Time Lapse

I’ve been mentally planning for the next tiny house venture and feeling very nostalgic about the first tiny house, so I threw together a quick slide show/time lapse of the exterior build. Miss that wee house!

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TINY: A Story About Living Small

Hello, hello, tiny people!

In the rare case you haven’t seen all the rage about the new tiny house movie, here is your information!  I had the privilege of viewing the movie a bit ago at Radford University and being on a tiny house panel of sorts for an evening.  This movie is awesome!  It is such a great way to see the journey that is building a tiny house.  I cannot recommend this movie enough, truly.  I believe I’ll be getting a hard copy soon and I cannot wait!  Here’s the trailer:

If you’re excited too, you can find it on iTunes (documentaries) and on Netflix.  Here is the website as well, in case you want more information: http://tiny-themovie.com/

 

What a wonderful tour that was!  I hope those of you who missed it will consider taking the tour next year if they do it again.  I took some exterior photos but interior photography was not allowed due to the homeowners’ privacy (yeah I’d hate people taking pictures of my laundry and random house stuff too).  Enjoy!

The Berzins’ Tiny House on a Trailer (www.tinyhousefamily.com)

Christy & Ricardo’s Tiny House on a Foundation

Jim Knapp’s Tiny House on a Mobile Home Trailer with a Giant Deck

The Ohland’s Tiny House on a Foundation

Kat Johnson’s Tiny House on a Foundation at Riverstone Organic Farm

Yurt at Riverstone Organic Farm

Small Home. Big Life. e-Cours(E)!

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Hi folks!  I’m happy to announce that Tiny r(E)volution is now offering another e-course session.  Almost one year ago Tiny r(E)volution led by Andrew Odom introduced a new concept in tiny house building; an e-Cours(E). With an enrollment of nearly 45 participants the course was enthusiastically received and proved to be a great alternative to those that couldn’t or didn’t want to attend a more traditional workshop on tiny houses. Spring 2014 is going strong now and summer vacations are looming large. Many are thinking that this is the time to begin their tiny house build. Because of such Tiny r(E)volution is pleased to present another term of Small Home. Big Life.

Small Home. Big Life., a four-week, self-guided course is designed to carry a person through the beginning stages of building a tiny house from the dreaming phase to the drying in of a tiny house.  It is even more than that though. Infused with personal experience and anecdote as well as guest interviews and stories, the month features detailed instructions, creative prompts, guest artists, and multi-media examples, that serve to inspire and educate.

The centerpiece of the course is Andrew’s personal experience researching, designing, and building the 240 sq.ft., single level, tiny house he, his wife, and their 2-year old daughter currently live in. Andrew has recently been seen at the Tiny House Conference in Charlotte, NC. He has also published three books including the most recent, “Your Message Here :: GAINING CORPORATE SPONSORS for your tiny house project.”

So if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, I highly encourage you to check it out and sign up!

Odom Family

Tiny House Tour in Floyd, Virginia

I know you guys want to go see some tiny houses in person.  I know you do, don’t lie.  So here’s the scoop:

Here’s the Facebook event page.

It’s May 17th from 10-4.  You can also watch TINY: a story about living small afterwards.  Here’s more info and tickets: http://sustainfloyd.org/tiny-floyd-thinks-tiny-house-may-17/

I had the chance to meet the Tiny House Family (again) at the Tiny House Conference earlier this month and I highly suggest you meet them too and let their general awesomeness influence your life a bit.  I don’t know the other houses/families on the tour, but I’m sure they’re great too!

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Tiny House Magazine

Tiny House Magazine

For those who haven’t seen it yet, the Tiny House Magazine is out!  And someone you may know has written an article for it…wink wink 

Tiny House Conference 2014

For those who missed the 2014 Tiny House Conference, start planning for the next one!  We had a blast down in Charlotte, NC with fellow bloggers and builders, as well as various other tiny house enthusiasts.  The presentations were very informative and I just loved being able to experience other tiny houses in person.

How successful was the conference, really?  Let’s just say even my fiance is now on board with building another tiny house! Although we already built and sold one, we’re re-inspired to move forward with some previously abstract ideas for our life, jobs, happiness, and finances.  Stay tuned for our progress on this!

You can read all about the conference in more detail here.  With that, I leave you to enjoy some photos of the event!

 

Tiny House Conference

Hello, hello!  It’s been a while since my last post but I’ve just been settling into non-tiny house life.  I have a couple new tiny house ventures on the horizon though…more on this once things are concrete.

This makes me even more excited to tell you all about the 2014 Tiny House Conference!  It’s April 5 & 6 in Charlotte, NC and you can register here.

Small Home. Big Life. eCourse!

Hi everyone. Please consider taking this tiny house e-course. It has a ton of good stuff and it’s really affordable!

Small Home. Big Life. e-Cours(E) Announces ‘Guest Artists’

A Bittersweet Farewell

Well, the time has come for me to stop being in denial and announce that my tiny house has sold!  It left Newport Hardware on March 9th for its new home with some really great ladies up in PA.  I believe eventually it’ll journey up to VT to add to their off-grid set-up.

The selling process was…interesting.  I listed it in mid/late December on tinyhouselistings.com and received TONS of emails about it.  Had a potential buyer early on but that didn’t work out.  I believe it took about 2 months from listing to getting the final sale payment.  After that it sat waiting for someone worthy enough to haul it up to them.  I couldn’t be happier with who purchased it!  I know everyone says that money talks, but I was still worried that I’d end up selling it to some rich folk in northern VA who thought it was “cute” and would just sit in the backyard as a playhouse.  I may have gotten paid but it would defeat my purpose in building it.

For the new owner’s sake, I won’t disclose how much I put into it or how much it was purchased for.  I will say that the final calculations put dad and me making between $4 and $5 and hour.  For an educational venture, that’s not too shabby.  If it was for an MBA, however, that’s a failing grade 😉

I have two new housing ventures on the horizon – the biggest being a “real” house.  I’m in the process of buying a 950 square foot house to live in and renovate.  Some will think that’s still too small, and others will think it’s too big.  I think it’s just right as it’s a combination of the tiny house philosophy and what most of us consider “normal” in society (i.e. enormous).  950 square feet is about average for homes in the 1950s and I think it’s more about space planning and getting rid of your clutter than it is about needing thousands of square feet to yourself.  The second venture is a new website!  Less of a blog and more about getting information out there and highlighting some cool alternative living folks.  It’s nowhere near done, so I’ll hold off on posting the url.  Look out for it soon!