I remember running away from home when I was three in the middle of dinner, in the middle of winter in Montana. Dad was teasing me and I gave him a warning but he didn’t believe me. Down the stairs and out the front door I flew. I could hear my mom chewing his ear off as I slammed the door.” – Tiny r(E)volution
With TINY still winning over audiences and being featured at film festivals around the world the cineplex is once again being invaded by tiny houses. Small is Beautiful will be a feature-length documentary film exploring the tiny house movement. The movement runs much deeper than architectural trends and design aesthetic. The stories being uncovered reveal an organic response to the societal constraints keeping people from fulfilling their life’s potential…” – Andrew
No matter what name you give it, it is something we feel is important for every family. With weather raging out of control and catastrophic emergencies happening in places we never thought possible (here and here, for example) these type of kits should be “on the ready”, packed and prepared for all kinds of emergencies including natural disasters like flooding and hurricanes, to technological chaos like blackouts, to a host of other things (excluding Zombie-invasions in which case you should just call Norman Reedus).
An emergency bag like each of our family members has is meant to carry the essential for 72-hour survival.”
Part of moving off-grid is having a realistic understanding of your personal and your homes energy consumption. If – like most of American households – you use appliances or home electronics chances are you are not fully aware of your electricity load. If you’re trying to decide whether to invest in a more energy-efficient appliance or you’d like to just determine your electricity loads, you will probably want to estimate your energy consumption. This will certainly move you in the right direction of achieving an off-grid lifestyle.” – Read more at Tiny r(E)volution >
The value of conferences is the information and insights one gains by hearing other people’s perspectives on a host of topics. Of course with the omniscience of social media we have seemingly become a world of conference ho’s. We shuttle to and fro listening to this speaker, Q&A’ing with that one. We buy the books and use the hashtags appropriately.
Alek Lisefski of the Tiny Project is a relative newcomer to the tiny house community. A web designer by trade, but with a passion for the visual arts, the great outdoors, architecture, and all things natural and beautiful he tends to find inspiration all around, though currently he only claims to stare at houses and get ideas.
I was recently challenged by one of the students in theSmall Home. Big Life. e-Cours(E) to talk more about passive solar opportunities in the small house/tiny house community. My initial response was that it was not in the course outline (for good reason, mind you) and that that was a huge challenge considering all of the layers of passive energy. After thinking about it some and even losing a little sleep over it I realized that the concept itself wasn’t all that hard and that some may want to know more about it or how to find out more about it.
The first time I saw a sleeping loft was on an episode of Little House On The Prairie. Fans of the show may remember the little sleeping area just behind the chimney stack that Charles built specifically for Laura and Mary to sleep in.
Andrew Odom and Laura LaVoie talk tiny houses.
For nearly three years we have written about every aspect of building a tiny house ranging from heating and cooling a tiny house to welding on scissor jacks to clearing land on which to live. But since January 2013 we have been living full time in our tiny house and the focus of our tiny life has changed.