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The Tiny Life on Huffington Post

Recently I was on Huffington Post Live with several other awesome tiny house people.  Dan Louche, Gregory Johnson, Logan Smith and myself were interviewed by Jacob about tiny houses in an online segment.  The interview was a lot of fun and we got the word out about tiny houses, but what I think was the best part was the conversations we had before and after the segment that happened off the camera.

Collectively the group had a few decades of experience with tiny houses and all of us have tiny houses.  So the conversation was really interesting.  We talked about the movement, workshops, etc.  Check out the video below.

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180 Square Foot Loft

I found this gem today, it’s a 180 square foot loft apartment that is lived in by two New Yorkers.  The place features a ton of shelves for all their books, a nice looking bathroom, a decent sized kitchen and a small reading and meditation nook.  While there are some modern flairs to this space, the warm wood tones make it feel very cozy and homey.

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271 Square Foot Designer’s House

We have an interesting tiny apartment that allows a product designer to live and work in such a small space.  He has some really interesting design ideas and I really like his loft bed!

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Tiny House Infographic

So it has been a long haul on this project, but it all started with a simple question, “how do tiny house people compare to the average American?”.  It happened quite innocently over burgers and fries at a local dinner.   The question sparked an idea, “let’s have a tiny house survey”, 120,000 data points later we crunched the numbers, lead a campaign to raise the money to make this graphic.  The graphic took several hundred hours to create and we hope you enjoy.

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The Search For New Land – Part 2

A few weeks ago I posted about how I suddenly had to find new land to put my tiny house, the land that I was going to be on was suddenly sold by the owners I was leasing from, you can read it all in this post.

I wanted to follow up with the next stage and share how things are coming along, plus I got some new photos and spring has sprung here!  I recently met with the local power company and determined where I could get power run to.  At first I had wanted to be much deeper into the lot, but it would have cost thousands of dollars to get the power lines run there.  So I settled for a nice spot where I could have to power run for free.  The company would install up to 200 feet of underground line to my power box for free if I stayed a customer for 1 year and paid their minimum, which was $15 a month.

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The next thing that I went to check on was water connections.  I was afraid that the water line would be at the other end of the property and would have left me having to choose water or power, otherwise I’d have to pay thousands to get one of the extended to where I needed it.   Well I think I might have lucked out because the closest water line is 300 feet from where my house will be, so while I’ll be spending several hours hard labor digging a trench (even with a trencher) I’ll take it over spending thousands any day!

Step one was clearing a path for the power company to dig the trench and then the area I’m going to park my house.  So I had someone with a chain saw come through and cut a path that didn’t have to take out any large trees, but maximized the 200 foot extension deep into the woods.

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Next up is having a temporary power pole service put in.  It will be a 200 amp service (the smallest they’ll put it).  The panel will be mounted on two posts, with a ½” piece of plywood between them.  From there the box and the meter will be installed and then a 20 amp plug has to be installed (I don’t know why, but it’s required to pass code).  Additionally two copper grounding rods will need to be driven into the ground.

The trick here is that this will need to be inspected by the city, but my house isn’t there yet (on purpose), It will be pretty tricky because they might start asking questions.  I’m just going to have to come up with a story of why I need power at that site, then cross my fingers.

Right now I am getting quotes to get the 200 amp service panel put in, if you know anyone around Charlotte, NC that would be good or may be willing to do a barter of some sort (me building them a website/free advertisements/etc), let me know!

 

Read part three of this series by clicking here

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Read part three of this series by clicking here

 

 

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