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Day One – Tiny House Workshop

Today I traveled to Raleigh, NC to check out Jay Shaffer’s Tiny House Workshop, which is designed to teach people how to build their own Tiny Home.  When I walked into the meeting room, I knew we would have a good number of people, but I didn’t expect to have over 50 people here!

After doing introductions, we jumped into building codes and zoning, talking about several options when it comes to legal issues.  The message to drive home here was, it depends.  It depends on your local entity, on the person you talk to and their mood.  Overall, we discussed many options.

We also had two groups talk about their Tiny Houses that they are actually building, a group down in Charleston and another couple building their own house.  This was a really neat aspect to see the houses they were creating, it also gave some great outside viewpoints on the design and building process.

We are now into the actual construction of the house.  We talked about trailers, framing, sheeting and many  many other details.  I will report about tomorrow’s

 

Tiny House Video – Jay On The Road

I just came across of Jay taking his house across the United States, when all a sudden I saw myself in the video, who knew!  The video is a good blurb on the Tiny Houses Movement done by CBS.  I like how they put it in perspective, 21 Tiny Houses could fit in the average size home in the USA!  Just think about the potential that has when it comes to building Tiny House communities, we could build 10 houses on a normal lot, house more people per lot, have some common space, plus have more appealing looking houses.

Tiny House: Less Is More

A great commentary has been done by Bethany Lyttle of the New York Times, she talks about Tiny Houses, the movement, and why people are turning to this solution.

Note: the Audio is a bit echo-y sorry for that, but it still very clear.

Tiny Houses Make Another Splash

Tiny Houses have continued to charm and excite imaginations with yet another headline by NPR featured on the Yahoo! homepage.  It is obviously that Tiny Houses have an innate charm and spark conversations across the globe about how we live or more specifically, what we live in.

The Japanese have long endured crowded cities and scarce living space, with homes so humble a scornful European official once branded them rabbit hutches.

But in recent years, Japanese architects have turned necessity into virtue, vying to design unorthodox and visually stunning houses on remarkably narrow pieces of land. In the process, they are also redefining the rules of home design.

Few Americans would consider a parking-space-sized lot as an adequate site to build a house. But in Japan, homes are rising on odd parcels of land, some as tiny as 300 square feet.

Link to full story:  here

Little Going Big!

So recently things have blown up with the Yahoo video, but PBS also posted a video.  Talking about the motivations, construction and counter-consumer culture trend this video hits the nail on the head.  I first found this through Michael over at Tiny House Design and Tammy over at Rowdy Kittens both really good blogs.

I wonder if the Tiny House Movement is gaining traction?  Are people rethinking normal, is bigger better?

Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.

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