Want the Kids to Stick Around When You’re Old? Build a Tiny House Family Compound!

I don’t think the parents at My Little Homestead were planning that far ahead – or maybe they were (shhhh) – but by building tiny earthen ‘bedrooms’ with their kids they’ve ended up with their own tiny house community. A cluster of tiny homes like this would make it an easy choice for kids to stick around – or come back home. They would always have a tiny home of their own.

The benefits of this seem endless. Throughout our lives there are times we want independence and there are times we need help. Throughout history families stuck together and supported each other. Communities grew when most families stayed close to home.

In America today it’s rare for families to live together – or even in the same city or state – but the benefits are huge. The family at My Little Homestead moved to the country initially for health reasons – but now I wonder if what they are creating may be a great model for others to follow.

In the video below the facility at My Little Homestead puts some finishing touches on their youngest daughter’s tiny earth bag ‘bedroom’. Shae designed it herself using the video game Minecraft and the family built it together. Soon Shae’s Earthbag Bedroom will be complete. From above it’s laid out in the shape of a heart. It has a sunken bedroom, plenty of space, and a staircase that leads to the roof for star gazing or fun.

To learn more about this family’s story and to see the construction of many of their videos head on over to the My Little Homestead YouTube Channel, read more on My Little Homestead website, and consider supporting them on Patreon.

What do you think? Would you want to move to the country and build a tiny community of your own?


Add Yourself to the Tiny House Map

The tiny house community is constantly growing. To find tiny folks near you use the Tiny House Map. Be sure to add yourself too. Complete as much or little of the profile as you’re comfortable.

To find tiny house professionals near you use the Tiny House Directory, which can be handy if you’re looking to tour or build a tiny house.

The Tiny House Map and Tiny House Directory are web services provided by Tiny Home Builders.


Occupy Madison Village Building a Sense of Community

Keith Valiquette says it was the sense of community that attracted him to Occupy Madison’s tiny house movement. And he predicts that others, even people who can afford regular-sized houses, will be joining him.” – Pat Schneider for The Cap Times

Continue reading about Tiny house occupant drawn to Occupy Madison village out of desire for community

Tiny House at Quixote Village – A Cure for Homelessness

Quixote Village, as it is now called, practices self-governance, with elected leadership and membership rules. While a nonprofit board called Panza funds and guides the project, needing help is not the same thing as being helpless. As Mr. Johnson likes to say, “I’m homeless, not stupid.”” – NYTimes.com

Read the full story about Small World, Big Idea at NYTimes.com. Photo credit to the New York Times.

Jay Shafer Tiny House Workshop with a Field Trip

Thought I would inform you that at Jay Shafer’s upcoming workshop in California this August 10-11, 2013, you’ll get to also go on a tour to see a bunch of tiny houses on a field trip the entire group will be taking.
Little things like that are what make certain workshops special to me, in my opinion. So I wanted to be sure you knew you could have this opportunity to see a variety of little homes on trailers while hanging out with Jay and a bunch of other tiny house enthusiasts.
Sign up for the workshop directly through Jay’s Four Lights Tiny House Company here.

Boneyard Studios Update – Tiny House Community

A tiny house community is emerging in Washington DC. Here’s the mid-August report.

“Lots of exciting progress. The biggest news is that Jay’s tiny house is in full swing, with flooring and insulation in place.  Check out the very cool time lapse video he’s making.  Lee and Tony are working away on her house, extending the floor one foot in front and back. Brian’s trailer is still sitting idly by, waiting for the structural engineer to complete review of the architectural drawings.”

Continue reading about the lot update (mid aug): gate welded, water on, construction in full swing, flowers | Boneyard Studios.


Should We Form an Intentional Community or Join One?

These folks are considering community. What would you do?

“Here is a question for our readers: Would you consider joining or forming an intentional community? And, if so, what kind of community would you be looking for?”

Post your comments after following this link… Should We Form an Intentional Community or Join One? – The Simple Life.

Dignity Village Update

I’ve written about Dignity Village in the past on Tiny House Design but wanted to share an update I stumbled on this past week. This is a community of tiny houses located outside Portland, Oregon built and maintained by a group of people working hard to find their own solutions for homelessness. Really inspiring story and place.

Dignity Village Update

Habitat for Artists

This is an interesting project run by Simon Draper. It’s a funky little tiny house artist community. You can read the whole story on Simon’s website. Here’s a short quote that summarizes the project:

Draper,who has long been working with concepts regarding habitat/shelter in his own art practice will provide each artist with a basic 6 ft. by 6 ft. shed, to be considered as an artist’s habitat/workspace for the duration of the art fair. The artist will inhabit this simple and temporary structure and use the space to create art works or turn the structure into an artwork prior to and during the time of the fair.

Habitat for Artists

Tiny House Eden

This is a great story about several homeless advocacy groups getting together to create a tiny house village for the homeless in Sacramento, California. Bathroom and kitchen facilities will be centralized but people will have their own tiny houses to sleep in at night. This seems like a great step in the right direction. I really hope projects like this are successful and set a precedent for more communities like this.

Tiny House Eden