I firmly believe that for this movement to grow, it is important to consider the viewpoints of detractors of Tiny Houses. An open dialogue conducted in a civil manner serves many functions including building consensus and reminding ourselves of the possible downsides of Tiny Houses. A recent article criticizing tiny houses seemed to take it a bit far when they likened people who want to live in Tiny Houses to Ted Kaczynski.
Like I said, I find that to be pretty outrageous, but more to the point, Tiny Houses are still a very small movement and its good to keep that in mind, even when we enthusiastically plan our future Tiny Houses or talk our friends ear off about this and that for our Tiny House. In some ways Tiny Houses aren’t a new thing, but people seem to get caught up in a notion that we want everyone to live in 100 square feet, which isn’t true. About once a month I get an email from someone who is very upset because they feel that I want their entire family of 4 to live in a tumbleweed house, but I posted about how that isn’t the case here.
So while I find the particular article to be not constructive or open to a dialogue. I thought I would post some of the follow up comments from it as a way to get a glimpse into the viewpoints of those who think Tiny Houses are a terrible idea.
These are our top ten books to read when searching for tiny house inspiration! This is the literature that influenced the design and build of La Casita and which continues to inspire us to build tiny houses and attempt to live a more sustainable life.
#1: Go House Go by Dee Williams was the basis for our build. We found this to be an excellent reference and helpful when tackling the nitty gritty of building a tiny house. Check out The Tiny Life’s book review here!
#2: The Small House Book by Jay Shafer was an obvious choice when determining style. This book helped us to determine our desired aesthetic inspiring us with it’s intent toward sacred geometry and traditional angles that set tiny houses apart from sheds or mobile homes.
#3: Tiny House by Mimi Zeiger was our coffee table book for about a year. We loved to flip it open and enjoy this visually appealing amalgamation of tiny dwellings from around the world. The book focuses on buildings that share sustainability initiatives which encouraged our inspiration to build a home made of 90% reclaimed materials.
#4: Move House by Sean Topham is the book that led us to the Tumbleweed designs. It had a page featuring Jay Shafer along with many other quirky projects that opened our imaginations to what mobility and livability could mean.
#5: Ultimate Guide to House Framing by John D. Wagner is a well laid-out, clear guide to framing. From teaching how to use tools to reading blueprints to sheathing a wall-it truly encompasses how to frame a building in terms of construction as well as design.
Yesterday Merete and Christopher, producers of Tiny the tiny house documentary posted on their facebook profiles a series of videos of them being interviewed about their journey of making their documentary. The interview grew to include a lot about the Tiny House Movement and their commentaries were really great. So here are the videos!
Over the past few years The Tiny Life has grown to have so many awesome readers, we are continually floored at the number of people who are making the change to living life tiny, even if we aren’t all living in Tiny Houses… Yet. When I started this blog I wanted it to be a resource to Tiny House people everywhere. A way to connect, share info, help the movement and share the dream!
So today I hope you join me in welcoming Andrea Tremols, our new writer here at The Tiny Life! Andrea lives in Charleston, SC in her Tiny House which she calls: “La Casita”. She built her Tiny House with her fiancee last year using reclaimed lumber. Inspired by the small dwellings she inhabited during her time as a volunteer on organic farms, she hopes to continue discovering what the tiny lifestyle has in store for her. I was excited to meet Andrea at a Tiny House Workshop where she presented on her Tiny House, she has been living in it since then in Charleston.
So I am excited to bring aboard Andrea because not only has she built a Tiny House, she also lives in one. Along with other interesting life experiences I think she will bring a lot to this blog for you all!
I don’t expect people to live in this house, but in his video he bring about a really good point that I often mention when people ask about living in a Tiny House: Your living area extends to the world beyond, in some ways it almost forces you to get out and interact with the world around you.