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Our Tiny House Towing Adventure: Part Two

This post is a continuation of Our Tiny House Towing Adventure: Part One RV Parks Though it took some careful planning one of the easiest and most enjoyable parts of the process was being able to stay in our tiny house almost every night of the trip. We found it much nicer to have nearly everything we needed when we stopped for the day (and a comfortable home for our dog), preferring tiny house nights to hotel stays. By doing research ahead of time and planning out stops where RV parks were located, we knew we’d always have a place […]

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Our Tiny House Towing Adventure: Part One

Pulling out of our Fairfield, Iowa driveway at 7am on a cool, drizzly morning, I was filled with an appropriate mix of excitement and apprehension. After a year of pouring my heart and soul into designing and building a tiny house from scratch, our week-long tiny house move was just beginning. Now was the time to make this little house our real home – but to do this we had to get it half way across the country! Editor’s Note: This post is edited from an original version written for the Tiny House Magazine many months ago. It’s long, so […]

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What I believe about tiny houses [IMAGE]

I believe that for our future housing to be sustainable it needs to return to human scale. Our homes should include what we need to feel comfortable on a daily basis, but not more. Less space means less stuff — fewer things to clean, to maintain, to fix. All this means more time for introspection, gardening, getting back to the simple things in life. A goal of mine is for this smaller dwelling to encourage me to be outdoors, to connect with my neighbors, and to foster collaborative, supportive community. It also acts as a reminder that any of us […]

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Join Us at the 2015 Tiny House Conference in Portland, OR

We’re so honored and excited to be presenting at the upcoming Tiny House Conference next April in Portland, Oregon. Last year’s conference in North Carolina was a huge success and this year should prove even better. Come join us for many educational presentations from top tiny house builders and small space experts. There will be tiny house tours (several amazing tiny houses on site), workshops, panel discussions, and more! Sadly, I was not able to attend last year (too busy building my own tiny house), but this will be even better as a speaker! I’ll be presenting two sessions. For […]

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What to do with greywater from your tiny house

We use a bucket composting toilet (the Humanure Handbook, by Joseph Jenkins is a must read!), so we don’t have sewage or black water. This post covers greywater only (non-sewage waste water from sinks, shower, laundry, etc). If you combine your sewage with your greywater, you need to dispose of that black water properly. The following solutions are NOT applicable to black water (sewage) treatment. Disclaimer: This post does not cover location-specific codes that may determine what can and can’t be done with graywater. Always check with local authorities before attempting any of these solutions. There are many ways to […]

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Stories from the inside — Part II

I am a “pile-er,” (“piler?”). Definition: One who creates piles of current, or semi-current task items, rather than putting said items back on shelves, in cupboards, etc. Born and raised to bonafide piler parents, I learned through observation, then adopted the behavioral habit as my own. You see, I am fanatic about maintaining a clean living space (most of the time), but clean is different than tidy. I’ll scrub the walls, the floors, the surfaces; I’ll sweep at least once a day, I’ll vacuum, I’ll change the sheets regularly. I do this because I love the way a clean home […]

TINY a story about living small

“TINY: A story about living small” DVD Givaway!

Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith’s tiny house documentary TINY: A story about living small, has been a top documentary download on iTunes and one of the most watched on Netflix as well. Chances are you’ve already seen it, but if not, we’re giving you a chance to win a copy of this DVD for free! Read on below to enter… I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Christopher in person, before starting to build my own tiny house. Merete was kind of enough to send me a copy of this film to review, and I’d like to pass on the generosity. I’ve […]

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Tiny House Insurance: Auto/Towing and Homeowner’s Protection

When looking for insurance, owning (and moving) a tiny house creates some unique challenges. Let’s talk about the 2 kinds of insurance most tiny housers will need. Insurance for Towing Let’s say you’ve just finished building your house and now you need to tow it to its final location (assuming it was built somewhere other than it’s final resting place). Hire a towing company? Some people choose to hire a professional towing company (many now have experience with tiny houses), which can be a great option. It helps put your mind at ease knowing someone with lots of towing experience […]

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Tiny houses are better with folding redwood decks!

After just completing my tiny home build, I felt I’d be happy never building anything again! I’d had enough construction for quite a while. Recently, 7 months later, that began to change. I got the itch to build something new — a perfect opportunity to add the deck that was part of my original plans. I had decided to wait and add the deck after the long-distance towing was far behind us, and once I was sure I’d be settled in one spot for a while. With an opportunity to borrow a neighbor’s truck, now was the time! (click smaller […]

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Tiny House Find: Slide Ranch, CA

For a completely non-tiny house related matter (a casual folk concert in a yurt!), I found myself at Slide Ranch this past weekend. The little ranch blew me away with it’s charm and the wonderful teachers and people who work and live there. While taking a quick tour of the place, I was surprised to see a whole slew of tiny houses! The ranch is public property (part of Muir Woods), and serves as an educational center for children and young adults. It provides day or overnight field trip learning opportunities for classes and groups of all types and sizes, […]

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