Simply Living – Build It for $10,000-$12,000 in Materials

What we came up with is a 20 foot house that can be fully completed for only $10,000-12,000 with all new materials even less with reclaimed materials… For a limited time, we are offering the plan package PDF download for whatever amount of money you decide and what you think they are worth. And we are going to donate 100% of the proceeds to charity, specifically I Care Atlanta which is a nonprofit devoted to ending homelessness.” – Tiny Home Builders

Learn more about this New House Plan For Charity at Tiny Home Builders.

Interior Shots Update of Tiny House Ontario

I had an MPAC person stop by my project, Tiny House Ontario a few days ago.  If you don’t know, these are the tax assessors that ensure that the people of Ontario pay their fair share of taxes. I am not opposed to paying my fair share of tax, what I oppose is the way that building codes do not allow people to build as they wish.  I absolutely understand and agree that they need to be put in place so that people don’t just build unsafe, cardboard dwellings in which they, their family and guests could easily burn to death.” – Laura

See more of Laura’s Tiny House in Ontario…

 

Metal Sheathing

The windows and roofing will be arriving this week. It’s a little later than we were expecting but in the meantime our metal sheathing is being installed.

We decided not to do traditional sheathing but we needed to have the metal sheathing installed over the house-wrap in key areas of the house to prevent racking and provide stability for when the windows and roof get installed.” …Continues

Living Off the Grid, Solar Power and the Simple Life

Today, this post by Solar Baby was brought to my attention. While she and her husband do not live in a tiny house I would argue that they do live intentionally and having solar power is a big part of their identity. I love that she takes on the myths of solar power systems and shares her insight on what solar power isn’t.
Since I do live in a tiny house which happens to be off the grid, I thought I might chime in on some of her topics here.” – Laura LoVoie

Living Tiny as a Way to Follow Your Dreams

For 15 years I worked in a career that I was good at but wasn’t feeding my spirit. I knew I needed to make a change but I felt stuck in a rut of increasing expenses. What I didn’t realize for a long time was that my desire to live in a conventional home was the very thing that was holding me back. In hindsight, I’m not sure why I ever thought that lifestyle was right for me.” …Continues

The Glorification of Busy-ness and Having Too Much Time on Our Hands

This past week I was at a small camping festival in rural Minnesota. The event featured several speakers throughout the week, including myself. I did two workshops. One was on beer and one was on tiny houses, two of my favorite subjects.

In my tiny house workshop I mentioned my problem with the way our culture has glorified the act of being busy. We aren’t socially allowed to have “too much time on our hands” or else we are judged by our peers or our community. I talked about how disturbing I find this trend and how slowing our lives down can create more satisfaction and peacefulness in our lives.