So last week I had a crazy tiny house adventure. It involved a potato, a few tiny houses, building codes and a lot of meeting tiny house folks.
I started off staying with Laura and Matt, two tiny housers in Asheville, Laura blogs at 120squarefeet.com (she also has a new book out – click here). I have gotten to know them pretty well and always enjoy hanging out with them. Not only do we talk about tiny houses, but we get to nerd-out too.
From there I met up with my brother and went to my favorite breakfast spot, Sunny Pointe. After an amazing locally sourced organic breakfast we headed out. From there we hit the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the fall colors. I love driving the parkway, its winding roads and amazing views, it’s pretty hard to beat. I dropped down from the parkway down into Brevard, saw looking glass falls and grabbed some lunch.
The next day I was off to Dan’s workshop where we talked about tiny houses. I gave a talk on building codes and zoning. After lunch Matt and Laura talked about their tiny house and living in it. There were a lot of great questions for both presentations and the workshop allowed for us to chat with a lot of the folks.
Over two years ago I had a mini tiny house conference and had a blast. I got to meet some great people and we had people coming from the entire East Coast. It was so much fun I wanted to do it again. Since then I have always wanted to do a bigger conference, but the trick was always trying to find a location that would suit an event such as this and be affordable to keep ticket costs low. Well I found the perfect place and we are set to have the first ever Tiny House Conference.
The big thing I wanted to achieve was to have a lot of tiny houses at the event, so you all could tour a wide variety of tiny houses. So right now we have 7 tiny houses that will be there for you to tour in person. We also have 12 amazing tiny house speakers most of whom have built or live in a tiny house.
We see this as just the start, with 8 months to go we are going to be adding more and more tiny houses and speakers, so it should be a great time.
Now I haven’t even told anyone about the website, yet we have already had hundreds of people find it and even purchased tickets.
We do have a limited number of tickets and if you buy them before October 1st, you can save $50!
Check out all the details at
I wanted to do a second update from my time at the Tiny House Workshop put on by Tumbleweed Tiny Houses. The second day was focused on the design of tiny spaces.
Jay spoke about subtractive design, which is a process of design where you remove elements to refine a design without detracting from the design at the same time. The balance between removing elements and simplifying the design while still maintaining the core functions and needs that a home provides are inspired by a list in Christopher Alexander’s book, A Pattern Language.
Another point that Jay hit home was that of “vernacular design” where certain design element subconsciously signal us to understand that the design is a home. Things like a porch or a defined angle on a gable roof.
The last part of presentation was done by Greg Ramsey of Village Habitat Design. His company specializes in designing small house communities. It was a really great presentation on how we can rethink traditional housing, layout traditional urban lots to have community, interaction with nature and higher home density that is a quality not typically seen today. What I really like about Greg’s approach is that his goal is to turn 60-90% of the land into green spaces and gardens.
All in all it was a great workshop, the design approach was an interesting one, to see and understand that Tiny Houses are so intentionally designed. The added conversation of community building was really fascinating and really got the wheels turning!