This week, I’m excited to catch up with my friend Laura LaVoie. Laura and Matt were early tiny house bloggers that I followed while building my own house, and they really embody what I see as the tiny house lifestyle- going beyond what it means to just live in a tiny house and changing the entire course of their lives. Stick around!
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In This Episode:
- The “why-to” vs the “how-to” of the tiny house lifestyle
- Altered plans make the house custom
- The Zen of building a tiny house
- Living tiny influences the rest of your life
- Building a tiny house is an adventure
- What a tiny house can and can't fix in your life
- Do you have to live in a tiny home in order to live mindfully?
- Can you make a poorly-designed space work for you?
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Laura M. LaVoie is a writer currently living in Decatur, Georgia with her partner, Matt, and their cat, Toast. In 2012, after working as a recruiter for 15 years, Laura quit her job to move to the mountains of Western North Carolina. Things changed again in the summer of 2018 when Matt was accepted into the Emory University School of Law. Their return to Atlanta, where they lived for almost 10 years before, marked the next adventure for two people who have a hard time sitting still.
She's been a figure in the Tiny House movement since she and Matt built their own 120 square foot tiny home near Asheville, North Carolina. They began their project in 2009 and Laura wrote about the experience on her blog, Life in 120 square feet. They have also traveled around the country to speak about tiny homes at conferences and festivals. Laura really prefers to focus on the philosophy of tiny living: not the how-to, but the why to.
Her book, Life in 120 Square Feet: The Essays is available on Amazon.
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Getting it all measured out
First plywood up
Little House in a clearing
Building the porch roof
Front of the house wrapped
Putting on a porch roof
Stained panels on
Finished porch deck
Starting to look like a house
The first sneaky occupant
Kitchen and loft ladder
Kitchen, couch, and loft ladder
Workspace and table
Chomsky the gnome and a bench made of reclaimed barn wood