Today I wanted to share a special project that I have been working with some amazing people, it is finally ready to launch. Along with myself, Steven Harrell (Tiny House Listings), Laura LaVoie (120 Square Feet) and Andrew Odom (Tiny r(E)volution) announced the upcoming launch of Tiny House NC, an organization to promote Tiny House culture throughout North Carolina.
When the opportunity arose to join forces and develop an organization that would promote the tiny house movement in the state, we jumped at the chance. With such a diverse landscape in a relatively small state there is something for everyone in North Carolina. From the mountains to the sea and everything in between, Tiny House NC hopes to create a perfect place for small living enthusiasts to seek advice, services, and resources.
Their mission is to, “To showcase tiny house builders, dwellers, and dreamers in the state of North Carolina as well as be a vital resource to them in their path to a tiny life.”
“Tiny House NC is passionate about being fully engaged with the tiny house community in North Carolina. We want to forge connections with and promote the lives of the community and its members. It isn’t just about building houses but turning them into homes.”
The tiny house movement is on the rise and many Americans are looking for ways to downsize and simplify their lives. Tiny House NC couldn’t have come at a better time. Exchanging a fast-paced life for a simpler, mortgage-free house can be the answer for many individuals in North Carolina. Coupling the minimalist lifestyle with off the grid energy solutions can encourage people to consume less and reduce waste. The possibilities for a tiny lifestyle are endless and Harrell, Mitchell, LaVoie and, Odom represent several tiny solutions.
For more information about Tiny House NC you can join Tiny House NC by going to http://tinyhousenc.com/
So many of you have heard about my ebook that I have been working on, I have been putting it together over the past few months and it is finally here! You can check it out here
This guide is designed to help you navigate all the red tape when it comes to tiny housing. I have designed this manual to help you quickly familiarize yourself with some of the key bureaucratic road blocks, suggest possible pathways to building your home from the legal perspective, and several strategies to make it a success. If you are hoping to build a tiny house, this is information that you will need. For those who purchases this they will also get and additional 180 pages of reference materials and free updates on future versions!
This ebook came out of me trying to figure all this stuff out, after hours of working with local code enforcement, zoning, builders, trades people and tons of research we have this book. This guide also helps you navigate getting all your utilities setup, which is more complex that many think. The real strength of this is that I have actually been there and done this, so I grappled with the real world issues of tiny houses for you and shared them here to make living in a tiny house a success.
For anyone wanting to build and live in a tiny house, in the city or the country, this is a must read.
So this Thursday night at 8pm EST Macy Miller (minimotives.com) and I are taking the hot seat and asking each other questions in this no holds barred round of Tiny House Chat. The two of us decided ‘hey, you know what, we each have a TON of stuff in the works, let’s lay it ALL out on the table!’ What do you want to know about?
So I need ideas for questions for Macy specifically or tough questions about Tiny Houses that no one seems to have answered.
This chat will be:
Mark your calendar!
Today I have a bit of housekeeping to do with The Tiny Life, I wanted to include you in this because I wanted to hear your feedback on this.
Over the past few months we have had a few comments that required attention because of inappropriate language. After running this blog for several years I am happy to say that I can still count the number of comments I have had to delete on one hand. I like to promote transparency, so I leave practically every comment up, even if it looks bad on me. The exception of to this is of course blatant spam, for some reason spammers think we all want Coach purses to the tune of 50,000 spam comments a month!
So below is the rough draft of our new comment policy, I’d like to hear your feedback on it. You can also find this under the “about us” tab.
We encourage your comments on The Tiny Life and hope you will join the discussions. While we try our best, we can’t always respond to every comment. We encourage discussion and welcome constructive criticism as we see them a way to broaden our understanding of the subject. At the same time, we expect a basic level of civility; disagreements are fine, but mutual respect is a must.
Commenting is considered an acknowledgement that you agree that you will not:
- Post material that infringes on the rights of any third party, including intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights.
- Post material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity as determined by The Tiny Life in its sole discretion.
- Post advertisements or solicitations of business.
- Impersonate another person.
- Post the same note more than once or “spam”
The Tiny Life has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to discriminatory comments based on age, gender, orientation, race, nationality, religious affiliation, political affiliations.
We reserve the right, but not obligated to:
- Remove communications that are abusive, illegal or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with the above
By posting any comments or other material on The Tiny Life, you understand we don’t own your comments, but understand that we may use your submission for post ideas, marketing, and other related endeavors. Commenting is considered to be acknowledgment of this.
If you feel there is a comment that requires attention, please send a link to the comment to us via that contact us tab.
About a week and a half ago I did a post along with many other of the tiny house bloggers where we conducted a survey of tiny house people. It asked things like income, savings, etc. so we could get a better idea of what a tiny house person is like and how they compare to the typical American.
We had a TON of responses and with such a great response it prompted me to want to do something extra special for you all. So I have put together a kick starter campaign to raise the money to fund the creation of a tiny house infographic.
Infographics are a visual way to share data about an interesting topic. Instead of boring graphs and spreadsheets, we are working with a graphic designer to tell the story with color and vivid graphics. You can see an example of this in my first post of the series that talked about what the average American looks like. You can see how the bottom really long graphic tells the store with data, but is really interesting.
So please check out the kick starter, we hope you will support us in tell the story of tiny house people.
KICK STARTER PROJECT PAGE HERE: