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10 Posts Every Tiny House Person Should Read

Over the years I’ve written a lot about tiny houses, over 1,000 posts in fact, and I thought it would be good to share some of the best posts for you today.  These are our most popular “how to” posts from over the years

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1. Welcome To The Tiny Life

Ryan’s tiny house FAQ

2. Tiny House Plans Review page

Helping you choose the best tiny house for you

3. Setting Up Your Land For A Tiny House

All the things that you need to think about

4. Solar For A Tiny House

How I live 100% off the grid with solar power in a tiny house

5. Moving A Tiny House

My experience moving my tiny house for the first time

6. Tiny House Building Checklist

A master checklist of every building step

7. Tiny Houses For Families

A run down on options for families wanting to go tiny

8. Top 5 barriers To Tiny Houses

Also includes solutions

9. What Do We Really Need?

A post that asks the important questions

10. Three Tips To Finding Land

How to find land for a tiny house

Tree Falling On A Tiny House

This summer has been filled with a slew of crazy storms; the storms have been extremely windy, heavy rain and overall, very intense.  Much of my city has been without power for days because of fallen trees.  The upside of living off the grid is I have full control over my entire power system, I can inspect and fix anything that breaks.

One decision I made when going off grid was to park my house in the woods where I have tree cover for shade during the summer and in the winter (when the leaves fall), solar exposure.  But the last few months have called into question the wisdom of that decision.

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This summer alone I’ve had two huge trees (75+ foot) fall perilously close to my house.  Last week I was standing in my kitchen cooking dinner when I didn’t just see lightning, I felt my entire floor flex beneath my feet as the bolt struck a tree only 15 feet from my house.  To put it mildly, it scared me.  I felt the floor flex and then all a sudden my windows were covered by tree branches and leaves.

The tree that fell had a huge “Y” fork in it and my house miraculously fell right between that fork as the tree hurtled towards my house.  The large trunk landed on both sides of my tiny house.  I’m not one that stresses out easily, gets on edge or prone to freak outs, but I was seriously on edge after this.

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I’ve talk a lot about setting up your land, this might be another consideration to take into account.

Some practical tips on building a strong house

  • Make sure you use rafter hurricane ties for your roof
  • Collar ties in your roof help prevent roofs folding in on itself
  • Opt for a thicker roof deck if you can afford the extra weight
  • Consider removing trees that pose a danger

How To Use A Scythe

Here is a video of me showing folks how to use a scythe to cut grass around my solar panels.

 

How Was Your Worst Day Your Best Day?

Today I was listening to a podcast when I heard a question that was radically profound in the way it looked at things.  The truth is that our happiness is often not what happens to us, but how we choose to perceive it and react to it.  The question was this…

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It’s fascinating how re-framing something can change our world view.  I could go on, but I think for today, just spend some time thinking about how your worst day was actually your best day.

Off Grid Q&A Video

Recently shot this video on a Q&A session about off grid living.

 

 

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