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Have A Tiny House Question?

Have a tiny house question that you’ve been dying to get answered?

I have setup a new page that lets you do just that, ask your questions!

You’ll need a microphone on your computer, because we are taking the audio of our readers asking their questions and then answering them in a videos to come!  It works almost like leaving me a voice-mail, but its through the computer.

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You can check it out and ask your questions here: http://thetinylife.com/ask-the-tiny-life

 

 

6 Comments
  1. Okay, Ryan, here’s the big question. Who’s going to ANSWER the questions? :-)

    • I will be answering the question and I might even pull in some other awesome tiny housers to as well. Once we get a bunch of questions, we are going to choose the best and answer them on a video!

  2. good morning–Do you know if Tiny Houses would be permissible in the Raleigh or Wilmington, N.C. vicinities ? Thank you !

  3. I don’t have a microphone, but was wondering if a tiny house on wheels would be allowed in both San Jose, CA and Cloverdale, CA?

  4. Ryan,

    This question is really an idea to merge our project with your expertise (thus cannot do your voicemail type approach above).

    Our family of five is launching “The Simply Home Project” which will revolutionize the tiny house movement!! Let me explain with a brief snapshot of what we are doing:

    We are bringing the tiny house movement to communities all across America (where many people would never have been reached by websites or workshops) by hosting community builds. At each new location we will work directly with the community (professionals, lay men and women, and those who have never raised a hammer) to build tiny houses on wheels. We also will only use reclaimed, recycled, and donated materials from that community to have the biggest green impact on the environment and to keep these items from going to landfills.

    School children and children from the community neighborhoods will be encouraged to decorate the framing lumber for the house so a piece of each community is directly infused with each build. And because we are working on this together, a sense of passion and pride will enter the participants’ hearts and will spark a flame in each community we go to.

    We hope someday enough communities will be affected by these builds to start convincing the authorities to remove current bans on tiny house living!!! We also will be teaching communities about tiny house living and being environmentally saavy. And last but not least, we plan to use special builds for teaching troubled youth (and youth in general) discipline, responsibility, life skills, and community outreach, which will transform our future generations.

    We would love to work together and promote our Project with you and your blog, maybe someday even meeting you in person as we travel around the US.

    Please email me at meganlgarcia@yahoo.com to get in touch or learn more about The Simply Home Project! Thanks!

    • Megan,

      The revolution had been underway for some time. Ever heard of Jay Shafer???? You might want to check out what he’s already done. While your enthusiasm is to be admired, do some research to see exactly how much organization and planning go into a single workshop of his. Bear in mind those are attended by people who are already interested and have resources, not strangers in financially-stressed rural communities you have to convince to participate.

      As a small-town banker or city councilman, I would ask: is your own family of five traveling the country in a tiny house? How do you plan to finance all of this? What are your credentials and experience for working with “troubled youth?” How long will this project take, from your arrival and recruiting to completion of a house? What kind of liability insurance do you have? What is your supervisory experience, and how do you plan to structure the work so that the more experienced aren’t burdened by the not-so-handy? Do you expect local people to support you financially while you’re in the community? And who is given the house, if a dozen people have helped build it in their precious spare time, with only three doing any significant work?

      As someone who has participated in community gardens, organic food co-ops, and worked with veterans with PTSD on specialty farms, I can assure you that enthusiasm rarely lasts, even for the most credible projects. Donations have dried up substantially, and people are already hauling home salvageable items from local dumps just to repair their own homes.

      I would strongly suggest doing more research so that you come across as professional and responsible as possible when approaching city officials with your ideas. I would also advise narrowing your focus. Your project sounds overwhelming, even if you have tons of funding, a lawyer, and a contractor’s license. Best wishes.

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