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Jay Shafer

Open (tiny) House Video Tour and Images

Our open house this past Sunday was a huge success! Over 35 people attended, not including a few kids and a dog. Every one was very excited about the house (and tiny houses in general) and full of questions and enthusiasm. Many were planning to build their own tiny house soon, and a few were already living in a tiny house. On top of that, we had a special guest: Jay Shafer, father of the tiny house movement, brought his entire family (wife and two kids) to the open house. He stayed the entire time, and answered many of the […]

Tiny House Safety

Tiny House Safety – 20 tips from a safety expert

Even though your home may be smaller, it still needs to be safe. Safety precautions may help you save your property and maybe even your life! Editor’s Note: This post has been provided by our friend Gary Bute of Tiny House Systems. Gary has decades of building experience, and has personally lived in small dwellings on and off throughout his life. He’s an expert at electrical design and offers all kinds of tiny house design services. Thank you, Gary! I’ve added my own photos and captions to help illustrate some of Gary’s important tips. When considering how to build a […]

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Open House this Sunday (7/13)!

I know it’s last-minute, but we’re hosting an open house this Sunday afternoon. Anyone who wishes to make the trip to Sonoma County is welcome to come. Bring a guest, your entire family — anyone you think may enjoy seeing a first-hand example of the tiny house lifestyle. All the event details (time, place, carpooling, etc) can be found here: Here’s a quick summary Date: Sunday 7/13 Time: 1:30pm Location: Hardcore Espresso, 1798 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol, CA Due to very limited parking, we will all meet at Hardcore, then carpool to our house in as few cars as possible. […]

Macy Miller

Macy Miller tells all in her MiniMotives eBook

For those of you who don’t already know, Macy Miller is a an up-and-coming star in the tiny house world. Her “MiniMotives” house (as well as her personal story) has been all over the press, soon to appear in Time Magazine and Dwell! She’s created a fantastic set of plans for her house (she’s an architect, so they are VERY well done!), and now has a brand new eBook out that gives a ton of details about her entire tiny house process. I’ve had the pleasure or reading MiniMotives: A Tiny House Story and I was surprised by how much […]

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Tiny House Roommates: Living with Your Partner

Living in a tiny house makes a lot of sense for a single individual. Tiny houses can provide all the basic necessities in one compact package – with just enough square footage to feel at peace and at home in your space. Those who choose to live in tiny houses often live with their pets as well, which can bring up its own set of challenges. We’ve written about this too. But what about sharing a tiny house with your significant other? What’s the difference between a tiny house designed for a single person and one designed for a couple? […]

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20 Ways to Create “Sacred Space” Inside a Tiny House

Every living space can be sacred, or mundane. Your intention makes all the difference, and as a tiny house lover, you have strong intentions. One of the major elements that attract people to build a tiny house is the opportunity it provides to create living spaces that make our hearts sing, and that are truly an outward expression of our innermost selves. Editor’s Note: This post is generously provided by the amazing Ryan Harris (all text is Ryan’s, and I added photos taken of the Tiny Project house). Scroll to the end to find out more about Ryan. I think […]

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Tiny House Roommates: Living with a dog (or cat)

This is the first post of a new Tiny House Roommates series. The second post will talk about living with your partner in a tiny house. Sharing a tiny house can be (as has been for us) a big challenge. Any of you tiny house dreamers thinking of living with your partner and or your pet(s), take the time to consider what life will be like when sharing such a small space. Many people ask us how living in a tiny house is working out with regards to our dog. Does having a dog in the house make it harder […]

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Video Interview with The A-Lists’s Alex Cequea

I recently had the pleasure taking part in Alex Cequea’s video interview series called The A-List. The A-List purpose is to “interview innovators who are making the world a better place.” We talked for about 25 minutes about building a tiny house and living the tiny house life. Alex tells me the interview will also be posted on the Good Men Project website in a couple weeks. Thank you, Alex!

THE BIG TINY: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams

“The Big Tiny” Book Givaway!

Dee Williams’ new book, THE BIG TINY: A Built-It-Myself Memoir, is about to hit the bookshelves. But guess what? We’re giving you a chance to win your won copy of this book for free! Read on below to enter… I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dee at the beginning of my tiny house journey. In fact, it was a weekend workshop she put on with her company Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD) that gave me the confidence and inspiration to take the leap and go ahead with designing and build my own tiny house. This book is great in that it […]

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Stories from the inside — Part I

Alek has offered such a stellar description of the practical and structural components of building and living in a tiny house over the life of this grand blog. I couldn’t help but title my own contribution: “stories from the inside,” given that I will be exposing a bit more of the “inner life” of tiny house living (not to mention I’m in graduate school for counseling psychology, and have a boundless interest in the ‘inside experience’ of human beings in general). There is so much I could say, but to begin, I’ll tell you that living in this beautiful house […]

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