Your Host, Ethan Waldman
Tiny House Author, Speaker, & Teacher
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Boxabl is Creating a Modular, Foldable, Affordable Building System for Tiny Houses and Beyond – #113
Boxabl is Creating a Modular, Foldable, Affordable Building System for Tiny Houses and Beyond It’s not often that I extend an invitation to the podcast from a cold email, but when Galiano Tiramani sent me photos of Boxabl’s Casita, I knew I had to have him on the show. The Casita is Boxabl’s modular ADU that ships flat and is easily assembled on-site for just $49,500. In this conversation, we’ll talk about the technology, manufacturing, and future plans for this innovative startup.
Justin and Bianca Metz live in a 240sf tiny home with their toddler, Bodhi. The journey to living tiny was anything but smooth. After a terrible experience towing the house which resulted in a $7000 towing bill, finding parking wasn't easy. They are now living as land stewards in trade for tiny house parking. Living tiny has enabled Bianca and Justin to live in more connection with nature, and we cover it all in this interview, from permaculture to parking, to parenting.
Kristie Wolfe is an Airbnb rockstar. Even if you don't recognize her name, you've probably seen one of her incredible Airbnb's, whether it's her treehouse in Hawaii, her Hobbit Holes in Washington, or her Fire Tower in Idaho. She also transformed the old Idaho potato into a bohemian chic hotel room. Kristie is also extremely frugal- she builds her tiny homes for a fraction of what you would expect by looking at them, using salvaged materials and making things herself. In this conversation, we cover Kristie's building philosophy, how she transforms properties into desirable Airbnbs, how she finds cheap land, and more.
Jennifer Fuist used to be a hoarder but was so tired of her belongings controlling her that she decided to change her life once and for all. She sold over 4000 items on Facebook and in the end, was finally free to live more simply. Fast forward 1.5 years and Jen's been sharing her tiny house journey & lifestyle with the world on her YouTube Channel, Tiny Dreamer. She lives with her 3 cats and runs a small herbal & natural remedy business out of her tiny home called Goddess of Herbs! Here is her story!
Kari Gale sold everything she owned, booked a one way ticket to Spain, walked the Camino de Santiago. Upon her return, Kari built an amazing tiny house on wheels that has some features that have made it a very popular YouTube video tour on Living Big in a Tiny House. In this conversation with we talk about the special features of Kari's house, and the journey that brought her to tiny living. So, what's it like to sell everything you own? Kari shows us how her journey helped inspire her tiny house lifestyle and how we can all apply lessons from her travels to our own lives.
Richard Ward of Terraform Tiny Homes has built and lived in three different Tiny Homes named T1, T2, and T3. These include a converted Honda element, a very small tiny house built on a converted boat trailer, and a full-size gooseneck tiny house. Richard's homes are really well thought out, and he actually practices the tiny lifestyle that he helps others achieve. Richard recently purchased a tract of land outside of Bisbee, Arizona, where he is setting up an off-grid, tiny homestead of sorts, and welcoming other tiny houses to come and live. In this conversation, we'll kind of talk about his life journey that led him to the tiny lifestyle, his various tiny homes, and his latest endeavor setting up a permanent property for a tiny house homestead in the desert.
Sophia and Henry are currently living in their self-designed and built 28′ THOW in Northern Minnesota, where they experience a full range of seasons, including a very cold and long winter. We start with an in-depth discussion of how they are staying warm in their tiny house and preventing their water from freezing on the way in and the way out. If you're thinking of living in a cold climate, this is not to be missed. From there, we turn to rethinking the American dream and a discussion about values, lifestyles, and where a tiny house fits in for a young couple. Don't miss this interview with Sophia and Henry Jungbauer!
How to Prepare for Boondocking: Food, Water, and Supplies for Off-grid Life in a Van, Boat, or Tiny House with Kristin Hanes – #106
When you're living off-grid in a van or sailboat, you have to plan carefully to make sure you have things like food and water. Today on the show, we are joined by Kristin Hanes, the editor in chief of the popular tiny living blog, The Wayward Home. Kristin's first experience with tiny living started by living in a Prius(!) with her partner. It then progressed to a sailboat, and finally a Chevy Astro Van. Kristin has spent extensive time boondocking in the van and sailing off-shore. In this interview, we'll talk about how she prepares for living off-grid for weeks at a time- how to plan, shop and store things like food and water. Plus, we'll talk about the benefits of the boondocking lifestyle.
Learning to Build with Wild Abundance: Natural Building, Permaculture, and Empowerment with Natalie Bogwalker – #105
After practicing primitive living and building for several years, Natalie Bogwalker turned her attention to teaching. Bogwalker teaches many natural building techniques at her school, Wild Abundance. But what is natural building? There are so many different techniques, and Natalie helps us focus on practicality when it comes to choosing a natural building method. Natalie also has a strong background in permaculture and will give us a primer on how it intersects with the tiny house movement. Natalie is here to share the message that learning to build is a gateway to self-empowerment.
Danielle LaRock and Jonathan Carnill are the founders of Tiny Haven, which offers unique tiny homes, airstream, and cabin rentals in the Harpers Ferry, VA area. Danielle and Jonathan have purchased 3 small houses (2 on wheels), plus an airstream. On the road to creating their business, they ran into some legal hurdles that required them to move all three of their tinies. We'll cover it all in this interview.