What a blur! We are finally recovering from an amazing weekend at the Tiny House Conference in Asheville, NC. The event went off without a hitch, and we had such a great time hanging out with tiny house enthusiasts from near and far. Check out some of our behind-the-scenes photos from the event!
In the days leading up to the conference, we had a lot of details to square away at Tiny HQ. We stuffed, alphabetized, and bagged all the name tags in preparation for the event.
On the Thursday beforehand, we made the trip from Charlotte to Asheville. Tiny houses started to arrive, including this little beauty from Wishbone Tiny Homes.
The speakers also began to arrive on Thursday evening. We ventured into the funky West Asheville neighborhood on Thursday night to get dinner at Buffalo Nickel, and enjoy a few drinks and a whole lot of laughs.
Friday morning was the kickoff for our first ever Tool School! Hosted at A-B Tech, attendees got a chance to learn how to safely use power tools under the watchful eye of professional woodworkers. In previous years, we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from folks who wanted some hands-on training at the Tiny House Conference, and we’re happy to say that Tool School was a hit.
The Friday night social mixer was also a big success. This photo was taken before a lot of people arrived – there were at least 150 people there!
The conference begins! We had a full house, with over 350 people in attendance. We had an all-star lineup of presenters for the weekend. In the photo above, Lina Menard of Niche Consulting discusses design and layout for small spaces.
The tiny house tours are my favorite part of the Tiny House Conference. We had 14 houses in total this year, and they came in all shapes and sizes. We had everything from Driftwood Homes USA and Hummingbird Housing and their high-spec, luxurious tiny houses, all the way down to Elissha’s ultra-tiny 24-square foot home.
Open Space is definitely one of the highlights of the Tiny House Conference. People gather into groups with other attendees to ask questions and lend their expertise on different topics, as well as to connect with one another. Watch this video to learn more about Open Space and how it works.
All good things must come to an end, but after the close of the conference on Sunday, it was time to celebrate! A trip to Barley’s Taproom for pizza and beer was in order.
On Monday, it was time for us to return to Charlotte, but not before a final visit to White Duck Taco. Thanks for the good vibes, Asheville – it was a blast!
Ryan and I are already busy planning for next year’s Tiny House Conference. It will take place in Portland, Oregon on April 8th and 9th. We hope to see a lot of familiar faces there, and if you weren’t able to join is this year, we hope to meet you at the next one! See more behind-the-scenes posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by searching the hashtag #tinyhouseconference. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get all the updates on next year’s conference. Thanks everyone, for helping make this such a great event!
- Did you go to the 2016 Tiny House Conference? What was your favorite part?