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Celebrating Our New Book: Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials

Book CoverWe’re proud to announce the official release of The Tiny Life’s second print book: Tiny Houses Built With Recycled Materials!

If you’re looking to reduce your environmental impact, save some money, and add some character to your tiny house, be sure to check out this book. It’s packed with tips and tricks for sourcing, restoring, and using recycled materials in creative ways. Our aim was to capture both the best information you can put to use immediately in your tiny house build, as well as the inspiring stories from builders that can give you ideas you never would have thought of otherwise.

We poured a lot of love into this book. Whether you’re in the middle of building or just curious about tiny houses, we hope that it can help you on your journey!

To celebrate the release of the book, we’re offering a signed book special offer! We’re offering copies of our books, signed by author Ryan Mitchell. As a bonus, we’ll include a free copy of one of our ebooks with each purchase!

All orders include: free shipping, one ebook, and a Tiny Life carpenter pencil.

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Click here to get the signed book special

 

 

Introducing our Tiny House Plans Guide

Tiny House Plans

Today, we’re officially unveiling a new feature of The Tiny Life that we’re super excited about. If you listen to our podcast, Tiny House Chat, you’ve probably heard our latest episode about our new tiny house plans review page. It’s high time for us to write a blog post about this new resource, and we’re eager to share it with you.

If you’re going to build a tiny house, one of the most important steps happens way before you ever wield a chop saw: choosing a house plan. There are hundreds of tiny house plans on the market, and they’re scattered all over the Internet, and you can’t know for certain what you’re going to get for your money. Ryan and I wanted to help put an end to all the confusion.

We rounded up our favorite tried-and-true tiny house plans and gathered them in one place to help you find the plan that’s best for you. The houses come in all shapes and sizes, but we they all have these two criteria in common:

  1. The house has to be on wheels.
  2. The house has to have been built and lived in before.

The second point above is how we know a plan can succeed as a safe and comfortable home. You can create conceptual 3D tiny house models all day long, but until they exist and function as both a solid structure and a full-time home in the real world, there’s no way to know how well a design will actually work.

We then collected the plans and pored over them for hours, inspecting all the details that a newbie builder would need to consider – and all the ones that you wouldn’t have thought about either!

Here’s what you can find on the tiny house plans page:

  • Sixteen main criteria to help you know what to look for in tiny house plans
  • A detailed at-a-glance comparison grid to quickly compare all seven tiny house plans
  • Our recommendations for different plans based on your needs
  • A free “How to Read House Plans” guide
  • Thorough reviews of every house plan
  • Photos and screenshots of the plans so you know what to expect when you buy
  • A “new builder friendly” ranking for each plan
  • In-depth interviews with the plan designers to gain more insight into each design

We hope that this resource will simplify and streamline the process of choosing a house plan for your own future tiny home. The tiny house plans we picked to review are the cream of the crop for what is available for sale, so we feel confident recommending them to you.

To see the full tiny house plans page, click here or click the “Plans” tab in the menu at the top of the page. Happy hunting!

2016 Tiny House Conference Recap

What a blur! We are finally recovering from an amazing weekend at the Tiny House Conference in Asheville, NC. The event went off without a hitch, and we had such a great time hanging out with tiny house enthusiasts from near and far. Check out some of our behind-the-scenes photos from the event!

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In the days leading up to the conference, we had a lot of details to square away at Tiny HQ. We stuffed, alphabetized, and bagged all the name tags in preparation for the event.

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On the Thursday beforehand, we made the trip from Charlotte to Asheville. Tiny houses started to arrive, including this little beauty from Wishbone Tiny Homes.avl

The speakers also began to arrive on Thursday evening. We ventured into the funky West Asheville neighborhood on Thursday night to get dinner at Buffalo Nickel, and enjoy a few drinks and a whole lot of laughs.

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Friday morning was the kickoff for our first ever Tool School! Hosted at A-B Tech, attendees got a chance to learn how to safely use power tools under the watchful eye of professional woodworkers. In previous years, we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from folks who wanted some hands-on training at the Tiny House Conference, and we’re happy to say that Tool School was a hit.

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The Friday night social mixer was also a big success. This photo was taken before a lot of people arrived – there were at least 150 people there!

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The conference begins! We had a full house, with over 350 people in attendance. We had an all-star lineup of presenters for the weekend. In the photo above, Lina Menard of Niche Consulting discusses design and layout for small spaces.

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The tiny house tours are my favorite part of the Tiny House Conference. We had 14 houses in total this year, and they came in all shapes and sizes. We had everything from Driftwood Homes USA and Hummingbird Housing and their high-spec, luxurious tiny houses, all the way down to Elissha’s ultra-tiny 24-square foot home.

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Open Space is definitely one of the highlights of the Tiny House Conference. People gather into groups with other attendees to ask questions and lend their expertise on different topics, as well as to connect with one another. Watch this video to learn more about Open Space and how it works.

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All good things must come to an end, but after the close of the conference on Sunday, it was time to celebrate! A trip to Barley’s Taproom for pizza and beer was in order.

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On Monday, it was time for us to return to Charlotte, but not before a final visit to White Duck Taco. Thanks for the good vibes, Asheville – it was a blast!

Ryan and I are already busy planning for next year’s Tiny House Conference. It will take place in Portland, Oregon on April 8th and 9th. We hope to see a lot of familiar faces there, and if you weren’t able to join is this year, we hope to meet you at the next one! See more behind-the-scenes posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by searching the hashtag #tinyhouseconference. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get all the updates on next year’s conference. Thanks everyone, for helping make this such a great event!

Your Turn!

  • Did you go to the 2016 Tiny House Conference? What was your favorite part?