Recently I have been ravenously reading other Tiny House building blogs as part of my preparation to build my own Tiny House. Along the way I have been fortunate to talk with a lot of people who have been building or living in Tiny Houses which I was able to learn a good deal from. So today I wanted to share some of what I learned and give a shout out to some awesome people!
Rowdy Kittens – Tammy Stroble and Logan Smith
I have know Tammy and Logan for a while now and I always gain some great insights from this amazing couple. One thing that struck me from my conversation with them this time was their comment how larger traditional homes are “made for other people”. With traditional homes many people are concerned with resale value and having your home generalized to potential buyers. Tammy and Logan’s pointed this out and said to me this house is for you, so design it that way.
MiniMotives – Macy Miller
I really love the work Macy is doing over at her website, I found it very informative and she has a great links section. From our conversation I have been able to glean some insights into building codes and where we might take Tiny Houses in the future. We talked about how DIY builders of Tiny Houses are a good thing and at times, not so good. Another thing that municipalities are very concerned and focused on is sewage. Tiny Houses often use composting toilets or other alternatives to the standard grid tied flush toilet. After some reflection I can understand this as a big issue. Here in most parts of North America we benefit from a lot of attention paid to our water management and sewer management. This leads to better water quality, huge impacts in terms of health and disease control and mitigating damage that water causes. It’s not perfect here by a long shot, but this infrastructure saves countless lives.
Big Lake – Tiny House – Erin and Pete
These two are building the exact same house I plan to build and I was able to glean some building tips and other considerations from them. The first was making sure your trailer was properly fitted to your house weight. From trailer shopping I discovered that you can often get a trailer rated for 10,000 lbs for about $200-$300 more. The downside to this is that it often means you raise your trailer deck height about 2-3″, but you have a beast of a trailer that can take it, so you sleep better at night.
Tiny R(e)volution – Andrew
I found Andrew’s website and really liked his philosophy on a lot of things. As he put’s it, they are building “cash on the barrel” which is something I admire. Some of the practicality of how Andrew is doing things brings a lot of perspective to this process. He has a lot of great videos and I have watched each one several times!
120 Square Feet – Laura and Matt
Laura and Matt built a great little house in the mountains of NC, right near where I used to live and have so many fond memories. I learned a lot of construction specifics and they are good motivators in taking on this endeavor. What I like about their house is they setup a solar system that powers everything. I still find it amazing that couples can swing such a small space, but these two not only live in the house together, they work from home together.
Tumbleweed Tiny Houses – Steve and Jay
I was excited when I received my plans from Tumbleweed and these guys have been able to give me a lot of nitty gritty details on the build. Windows were a tricky thing because the type they recommended just were phased out. They helped me figure out the alternative and I am excited to get started!
So a big thanks to all those above and many others who helped me along as this journey starts!