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Tiny House Living Update – November 2015

The past few weeks have been pretty crazy around here at The Tiny Life. All have them are great things, but all have involved a lot of work, time and even a little stress in some cases. Luckily all this work has really set us up at The Tiny Life to do more of what we do, so we are super excited to get rolling. So here is a quick run down of what’s been going on:

One Year In A Tiny House

I’m going to write a longer post on this soon, but I’ve officially been living in my tiny house for more than a year. The experiment of tiny living is in full swing and it has been going really well. It now seems so normal and in a weird way I no longer think of my house as a tiny house; it’s just my house. I love sleeping in my loft, the couch is comfy, the kitchen is great and things are just working out really well.

Tiny House Conference Shaping Up


The Conference has really been shaping up. This year we have an amazing line up and already have 5 tiny houses confirmed to be there. We’ve also added two new programs: Tool School and Tiny House Masterminds. We’ve had record numbers of people signing up and we can’t wait to see folks in Asheville, NC April 2-3 2016 for the Tiny House Conference!

Amy Joins The Team

Image Source: tinyhouseexpedition.com

Image Source: tinyhouseexpedition.com

A while ago I made a big decision to bring someone on to help with The Tiny Life and the Tiny House Conference. Things were getting to the point where even though I am able to crank out results pretty quickly, there were some really amazing projects I was having to put on the back burner because I didn’t have enough time. Three months ago I brought on Amy and we are now The Tiny Life Team.

Finished Our Second Book


While I haven’t been writing a ton on this website, it was mainly because I was already writing a lot for the book. The thought of writing more after a long day of book writing just wasn’t going to happen. I’m pleased to announce that we have turned in the book, our second traditionally published book from The Tiny Life, to the publisher. More on that in the coming months!

Built Out Our Podcast Studio


The studio is pretty much done now. We have some acoustical treatments that we need to add, but the other day we recorded an episode and it sounded great. With the studio we’ve upgraded our mixing board and mics, so the sound should be better and we can start having guests!

Launched A New Business

I think some of the big gains I’ve had when it comes to living in a tiny house are that I need less money, I have more time and more control over that time, and I get to create things that I wish existed in this world. One of my big bucket list items that I wanted to bring to Charlotte, NC is a great coworking space. Coworking is essentially a shared office space where you have an open office in which collaboration and community is key. This week I just launched a space that meets that vision and we had a tremendous response: 30 members in our first week.

This also does a few other things for us: it gives The Tiny Life an office to work from, and we now have a podcast studio and work spaces to do our thing. It gives us a community, because working from home can be isolating, and we now are able to work alongside other people in a community. I think that while not everyone wants to do something like starting a business, it at least shows the potential of what can be; starting a business is really just an analog to whatever your passion is in the world.

Tiny House Expedition Comes For A Visit


Image source: Tinyhouseexpedition.com

Alexis and Christian from Tiny House Expedition came by The Tiny Life headquarters to hang out and record an interview. They’ll be featured in our next book and it was great to talk with them, learn about what they’re doing and chat about tiny houses.

Your Tiny House… In a Book!

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Attention tiny house fans! Do you you have a friend who built or lives in a tiny house made with reclaimed materials? Do you have one yourself? Do you want see your house featured in a book? (Of course you do!) The Tiny Life wants to talk to you!

We’re looking to connect with people who have used reclaimed materials to build their tiny homes to be included in an upcoming book project. Maybe you used reclaimed pallet wood for your walls, or found all your kitchen cabinets at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Maybe you found windows by the side of the road on trash day, or the perfect farmhouse sink at the dump. However you used reclaimed materials in your tiny house build, we want to hear about it!

Imagine seeing your house in a printed book that you can pick up at any Barnes & Noble around the country! Pretty cool, right? If you think you and your house would be a great fit for our book project, please fill out our online form below.. We can’t wait to learn more about you and your house!

This application is now closed; we are no longer accepting entries. Thank you for your interest.


Welcome Amy Henion

Today I wanted to make a special post and share some good news.  The Tiny Life has been around for almost 6 years and looking forward, I knew I wanted to do more.

1780649_10155524629350104_4519050556008505929_nIt is with that in mind, that I want to introduce to you and welcome to the team, Amy Henion.  She will be joining The Tiny Life to help me continue and expand the work we do here.  Many of you know her from the TEDx talk she did (video below) or from her part in the Tiny House Conference.  Amy describes herself as “a tiny house advocate and enthusiast. Passionate about houses and design.”


Amy will be helping me share more about what it means to live tiny.  We are looking to bring new stories, teach more people and spread the word about tiny houses.  I have some exciting things planned and Amy will be there to help bring these dreams to reality.

Check out her great video below and join me in welcoming Amy in the comments section!


2015 Tiny House Survey

Every few years many of us in the tiny house movement rally to take the pulse of our community.  Who are tiny house folks, what kind of houses do they live in, and how many tiny houses are out there.  This survey is for people live in tiny houses now and those who hope to live in one some day.  The survey asks a bunch of questions on demographics, about your house, your life and what you’d like to see in the movement.

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The survey is of course optional, but we really hope you make your voice heard.  All the responses are kept 100% anonymous, (in fact no identifying information is collected) they aren’t used for commercial use and participating helps us get a better picture of the movement.  The raw data is used to run statistical analysis and the results are shared back with the community.  We also provide data to academic institutions who are doing studies on tiny houses.

Here is the survey, we hope you’ll make your voice heard in this:

A Change For The Tiny Life

I know a lot of you have been following us on Facebook, over like_icon_large9,000 of you in fact, but things are changing.  Facebook is now making me pay for the posts to be seen by you all, even though you said you wanted to see those posts by liking our page.  We crunched the numbers and now for you all to see the posts like you did 1 year ago, Facebook wants to charge us $375,000 a year!

Other tiny house blogs are getting hit as well, some even harder, one has even announced they are going to have to stop posting to Facebook all together.

So obviously I don’t have a third of a Million dollars, so its time to change things up.  Here is how we are going to make sure we stay in touch with you all from now on: We are going shift our focus to our newsletter.

Our newsletter is free and comes out once a week.  Its short emails with awesome info about tiny houses and most of the stuff on the newsletter isn’t anywhere else because we want those who subscribe to benefit directly.   At first I wasn’t sure what people would think, but now I get about 50 emails a day telling me how much they love it, so we’ve decided to go all in with our newsletter.

Also when you sign up you get our:

  • 5 Secrets Building Inspectors Don’t Want You To Know
  • The Ultimate Building Checklist
  • Planning Guide To Building Your House.

We still will be posting to our website of course and some of it will be shared on Facebook for the time being, but now we are going to be doubling our output with the newsletter.

So I wanted to let you all know about all of this and hopefully you’ll join us on the newsletter :)

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