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Rockledge Tiny House Community

Dealing with zoning and ordinances over the last year

Zoning makes a lot of people sad

Commercial interests have pushed zoning so far it has created McMansions

Zoning helped protect property values

Having a going to zoning board strategy

Better quality of life for our family and do it by downsizing house

Ross Chapin - father of the Pocket Neighborhood

I want to downsize but not downgrade

Niceties of tech

Want a nice high quality of life
Did not set out to do this
Eye darting avoid the questions re “where to put a tiny house”    
“I just want to have a simple life!”
Whole process has been a rollercoaster
Site plan, first round of comments
We are working through the cities comments, primarily RE water retention
Balance the creation of a community with the city and state and finding a piece of property that is affordable and housing that is attractive
Ross Chapin father of pocket neighborhood  (see book)
1200 sq feet, what about four 300 sq feet houses?
Oven = kitchen
Florida Tiny house enthusiasts
Go go go do do do, always a sore spot in our marriage
Definitely on board with the lifestyle
Bigger project than I sold to myself
Downside my life, not downgrade
I like technology!
25% on wheels, concern re transients
Mc mansion lifestyle secludes us
Found a builder who is interested in investing



Originally aired almost 2 years ago.


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#138 Super-Technical Talk on Tiny House Builds with Kamtz Tiny Houses’ Luke Kamtz

#138 Super-Technical Talk on Tiny House Builds with Kamtz Tiny Houses’ Luke Kamtz

Luke Kamtz is a bold individual. In 2017 he hung out his (tiny) shingle as the latest tiny house builder, dubbing his company “Kamtz Tiny Houses.” Luke’s courage doesn’t end there, he also believes he can do what few have figured out: make money while building custom tiny houses. Like a little Aussie shrimp, we put Luke on the barbie for a bit and grilled him about why he thinks he can do what few have succeeded in doing. We talked differentiation, construction lessons learned, his first demonstration tiny which has received its share of recognition and reward. Then the conversation turned to the big (tiny) bottleneck: land use planning and zoning. It’s the tiny tech talk episode. http://kamtztinyhomes.com

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#137 Sprouting Tiny Communities 200 Houses At A Time with Sprout Tiny Homes

#137 Sprouting Tiny Communities 200 Houses At A Time with Sprout Tiny Homes

If there is one company that has the greatest potential of unseating Tumbleweed as the largest, best known company in the tiny house community, it’s tiny house developer Sprout Tiny Homes. Nearly from the get-go, Sprout set their sights not only on the one-home-sale retail market, but also on the larger opportunity represented by full-blown tiny house developments. As a result, they are in the process of developing 200 unit communities, complete with planned community designs promising to significantly increase live-ability and desirability. Alan Kirchhoff, Sprout representative shares both Sprout and his own perspective on living tiny, how tiny homes for the homeless are affecting tiny house reputations, and of course, codes, zoning laws and the economics of building 200 homes at a time. http://sprouttinyhomes.com

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 Getting Squared With A New Tiny Builder with Scott Wilson

Getting Squared With A New Tiny Builder with Scott Wilson

Super-green and sustainable builder Zerosquared is one of the newest tiny house builders. Their first product, the Aurora, caused a stir with two bump-outs, SIP construction and other energy-efficient designs. We talked with Zerosquared principal Scott Wilson and his journey into the tiny house community, including an 18-month stint he and his wife spent traveling the US in a towable RV. Scott explained his company’s build philosophy, their unique, award-winning design and how they see their product design fitting nicely between the DIY-er desiring the ultimate in a tiny house and the more mass-market consumer who may not want to build their own tiny, but still wants to take advantage of opportunities going tiny allows. Take a listen.

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#135 Navigating to Nowhere? – with Michael Fuehrer

#135 Navigating to Nowhere? – with Michael Fuehrer

#135 Navigating to Nowhere? – with Michael Fuehrer
Our guest this week proves that you don’t have to be an interior designer to live in a lovely, comfortable, and impressive space on wheels. While attending tiny house events in Washington, Texas, and Florida; Michelle noticed an increasing number of Schoolies joining the party! And, known to go where the party is, Michelle met our guest this week and was immediately comfortable in his space; a renovated school bus. What tiny houses lack in mobility, busses more than make up for! Imagine. Just get in the driver’s seat and GO! What are the unique challenges of driving and parking these funky houses on wheels? What motivated Michael to renovate a bus, instead of an RV? How easy, or hard, are they to drive and heat and occupy? And, what do his parents think? This professor on wheels has a lot to teach us so sit down, be quiet, and take notes. There WILL be a quiz!!
www.navigationnowhere.com

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#134 How Far Can you Go For FREE? – with Derek and Amy Cobia

#134 How Far Can you Go For FREE? – with Derek and Amy Cobia

What IS a tiny house? Don’t worry, we won’t be arguing the fine points of this concept this week. We will, however, once again be happily welcoming a simple living, tiny space occupying, couple to chat with us about overcoming the challenges of living small and on the road full time. Intrigued? Our guests this week have some really GREAT ideas about how you can too! If not right now, make a plan to listen in later and be sure to check them out on Instagram so you can keep up with where they’re off to next.
www.instagram.com/TheFrugalRVer

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#133 Into the Great and Tiny Beyond – with Leanne Stephens
#132 Tiny Houses In The “Other” West – with Renee Randau McLaughlin
#131 Driving with Style, No CDL Required – with Greg Shields
#130 Blue. Beautiful. Tiffany. – with Tim Davidson and Sam
#129 Curiously Exploring Hoarders ~ with Matt Chan

#129 Curiously Exploring Hoarders ~ with Matt Chan

You’ve heard us talk about downsizing here on the Podcast. Hopefully you’ve learned a bit about organizing, how to get ready to live in a tiny space, and about how to prioritize experiences over life. This week, however, we’re donning the “other shoe” and interviewing someone with experiences in an almost-alternate-world that hopefully you’ll never have to live to see; Hoarding. Our discussion this week with Matt Chan, creator of the famous TV show “Hoarders” gives us a peek into the world of emotional connections to things, how TV shows can actually help people with this addiction-like-connection to their stuff, and a glimpse of the pressure that one has to handle while producing a TV show. Is your pile of stuff in the garage something to be concerned about? Is your Grandma’s obsession with ceramic dolls, an illness worth addressing? We’re not sure. But, maybe Matt’s advice this week can help you assess whether or not a tiny house, or a not-so-tiny dumpster, is your next stop towards living simply.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04DJ3UPe2p8

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#128 Method to No Madness ~ with Ross Pennington and Sheena Henry

#128 Method to No Madness ~ with Ross Pennington and Sheena Henry

What’s not to love about a friendship that starts around a propane heater, on a cold Texas evening, fueled by bourbon? This week we’re interviewing the new darlings of the tiny house movement, and recent recipients of the Florida Tiny House Festival “Best Tiny Home” award, Ross Pennington and Sheena Henry. After an unfortunate start to their tiny house journey, they resolved NOT to stop and started over with the tiny house we’ve all grown to know and love! With so many of them, blending into the background, theirs stands front and center stage because, well, they’ve GOT A STAGE!!?? And a hammock, and a HUGE TV, and a well stocked kitchen, and a huge garage door, and the most impressive off-grid setup we’ve quite likely seen yet. So, in case you’re wondering how you might get invited to the tiny house podcast (in addition to having a fun story or award winning tiny house of course) you can always find Michelle at a festival and feed her bacon. And it doesn’t hurt to have easy going pets, beloved “fans”, and an attitude about life that we should all emulate. This week, you’ll smile, you’ll laugh, and hopefully you’ll appreciate why we do what we do. It’s all for the lovely people like Ross, and Sheena, and of course…like YOU!
www.methodtonomadness.com

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#127 Finding her Niche and Helping Others Find Theirs ~ with Lina Minard

#127 Finding her Niche and Helping Others Find Theirs ~ with Lina Minard

This week, we have another follow-up guest and although she’s a Portland resident, we hardly get to see her. Ironically, Michelle has seen her MORE in other states than our own! But we didn’t let that stop us from practically stalking Lina Minard for another interview. We knew our listeners would want to know….what ever happened to her and her “new” boyfriend? We hear all the time, “I’m thinking of starting a tiny house community, where do I start?” And Lina knows how! What does she think of the advancement, or lack thereof, towards legalizing tiny houses? And “where” is she now? Some days it’s nice to chat with a friend who we haven’t seen in awhile, and today’s conversation feels just like that. No pretense. Just a fun time spent with a nice person, an undying advocate of tiny house people everywhere. You don’t have to live in Oregon to appreciate Laid-Back-Lina and the Niche she’s made for herself in the ever-changing tiny world.
www.nicheconsulting.com

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#126 Cooking, Baking, and Fun Life Making ~ with Carmen Rose Shenk

#126 Cooking, Baking, and Fun Life Making ~ with Carmen Rose Shenk

Many people think that one must sacrifice the things they love, to live in a tiny house. Or, sadly, that they must sacrifice DOING the thing they love doing, to live in a tiny house. This is simply not true and as our guest this week can attest to; even a multi-course meal is possible in a tiny kitchen on wheels. Our new-tiny-house-friend-and-guest this week, Carmen Rose Shenk, is a chef and an artist and the author of a recent cookbook devoted to sharing her ideas about how to cook amazing meals in minimal space. It’s true. You don’t really need that Robot Jar Opener gadget to make impressive dishes that everyone will swoon over. Carmen’s creations are PROOF that with a few fresh ingredients, a few utensils, and a lot of imagination; artistic and beautiful desserts are indeed possible! If you’re a foodie like Michelle is, we know you’ll love this week’s interview and maybe even come away with a few new ideas for your own tiny house kitchen!
www.tinyhousefoodie.com

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#125 One Photographers Not-So-Tiny Dream - ~ with Mandy Lea

#125 One Photographers Not-So-Tiny Dream - ~ with Mandy Lea

The Podcast Crew is lucky. We’re lucky that we get to meet, and interview, and promote people who are re-defining the American Dream. We’re lucky that we get to inspire our listeners with the stories of creative and amazing people who have taken control of their lives, who define success on their own terms, and who shun other’s ideas of what “normal” is. And, our teardrop travelling guest this week is no exception. After a long bout of depression, Many Lea found the motivation to change her life doing a simple thing that you yourself have, no doubt, also done. What was it? What inspired her to change her life from that of a bored retail employee, to a brave and creative adventurer? If you’ve had the opportunity to attend one of the recent tiny house festivals you have likely seen her; leather strapped with two cameras, looking for an opportunity to capture this unique movement in living color. If you’ve spent much time on social media, searching for tiny houses, you have no doubt seen her images. Aside from her contribution to the tiny house movement, however; she is also an avid climber, simple life advocate, and lover of all things travel related. This week’s episode is special, as is Mandy, and reminds us once again that life is what you make it and our memories are the best images of who we are, and how we got there.
www.mandyleaphoto.com

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#124 From Child Actor to Tiny House TV Host ~ with John Weisbarth

#124 From Child Actor to Tiny House TV Host ~ with John Weisbarth

There are some who think the television shows that feature tiny houses have “ruined” the tiny house movement, inspiring so many to build bigger than they can afford; or need. In reality, however, the TV shows have done more to mainstream tiny houses than any other medium could. They inspire millions and have given golden opportunities to some of our favorite builders. This week we’re interviewing the man leading the charge on the longest running tiny house TV show, John Weisbarth; Host of Tiny House Nation. If you’re a fan, we know you’ll want to listen in this week to hear him share his story about how he became a child actor, how he developed his passion for sports, when he found his calling, his perspective on tiny houses, and his tear filled appreciation for his wife’s support. We’re glad that he finally got the opportunity to join his fans at the Jamboree in Texas, and we know you’ll be glad to know that this STAR OF THE SHOW is as down to earth as one can possibly get. And if you’re not a fan, you will be now! We were really hoping that the man we see on TV is also a nice guy in “real life” and the Podcast Crew is happy to report…yes…yes he is.

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#123 The Evolution of Kasita ~ with Jeff Wilson

#123 The Evolution of Kasita ~ with Jeff Wilson

Remember the guy who sat by the side of the road, clipping his nails, during our podcast interview? Remember the guy who lived in a dumpster for a year and is actually proud to call himself “Professor Dumpster”? We certainly do and following our first interview with Jeff Wilson, he invited us to “look him up” if we were ever in Austin, Texas. So, Michelle did. And, following her recent visit, she knew she must invite him back to tell the next chapter of the story that is Kasita. Whatever happened to his vision, to his original ideas? Admittedly, Michelle isn’t a high tech junkie, but after having stayed in a tiny house outfitted with the best technology money can buy, she might just convert. How well did the technology contribute to her comfy home away from home? And, what’s next for Jeff and his company that, by comparison, appears to be all grown up now? Tune in this week to find out! Or, better yet, invest in his vision! (I know he won’t mind the shameless plug.)
www.kasita.com

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#122 Nomad by Heredity With Dominique Moody

#122 Nomad by Heredity With Dominique Moody

Dominique Moody is iconic as her art. Her art is iconic as her tiny house. That’s because her tiny house IS art. And her Home. With more than a thousand years of family heritage behind her work as an artist and her mobile home The Nomad it was inevitable there would be more stories than we could cover in an hour. From Germany to the US South and beyond Dominique’s life has been - and continues to be - a living artistic expression of family, meaning, deeply-held connections between Home and objects that represent that. Her’s is an outlier among tiny house stories. Listen
https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/dominique-moody-the-urban-nomad

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#121 Easy Dwellers Built and Delivered with PDX Style ~ with Patrick Quinton

#121 Easy Dwellers Built and Delivered with PDX Style ~ with Patrick Quinton

As the tiny house movement grows, so do the opportunities. Tiny houses are now being embraced not only as affordable housing for the masses, but as rolling platforms for corporate brands, and a very impressive source of short term rental income. This week, however, we’ll be discussing a whole new spin in the tiny house concept. If you live in the Portland area, have a large lot, are considering adding an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) but don’t have the patience for dealing with contractors and building your own, you’ll want to tune in for sure! Our guest, Patrick, will be walking us through the basics of the behind the scenes workings of his start up that is devoted to adding easy and affordable housing options. They’ll build an ADU, deliver it to your backyard, manage your tenants, and provide a new source of income. However, even if you don’t live in Portland, we know you’ll be interested in hearing about the progress that is being made, citywide, towards the acceptance and legality of tiny houses and the implications for tiny houses everywhere!
www.dweller.com

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#120 If You’re Not Excited, You’re Not Paying Enough Attention ~ with Andrew Morrison

#120 If You’re Not Excited, You’re Not Paying Enough Attention ~ with Andrew Morrison

Last year at the Tiny House Jamboree, Michelle’s introduction of Andrew Morrison to the stage literally brought tears to her eyes. (and yes, it’s on video and quite embarrassing) This week, Andrew’s story of how his dedication to the tiny house movement has spurred true change, may just have that effect on you too! (our words, not his) It is hard to find unique words to describe our affection for his work but in a nutshell, we don’t know of two more hard-working advocates than Andrew and his lovely wife, Gabriella. So, what exactly IS Appendix “Q”? What does it mean for you, a tiny house enthusiast who just wants them to be legal so you can build one, secure in the knowledge that you did it “right”? Should we all strive for an air tight house? And, what about all the nightmare stories of terrible tiny house builders? Grab a pen, this is show worth taking notes from!
www.tinyhousebuild.com

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#125 One Photographers Not-So-Tiny Dream - ~ with Mandy Lea

#125 One Photographers Not-So-Tiny Dream - ~ with Mandy Lea

The Podcast Crew is lucky. We’re lucky that we get to meet, and interview, and promote people who are re-defining the American Dream. We’re lucky that we get to inspire our listeners with the stories of creative and amazing people who have taken control of their lives, who define success on their own terms, and who shun other’s ideas of what “normal” is. And, our teardrop travelling guest this week is no exception. After a long bout of depression, Many Lea found the motivation to change her life doing a simple thing that you yourself have, no doubt, also done. What was it? What inspired her to change her life from that of a bored retail employee, to a brave and creative adventurer? If you’ve had the opportunity to attend one of the recent tiny house festivals you have likely seen her; leather strapped with two cameras, looking for an opportunity to capture this unique movement in living color. If you’ve spent much time on social media, searching for tiny houses, you have no doubt seen her images. Aside from her contribution to the tiny house movement, however; she is also an avid climber, simple life advocate, and lover of all things travel related. This week’s episode is special, as is Mandy, and reminds us once again that life is what you make it and our memories are the best images of who we are, and how we got there.
www.mandyleaphoto.com

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#119 Ladies and Gentlemen…The One…The Only…Pete Nelson!

#119 Ladies and Gentlemen…The One…The Only…Pete Nelson!

If you’re a fan of the TV show “Tree House Masters” or you fondly recall your childhood days hoarding scrap pieces of lumber to build a fort or a tree house, you’ll be almost as enamored with our guest this week as Michelle is. Pete Nelson is the proud and ecstatic patriarch of a treetop dwelling empire of craftsmen and family members who have built over 300 tree houses; and they’re not stopping there! In fact we’re pretty sure that he doesn’t even seem to know the meaning of the word “STOP”. Case in Point: This week he took time off of TWO simultaneous builds to chat with us about his inspiration, his dedication, and lifelong pursuit of design perfection in the tree house industry. No more nailing 2x6’s to trees, his floating tiny houses sit atop pretty impressive pieces of technological genius. If you’ve ever wanted to be inspired by a tiny house that’s 30 feet above ground and welcomes squirrels as neighbors, we dedicate this show to YOU! And, Pete, if you’re reading this. Thank you, again, and a million times. We are thankful and inspired and entertained and all want to be just like you when we grow up. If we ever grow up that is.. #inspiredbypeterpan
https://www.nelsontreehouseandsupply.com/

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#118 The True How-To-Duo ~ with Kiva and Jake

#118 The True How-To-Duo ~ with Kiva and Jake

If you’re thinking to yourself “Where are all the How-To-Build-A-Tiny-House videos on YouTube!?” Or, on a grander scale, wondering how you’ll conquer the learning curve of building your own; wonder no more! While this week’s interview won’t fill your dying need of know how to secure your subfloor to your trailer, after hearing our guests story you’ll have a great place to start! You see, Kiva and Jake started right where you are; Square One. And they’re still building, and filming, and teaching us a step at a time so we don’t make the same mistakes they did. Michelle has been their fan from day one, and it’s not just because their tiny house and hers share the same moniker. It’s because this young couple shows us, once again, the meaning of “Let’s DO this!”
https://www.tinynestproject.com/

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#117 The Beginning of Infinity ~ with Kirsten Dirksen

#117 The Beginning of Infinity ~ with Kirsten Dirksen

If you’re a fan of small spaces, and YouTube, our guest this week likely requires no introduction. After over 800 videos, her success and advocacy certainly speaks for itself. If you’re a fan of women who do it all, creatively, you’ll want to tune in his week to hear Kirsten Dirksen talk about her favorite pastime of making videos, and the opportunities that her semi-nomadic lifestyle brings.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDsElQQt_gCZ9LgnW-7v-cQ

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#116 Mega-Star Dylan Magaster

#116 Mega-Star Dylan Magaster

As I sit, writing this, Dylan Magaster is sitting on a mountainside filming yet another video of a tiny house builder and occupant; documenting their story of why they’ve gone tiny and what’s next for their life. If you love stories about tenacity and optimism fueled by youth, tune in this week to hear how this young YouTube sensation proves once again that there cannot be failure if one only fails to stop trying. We were lucky to catch our guest this week while he was in town for a recent festival and there, even the downpours didn’t stop his fans from clustering under tents to be inspired by his independence and creative vision. What this 24 year old lacks in experience, he more than makes up for in quiet pursuit of a career unencumbered by traditional norms. Watch and listen closely because, no doubt, you’ll be someday thinking that you’ve seen and heard this SUPER STAR somewhere before!
https://www.youtube.com/user/Dylanmagaster

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