Tiny House Incubator

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Are you in the Atlanta area and interested in building a tiny house but need a place to build it (and perhaps a little supervision)? You’re in luck! We’re starting an incubator in Cumming Georgia (45 minutes north of Atlanta) where you will have access to land, bathroom, tools, other builders, as well as occasional visits by me to answer your questions. There will also be limited camping for those who travel to the site to work over the weekends.

This is starting out as a pilot program so participation will be limited. For more information including pricing please email [email protected]

Loft-Less Tiny House Design

I spent the last week down in Florida working on our latest house design. This house, like our Tiny Retirement design, doesn’t have a loft for those that aren’t interested in climbing a ladder to get in and out of bed. Instead, the bed is on rollers that allow it to be converted into a seating area (like a couch) or pushed even further away when you just need the space.

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When the bed is pushed all the way in it really opens up the living area. I even thought this design would lend itself to being an office as there is room for a rather large desk and the area under the kitchen could be used for file storage.

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This house was started a little while ago (it was at our last open house), but as with so many things it took a back seat to more important jobs. Well we are finally wrapping it up and while it wasn’t completely done by the time I had to leave, it probably only has a few more days work remaining. Once the finishing touches are complete I’ll travel back down to take some final pictures.

Workshop – May 2014

We just wrapped up our latest workshop in Georgia. It was a sold out event and as usual we had a great group of people which makes for a great time. I’ve said it before, but hanging out with so many like minded people is awesome!

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We hosted this workshop on a local scenic farm, which had a pretty great view if anyone got tired of looking at me :)

We’re planning on having all future Georgia workshops at this location.

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There’s also room for camping for those who are into that. Many of the campers ended up staying up late hanging out around the fire and roasting marshmallows and hot dogs. I on the other hand went home and passed out! Talking all day takes it out of you :)

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This time we had two tiny houses and a tiny house trailer to view (and sleep in for 2)!

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Here’s Laura and Matt from 120squarefeet.com giving their presentation. We’ve had them out for a few of our workshops and we always get good feedback. I like their story.

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One of the attendees, Chris, made the mistake of mentioning it was his birthday. So of course we got a cake and all sang Happy Birthday at lunch :) Chris was also super helpful throughout the workshop.

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Here’s Amy using a nail gun for the first time. She’s already got one of our trailers and is starting construction this summer. I expect we’ll be keeping in touch.

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Brian, who bought a trailer from us and attended the workshop was kind enough to bring it with him. It proved to be a great visual aid.

We’ve scheduled our next workshop for September 6-7. Get more details at http://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/tiny-house-workshops/Atlanta-September-6-7-2014

I hope to see you there!

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 :)

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