Your Host, Ethan Waldman
Tiny House Author, Speaker, & Teacher
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More Recent Episodes
When to Consider an RV instead of a Tiny Home with Brian Aleksivich – #255
Why would someone choose an RV over a tiny house? When Brian Aleksivich and his wife downsized from a 35-acre homestead they chose an RV over a tiny house on wheels. In this episode, we explore the advantages and disadvantages of their choice, factors to consider when choosing between an RV and a tiny house, and also touch on the challenges of living with three Saint Bernards in a relatively small space.
DIY Building a Beautiful Tiny House for $20k with Carina Gibson – #254
How can minimalism inform both your lifestyle and building techniques? This week, a multidisciplinary artist talked to me about her process as she built her first tiny house in 2019 with no prior building experience. Carina Gibson’s beautifully designed tiny house was built on a tight budget using repurposed materials and her imagination. In this intriguing conversation, she explains why she calls herself Dirtbag Minimal on her online profiles, how minimalism plays a role in her building and lifestyle choices, and why she just had to build a second tiny house studio.
Tiny Profile: Art Teacher’s Tiny Home and Studio with Tina Quintana – #253
I love sharing insightful interviews of everyday people who are living in or building tiny homes in different and unique ways. Tina Quintana is a teacher who has maximized the potential of her tiny abode as a studio space, a guest room, a full-time tiny home, and even a virtual classroom. We dive into why she opted to build out a shell and how it works for her. Tina offers valuable information and encouragement for those who lack building experience but still want to be involved in their tiny home build.
What a Structural Engineer Thinks about Tiny House Foundations with Bill Taha – #252
Are you struggling to choose the perfect foundation for your tiny home? This week, Bill Taha shares expert insights and tips from a structural engineer’s perspective. He explains which materials are best suited for different climates, offers advice on how to safely anchor your tiny home, and suggests budget-friendly options for building a sturdy foundation. Check out the video of our interview and Bill's informative presentation in the show notes at thetinyhouse.net/252.
Her Builder Bailed: A Tiny House Journey From Shell to Home with Kate Bohn – #251
Kate Bohn is among the voices that I've been eager to feature from Tiny House Engage, my online tiny house community. In this episode, Kate explains how she turned her tiny house dream into a reality, even after her original builder was unable to complete her build. She and her husband completed the build from an empty shell while negotiating rising costs and learning new skills.
The Philosophy of Extreme Minimalism with Teekay Rezeau-Merah – #250
This week’s episode is all about the philosophy that helped shape a nomad’s life. Teekay Rezeau-Merah talks to me about veganism, extreme minimalism, and nomadism and the principles that guide him in this world.
He’s Living the Tiny Dream in an $800 Truck Bed Camper with Matt Coldren – #249
Want to be inspired by someone who decided to jump into the tiny lifestyle using what he had? Matt Coldren didn’t wait for permission or save up a bunch of money for his tiny home. He bought an inexpensive camper shell and moved right into his pickup truck! Matt’s living life his way while he travels for work and plans to live tiny well into the future.
International Vanlife Adventures and Challenges with Frankie and Alex – #248
This week, I got to talk to an amazing couple that has been living in their van for about four years! Frankie and Alex, aka FnA Van Life, tell me about living nomadically in Central and South America and why they upgraded from their first van to their second van after about a year. Frankie and Alex are also podcasters and YouTubers, and they have some great stories, amazing tips, and wonderful energy to share.
Retired Teacher Builds DIY Tiny House on Wheels with Bill Knapp – #247
This week’s guest is a longtime member of my online tiny house community, Tiny House Engage. His name is Bill Knapp, and I’ve been fortunate to be able to watch his build take shape over the last couple of years. Bill is a retired educator and he’s quite skilled in construction, among other disciplines. He put together a fascinating PowerPoint presentation so we decided to share the video of this podcast interview, which I normally don’t share beyond Tiny House Engage.
The Ultimate Heated Water Hose and Other Smart Products I Recommend for Tiny Living – #245
When I built my tiny house 10 years ago, I missed out on some of the more modern smart home things, like smart locks and smart thermostats. I’ve spent the last few months modernizing the house to make it work as an Airbnb in its current location. In this episode, I review all of the things I purchased for my tiny house in 2022. Whether you’re planning or building your tiny house or already living tiny, you can definitely find things in this episode to make your tiny lifestyle a whole lot easier.