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#87 A Big Heart a Big Family and a Tiny House Startup with Marc Frederick

#87 A Big Heart a Big Family and a Tiny House Startup with Marc Frederick

What do you get when you take 7 children, 2 adults, 1 bus, and a tiny-kitchen-on-wheels on a faith-based mission to ease the loneliness of homelessness? A fun and inspiring story about a new tiny house builder, of course. This week, Marc from BIGHEART Tiny House Co, joins us to tell the story of how his family started their somewhat unintentional tiny house journey by hitting the road on a converted school bus. Over the course of 6 months, they toured the country in search of the disparaged and poverty stricken, and freely donated their time and musical talents to raise the spirits of whomever they met. Upon their return, the sale of their tiny-kitchen-on-wheels turned into an opportunity to help a college student in an unexpected new way. And their first tiny house project was born. Word spread quickly about their affordable approach to tiny house building and their desire to help people fulfill their tiny house dreams. With so many builders who are vested in building the best, and the biggest, and the fanciest tiny houses they can; our visit this week with a man whose mission is based on faith and helping others was refreshing indeed. After hearing this week’s episode we think you’ll agree that BIGHEART Tiny House Company is a perfect moniker for this impressive and hard working family!

http://www.bighearthouses.com/

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#86 Learning, Growing, and Living With All Things Tiny w/ Thom Stanton

#86 Learning, Growing, and Living With All Things Tiny w/ Thom Stanton

Ladies and Gentlemen, Introducing….. the many personalities that are Thom Stanton! <<<< insert applause here>>>>> Here at the Tiny House Podcast we traditionally have a pretty good time but this week’s interview with Thom takes our banter to a whole new level. Laughter aside, however, don’t let his humorous demeanor let you be distracted from the serious nature of The Housing Development Institute’s message; and his focus on creating a better, more sustainable, and fully legal future for tiny houses. And while reaching for a tissue to wipe the tears of laughter from your face, don’t miss the advice he has for DIY housebuilders who wonder if they’ll ever be able to legally occupy their tiny abode. Some of us “like” tiny homes but Thom is one of those people who lives and breathes tiny homes. (and according to his facebook page, stays up all night researching them!) So tune in this week, with pencil in hand if possible, to learn more than you might expect from this guy, an unstoppable force, an impressive advocate, and now…..our friend.

www.HousingDevelopmentInstitute.com

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#85 Starstruck with Felice Cohen

#85 Starstruck with Felice Cohen

If you think that living in a 200 square foot tiny house on wheels would be a challenge, consider what it might be like to live in only 90 square feet like our very-famous guest did for 5 years! You seriously don’t want to miss this week’s interview with Felice, an award winning author-blogger-speaker-consultant-and TV Personality. This lady’s got it all! (and we don’t mean just looks and brains.) Felice embodies drive, and creative vision, and focus, and keeps an impressively keen eye on a vision for her minimalistic future. This candid conversation about downsizing and organizing and guilt and stuff even inspired Michelle to take yet another critical look at her growing boot collection. (insert incredulous “gasp!” here!) Do you really need all that stuff? Does Michelle really need over 40 pairs of shoes and boots? Listen in this week and decide for yourself.

www.felicecohen.com

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#84 Eldon The Tiny Bus Goes On an Adventure with James Martin

#84 Eldon The Tiny Bus Goes On an Adventure with James Martin

Once upon a time there was a tiny bus named Eldon and a fun man named James. Eldon was sad. He was lonely and wanted to find a friend. And then James met Eldon. And, James said to Eldon “Let’s have fun together!” Eldon was drab and tired. And then James painted him. Now Eldon is colorful and cheerful! Now Eldon is fun too! James likes to make drinks. Eldon and James now share drinks with their fun new friends. Now Eldon goes on exciting adventures with his friend James. We love Eldon. We love James. We love friends and drinks too! We know you will love Eldon and James just like we do. The End.

http://eldonthebus.com/

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#83 Living the F.A.S.T. (Fabulous. Abundant. Simple. Tiny.) Life with Jenn Baxter

#83 Living the F.A.S.T. (Fabulous. Abundant. Simple. Tiny.) Life with Jenn Baxter

There is, quite likely, nobody in the tiny house movement who embodies the “making lemons into Lemonade” mantra better then Jenn Baxter. While it would be understandable that she would be bitter and even a bit angry after what happened to her famous tiny house; instead, she proudly tells her story of loss and redemption, forgiveness and acceptance. And while most of us would likely cower in the face of confrontation, she held her ground and advocated for herself and has come out on top. Tune in this week for a chance to hear “the other side of the story” from this resilient and engaging young woman who took her mother’s dying advice, to live life without fear. Instead of being defeated by challenge, listen in to hear how Jenn used her tiny house building experience as inspiration to launch her new venture. The Tiny House Podcast Team is cheering for you, Jenn! And, we imagine the whole world will be too, once they hear your story.

Http://liveafastlife.com

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#82 Is This the End of the Tiny World As We Know it with Sharon Ross

#82 Is This the End of the Tiny World As We Know it with Sharon Ross

In addition to our love of tiny houses, we love guests who make us question our reality and push our own understanding of our future. And this week, Sharon the self-described AfroVivalist fits that bill, and then some! Imagine a world where all electronic devices have been disabled by a disaster. ALL OF THEM. What would you do? Where would you go? How would you survive? Admittedly, this might not be a fun or entertaining thing to think about but living intentionally isn’t always just about focusing on what brings you happiness. Intentional living can also bring you peace of mind and security that takes the form of a disaster plan. Yes, we know you cannot fit 6 months of food in your tiny house. Or can you? If you’re inspired by badass women who push the boundaries of what “prepared” means, you’ll LOVE this week’s episode!

http://www.afrovivalist.com/

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#81 Changing the Neighborhood, One Tiny at A Time w/ Sophie Szymeczek

#81 Changing the Neighborhood, One Tiny at A Time w/ Sophie Szymeczek

The tiny house movement is full of focused and engaged advocates and this week we’re interviewing a real North Carolina Pioneer. Sophie pushed the city and questioned the rules and is now proud to report that she is in the process of building a fully-permitted but less-than-300-squarefoot tiny house that is NOT on wheels; on an surplus city lot that she bought for only $5,000. These are the kinds of “if they can do it so can we” stories we love to hear. She knew that a tiny house on wheels would not suffice and now her house is the first of its kind in HER town. As you listen in this week we know that you’ll be as inspired and impressed as her no-doubt-soon-to-be-tiny-house neighbors will be. She’s opened the tiny door and made it possible. Now, all they have to do is follow her lead.

tinysparklesite.wordpress.com

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#80 Ropes, Ladders, Dumbbells, and a Baby with Mike De Vivo

#80 Ropes, Ladders, Dumbbells, and a Baby with Mike De Vivo

People who live tiny often have more than one motivation for doing so, and our guest this week is no exception. Mike from Vivo Training Systems is no exception. His tiny house doubles as his own personal training gym, as well as a unique place for him to train and engage with his fitness clients. And, this guy really knows his stuff. After losing over 100 lbs, after surviving the harrowing and stressful process of having his house built on TV, he and his wife have launched their new tiny life focusing on helping others to get fit and intentionally live their lives. And now, in addition to dumbbells, they have a baby to lift. And while he admits that their tiny house is likely a transitional one, he shares his permanent appreciation for the freedom their tiny house affords them all. We love the idea of combining a passion for health and a tiny house but we’re not yet sold on the climbing rope to their loft. But hey, maybe you’re a gym teacher or training for the circus and you’d love it!?

www.VIVOTrainingSystems.com

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#79 Where There’s a WILL There’s a WAY - Will Johnston of Tiny House Atlanta

#79 Where There’s a WILL There’s a WAY - Will Johnston of Tiny House Atlanta

We’re sure you’ve heard the adage “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” but you haven’t heard it with THIS twist… You see, Will’s jet setting juices get flowing when he’s feeling stress and we have decided that we want to be just like him when we grow up. (OK, maybe just Michelle does) Just a few months ago, one of our listeners reached out to Michelle to tell her all about Will from Tiny House Atlanta and about the impressive advocacy work he has been doing down south. He leads one of the largest Tiny House Meetup groups in the country, is now fully employed as a tiny-house-small-dwelling-and-intentional-life advocate and consultant, and has turned his newfound passion into a fun loving job that allows him the flexibility to be when and where he wants to be. He’s found his mission, his partner, his voice, and us. And we’re oh-so-tiny-house happy that he did.

http://tinyhouseatlanta.com/

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#78 Building A Wall with Andrew Odom of Tiny R(e)volution

#78 Building A Wall with Andrew Odom of Tiny R(e)volution

If you have ever wondered if Andrew has a serious side, if he thinks more deeply than he laughs, if he tires of talking about tiny houses after 8 years of living intentionally, if he accepts anyone’s opinion but his own, or if his future includes a soap box; you’ll want to tune in this week to hear the somewhat somber side of this funny guy. After overhearing him sadly comment on the homeless crisis in America, and after reading his chapter in Turning Tiny, we wanted to hear more. We wanted to hear his take on this complex issue. What really IS the problem that is causing the homeless epidemic in America? Are tiny houses the answer? How can we advocate for tiny houses as a tool to help the homeless while not devaluing them at the same time? If you think that we should be building tiny houses instead of walls to solve our societal problems, tune in this week. And, if you don’t learn anything at all, we know you will come away with a newfound appreciation for Andrew and his contribution to the tiny house movement that really isn’t going anywhere….(pun intended)

http://tinyrevolution.us/

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#E77 The Fun Loving Festival Duo That Gives Back  – with John and Fin Kernohan

#E77 The Fun Loving Festival Duo That Gives Back – with John and Fin Kernohan

What started in a small Amish community, gained momentum in the Florida high life, then became an all out mission in London, that ended with love. And the rest….as they say….is love filled history. (Do “they” really say that?) This week we’re chatting with the energetic and fun loving powerhouse couple behind United Tiny House Association, John and Fin. This funny and generous duo lives in a 300 square foot tiny house in Georgia with their six (Or 7?) cats. But even if you’re not a cat lover we know you’ll love the story of how they met, the first Atlanta Tiny House Festival, why they decided to donate the proceeds of their events to charities, why their volunteers love them (almost as much as we do) and their less-than-linear direction towards minimalism. But don’t let the term “association” lull you into thinking these are passive folks. No way! They’re the passion and drive behind the Atlanta and Florida Tiny House Festivals and Michelle is positively giddy that she’ll be joining the crazy party in March. Maybe you should too!!??
http://unitedtinyhouse.com/

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#E76 Living Tiny Down Under – with Darren and Lisa

#E76 Living Tiny Down Under – with Darren and Lisa

It’s not often that we get to interview tiny house enthusiasts on other continents, so this week we’re THRILLED to feature two very influential and dedicated individuals from Down Under; Darren and Lisa from Tiny Houses Australia. Even Michelle is a little jealous of the following these two have amassed since they ventured onto the tiny house scene. We think that ANY story told with an Australian accent is fun to listen to and this one is no exception. Listen in this week while we discuss relationships in tiny spaces, the unique challenges of building and living in tiny houses in Australia, as well as some common themes heard no matter what country you’re parking in. They may not have all the TV shows we do, or the Festivals and Jamborees and Conferences that we do, but they’ve got the same real estate and zoning challenges we have here in the US and are enthusiastically facing them with the same change-is-good attitude.

http://www.tinyhousesaustralia.com/

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#E75 Tiny House Swoon, Three Boobs and a Mule with Steven Harrell

#E75 Tiny House Swoon, Three Boobs and a Mule with Steven Harrell

Today we chat with Tiny House Swoon owner, Steven Harrell (check this spelling). Steven created Swoon after a dream inspired him. This was after he had already created several other tiny house websites, including tinyhouselistings.com and tinyhousevacations.com. Obviously Steven has tiny houses flowing in his veins. But it hadn't always been that way. Before tiny houses he was a successful entrepreneur living the high life. That high life ending abruptly was a good thing because it lead to Steven finding his passion.

Today Steven lives on a North Carolinian island, enjoying a life purpose built around all things tiny.

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#E74 "Minimalism Is The New Black with Joshua Becker"
E73 Riding Along on A Reclaimed Adventure That Leads to Love and Buns with Jess and Dan Sullivan

E73 Riding Along on A Reclaimed Adventure That Leads to Love and Buns with Jess and Dan Sullivan

Many tiny house enthusiasts start out with the the notion that they’ll build a tiny house using reclaimed materials to save money. This certainly MAKES sense. The reality of that plan, however, is often difficult to implement as Jess and Dan Sullivan will explain on this week’s episode. But, despite the challenges, they proudly report to having used 40% reclaimed materials on their utility-free tiny house. But now, they’re moving on. What? Say it isn’t so! Listen in this week while this fun couple talks about what’s it like to live with someone, full time, in a house with no plumbing. And this fun conversation doesn’t stop there. What early life experiences led to their “Ah Ha” moment that then lead to their tiny house? How does this power couple balance the power in their relationship? And, why oh why did they sell their tiny house!? (Noooo!!!????)…..and speaking of “Noooooo!!!???”.....We certainly hope that our listeners appreciate the crass and irreverent nature of our show. With that said, however, you might NOT want to turn up the volume at work for the opening banter on this episode. Consider yourself warned. Or intrigued. You pick.
www.facebook.com/anothertinyhousestory

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E72 Jamaica or BUST!! with Domenic Mangano

E72 Jamaica or BUST!! with Domenic Mangano

When we think of Jamaica we certainly don’t think of a small town in Vermont but that’s where we’ll be podcast partying this week. (insert steel drum sound bite here) This week we’re chatting with the Jamaica Cottage Shop’s Founder, Domenic Mangano, and delving into the transforming world of backyard sheds, cottages, chicken coops, playhouses, DIY tiny house kits, and his uber creative vision for his own tiny corner of the tiny house world. His operation, however, is anything but tiny! We’re always somewhat surprised (but by now we really shouldn’t be) by the common thread that connects all tiny house enthusiasts. And this week Domemic is weaving a colorful story that incorporates a love of nature and everything outdoors, a desire for a healthier planet, a very creative outlook on cottage design and life, a die-hard work ethic, and optimism for the growth of the tiny house movement at large. Seriously.This guy knows his shit and it shows in everything he does! Vermont may be cold, but after this conversation, we’re all warmed up now! Smiles and laughter has a way of doing that to us.
http://jamaicacottageshop.com/

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#70 Trying to Keep Up with Darin Zaruba

#70 Trying to Keep Up with Darin Zaruba

Few people in the tiny house movement have has as great of an impact as our guest this week, Darin Zaruba. While he tends to prefer to remain very much in the background, his conviction is front-and-center-evident during his brain-child-event “The Tiny House Jamboree”. (both of them!) And that’s not the only major project he has on his plate! As the President of Eco Cabins, and now the Publisher of Turning Tiny (now available as an e-book, just in time for Christmas!) he noticed, early, the opportunities that the movement would bring and didn’t hesitate a moment to get involved and out in front of the not-really-tiny wave of interest. If you’re a facebook stalker like Michelle is, you’ve no doubt noticed him lobbying far and wide and often for better coding and zoning that will allow tiny houses to finally be legal. Darin is seemingly everywhere that tiny houses are and sometimes we wonder if he has a twin or a clone! His energy is contagious, his creative side is admirable, and his drive is unstoppable. (Psst…..if you listen real closely, you might hear the latest scoop about the location for the next Jamboree…. Sshhh, it’s a secret!)
http://www.ecocabins.com/
http://turningtiny.com/

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#69 Homesteading, Afro Latina Style, with Bonnielee and her Rooster

#69 Homesteading, Afro Latina Style, with Bonnielee and her Rooster

We first met Bonnielee at the Tiny House Jamboree and were pretty happy that she set aside some time this week to chat with us about her own personal journey to tiny house living with her son in the mountains of Tennessee. Armed with a journalism degree, a particularly keen sense of fashion, and an eye for beauty; she finally found her peace and place on 15 acres far from where her adult journey began. After growing tired of the fast pace of New York City and a life changing divorce, she found solace and inspiration in an unexpected spot. Her love of animals and the outdoors is what drives her and we love her creative advice on how others might follow in her homesteading footsteps. We know you’ll be inspired by her story AND her Rooster’s insistence that he really should have been the star of this week’s interview. Cock-a-Doodle-Doo!
http://bohemianecolove.com/
http://withlovebonnielee.com/

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#68 Welcoming Portland’s Newest Hotelie’s at The Tiny Digs Hotel

#68 Welcoming Portland’s Newest Hotelie’s at The Tiny Digs Hotel

OMG! We already LOVE Pam and Bruce and Allison and we just met them! This week we’re cuddled up in the cozy living room of one of the tiny houses at the newest addition to Portland’s Hotel Scene; The Tiny Digs Hotel. All 6 of us. Too fun! This hotel has a huge dose of charm, lots of open space, and (so far) 5 tiny houses. Whether you're a fan of modern aesthetics, or love a good old fashioned barn raising, you’ll find a tiny house that is guaranteed to provide you a fun and unique overnight stay! You might think this will be just like another tiny house hotel’s story but his week’s interview is not without a few surprises. (Spoiler Alert! We were shocked to hear that the entire project, from idea to Grand Opening, took only 12 months!?) If you have ever wondered how “serendipitous” really works, listen in this week while these lovely friends share their story of meeting, meeting again, realizing they were meant to be partners, and then jumping in HEAD FIRST to the tiny house hotel world by ordering trailers before they even had a place to put them. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this tiny, but growing, collection of tiny houses built with the traveler in mind.
http://www.tinydigshotel.com/

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#67 Joining the Mile High Club with Bruce Campbell

#67 Joining the Mile High Club with Bruce Campbell

In the tiny house world we tend to think we’re the only ones with problems moving our houses. But, now we know better. This week we were quite surprised, and entertained, by Bruce’s story about why he decided to move into a retired Boeing jetliner, how he moved it, what he did with the leftover parts, and why the nose of his “house” appears to be precariously perched on a pile of pallets. One third Engineer, one third Artist, and one third Passionate Music Enthusiast; Bruce literally lives on the cutting edge of the Reuse and Recycle Movement. And, he’s not stopping there. What’s next for this retired world traveler? How do you fit a musical performance onto the wing of an airplane? And what actually happens to the hundreds of aircraft that are retired from service every year? If you love small space stories with an reclaimed aerospace twist, you’ll love this unrivaled story of efficient use of space, and a few fun aircraft puns thrown in for good measure.
http://www.concertonawing.com/

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#66 Making Difficult Decisions with Ethan Waldman

#66 Making Difficult Decisions with Ethan Waldman

It was bound to happen. Michelle traveled to Tiny House Summer Camp in Vermont and met a few new friends? Say it ain’t so!? And, since she was there “on assignment” the podcast crew was pretty happy that she came back with more than just a few souvenirs. This week we’re interviewing Ethan Waldman, a cool and funny speaker at that now infamous backwoods event (and many other events) and a pioneer in the tiny house movement. Even if you’ve never met him, however, you most certainly know about his very famous e-book “Tiny House Decisions”. In it, he not only explains all of the various “decisions” and options a tiny house builder faces, but which ones he chose, and (surprising to us) which ones’ he regrets. We can’t imagine tiny living in the frigid temperatures of Vermont in Winter but he not only does, he teaches others how to! Ear candy is a given, this week, when you listen to Ethan tell us how he balances tiny country life, condo city life, working from home, and all about his latest life addition; his adoring wife. Awwww….. We really do love a good tiny house story with such a happy and romantic twist.
http://www.thetinyhouse.net/

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#65 Flying Under the Radar with Celeste

#65 Flying Under the Radar with Celeste

We really LOVE having live studio guests and this week was especially fun! Michelle’s friend Celeste just got her tiny house delivered and we couldn’t be more happy for her. She’s not a blogger, or a builder, or a speaker (so, no, you can’t Google her) but she’s a fun, creative, driven, and focused professional, livin’ in a secret corner of Oregon; with a great story to tell about her decision to go tiny. How did she decide which builder to choose? Why didn’t she build her own? Where and how did she get financing? What has been her biggest challenge so far? How has living tiny affected her view of the future? Celeste has so much in common with many of our tiny house podcast listeners and we think you’ll get a lot of great info and inspiration from this “Lady on the DL”.

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#64 Turning A Hobby into a Jobby with Lisa Flynn

#64 Turning A Hobby into a Jobby with Lisa Flynn

Need a good excuse to shop? Looking for an amazingly fun way to make a living? Love lemonade? We’re thinking you would love doing what our guest at Beautiful Wrecks does. Their mantra is “Stay, Play, or Take it Away” and we love the idea so much we’re not sure which we’ll choose. This week’s interview with Lisa was so fun, we’re already planning a trip to Bend Oregon to tour her amazing collection of vintage trailers at what she calls “Rancho Del-Wrecko”. Lisa describes herself as a pathological risk taker but we wouldn’t mind coming along on “Mr Toad’s Wild Ride” with her at the wheel not one little bit. Hearing her describe her Summer of Fun, made us nostalgic. Listening to her story about how her father influenced her creative side, and how she learned to focus on what’s more important than Family, Life, and Country; helped us appreciate again how our own hard lives have made us better people. Don’t really have the time to listen this week? Need the Cliff Notes version of our show this week? “Do something now. Commit to it. Focus on the goal. And, it’s OK to change your mind.”
http://beautifulwrecks.com/about-us/

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#63 California Dreaming, Fresno Style with Nick and Pat from California Tiny House

#63 California Dreaming, Fresno Style with Nick and Pat from California Tiny House

When great minds think alike, and then great minds partner up, great things happen. And when our guests this week partnered with their local municipality to advocate for allowing tiny houses to be legally used as accessory dwelling units (ADU’s) REALLY great things happened! Despite their workload and backlog, Nick and Pat from California Tiny Homes took time to chat with us this week about the groundbreaking progress that is being made, and has already been made, towards legalizing tiny homes on towns across the US. This duo, along with other Fresno area advocates, have created a true tiny house win/win situation; builders who no longer have to worry about where their customers will park their tiny house. And, we think it’s a brilliant model worth noting, and following. And we’re not the only ones. Zach brought them along to the Jamboree stage to share a bit of their story, but certainly left us wanting more. So if you too are looking for the rest of this story, we’re more than happy to oblige.
http://www.californiatinyhouse.com/

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