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How to live in a tiny house.

Living in a house smaller than some people’s walk-in closets may not be for everyone, but those who are able to do so reap many benefits for themselves and for the world around them. Here are some tips for choosing the best type of small house for you and how to simplify your life so living in a small house is enjoyable and not confining.  Read more…


25 Brilliant Tiny Homes That Will Inspire You To Live Small

These micro houses prove that there is a certain beauty in finding a low-impact solution for you and your family. Bigger isn’t always better. Fans of the tiny home movement swear by it: when we simplify our lives and live “smaller” big savings – and improvements to the overall quality of your life – are possible.  Read more…


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The tiny house movement may be becoming popular, but it is far from new. Before humans settled down into permanent structures, tiny, mobile homes were the norm among our nomadic ancestors. Homes were designed to be packed up, moved and erected in a new place. Taking what our ancestors learned, ideas for modern versions are available….



A yurt is a portable, bent dwelling structure traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia as their home. The structure comprises a crown or compression wheel, usually steam bent, supported by roof ribs which are bent down at the end where they meet the lattice wall (again, steam bent). The top of the wall is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs. The structure is usually covered by layers of fabric and sheep’s wool felt for insulation and weatherproofing.




In North America, the Tipi was the Native American’s answer to the Eastern yurt. This structure, though different in shape, could also be packed up and moved when necessary. This is a conical tent, traditionally made of animal skins, and wooden poles. The tipi was used by the nomadic tribes of the Great Plains in North America. Tipis are stereotypically associated with Native Americans in the United States in general; however Native Americans from places other than the Great Plains mostly used different types of dwellings. The tipi is durable provides warmth and comfort in winter, is cool in the heat of summer, and is dry during heavy rains. Tipis could be disassembled and packed away quickly when a tribe decided to move and could be reconstructed quickly upon settling in a new area. This portability was important to Plains Indians with their nomadic lifestyle. Modern tipi covers are usually made of canvas. Contemporary users of tipis include historical reenactors, back-to-the-land devotees, and Native American families attending powwows or encampments who wish to preserve and pass on a part of their heritage and tradition.






Gypsy Wagons

Moving ahead a few years, we see Gypsy wagons rolling around Europe on primitive wheels. Even in that era, mobile, nomadic people were hard to categorize. They were often unwelcome and considered “unsavory”, as settled people did not know what to do with them or where to put them when they visited town. (In the future, in England, towns would consider building in areas of land for visiting nomadic people).  A vardo (also waggon, living wagon, van, and caravan) is a traditional horse-drawn wagon used by British Romani people as their home.] Possessing a chimney, it is commonly thought of as being highly decorated, intricately carved, brightly painted, and even gilded. The British Romani tradition of the vardo is seen as a high cultural point of both artistic design and a masterpiece of woodcrafters art.




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Sheep Wagon

The sheep wagon was “home on the range” for sheep herders with their shaggy old dog lying outside watching over the band of sheep in the nearby meadow. Sheep wagons made their debut between 1890 and 1930 on the western prairie and in the mountain meadows. These humble abodes were the homes of nomadic sheep herders who followed their bands of sheep in search of green pastures. This “home on wheels” was pulled from one location to another by a team of horses. As automobiles became popular, the large wooden-spoke wheels were often replaced by rubber tires. The team of horses was retired and a pickup truck replaced them. Although meager, this wagon was a shelter for the sheep herder which contained most of the necessities of life. It was a kitchen, bedroom, and living-room, ingeniously packaged into one small space.



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And finally, the Model T

Model T tiny house

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So you want to build your own tiny home, whether it sits on a foundation or it is a mobile unit. I guess the first question is…”Can anyone build a tiny house?” For the most part, an emphatically and resoundingly “yes, you can”. I don’t care if you think yourself limited. With some working capital, a few tools, a little skill and a lot of determination, “You can do it”. As someone who teaches Cognitive Behavioral Intervention techniques, I firmly believe that the only thing that would stop someone from building their own tiny house is their thinking. If you are committed to your dream, if you believe in yourself and if you truly want this opportunity to downsize your life…”You can do it.”


Here is an example of following one’s dream:

16 year old Austin Hay, who began building his very own 130-square-foot home in his parents’ backyard,. Now 17 and a senior in high school, planned to live in his tiny house after college to avoid getting a mortgage.
Austin has now completed his house, and it looks beautiful and well-made and very, very tiny. He’s been living in the house instead of in his childhood bedroom, and he has it registered as a trailer, so he can drive it to college if he has somewhere to park it. This video combines two tours — an early one before the project was done, and a recent open house showing the finished home and its features.      Video



Go Far, Take Chances and Live Passionately


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After many hours of soul searching and spending many nights on the internet, you have decided that you want to “live tiny”. Excellent. You have also decided between a tiny house on wheels or a foundation. The next step is to find your dream home…tiny sized. So where do you begin? You have only 3 choices here:

1. Purchase from someone who is advertising a tiny home they have constructed. But be careful as the market is filled with substandard units. Pay a personal visit to these units and use the same techniques as you would if you were buying a normal size house. If the tiny house is on wheels, construction is much more vital to the integrity, as is the frame and axles size. I have seen tiny houses built on boat trailers, utility trailers and other under-weight frames. Remember that the home and the frame will take much more abuse when pulling it down the road.

2. Purchase a unit from a reliable manufacturer and pay the cost. Many of these homes range in the $60K to $120K. Granted, you have the quality, the availability to customize and a short time from order to road time. There are many manufacturers available and many are very reliable, friendly and will take the time to sit down and discuss your ideas.

3. Built it yourself. This takes some research, some skills and some time to accomplish but the savings can be huge. You can build it to any size, configuration and customization that you can imagine. The pride of building it yourself is a bonus. Here you can build a tiny home for a few thousand dollars and the range and design will be what you can afford. Just remember that the frame and axle weight of the trailer is very important, as is the weight of the materials you use for construction. Depending on these factors will determine what size truck you will need to haul your tiny home to your dream destination.


Guess what….time to do more research…




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Even in the frozen North, a yurt’s so good

John Enger · · Dec 29, 2014


Grace Brogan and John Kamman live in a yurt.

It’s a squat round structure with lattice walls, a dome skylight and a few layers of canvas over the whole thing — think of a tent with stiff walls. Tents are great in the summer, but this is winter. In northern Minnesota.

Why would two employed people with three master’s degrees between them choose to live with only a quarter-inch of material between themselves and the elements? And how do they stay warm?

To find out, I drove a dozen miles north of Bemidji on a recent morning and hiked a quarter-mile across a snowy field. It was not yet dawn, and from the outside, the yurt’s vinyl windows glowed with firelight.

Inside, a small home’s worth of furnishings lined the circular wall. A calm mutt named Mabel loitered near the crackling wood stove. The yurt was actually a really nice place to be.

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Thinking about making the jump from 2500 sq.’ to 400 sq.’? Thinking and dreaming are excellent pastimes and searching the internet, finding beautifully built tiny homes can be fun, but to actually make the jump, you need to be well-informed and prepared. Making this change is a major adjustment and there are many facets that you need to be aware of. Remember that everything you have bought, collected and stashed away will not fit in the new life style. Are you willing to give up most of your belongings? And which ones do you keep?
The first questions you have to ask yourself (and find the honest answer) are:

1. Why do I want to do this?
2. Why do I want to give up a normal size home and downsize drastically?

When those who have already taken the jump were asked why they chose this lifestyle, the answers were individual and varied.

Jaime: “I was sick of paying rent and wanted something I could live in for a few years and abandon if I decided I wanted to do something drastically different with my life. I travel a lot and thus wanted something I could just leave.”

Roger: “I just wanted a simpler life. One that saved me expenses and reduced the stress I was feeling due to government fiscal ignorance”.

Rose: “I wanted to make a connection with the simpler times I remember as a girl. The world has gotten too crazy and I didn’t want to be caught up in that craziness.”

Lilah: “When you have too much space you end up with too much unwanted stuff! Small homes make you own only the most important things you love.”

Greg: “Living simply, having no mortgage, very little bills, [and the] flexibility of being able to move it.”

Corrine: “I wanted a house free of toxic chemicals in which I could heal from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Since I could not afford to buy land this was my best option.”

Jean & Dave: “We decided to start our tiny living adventure to find a way to save some money. Along the way, we discovered that our new home provides us with not only financial stability but also great satisfaction and happiness.”

No matter what your reason (s) is, you need to identify that reason, totally commit to that reason and totally understand the pro’s and con’s of such a change. Do your research. Talk to people, join forums and become very familiar with all the demands and benefits of micro living. It is much easier to learn from others who have already made the jump, than it is to find yourself in an unwanted situation.


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To begin the dream



Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. -E.F. Schumacker

The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. -Socrates

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