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I am an artist, a thinker and a minimalist at heart… I love being out in the sunshine… I love animals of nearly every kind, at least the furry ones, I am trying to be a gardener… I believe people are good at the core but are also capable of very bad things when they aren’t intentional about their actions… I love my family, my passions and my life… I am just me 

My Story:

Since I was a tiny girl I always wanted to build my own place that had everything I wanted in it, nothing more nothing less. My own personal ‘fort’. In the house I grew up in there was a space on the side of the deck where my folks built a dog kennel. It was sort of tucked back and thus was a sweet little hiding spot. I used to go out and hang a hammock in the kennel and hang out with the dog all the time. It was my favorite place to be, partly I’m sure because our German Shepard spent time there too… he and I were BFF’s. The thing about it was that I could only hang out there when the weather was nice. So I started thinking that I wanted to build an enclosed fort there. I actually started saving money for it when I was around 5-6 years old. I remember pricing out plywood and knowing that it would take me a LONG time to save up enough.

I started drawing up plans hoping mom and dad would see how passionate about it I was and feel sorry for me and eventually give in and just buy it for me :). The thing is I wanted it to symbolize my favorite thing at that point in my life. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t come up with a logical way to shape a plywood house into the shape of a dog… they were too tall, how would I enter without adding a really expensive elevator??

My next best animal was a rabbit, they were much easier to imagine converting to a fort for my small noggin. So I drew up plans for a rabbit shaped structure that would sit in the dog kennel area (approximately 8x15ish feet). I drew it up a hundred different ways and I remember my dad helping and thinking it was cool… at least encouraging me… it wasn’t cool enough to buy to him, but cool still.

That plan never worked out, I had to stay a resident at my folk’s place for another 10-12 years :), I was bummed!

I got pretty distracted from those plans by going to school but I always stayed passionate about building and design. I ended up going to school to be an architect. I am, right now in my internship period, I recently started taking my exams to get my license.  While studying I realized just how much I DON’T know. Not only in terms of what is on the exams but I don’t have a ton of ‘real world’ experience with a lot of the products and sciences I shamelessly promote. I want to build this tiny house in an effort to learn ACTUAL construction as well as to give me a baseline for understanding pros and cons for various building systems such as solar power, radiant heat, alternative sewage management etc. I want to document the construction process but also make a record of actual pros and cons of various systems as they function. In theory, I know a lot about these things, in reality I don’t. This is the main reason I am building this.

 

My Beliefs:

I very much believe that form follows function. Everything in a design should have a reason and a purpose. Good design can seamlessly integrate a plethora of systems and make it look natural. It can take various pieces and add them up to make a greater ‘whole’. I have no doubt there will be a lot of mistakes made from me on this house experiment but I will learn, that IS the ultimate point. In the mean time I get to not only learn about building, I get to learn about myself.

I will miss some things that I find lacking in my tiny house I’m sure (or maybe learn to appreciate them better) and I will realize some things I thought were ‘needs’ are really just wants. Either way I am going to strip my whole world back to what I consider the bare minimum for me to be happy. NOT the bare minimum for what I need to ‘exist’, there will be a lot of ‘excess’, but there are certain luxuries I don’t want to give up (like a shower with shoulder-room, a desk to work on, a chair for reading, an area to do my art work comfortably, etc.), these wants will be in my tiny house. There will be a lot that some deem as ‘needs’ that will not be though, like a spare bedroom, granite counters, a septic system to name a few. I want to prove to myself and to others that it is okay to challenge your own views of what you NEED and what you WANT.

Some say that this living situation won’t work for them, they have kids, or they ‘x’ or they ‘y’. And that may very well be true. But I want people to see that this is a valid direction to head, I may be more extreme about it than necessary but there will be lots of usable aspects for everyone to at least think about. The point overall about building environments is to have as little impact as possible on our ecosystem, in my opinion. Something that is a little closer to this WILL work for everyone. The thing about design is that it is fitting of the end user, or should be. You may not be able to build your home on the bed of a trailer and haul it into the woods at the end of its daily use to be used as a cabin but you CAN build a 600 s.f. house rather than a 2,600 s.f. house… You do not have to be this ‘extreme’ about re-evaluating your life but you CAN re-evaluate some things, you may be surprised at what you come up with, I have been.

Why Now:

Right now I am in a situation of paying someone else’s mortgage (rent), I hate that. There are actually LOTS of benefits to paying rent over a taking out a mortgage, I have learned that over the years. Certainly paying rent is better than buying a house you can’t afford, at high interest rates, low downs and long terms… I would MUCH rather rent than that but, I still hate renting.

There are also benefits in renting when you can ‘test’ out certain neighborhoods and see if you would actually like to put roots down there. You get to try out various layouts and figure out what you like best… I have enjoyed doing all of those things, I hate renting though, I don’t want to rent any longer.

Another, maybe lofty goal is to be able to travel around and learn how to build earth-ships in a couple years. It would be awesome to have a home I could take with me, off the grid and learn to take things to even the next step! That is a lofty dream, and I have a bit to cover first before going there… but still a partial reason I want to build my tiny home.

 

Why Tiny Works for Me:

*UPDATE*

During construction I met a boy (James), he loved the tiny house idea as much as me, he helped finish it up with me.  We’ve since been living tiny together in my tiny house for 6 months at this point (December 2013) with our great dane puppy.  Our daughter is due in March and we will be staying put in the tiny house.  This has allowed a perfect situation for us to live simply and for me to be able to raise my daughter instead of working so that I could provide her with day care.  We now have about a three/four year plan until I am guessing she will start needing some of her own space, that may happen sooner or later, I’m not sure.

*UPDATE 2*

Our next and last family member is on their way, we’ve been living tiny for 2 years and loving it (February 2015)!  Hazel is smart, ahead of the curve, I have been able to stay home and watch her/help her grow, a BIG priority for me.   James and I want two kids, preferably about 18 months apart like we are with our siblings, and we will have them, right about exactly when Hazel turns 1.5 we will be welcoming a new baby into the world.  We are planning a tiny house renovation/addition for this summer to help accommodate our growing family.  Our home will go from 196 s.f. to 232 s.f.

Tiny works with me because I like simple. I don’t have a ton of ‘stuff’, I don’t want a ton of ‘stuff’. I don’t have extended family or kids to shelter. I am single and don’t plan on starting a family for a couple years at least. I could afford to put visitors up in a hotel with the money I saved from not paying rent. My needs are simple. A simple house will be perfect for me.


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#95 Alan Graham and the Tiny House Gun and Knife Club

#95 Alan Graham and the Tiny House Gun and Knife Club

Tiny Houses are often offered up as a solution to homelessness. And while the Podcast Crew may have varying opinions on the subject, we can all agree that our guest this week has the best idea we’ve heard yet. No so long ago, Alan Graham left the comfy confines of his Westlake Hills home and took to the streets to hang with the people who inhabit them. It is a routine Graham has had since 2003, when he began hosting “Street Retreats” as part of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, the Austin nonprofit he co-founded in 1998, whose mission is to restore dignity to homeless people through food, clothing, and camaraderie. But, in all honesty, our favorite contribution of the Mobile Loaves & Fishes organization is the Community First Village. It is a 27-acre community in East Austin that provides affordable, permanent, small houses for the homeless. And, in exchange for modest rent, paid through wages or disability checks, residents have access to features like a medical facility for health screenings, an outdoor movie theater, and, perhaps most importantly, WiFi. We were inspired and impressed by this unique solution and we know you will be too! Hey! Alan! Keep up the great work!!
http://mlf.org/

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#94 Trying On A Tiny for Size With Maggie Daniels

#94 Trying On A Tiny for Size With Maggie Daniels

If the past three years have taught us anything, they have taught us that the lack of legal and welcoming spaces for tiny houses has kept the tiny house movement from blossoming into the bustling industry it should be. So many people want to live in a tiny house but are hesitant to build one, for fear of not finding a spot to park it. Our guest this week recognized this opportunity, and seized it by recently launching “Try It Tiny”; an online resource which connects tiny house enthusiasts and occupants, with landowners and tiny house owners. Listen in this week to hear how this hustling entrepreneur finds listings, about her challenges of launching a new website, and how she hopes to change the landscape of America and perceptions of the possibilities that tiny houses provide. Whether you want to park your tiny house in someone’s side yard for a month, stay on a back lot for a year, or simply try a tiny on for size; “Try It Tiny” will no doubt be the go-to place to meet your needs. We agree with Maggie, providing connections to places to park tiny houses will spur the movement along like no other effort can; and we’re excited to see it happen!

https://www.tryittiny.com/

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#93 My Billionaire Neighbors With Ariel McGlothin

#93 My Billionaire Neighbors With Ariel McGlothin

Jackson Hole Wyoming is well known as a playground for the rich and famous and the last place on earth you would expect to find a tiny house. But, as our guest this week explains, with enough tenacity you can indeed find the perfect secluded spot for your tiny house, even amongst the most inhospitable of neighbors. (Moose, Wolves, Elk, and Mountain Lions, of course!) Perched on the corner of a 300 acre estate, Ariel’s fully off grid tiny house provides her with the financial freedom to support herself by working part time as a waitress. And when she’s not working, she spends her time perfecting the art of wildlife photography and cooking. But off grid life is not all sunshine and naps. This hard working tiny-house-life-advocate hauls her water, shovels snow for more than a few months a year, and even cuts the wood for her stove. If you’re inspired by stories about women who kick ass, in more ways than one, tune in this week and hear how she does it all, and still has it all.

http://fynyth.blogspot.com/

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# 92 The Cop, The Kids, and Breakfast With Romania Myers

# 92 The Cop, The Kids, and Breakfast With Romania Myers

This week, we’re thinking outside the tiny house box again and having a ton of fun chatting with Romania (pronounced Ra-mon-ya) about her 1990 Bluebird home on wheels. What this bus originally lacked in amenities, it more than made up for in affordability. Romania and her husband paid only $100 to put the bus on layaway, and before they could say “all aboard”, this family of 8 was driving towards their dream. Inspired by the tiny houses they saw on HGTV, they immediately recognized the advantages of financial freedom and how having a mobile lifestyle would enable them to fulfill their mission to give back to their community. And, since Romania met her cop-husband on a bus, it seemed to be the perfect way to honor the beginning of their dream. Soon, they’ll be serving breakfast to their neighbors, welcoming all who are in need, and encouraging them to pursue their own dreams, one tiny step at a time.

http://tinyhousetrailblazers.com/2017/03/in-the-spotlight-2/

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#91 Batter, Batter, Batter, SWING!  It’s a HOME RUN!

#91 Batter, Batter, Batter, SWING! It’s a HOME RUN!

You may not easily recognize Adam Lehman, or the name “A New Beginning Tiny Homes” but we KNOW you’ll recognize his beautiful tiny blue house named “Tiffany” because it’s been seen everywhere like the Rock Star house that it is! It has already graced the front page of Tiny House Magazine, was featured on the TV show “Tiny House, Big Living”, received the best design award at the recent Georgia Tiny House Festival, and just spent the weekend for a photo shoot on a white sand beach in Florida. This week we’re chatting with this hometown favorite about his inspiration, his challenges, and his entry into the bright-lights world of tiny house fame. For a first builder, Adam really hit it out of the park on this one and his attention to details shows in every light fixture, the paint color and trim choices, and even the portable bathtub made out of old telephone poles. For now, he’s a one man show looking for a 2nd time up at bat, but we have confidence that the lucky buyer who discovers his talent will be thankful they didn’t have to stand in line too long. Yep. Very soon he’ll be buried with interview requests and build backlog. So if you’re in the market for a high end tiny you might want to take advantage of what will no doubt be Adam’s dizzyingly short off-season. The Tiny House Podcast crea has already purchased our front row tickets to see this All American builder strut his stuff, and we’re looking forward to another great inning!

https://www.facebook.com/anewbeginningtinyhomes/

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 #90 It’s All Tiny House and Yoga Pants

#90 It’s All Tiny House and Yoga Pants

Where were you when you were 23 years old? Did you have LIFE all figured out? No? We didn’t either. Our guest this week, however, is likely the youngest of our guests and yet no less impressive than the most seasoned of builders. Amanda Archambault (we dare you to pronounce THIS last name without help) is a designer turned passionate tiny house advocate and we have no doubt that she’s on her way to great things. The flexibility of tiny homes on wheels is well known. In addition to being someone’s forever home, they’re used as guest homes, vacation homes, travel homes, mobile bars, and even as mobile churches. Amanda has taken this vision one step further and her project, Pocket Living, is helping small business owners find efficient and affordable space for their craft in, you guessed it, tiny storefronts on wheels. Can’t decide on a theme for your tiny house? Stuck on a color decision? She and her business partners will also help you design the tiny house of your dreams. And just when you thought this too-busy-to-date young woman was too busy for one more project, she also works with a newly formed non-profit who is has launched a Kickstarter campaign to sell yoga pants made by women in crisis. And speaking of “in crisis”, Amanda didn’t skip a beat when she moved to a tornado shelter DURING OUR INTERVIEW amidst the sounds of sirens. Yes, the show must go on; and go on, it did…

www.tinypocketliving.co

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#89 An Amish Minister and a Tiny House Builder Walked Into a Bar…

#89 An Amish Minister and a Tiny House Builder Walked Into a Bar…

What do you get when you mix together one part Amish, one part rebel, and one part tiny house? Liberation Tiny Homes, of course! No matter how many builders we interview here on the Tiny House Podcast, we’re always impressed by the variety of the stories and the people, and this week is no different. After having been raised in the secluded environment of an Amish community in Pennsylvania, when given the chance, Jimmie Stoltzfus chose a different path for himself. His new life, however, didn’t stray too terribly far from his roots. Aft a bit of soul searching in his late teens, he took what he had learned in the building trades as a growing boy, and applied them to his passion for tiny efficient spaces, and the results are stunning. There are no cutting corners in his little corner of the world. And when you see them, it won’t take you long to notice that Jimmie takes his work and his designs very seriously; and it shows in every tiny, perfectly plumb, perfectly square, aspect of his houses on wheels. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the conviction in these inspired homes, but you just might be converted in the process.

www.liberationtinyhomes.com

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#88 Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs, and a Purple Bus with Susan Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher

#88 Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs, and a Purple Bus with Susan Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher

"Once there was a farmhouse in a field of hay.." is the opening line to an adorable new children's book called “The Big Adventures of Tiny House” being released in April. Roll along with us this week as Susan and Courtenay, the books’ author and illustrator, share how building a book is a lot like building a tiny house, and why indie publishing appeals to these very creative DIY-ers. You'll hear what inspired their story of an old farmhouse that gets salvaged and repurposed into “Tiny”; a little house with a big heart and WHEELS, who sets off on a cross-country journey to figure out the true meaning of home. We loved hearing about their creative process, and how their own family histories influenced the book; and we know you will too! So, sit back, settle into your favorite chair, grab a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate - it's story time!

www.SunKissesMoonHugs.com

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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.
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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.
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