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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 […]

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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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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Massive Tiny House Book Giveaway!

Yep, it’s that time again. Time to downsize, to purge unused belongings in order to keep my life simple and avoid being weighed down by stuff. Lucky for you that means I’m giving away a bunch of great books! This once-a-year tiny house book giveway includes: Tiny House Design & Construction Guide by Dan Louche Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter by Lloyd Kahn Turning Tiny by over 60 leaders of the tiny house movement Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials by Ryan Mitchell The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo Superbia: 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods by Dan […]

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Tiny House Stoves, Cooktops & Ranges

There are many options for cooking in a tiny house. If you are not opposed to using propane in your house (and are already using it for an on-demand, tankless water heater) I highly recommend cooking with propane gas. Propane is far more efficient than electricity for any heating element and in most cases leads a better cooking experience. Propane can be used in smaller RV-style ranges, marine ranges (higher quality stainless steel), permanently installed stovetops and portable cooktops. If you prefer to use electricity, one efficient solution would be to use a portable induction cooktop, which can be stored […]

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Online Tiny House Courses by Macy Miller

I can’t believe I have not posted about this earlier. I’ve known about Macy’s Udemy (online) tiny house courses for a long time now, but forgot to share them all with you! For those of you who don’t know, Macy Miller is a one-of-a-kind tiny house inspiration, living in her house for years now, full-time, with 2 small kids and a very large dog! She’s spoken at tiny house events around the country, manages the Tiny House People facebook group (the largest of it’s kind) and is just an all around awesome person. Here’s how you can get access to […]

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THLAB 2017 Tiny House Workshop Schedule

THLAB.org has just announced their 2017 workshop schedule. No matter what part of the country you live in, their educational team will be coming your way next year! They offer several types of workshops, ranging from the all-inclusive, 2-day Tiny House 101; a shorter Tiny House Zoning & Community Creation workshop for city officials and those interested in setting up tiny house communities; and a brand new Intentional Living Retreat were you’ll immerse yourself in the lifestyle of small-scale living! More info (and sign up) available at https://www.thlab.org/workshops/

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