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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 greatest single-page list of tiny house resources ever assembled?

Hi All — Just a quick note to tell you that I’ve been continuing to update the Tiny Project Resources page. There is so much information contained on this one page, it’s crazy. Whether you are just starting out and tiny house curious, or already diving in to your tiny house build, you’ll find TONS of helpful information about nearly every tiny house topic there is, including: Tiny House Plans Guides & eBooks Water Heaters Appliances Stoves / Cooktops Books Product Reviews Planning & Design Tiny Living Cost Safety Trailers How-To’s Events Zoning / Parking Building Systems Downsizing Kids / […]

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Stay at this beautiful small house in the Hawaiian rainforrest!

Shared by Shannon Victoria Mackey Small but mightily beautiful, this tiny house of 300 sq. feet is not only built in the rainforest on the side of an active Hawaiian Volcano, but it sits 10 feet off the ground allowing the perfect vantage point into the surrounding native flora. The house was built to code, is fixed to the land and uses a water catchment with a sophisticated purification system and natural gas instant water heater. However, it’s the physical design that is the most eye-catching. The floor to ceiling windows draw in the natural light and allow for viewing the […]

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Attend a special workshop at the 2017 Tiny House Jamboree

The Tiny House Collaborative is excited to be offering two very diverse workshops at this year’s Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree in Arlington Texas! We’ll hope you join us for these two brand new offerings! Professional Program Friday October 27, 2017 – 4 HOURS $125 – Price includes three day event access An immersive and interactive seminar on the growing trend of tiny living. The Friday Tiny House Collaborative professional seminar is designed for anyone in the building, design and real estate development professions as well as government officials learning how to work with tiny house owners & builders […]

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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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The Benefits of Taking a Tiny House Workshop

Community & Support One of the biggest benefits of attending a tiny house workshop in person is that you get to meet a room full like-minded people all on a similar journey as you. This sense of community, understanding and support is oftentimes one of the most important takeaways from a workshop and usually inspires people to work towards creating physical tiny house communities as well, to bring that supportive feeling into daily life. It is often very inspiring to hear other people’s desires for going tiny, to see their plans in progress, and to help them in way you […]

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The best composting toilets for tiny houses

Waste disposal seems to be a very hot topic in the tiny house world, and I just want to weigh in on what I believe to be the best toilet options. Some people may prefer a traditional flush toilet if they can park where they will have a sewage or septic connection (usually an RV park).  But flush toilets use a lot of water and most tiny housers won’t find parking where sewage disposal is easy or possible. For that reason, the #1 solution for a tiny houses toilet (by far!) is a composting toilet. Incinerating toilets and toilets that shrink-wrap […]

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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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Beautiful tiny house built from the Tiny Project plans

I wanted to share a wonderful example of someone who built a tiny house from the Tiny Project House Plans. It’s so great to see how others adapt the original design to create something truly beautiful and original. Jodi Frost-McKinnon in Lake Placid, NY has done an amazing job adapting the plans to her climate and customizing the house with fine materials and art, for a lovely interior AND exterior! So well done! The following images and words are from Jodi. Here’s what she says: We purchased your plans and are building it (with a few adjustments for our climate). […]

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The best tiny house trailer manufacturers & how to choose

Choosing the right trailer to start your tiny house build is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. When I started my house there was no such thing as a tiny house trailer. I had to design my own modification to a traditional flatbed trailer. However, that’s not the case anymore. Countless trailer manufacturers have started making tiny house trailers, hoping to make a buck or two off the tiny house craze. But not all tiny house trailers are created equally! Make sure you get a trailer by a manufacturer who has been building tiny house trailers for years, […]

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