Finding Balance in a Tiny House Community

People often say they’d like to live in a “tiny house community”, but what would that look like? What kind of “home” could balance your needs for independence and interaction with others? Lina Menard found her answers to those questions in the Simply Home Community.” – Billy Ulmer at Unlikely Lives

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Macy Miller: Following a Dream to Unexpected Places | Unlikely Lives

I did consider all the options, even having a kid. My life could have gone any number of directions, so I designed it to be very flexible… A lot of tiny houses have built-in furniture. I don’t have built-in furniture very intentionally. I like re-arranging a lot. There’s about nine different arrangements I could have for this furniture.” – Macy Miller via Unlikely Lives

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Billy Writes about How to Know If You Should Move into a Tiny House?

When I visited Esther in the tiny house she built with her husband Kenny, they seemed to have chosen their tiny home after carefully considering their priorities. They wanted to live in a really nice house, but the opportunity cost of a large house would have been the jobs they enjoy and the flexible schedules they value, and that was a cost they weren’t willing to pay.  Once they found out that tiny houses existed, they discovered an option that aligned with what was important to them: nice housing for a low cost.” – Billy Ulmer at Unlikely Lives

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Alex and Allison – Unlikely Lives

Alex and Allison weren’t concerned with the size of their house, but they wanted their home to provide easy access to the people and activities that make their lives feel full and meaningful. A tiny home was just the path that got them there. They bought a nearly vacant lot in the colorful, small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio and applied to build a main house and a fully legal, 320 foot, accessory dwelling. Once approved, they simply built the “accessory” first, and have lived there for over a year and a half.” – Billy Ulmer at Unlikely Lives

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Be Fearless and Have Fun – Erin’s Approach to Tiny House Living

Erin’s many attempts to legitimize her little house with the city didn’t result in a stamp of approval, but it did strengthen her belief that “the city” isn’t something to fear. It’s just a group of people who are doing their jobs, and are being asked a question they haven’t answered yet.” – Unlikely Lives

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The Unlikely Lives Tiny Home Collection by Billy Ulmer – Stories of Tiny Living

I’m creating a resource for people who are curious about tiny homes that answers the questions I always have when I struggle with big, scary decisions. My goal with each tiny home interview was to emphasize connection, not scrutiny or entertainment value, and then to convey that to you like you were there too – listening, seeing, and connecting.” – Billy Ulmer

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Quality Over Quantity – Esther & Kenny Living Less is More

Many people feel instantly drawn to tiny houses, seeing freedom and simplicity. But meanwhile, material culture struggles to understand the appeal, because it assumes we all have the same priorities: financial success, and the freedom to buy anything we want.  Material culture scratches it’s head and asks, “Why choose less when you could choose more?”” – Unlikely Lives

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Aldo Lavaggi – Unlikely Lives

Aldo has treated life in his tiny home as an experiment – keeping a watchful eye on why it interested him, how he went about building it, and how it has promoted or challenged his habits, thoughts, and general well-being. He was particularly eloquent on that last subject, presenting measured reflections on the complex subject of tiny houses and happiness… continues…” – Unlikely Lives

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Chris & Malissa, Committed to Home, But Not to a Mortgage

They began their tiny house in early 2012, carefully photo and video documenting their build process to contribute to what was (at the time) a small group of blogs and websites on the subject. ” – Billy for PAD Tiny Houses

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