Hey all, some exciting news, TheTinyLife was featured on Creative Loafing. Many of you might not be familiar with it, it is in 5 or so cities on the East coast, it is our free alternative newspaper. For the Charlotte location, its a pretty well read publication.
Most of us have too much space and too much stuff, both of which lead to too much responsibility. Think about it: You have to manage your stuff. First, you have to get a good price for it — then you have to find a place for it, care for it, keep it from falling apart, store it and, eventually, dispose of it. Multiply those responsibilities by all of the possessions in your life and you’re not going to have much time for anything else other than stuff-management. That’s not even counting all of the energy and resources that went into creating, packaging, shipping, storing and selling your stuff before you bought it. It’s this type of realization that has helped spur the tiny house movement, where people are building and living in houses smaller than most of the rooms in our houses.
So my friend Kent over at TinyHouseBlog.com has put forth a great post, he is asking about the next steps we need to take to start meeting face to face. Now this is not an easy task, for many of us, we are far from others. In fact, this blog is read by people in 150+ countries!
I did have a map going of where Tiny House people are located, but it recently was shut down because the website that ran it shut its doors. The other bloggers and I need to come up with a replacement, I will be talking with them soon on that note.
Why should we meet?
First off, it is always good to socialize with people who are passionate about the same thing. I have talked about how relationships are so important and how I try to drive a personal connection. Next I see it as a way to gather and share information in a highly concentrated form. The information gained in a few hours of talking would talk 10’s or 100’s of post on this blog. Finally bring a group together with a Tiny House bring press, press bring awareness to our issue and challenges thinking.
What will do?
What I propose – this can be changed and improved – is after locating people in a certain area, we determine a meeting place that is central. The most successful meet will have at least one Tiny House which will draw people and the press if things go well. The day will consist of:
Meet and greet
Tiny House tour
Sharing our story with press
Exchanging contact info
Determining next steps (if any?)
In the comments please give me some feedback on what I laid out here. Some questions you might consider in your comment:
The mirror surface of these odd looking rolling houses is kinda of an interesting concept, with the mirrored shell, it blends the house into the landscape somewhat, making the focus on nature. I really like this, houses often can detract from natural settings, disrupt the rawness.
Sustainable to the core, rainwater collected on the roof is circulated into the structure for gray water reuse, the toilets compost and top-mounted solar panels and/or a wind turbine create electricity that, in turn, can be used to heat water and space inside of the airstream-esque mobile pod house. At nearly 300 square feet, each individual unit has closet space, a bed, kitchenette, living area and a bathroom complete with toilet, sink and shower.Ã‚Â While best suited to just two people a single one of these portable homes could house up to six people as needed
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.
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?