Building The Tiny House Blog

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How To Find Local Tiny House Communities

How To Find Local Tiny House Communities

Being a tiny house owner is great, but it can sometimes get a little lonely. "Normal" people often look at you like you're crazy when you tell them where you live, so it's not a surprise that many tiny house dwellers find themselves wishing they had likeminded...

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Should Your Tiny House Have a Skylight?

Should Your Tiny House Have a Skylight?

The idea of sleeping under the stars is a romantic one, so skylights are something that many tiny house builders dream of incorporating into their plans. But just how easy are they to install? Are they as practical as they are beautiful?
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How To Finance A Tiny House

How To Finance A Tiny House

Part of the appeal of tiny house living is being able to avoid spending your whole life paying off a huge mortgage. Many people in the tiny house community are also minimalists who endeavour to live simply and debt-free. But, while building or buying a tiny house does cost way less than building or buying a regular house, it still doesn't come cheap.
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Why I Decided to Build a Tiny House on Wheels

Why I Decided to Build a Tiny House on Wheels

One question that I've been asked over and over is ”why did you decide to build your tiny house on wheels?" The answer is multifaceted and I'm sure each tiny house dweller’s reasons are slightly different from one everyone else's. However I'm sure many other tiny house dwellers would identify with my reasons.
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How to Choose the Right Tiny House Heater

How to Choose the Right Tiny House Heater

I'm often asked how you choose the right heater for your tiny house. It's a good question because there are a number of different elements you need to consider when deciding how to heat your tiny house. In this post, I'll take you step-by-step through the process of finding the right heater for you and your tiny house.
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Tour of the Tiny House Loft

Tour of the Tiny House Loft

Have you ever wondered what it's like to sit or sleep in a tiny house loft? Are you currently debating whether or not to include a loft in your tiny house? Have you wondered what difference an extra few feet can make in a tiny house loft?
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How I'm Preparing My Tiny House For Winter

How I'm Preparing My Tiny House For Winter

Now that winter is well and truly on its way, I thought I'd give you an update on how things are going in my tiny house and on how I'm preparing it for the cold Vermont weather. I recorded the video below on a rainy day to show you the changes I've made to the tiny house to keep us warm this winter.
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Podcast Feature: Extra Pack of Peanuts

Podcast Feature: Extra Pack of Peanuts

I join Travis to talk all about tiny houses, how to build them, how to decide if they’re right for you, and most of all, how they afford you more freedom to travel. We go in depth about how much it cost me to build my house, the problems I faced, and the great rewards...

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Tiny House Hyperlapse

Tiny House Hyperlapse

I've been having a lot of fun with Instagram's new time lapse app, Hyperlapse. Particularly for capturing goings on at the tiny house. Here are a few of my recent captures: How I make Coffee at the Tiny House Approaching the Tiny House And a few nice still shots: Have...

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Your Questions, Answered

Your Questions, Answered

I answer every single email that I receive, because I like to extend the courtesy that some kind tiny housers gave to me while I was building. I've been getting some really good questions lately, so I thought I'd share some recent ones with you here on the blog.
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Living Small Documentary

Living Small Documentary

Guess what? I'm in a movie! Okay, I know I'm being silly, but it was exciting. The talented Stephen Hewitt, an MFA student from Emerson College, traveled to Vermont last fall to interview me at the tiny house. I think the finished project is wonderful. I highly...

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Moving Day

Moving Day

September 8, 2013 That was the day that I moved my tiny house from the place where I built it to the place where I live in it. Despite being less than a 10 mile journey, it was exciting, exhilarating and terrifying all at once. The second the house started to roll, I...

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The Front Door

The Front Door

After many days of hard work in the (luckily) sunny November weather we've been having, the Shiplap portion of the siding is almost done! The areas where you still see yellow will get cedar shingles in some form, but I think we are going to wait on those for the time...

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Trim!

Trim!

The outside of the tiny house is getting dangerously close to completion! Jason and I worked until dark yesterday installing rough cut cedar 1x4 as trim.    

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The Forgotten Blog

The Forgotten Blog

Okay people, I admit it. I've forgotten about the tiny house blog for now. If you'll allow me to make an excuse: I've been too busy actually building the tiny house to produce any decent content. However, that doesn't mean you can't still follow my progress. I've been...

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