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+ Tiny Houses…huh??
A typical tiny house is a home that is designed to be anywhere from 100 to 400 square feet. We believe, tiny houses come in many shapes, sizes and forms (on wheels or on foundation; traditional or modern; stick built, container, converted silo, yurt- you name it!) but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living.
- http://tinyhouseblog.com (Alexis is a regular contributor)
+ Tiny Housers…who?
‘Tiny housers’ are tiny house dwellers. In the US & Canada, they are a small minority of homeowners but are steadily growing in numbers. In our opinion, these folks are simplicity/freedom-loving, forward thinking, eco-conscious, creative, quirky and open-minded small space dwellers, often financially savvy self-starters, sometimes diy-ers/makers.
A few other ways to connect:
+ Tiny House Movement…say what?
Simply put, the tiny house movement is a social movement where folks are consciously simplifying their lives and downsizing the space that they live in. People are joining this movement for many reasons; some of the most popular reasons include environmental concerns, financial concerns and seeking more time and freedom.
This movement driven by growing number of folks ditching the traditional script of keeping up with the Jones and the more, more, more is better idea, for a life in a simple, small space. The space doesn't define the movement, rather the attitude & lifestyle approach. Less things, more experiences & better quality of life.
Learn more by watching our Tiny House Movement & Tiny House Community playlists on YouTube.
+ Why tiny houses?
Tiny houses are low in cost to build & to maintain (as compared to the traditional American home), allowing more financial freedom, less stress, less energy consumption/ reduced carbon footprint, more efficiency and greater connection to your surroundings—nature or community. For some, greatly reduced building costs leads to greater focus on quality materials & building techniques/ craftsmanship. Modern small space design often means efficient design at its best—creative use of space & little to no wasted space. There’s nothing like limitations to spur creativity. Tiny living, in our opinion, is a more sustainable & more tailored living experience; though not right for everyone.
For us, tiny houses are an innovative, environmentally & financially sustainable fill-in-the-gaps housing solution. Furthermore, tiny or micro housing further broadens the spectrum of quality, affordable housing options in what can be a very limiting housing market. It’s all about the quality; these homes, when built right, are not shanty shacks but well crafted, energy efficient homes.
+ Why tiny houses on wheels?
Mobility, mobility, mobility. What’s not to love about being able to easily haul your home from place to place, as a lifestyle choice or in response to major life changes. Let’s be honest job security is not what it used to be. Family members fall ill. A whole host of reasons can arise that will require you to move; how wonderful to have the freedom & ability to take your house with you. More and more options are becoming available for tiny house on wheels parking BUT not everywhere….yet! Historically, the decision to build on trailer came into being as an attempt to skirt building code restrictions, like minimum square footage restrictions.
+ Are tiny houses legal?
Yes! And no. Legality of tiny houses from building codes to zoning regulations vary greatly from municipality to municipality.
We are adovocating for more safe, quality, legal & affordable tiny/micro/small housing.
For more on this, here are few great resources:
+ How can I start my own tiny house community?
Research & collaboration! More on this to come, including case studies.
A good place to start: connect with like-minded individuals and research your local building codes & zoning regulations.
Here’s a couple helpful resources:
+ Who are social entrepreneurs? Community-makers?
Inspiring people working to make a difference in their communities.
Our own definition of a community maker: social good promoter, creative thinker & doer who works to make a positive impact in his or her community via active collaboration with others (neighbors, like-minded individuals, community organizations, etc.). Meet a couple such folks from Tiny Houses Greensboro on our blog.
When we talk about social entrepreneurs, we mean folks (individuals or organizations) who create innovative solutions to pressing social needs. They identify resources & creative solutions to tackle these issues.
+ Did you build your tiny house? Are you selling tiny houses?
We built our own tiny house to live in it as our full-time home & to travel with it. No plans to build & sell tiny houses for others. We'll lend a hand if we can, or answer questions. Contact us!
Our tiny house on wheels was built primarily by us, about 85% us, with generous help & support of our sponsors and friends. Our good friend and sponsor, Thomas E. Elsner Custom Carpentry, provided us invaluable support through mentorship and hands-on craftsmanship in a few of the more challenging aspects of the build.
See inside our tiny house here!
For more on our build, click here.
+ How much does it cost to build a tiny house?
It varies. There are all kinds of factors including the size and are you going to build it all yourself, have some professional help, buy a shell, use salvaged & reclaimed materials, etc.
The average cost of DIY build, general estimation based on research from various sources, $27,500. It can cost anywhere between $7,500 and $65,000. Skill, level of customization, quality of materials, tricked-out features like solar power, etc., all contribute to cost.
As of our estimation right now, our tiny cost $20,000 in materials and a little labor help (give or take a couple grand), this includes the value of donated materials and labor. Doesn't include about a 1,000+ hours of pure sweat equity that went into our tiny home!
+ Where are you going?
To every region of the United States and parts of Canada—oh boy! Tiny house communities are popping all over the place, and we aim to visit & document as many as we can. Stay tuned!
Destinations added to our map as we go.
+ Why are you doing this project?
This is a passion project. We’re in it for the social good aspect, life experience & the incredible storytelling potential.
There’s power in storytelling, and our goal is to contribute to a ripple effect of positive change in the housing landscape. It’s all about living small to create more abundance, on personal & community levels. We seek to help with the mainstreaming of tiny houses, a broadening of the modern housing spectrum. More quality tiny/small options are needed & desired. We want to feature those communities making it happen and inspire more communities to follow suit.
Number 1, we are storytellers AND advocates for creative solutions to create more sustainable, quality housing and more connected communities.
Number 2, we believe that more connected communities create a happier, healthier living environment AND a sense of home for all their members.
The underlining purpose: Spark community conversation, share resources & inspire positive community building to create more micro-housing projects, providing an economically & environmentally sustainable housing solution for all. More on this here.
• To inspire & empower individuals and communities to investigate & pursue alternative, fill-in-the-gaps housing solutions to create more quality, affordable housing options.
• To inspire individuals to live smaller & more consciously as a means to create more abundance (more freedom, more financial stability, more connection with nature & community, more environmental sustainability).
Our Mission: To inspire & empower people to think big & build small through our documentary storytelling and direct community engagement.
+ What is Living Tiny, Legally and how does it differ from your larger documentary project?
It’s wonderful co-production born from our collaborative relationship with Kai Rostcheck of I Love Tiny Houses, Tiny House Lending & Tiny House Dating. We met at the Tiny House Jamboree and made a powerful connection over our shared passion for tiny housing and helping others achieve their tiny house dreams.
Living Tiny, Legally seeks to legitimize conversations about legal Tiny Housing and to provide a proactive, illustrative resource for those seeking to bring tiny houses to their city but don't know where to start. This documentary will feature case studies; exciting examples of how a handful of cities from all over the country are making legal tiny house communities a reality.
We’ll be interviewing the policy makers themselves, and sharing the entire documentary for FREE on YouTube. For more information click here.**
For our larger documentary series, we will be visiting 30+ tiny house community projects of all kinds, from tiny house villages for the homeless to educational projects, creative applications of micro or tiny housing to provide more affordable housing and more. This is more expansive project focused on the big picture of the tiny house movement, including the legal side but more focused on the tiny house enthusiast, developer, leader, activist, etc.
+ What does home mean to you?
A sense of community. A feeling of belonging and security. A place of your own, where you can be your best self.
Please email us your answer! firstname.lastname@example.org
+ What kind of events do you hold? How can I schedule a #tinyx event?
As we travel we'll hold the following events: tiny house open houses, community roundtables, neighborhood potlucks & listening parties, to directly engage folks on conversations about thinking about housing differently in a fun, entertaining way.
Please email us at email@example.com to schedule an event.
+ Are you a nonprofit?
Tiny House Expedition is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Tiny House Expedition should be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
+ How can I help?
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation today. This will help us reach our documentary subjects in communities across the country. Over 16,000 miles of road ahead... every tiny bit helps!
Tiny house parking offers and select material donations are greatly appreciated as well. See our Donate page.
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+ I want to learn more!
We’ve bookmarked many of our favorite thought-provoking and inspirational stories on our on Pinterest page. Includes a plethora of tiny house inspiration & helpful resources from the greater tiny house community, too!