Couple Builds a Tiny House

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I was randomly looking through some of the latest tiny house news and I came across this article about a young couple that is building their own tiny house. I got so excited because Lily and Matt (whom the article is about) attended my last workshop and purchased a trailer from me. I hadn’t heard from Lily since then and so I didn’t know how she was coming along but looking at the pictures in the article she is making some amazing progress. Before the workshop I don’t think Lily had ever used a power tool, and now she’s built herself a house. She’s amazing!

Attend our upcoming workshop and see what you can do! :)

Photo by Beth Beasley/ Times-News

Mariah’s ‘Smart-Size Your Life’ E-Course

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Before I got into tiny houses I had always wanted to remodel an old Airstream trailer (if I ever come across a used one at a good price I may revive that dream, so I specifically don’t look for one :). So I was immediately interested when I was contact by Mariah from The Comet Camper last year for an interview. She and her boyfriend Matt have been remodeling an old Avalon vintage trailer and using sustainable materials in the process. I think during the interview I might have asked her as many questions as she asked me :) Anyway, it’s a really cool project and they are both awesome people.

Well Mariah recently redesigned her website and is now offering an e-course focused on simplifying your life. I thought this was a really cool idea since so many people get interested in tiny houses primarily with the goal of downsizing and finding more time. I tell people all the time that you can start that process well before taking the big step of living tiny, and still reap many of the benefits. Also, while many people may want to simplify, without guidance and a little nudge a lot of those people won’t.

So take a minute to check out Mariah’s site, I know you won’t be disappointed :)

Tiny Tiny House

For a little while I’ve wanted to turn one of my house designs into a model that could serve as inspiration for someone aspiring to live tiny. Well a few weeks ago I submitted my design to a 3D printing service and today I got my first model in the mail! Check it out, it’s pretty cool!

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You can’t see it in this picture, but when you look inside you can see both the sleeping loft and storage lofts inside.

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It’s 5-1/2” long.

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Even the trailer is detailed underneath.

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If you want one for yourself you can find them at Shapeways. They ended up costing a lot more than I had expected, so they aren’t for everyone. But it does look really cool on my desk :)

New Western Pickup/Delivery Location for our Trailers

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a new manufacturing facility in Colorado Springs Colorado that will speed up delivery times while reducing delivery expenses to the Midwest and Western United States.

Up until now we have delivered over 100 trailers as far west as Nevada and as far north as Maine. While delivery can get a little expensive for these farther away locations, many people are finding that even with the extra costs we’re still less expensive than their local dealers. With this new facility we hope to cut those delivery fees and reduce the overall cost of our trailers even more for more people.

For more details, check out our trailer page.

Highland Lake Cove

Our last workshop, held back in October, was at a place called Highland Lake Cove located in Flat Rock North Carolina just south of Asheville. A local from the area had turned me on to the place and when I went to check it out I was really impressed. Not only because of how pretty it was but also because of the progress they are making towards having a tiny house community (one of the first that I know of on the east coast). On my last day there, as I was headed out, I recorded some video of the area and have been meaning to make it available for months now. Well, we have a new workshop coming up and I promised myself I wouldn’t let it go past then. So today I finally took the time to put it together and get it out there. So check it out :)

PS. I was so impressed that I feel like the video comes off like it’s an advertisement, but I promise I wasn’t paid anything for it.

New Tiny House Workshop!

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I’ve had a lot of people ask me when we were planning on hosting another workshop and I’m proud to announce that it has been scheduled! It will be held in Cumming GA (just north of Atlanta) on May 24-25.

In this workshop you’ll not only learn the ins and outs of tiny houses (including zoning issues and loopholes, information on trailers, and other tiny house specific information), but you’ll also get hands-on experience. We’ll build a cross section of a house which will give you experience with framing, sheathing, insulation, electrical, and plumbing. There’s no substitute for the confidence gained from actually picking up a tool and building something.

We always have a lot of fun at the workshops and it’s just a great being around so many like-minded people that are into tiny houses.

Our past workshops have all sold out, but I decided to drop the prices on this one to make it a little more affordable for everyone. We also provide two meals a day as well as snacks and drinks (I’ve had people tell me the food was the best part, which I’m not entirely sure is a compliment ;) The number of seats are limited, so get yours before we sell out!

I hope to see you there!

For more information, go to: http://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/tiny-house-workshops/Atlanta

Dan

The hardest part of building a tiny house

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I’m frequently asked what the hardest part of building a tiny house is. People expect that I’ll respond that it’s the electrical or the plumbing (the two tasks that seem to scare people the most), or perhaps attaching the house to the trailer. But really the hardest part is just getting started, and taking that first real step. By real step I’m not referring to the planning phase, while technically that is where you start when building a tiny house, it isn’t a commitment (it’s easy to walk away from an unstarted plan).

It’s human nature after all to resist change and to avoid the unknown. And for most who are building a tiny house, since many have no construction experience, that means a tremendous amount of firsts. Then, beyond the construction, you’ve got the actual living in a tiny house. Something that isn’t exactly common quite yet and thus not ‘normal’ as viewed by society.

Those can be really scary. Some people consider living in a tiny house and then immediately abandon the idea thinking that they just can’t do it (and for some, they are right since it isn’t a fit for everyone). I’ve seen others that have been in the planning phase for 5 years and that have attended 5 workshops who can’t seem to move past the planning stage. That doesn’t count as getting started :).

While building and living in a tiny house can seem insurmountable when looking at everything that goes into it at once, you can do it. Just look around on the internet and see the countless individuals and couples who you wouldn’t think could do it, doing it. The difference is they picked up a hammer and got started.

Open House

We’re having another open house in Deland FL on November 23rd! Our open houses aren’t a typical open house as they are really more an opportunity for you to see a tiny house in person and hang out for a couple hours with likeminded people. They have been really popular in the past drawing about 30-40 people driving as much as 8 hours to get there. The Central Florida Tiny House Enthusiast Meetup group will also be showing up so I expect this one to be our biggest open house yet.

I’ll have two houses there; our Simple Living design that is just a shell, and a new single level design that hopefully will be finished by then (fingers crossed).

If you’re interested check out the eVite and I’ll see you there

http://www.evite.com/event/03C4HXQAMMD6DAXUSEPDI6ZKB3EFUM

Dan