Monthly archive for May 2011

Haiti Hut

This is a modular house that is constructed of smaller 8’x8′ sections and when you put 4 of them together you have a fully functional home.

The enclosed area is divided by a bathroom/kitchen core into a sleeping quarter and a living/dining area. A porch is also included in one of the modules. The “L” shape of this sustainable house provide a garden area for the house. The shape also allows the housing unit to be repeated in a small community.


Fracking Gaining Public Awareness

It has been interesting to watch the growing awareness of the dangers of fracking, but is it large enough to sway Federal law yet?  I have seen a large uptick in articles on fracking and the discussion has certainly been coming up a whole lot more.  I have to keep reminding myself that I am pretty well in the loop on most environmental issues, at least at a cursory level.  So sometime we forget that what is common knowledge to us, doesn’t represent the general population.  I use what I call “the mother test”.  When I think about public awareness I think about would my own mother talk about the issue with her friends.  If the answer is yes, it has likely hit the main stream consciousness.  Here is a great music video animation about fracking

Backyard farmers by necessity: self-sufficient & debt-free

Today I found this video and it struck a cord with me an many different level.  First and foremost was the practicality of this couple’s approach.  What started out as a necessity meant they were able to live comfortably, without debt and prosper greatly.  From time to time I speak about fiscal security (which is in our mission for “Tiny Living”) and I also believe gardening allows you to have a stable, healthy food source that is sustainable.  So check out this video!

500 Posts!

So almost 2 years ago I stood in a Tumbleweed house in Philadelphia and was moved to start this blog.  It has been an interesting journey to here, the fact that I have found 500 things to day about Tiny Houses is kind of crazy!  Some days it has been very difficult to find relevant content that wasn’t being covered by my friends at other Tiny House blogs, but was new.  Now it is true I cover more than just Tiny Houses, but really cover living a Tiny Life (environmental conscious, sustainable, socially responsible and fiscally conservative topics), it still is a tall order.  Two things have surprised me about starting this blog: 1) how many people are excited about and come to read about Tiny Houses 2) what great readers I have!

This year we had the first ever Tiny House Conference which was a great success!  I have a uptick in people commenting on the blog and on the Facebook page.   We have also seen a steady growth in people coming to the site.  This means one thing, Tiny Houses are growing in popularity and more people are becoming aware of the issues that surround housing, economy and environmental issues.

So today my 500 post wish would be two fold:  if you aren’t already friend our fan page on Facebook go to it by clicking the icon below and clicking the “like” button.  Second would be let me know what you like and what you want to see in the future in the comments section.

If you don’t see the comment box all you have do is click the post title and scroll down, it will be there….let me know what you like and what you want to see in the future!

Finally as always feel free to email me through the contact us tab with questions and stories!  Thanks!


-Ryan Mitchell

Sustainable Prisons Project

I found this interesting link about the sustainable initiatives that are happening in one prison.  It struck a cord with me because I have a friend who work at a local minimum security prison where he and the inmates grow food for a local non-profit.  The benefits are interesting because the inmates learn a marketable skill, the non profit gets the food and what is more, it doesn’t cost the jail anything, in fact now that they compost their food scraps they have reduced their costs because they don’t have to pay to dump 500 lbs of food waste a day!

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