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Tiny House In Asheville

I recently discovered a Tiny House practically in my back yard.  For those of you who have never heard of Asheville, NC, it is a small mountain city in western North Carolina.  It is easily classified as a hippy town, a town of free spirits, also where I went to school.  While I myself am not much of the hippy type, I enjoy the fact that the city is pretty progressive, eco-friendly and has a charm all its own.  It is a great place to visit, so check it out.

Like I said, this Tiny House is being built in Asheville, inspired by Jay Shaffer’s designs.  They did decide to go with a normal foundation of cement piers, which is the first I have seen.  Here are some of their construction photos, you can read more about her process here

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As of late I have seen many new faces on at The Tiny Life, 8 months ago I started this blog and could never could have imagined that there would be so many folks interested in Tiny Houses!  I am excited to see that I was wrong, so today, I wanted to introduce myself to everyone and once you are done reading, please introduce yourself in the comments section.


Untitled-1 My name is Ryan Mitchell, I am 26 and run The Tiny Life.  It has been an interesting journey to where we are today.

It all started by getting fired, yup, that’s right, fired.  About a year ago I found myself facing layoffs at my job; I was a recruiter.  That is when the economy took a turn for the worst.

I found myself with no job, no car, had to move home, newly single, was uninsured and didn’t qualify for unemployment.  It happened so fast that I could barley believe it; That is when I found Tiny Houses.

After spending a few hours looking for jobs that day, I was surfing around the web and came upon a photo of a Tiny House.  I thought they were kind of neat, I had always had this affinity for alternative housing, but there was something different about Tiny Houses.  To be honest I didn’t think too much of it until later I found myself on Jay Schaffer’s site.  That’s when I had my a-ha! moment.

Here I was realizing that the system I was taught to go by, had essentially failed me, I had done everything “right”.  I went to High School, was awarded Boy Scout’s highest rank of Eagle, I had a impressive list of extracurricular activities, which got me into college.  Four years later, I graduated with my bachelors and was awarded the Research Scholar’s award.  I was quickly accepted into a Masters program, which I did well in.  I landed contract after contract, making way more than I should have right out the gate.  But what did it really amount to?

I was looking at Tiny Houses not just as a downsized living space, but as a lifestyle which circumvented the pitfalls of the typical framework.  I began to realize that it was not about material things.  It was what mattered: Relationships, Time, Freedom, & Self Sufficiency.  You must love the life you live.  You must love those you live it with.  You must have time to be in the moment.  Finally, in the end, it’s up to you to look out for you and those you hold dear.  I realized my initial approach was flawed, it did not support what truly mattered.

Canada Road Trip 09 082So that’s how it started.

I researched Tiny Houses, drew literally 100’s of floor plans, talked with builders, bloggers, dreamers and skeptics.  I took a trip to Canada with a friend, timed it so I could meet Jay Schaffer and toured his Tiny House. While there I met Jay and many other Tiny House folks.  We stood in this Tiny House for 3 hours talking about our passions and ideas.  It was nothing short of inspiring.  It was there that folks urged me to start a blog, a blog that talked not just about Tiny Houses, but Tiny Living.

Tiny Living Encompasses:

  • Tiny Houses
  • Life Simplification
  • Environmental Consciousness
  • Self Sufficiency
  • Sound Fiscal Plans
  • Social Consciousness

So today I speak to you, employed in a job I love, in a life I love, with a future that I love.  I work for a local non-profit that tackles Charlotte’s biggest social and poverty issues head on.  I have come a long way, but have still have a bit to go, but now it is with purpose.  So I invite you to join me in this journey and share in it.

How This Blog Works

So typically I post Monday through Friday.  Here is the rough schedule I will start following very soon, once the spring is here.  The big thing I will point out is the “Tiny House Live!”  This is a pretty new feature to our blog where I do a live show on Thursday, typically at 8pm, times will vary and I will let you know the day of, the exact time.  What is neat is that not only do I get to talk to you, but you can talk to me too!  We will have a topic, but feel free to chime in with any questions about Tiny Houses, Tiny Living etc.

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Help Me Out

I try my best to post every day, what really helps me is if you all have interesting stories that you want to share.  You might find a neat video or article, you might have a Tiny House of your own.  I would love to hear from you.  This along with comments make for a great blog.  If you think of something that you would like to see on here, no matter how crazy, let me know.  Regardless, I love hearing from my readers, because I want this to be a community.

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Well that’s about it.  Enjoy the blog and I thank you for checking it out.

Introduce Yourself In the Comments!

Space Saving Washing Machine

I have always wondered how I was going to tackle washing clothes in a Tiny House, I loath laundry mats and my time is much better spent elsewhere then pack up, driving down, paying a chunk of change all to do it.  Well I think I have found an interesting option that I think has a bit more promise than those egg looking counter top washers.  Here is a concept that seems to fit the bill just right.  It is designed to be a top loading washer, to need no power, no water hook ups, it is the size of a hamper, and can be stored just about anywhere.  With the power of your foot, you press the peddle and through a gear box, you gain some mechanical advantage.





PACO Tiny House

This interesting Micro House is an interesting approach to the needs of day to day life.  Taking space utilization to an extreme, the designers have taken very practical approaches to meeting the needs of the resident.

From the outside, the micro compact Paco House is a tiny cube, measuring three meters square. The contemporary prefab home boasts a minimal white facade devoid of details, yet it’s oddly intriguing. Designed with space efficiency in mind, Paco House was created with a minimal footprint – both physically and environmentally speaking – in order to blend into its environment with little impact to its surroundings. Because of its small dimensions, Paco doesn’t require an infrastructure. Eighty per cent of the home is manufactured in a plant, allowing for customization to the home and virtually endless possibilities for geographic placement. Paco House packs alternative energies into its small but oh-so-sweet design. This eco-friendly self-contained accommodation features solar and wind energy, water recycling and a biodegradable toilet.



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The Pod

Here is a camping pod that could easily take the form of a Tiny House. It reminds me a little bit of a Vardo. With simple lines and a interesting roof line, The Pod has several locations through out England, these are designed to be mini cabins. Many are not even tied into the grid, making for an inexpensive mountain getaway. There isn’t mention of cost, but I would venture a guess between $5000-$10,000 to have one built for you and delivered.


Well it’s a rather well built, insulated wooden hut that provides basic accommodation much in the way of a tent. They are of a modest size with good headroom, an interior floor area some eight feet wide by nine feet long and a forward projecting porch to provide some shelter if the doors are open. In most cases there will be a raised area of timber decking extending the ‘living area’ and providing somewhere to sun-bathe, prepare food or when the weather is bad, lose the wet gear before going inside.

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