Recently a full length documentary on Tiny Houses called We, The Tiny House People. It is a great documentary on the Tiny House Movement that even had a few tiny house I haven’t even seen, which is pretty impressive. The idea came to her when she was sitting around bored at her parents retirement home, way out in the country, where at first glance, nothing was going on. Little did she know, she was in the hot bed of a social movement that would take her on a wild journey.
My aha moment was cinema-worthy. It was early September 2009, I had spent my first summer at my parents’ home in Cloverdale, California (the part of Sonoma County where few tourists stop).
Desperate to create value during my time here, once or twice a week, I’d been leaving their tightly-planned Truman-Show-style retirement community (you can barely cut your grass without a permit) for surrounding towns where residents were building Permaculture Homes and creating a livelihood from their backyard organic produce.
I don’t remember how I first heard about Jay Shafer and his teeny home, but at the time he was just another excuse to leave the retirement community. It wasn’t until I turned a street corner and was confronted with an impossibly-small-but-perfectly-complete home that it dawned on me that I’d stumbled onto something big.
As I opened his picket fence, Jay Shafer stepped out of his gingerbread house and began apologizing for all the shoes on his porch and mumbling something about being the “Imelda Marcos of Tiny House People” and I understood: I had just met the first of a breed of people who would soon occupy my life.
We had a posting on our Facebook wall recently about documentary on Tiny Houses and one persons journey to build his own home. It strikes me that Christopher and I have some similarities, we are soon to turn 30 and have made some realizations about the way we live and ways to take a different path. Here’s the trailer:
Here is a great video I just found of Dee Williams and her thoughts on Tiny Houses and what it means for her in her life. I couldn’t help but be struck by the question she posed: in your final breath of life, what is the one thing from this life you wish to hold. It struck me in a profound moment of clarify and it made me think not WHAT I would want to hold, but WHO. I think I have said this often, but it is relationships that matter, not things.
A while back I interviewed two New Yorkers who were Living it up in the big city, but in a very small way. One of them was interviewed by fair companies and took us on video tour of her place. You can read my interview with them here
So many places have posted this, but I have decided that this video simply because it is one of the best video on the subject to date. Thus is important to post for those who didn’t get a chance to see it. I watched an interview where the person spoke about Jay’s way with words on the matter, how he can take what seems to seem like a crazy idea and make it sound reasonable. I couldn’t agree more, the idea of living in 130 square feet is kinda nuts in a way, but you watch this video and you begin to see a concept evolving. Anyway, this is a must see video, enjoy!