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The Bushes are a tiny house couple with an extraordinary back story. Over the first two years of living tiny, they were able to pay off $125,000 in debt. In this interview, Marek and Ko will share the strategies they used to get out of debt, how they continue to live intentionally, and how their Youtube channel has changed their lives.In This Episode:How easy is it to get into debt and how did the Bushes decide to gain financial freedom?The steps that make up the Dave Ramsey methodObtaining financing for the tiny house – be persistent!How living tiny helps the Bushes live thoughtfullyBalancing all of the side hustles: what worked best and the importance of self-careRepay debt on your own time and set your own intensity levelThe progress of the YouTube channel and their favorite videosAbout the Tiny HouseBeing married in the tiny house and the reservations they had about living tiny
Kari Gale sold everything she owned, booked a one-way ticket to Spain, walked the Camino de Santiago. Upon her return, Kari built an amazing tiny house on wheels that has some features that have made it a very popular YouTube video tour on Living Big in a Tiny House. In this conversation with we talk about the special features of Kari's house, and the journey that brought her to tiny living. So, what's it like to sell everything you own? Kari shows us how her journey helped inspire her tiny house lifestyle and how we can all apply lessons from her travels to our own lives.In This Episode:6'3″ in a tiny house? How Kari designed her house to accommodate her height.​Kari assisted her contractor with the buildThe tiny house allows Kari to enjoy her life around people she lovesWalking the Camino de Santiago in 2013 and the inspiration for her first bookThe relief of letting go, another walk on the Camino de Santiago, and living in IonaSlow down and let yourself experience everything
Today my guest is Lloyd Kahn, and if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve probably seen one of his books. Lloyd published the seminal book, Shelters in 1973, documenting alternative housing ideas not limited to but including tiny houses, well before the current modern movement.Lloyd has a lifelong fascination with shelter, and this conversation, we trace the steps of how an insurance broker in San Francisco built his own home and slowly transitioned to publishing internationally about Geodesic Domes, Tiny Houses, Mobile Houses, Driftwood Shelters and more. DIY building. While many thousands of the homes that Lloyd has documented over the years are small or tiny, he’s got a healthy amount of skepticism about the tiny home movement.In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk about Lloyds books, his original influences of the counter culture of the 1960’s, and how the concept of shelter has changed over the years.In This Episode:How did Lloyd’s fascination with shelter begin?Why Lloyd’s 1973 book Shelter is the most important of his workWhy Lloyd decided to pull his Dome Books off the shelves even though they were sellingWhy Lloyd says that Builders of the Pacific Coast is Lloyds favorite bookLloyd tells the story of meeting and building with Derek ‘Deek’ DiedricksenWhy Dome homes have fallen out of favor (and Lloyd is more than okay with that!)How Lloyd got into publishing in the first placeWhat is causing the current fascination with tiny houses?Lloyds advice for first-time DIY home buildersLloyds two favorite houses of all timesLloyd’s take on aging well (He’s 83!)Lloyds new book coming soon: The Half Acre Homestead (it sounds amazing!)Lloyd Kahn is the former shelter editor of The Whole Earth Catalog and editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications. He has published a series of books on building including Shelter and Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter. 
 What really happens when you commit to a minimalist lifestyle? Matt Paxton has a uniquely interesting minimalist lifestyle with his wife and 7 children. Matt uses his fantastic storytelling skills to talk about the effects of minimalism on a family, how to continue being minimalist, and the effects of minimalism on the rest of your life.Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/240 In This Episode:Minimalism and parentingTiny living for a large familyWhen it's too difficult to part with thingsHow to try minimalism before committingThe psychology behind hoardingHow minimalism can affect relationshipsThis Week's Sponsor: Tiny House Summit All Access Pass Thank you so much to everyone who attended the 2022 Tiny House Summit! You can still catch the Summit content if you purchase the All Access Pass. You’ll get lifetime access to all 20 sessions, plus some exclusive bonus content. I’m offering $50 off of the All Access pass for podcast listeners. Go to TinyHouseSummit.co and use the coupon code THLP at checkout to get $50 off the All Access Pass. 
I found out about this week’s guest because she released a hilarious music video about romance in the tiny house loft, inspired by her own tiny house. Annie Corbett is a musician and in this conversation, she tells me how going tiny affected her music, what makes her tiny house unique, and how five years of tiny living have been for her.Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/239In This Episode:A successful tiny living strategySpecialist, not minimalistRecording an album in a tiny houseHow to prep the tiny house for a moveTrying on different tiny houses
The Tiny House Online Summit is a unique, free 3-day learning event for anyone starting on the path to living tiny.Immerse yourself in a weekend of strategies and tips to help navigate every aspect of planning, building, and living tiny.Taught by 30 leading experts.Get 100% FREE access November 4-6, and join your fellow tiny housers worldwide!Watch it now at: https://tinyhousesummit.co
 Why would an entrepreneur who has raised millions of dollars through crowdfunding live in a van? Vanlife doesn’t seem common amongst the startup and tech crowd, yet Rob Rast is living this alternative lifestyle while successfully running his e-mobility business. In this interview, we cover how living in the van brings Rob closer to his work with electronic bikes and skateboards, plus how those devices can get you around in an eco-friendly way. Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/237In This Episode:How Rob’s business led him to the vanlifeUsing e-bikes to enhance the tiny house lifestyleThe future of e-mobility productsImportant design considerations for mobile entrepreneursWhy you should NOT store your bike on the back of your van
There are some great tiny house builders out there, but there are also some unscrupulous builders who are cutting corners and putting the tiny house dwellers that buy from them in potentially unsafe situations. Jenifer Levini goes in depth about what the codes and certifications mean, why they are important, and how you can determine whether a house was built to these standards.Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/236.In This Episode:What your contract should coverWhy codes are importantDon’t skip these safety featuresHow to research your builderRed flags to watch out for
 What is sustainability? Amanda Gunawan is an architect who is dedicated to sustainable development, inspired by Japanese culture. In this episode, Amanda tells us about her perspective on sustainability and how architects can build spaces that last through their design choices. Although she does not design tiny homes, there is a lot of crossover in ideas with the tiny house movement that we can learn from and incorporate into tiny house design. Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/235In This Episode:Amanda’s design philosophyWabi-sabi and sustainabilityMinimalism and designing spaces that evolveDesigning for mental healthThis week's sponsor: Tiny House SummitThe Tiny House Summit is an online, completely free event happening the weekend of November 4th. The Summit includes 30 expert speakers, many of which are some of my favorite past podcast guests. Each speaker talks to me in a 30-minute, laser-focused session to help you plan, build and live tiny. While the event is completely free over the weekend of November 4th, you do need to register in order to attend. Make sure to head over to TinyHouseSummit.co to register! 
How does a tiny home community builder get good-quality tiny homes quickly? Abby Shank is solving that problem by partnering with other companies, essentially becoming a tiny house builder who doesn’t build all of the houses herself! We discuss the evolution of Tiny Estates from a community of vacation homes to permanent residences and all of the work that that shift entails, plus her new business model.Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/234In This Episode:The evolution of Tiny EstatesShort-term rental challengesHow Abby and her partners are improving tiny home buildsCan tiny homes meet HUD code?Do tiny homes depreciate or appreciate in terms of resale value?This Week's Sponsor: PrecisionTempPrecisionTemp is making one product to solve two issues that I know everyone deals with in a tiny house: running out of hot water and heating your tiny house. PrecisionTemp has made the amazing TwinTemp Junior propane tankless water heater, which provides unlimited hot water for your tiny house and hydronic heating. This means you get warm heated floors, so there are no cold spots. It's designed specifically for tiny houses and features whisper-quiet operation as well as high efficiency. If you want more information on how PrecisionTemp can help make living tiny easier and more comfortable visit precisiontemp.com. While you're there, use the coupon code THLP for $100 off of any PrecisionTemp unit plus free shipping.
You may have seen Macy Miller hinting about something a few weeks ago. The time has finally come for me to be able to share that with everyone! Even though tiny house festivals are starting up again, I thought it would be great to put on an online event that anyone worldwide can attend without having to travel. It’s called the Tiny House Summit and it’s a completely free 3-day online event. In this excerpt from the Summit, Macy shares why tiny houses are important and I thought it was too good not to share with the podcast audience. If you’re feeling unsure about your choice to go tiny, this interview will help you feel more confident and be a better advocate for yourself and your own lifestyle. You can see the lineup and register for the Summit at tinyhousesummit.co.Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/233In This Episode:Overview of the tiny house movementUnderstanding your reasons for living tinyWhy legalization mattersOverview of building codes and housing typesBenefits of living tinyThis Week's Sponsor: PrecisionTempPrecisionTemp is making one product to solve two issues that I know everyone deals with in a tiny house: running out of hot water and heating your tiny house. PrecisionTemp has made the amazing TwinTemp Junior propane tankless water heater, which provides unlimited hot water for your tiny house and hydronic heating. This means you get warm heated floors, so there are no cold spots. It's designed specifically for tiny houses and features whisper-quiet operation as well as high efficiency. If you want more information on how PrecisionTemp can help make living tiny easier and more comfortable visit precisiontemp.com. While you're there, use the coupon code THLP for $100 off of any PrecisionTemp unit plus free shipping.
This is a great real conversation about what it’s like living tiny. Megan Lockhart doesn’t try to hide the things that are struggles for her and her family and she’s also great about advocating for the benefits of tiny living. We talk about the pros and cons, trials and tribulations, and the immense benefit Megan feels she and her family get from the tiny house lifestyle. Stick around after the credits to hear a bonus session where Megan shares how her builder forgot to install the furnace in her tiny house and how it wreaked havoc in their first winter!Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/232In This Episode:Questions you should ask about your tiny homeThe never-ending process of tidying upPros and cons of compost toiletsCreating more spaces for childrenTips for working from home in a tiny houseHow did the builder forget to install the furnace?This week's Sponsor: Tiny House ConsiderationsTiny House Considerations is an 8-week interactive course to plan your tiny house with Ethan Waldman and Lina Menard as your guides. Includes:Weekly Lessons and AssignmentsWeekly Live Zoom Q&A Sessions with Two Pro InstructorsComprehensive TemplatesAn Amazing CommunityLearn more and register: https://www.thetinyhouse.net/thc
This has to be the most unique tiny house living situation I’ve ever seen! Sarah, Brandon, and their dog Iko live in a 225-square-foot tiny home that floats on a lake in The Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. They live fully off-grid with no cell service and they are only accessible by boat. In this conversation, Sarah and Brandon graciously and openly share why and how they live this way, plus how much it costs and some of the unique challenges that present when you live on a lake in a temperate rainforest.Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/231In This Episode:How the floating house is set upWhat happens during storms?Legal requirements unique to floating homesRent and utility costsThe biggest logistical headache of this lifestyleHow they deal with gray water and sewagePositive changes that came from their lifestyle
 We’re changing it up a little bit this week! Lucy Lich interviewed me on her podcast, Tiny House Conversations. We had an in-depth conversation about some of the most important decisions you need to make to plan and build a tiny house successfully. We also talked through my best-selling resource, Tiny House Decisions. Lucy is a great interviewer and it was a pleasure to be on her show!Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/230 In This Episode:Ethan’s tiny house-building experiencesA common misconception about living in a tiny houseWhich decisions are actually covered in Tiny House Decisions?Thinking of a tiny house as a puzzle of systemsTrailers, zoning regulations, and tiny house security
Although we’ve had skoolie owners and builders on the show before, this week’s guest is our first short skoolie dweller. Stefanie Wenceslao talks to me about what it’s like to be new to the tiny lifestyle, how to get to know other tiny house nomads, and what she’s learned so far through trial and error. Short school buses are in the same class as vans, U-Hauls, and ambulances, which means that this wonderful option for full-time tiny living is sometimes overlooked, but Stefanie explains why they make great rolling homes.Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/229.In This Episode:One system for security and climate controlThe perks of traveling with your homeSkoolie safety for solo travelersHow to get to know other nomadsWhy a short school bus makes a great home on wheelsThis Week's Sponsor: PrecisionTempPrecisionTemp is making one product to solve two issues that I know everyone deals with in a tiny house: running out of hot water and heating your tiny house. PrecisionTemp has made the amazing TwinTemp Junior propane tankless water heater, which provides unlimited hot water for your tiny house and hydronic heating. This means you get warm heated floors, so there are no cold spots. It's designed specifically for tiny houses and features whisper-quiet operation as well as high efficiency. If you want more information on how PrecisionTemp can help make living tiny easier and more comfortable visit precisiontemp.com. While you're there, use the coupon code THLP for $100 off of any PrecisionTemp unit plus free shipping.
What is cohousing? Charles Durrett, who literally coined the phrase, explains what cohousing is, how it’s funded, and how the communities are set up. We also discuss how tiny house cohousing communities are a solution to homelessness and how any concerned citizen can use the cohousing model to solve the issue of homelessness in their own area.Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/228In This Episode:What is a cohousing community?Benefits of cohousingThe magic number: why 50 is the ideal community populationChallenges of maintaining affordabilityTiny houses and homelessnessHow to get started planning your cohousing communityThis Week's Sponsor: PrecisionTempPrecisionTemp is making one product to solve two issues that I know everyone deals with in a tiny house: running out of hot water and heating your tiny house. PrecisionTemp has made the amazing TwinTemp Junior propane tankless water heater, which provides unlimited hot water for your tiny house and hydronic heating. This means you get warm heated floors, so there are no cold spots. It's designed specifically for tiny houses and features whisper-quiet operation as well as high efficiency. If you want more information on how PrecisionTemp can help make living tiny easier and more comfortable visit precisiontemp.com. While you're there, use the coupon code THLP for $100 off of any PrecisionTemp unit plus free shipping.
Clutter affects us all, no matter how big or how tiny our houses are. Connie Ellefson believes that clutter ties up a huge amount of energy and creativity. In her new book, Clear The Space Feel The Rush, Connie offers tons of strategies for how you can get started with decluttering and organizing, and she shares some really good ones in this interview.Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/227In This Episode:Why is decluttering so difficult?How Connie handles old photos and mementosGames that make tidying up funSometimes clutter is a good thingAdvice you probably haven’t heard about your old clothesHow to break it all down into manageable piecesThis Week's Sponsor: Tiny TuesdaysDid you know that I personally send a tiny house newsletter every week on Tuesdays? It's called Tiny Tuesdays and it's a weekly email with tiny house news, interviews, photos, and resources. It's free to subscribe and I even share sneak peeks of things that are coming up, ask for feedback about upcoming podcast guests, and more. It's really the best place to keep a pulse on what I'm doing in the tiny house space and also stay informed about what's going on in the tiny house movement.To sign up go to thetinyhouse.net/newsletter. I'll never send you spam and if you don't want to receive emails, it's easy to unsubscribe.
Are you curious about how to live tiny with children and pets? This week’s guest, Alexis Monkhouse, is a single mom who has been living in her tiny house for four years, along with her “Boss Baby” and their two dogs. She has a strong sense of what works and what doesn’t regarding tiny living and she talks to me about all the things that have gone right and some that haven’t during this fun conversation.Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/226In This Episode:Showing the real tiny life on YouTubeWhy the composting toilet didn’t work outThinking of a washer/dryer combo? Listen up!When your builder gives you great adviceThe one feature Alexis wishes she had and whyPopular tiny house cons debunkedThis Week's Sponsor: Tiny House DecisionsTiny House Decisions is the guide that I wish I had when I was building my tiny house. And it comes in three different packages to help you on your unique tiny house journey. If you're struggling to figure out the systems for your tiny house, how you're going to heat it, how you're going to plumb it, what you're going to build it out, then tiny house decisions will take you through the process systematically and help you come up with a design that works for you. Right now I'm offering 20% off any package of Tiny House Decisions for podcast listeners. Head over to https://www.thetinyhouse.net/thd and use the coupon code tiny at checkout!
How do you renovate a vintage Airstream in two months when you have no building experience? Allison and James not only made their vintage Airstream livable in two months while working full-time, but they also taught themselves how to do carpentry and electrical work - and found a parking spot! In this interview, we talk about how and why they worked on such a short timeline, how they approached learning, and what design choices they made in order to make the Airstream fully functional for their lifestyle.Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/225.In This Episode:Developing a taste for life in motionHave you ever heard of too much storage in a tiny home?The surprising reason they chose fiberglass for the showerWorking full-time while buildingHow to get started when you have no building experienceThis Week's Sponsor: PrecisionTempPrecisionTemp is making one product to solve two issues that I know everyone deals with in a tiny house: running out of hot water and heating your tiny house. PrecisionTemp has made the amazing TwinTemp Junior propane tankless water heater, which provides unlimited hot water for your tiny house and hydronic heating. This means you get warm heated floors, so there are no cold spots. It's designed specifically for tiny houses and features whisper-quiet operation as well as high efficiency. If you want more information on how PrecisionTemp can help make living tiny easier and more comfortable visit precisiontemp.com. While you're there, use the coupon code THLP for $50 off of any PrecisionTemp unit plus free shipping.
I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz about this company Wilderwise, so I decided to invite one of the founders, Arya Mazanek for an interview. Wilderwise is taking a custom approach to just about every aspect of their tiny home builds- from the custom aluminum trailer that doubles as the floor foundation, to the aluminum and SIP frame, what really sets these tiny homes apart is the fact that they expand to have a full height second floor once they are parked in place. In this interview, I’ll ask Arya how the homes are built, how the second-floor expansion works, and what makes them modular. Stick around!Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/224In This Episode:How they seal up the moving partsThe difference between a loft and a storyBenefits of a taller trailerAluminum vs steel: what makes a better trailer?Who is buying tiny homes?What’s in the works for WilderwiseThis Week's Sponsor: PrecisionTempPrecisionTemp is making one product to solve two issues that I know everyone deals with in a tiny house: running out of hot water and heating your tiny house. PrecisionTemp has made the amazing TwinTemp Junior propane tankless water heater, which provides unlimited hot water for your tiny house and hydronic heating. This means you get warm heated floors, so there are no cold spots. It's designed specifically for tiny houses and features whisper-quiet operation as well as high efficiency. If you want more information on how PrecisionTemp can help make living tiny easier and more comfortable visit precisiontemp.com. While you're there, use the coupon code THLP for $50 off of any PrecisionTemp unit plus free shipping.
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