgo the traditional cable TV hookup, relying on an entirely wireless, internet-based solution for our entertainment and education (Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo, etc.). For those living in cities, internet options are more numerous, but the farther you get from a major city, and the closer you are to being off-grid, the harder it may […]

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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 […]

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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! […]

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