You may know him as the host of Tiny House Nation, but Zack Giffin has a lot going on in the tiny house world. Though he’s as close as we may come to a “tiny house celebrity”, Zack is a thoughtful advocate for tiny house living, those in need, and it shows in all of his pursuits. In this conversation, we’ll find out what draws Zack Giffin to the tiny house movement and what keeps him here. Plus, what’s it like working on a tiny house reality show? Stick around!
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In This Episode:
- Zack's experience, inspiration, and love for tiny houses
- How ski culture, the tiny house lifestyle, and environmental conservation all compliment each other
- Hindrances to growing the tiny house movement parallel the difficulties with social equality
- What is attrition and how can ADU laws help mitigate it?
- The pros and cons of requiring tiny homes to have an RVIA certification
- Operation Tiny Home: helping people heal by giving them access to community
- How does Zack use his show to advocate for equality?
- The solution to the loft: the feature that made Zack's favorite tiny home
- Principals of the Zack Rabbit Tool Company
Links and Resources:
- The Opportunity Atlas
- The Coming Exodus of Older Homeowners
- Operation Tiny Home
- The Small House Book by Jay Shafer
- Making Room by AARP
- Raj Chetty
Zack is a carpenter, professional skier, and tiny home builder who specializes in creative solutions to make small spaces more livable. He is the Vice President of the Tiny Home Industry Association, an owner of the Zack Rabbit Tool Company, and the Co-host of Tiny House Nation on A&E and Netflix. In 2016, Zack started working as a board member and director of the non-profit Operation Tiny Home, teaching construction skills and helping to develop tiny home villages for homeless veterans around the country.
Zack's Outdoor Research Tiny House
3-in1 BBQ bench
Wooden door hinge
A swing in a tiny house!
Beautiful custom shelves in a well-traveled tiny house
A bench outside of a tiny home
A custom door latch
Expandable breakfast desk
Operation Tiny Home Veterans Workshop
Tiny home and retail space all in one!
The most spectacular road trip the tiny house has ever driven, according to Zack