So I recently had the fortune of getting to tour what might be one of the biggest shipping container building companies in the US. Which happens to be right here in Charlotte. While they happened to be local, they have been developing container buildings all over the place. A lot of what they do is pop up trade show booths, but I was clued into some neat full building projects on the horizon. Here are some photos from my tour, check them out here
We had planned on having our tiny house chat last Monday, but our guest had a family emergency and we had to postpone to this coming Monday. We are going to be talking about building a business in your tiny house, so that you can leave behind your 9 to 5 and live life on your own terms. We will also be talking about how this is a vehicle for you to follow your passions in life while still earning a living.
We have two amazing guest: Danny Dover and Kacie Erikson
Danny is from Life Listed and has made a living for himself, independent of a location and travels the world while working remotely. He is best know for his journey of pursuing his bucket list. I recently found his TED Talk and I knew we had to get him for this chat!
Kacie is the perfect guest because that is exactly what her business is AND she’s building a tiny house! Check out her background over at www.ikilledthejoneses.com and her tiny house at www.treadingtiny.com.
My good friend over at Tiny House R(e)volution is hosting a tiny house decorating class. Learn about tips to decorate your tiny houses, explore double duty furniture, and how to effectively use windows to make you tiny house feel big. It’s Big Style For The Tiny House! Drew’s course is 2 hours for $10 so check it out!
Here is a photo of his gorgeous kitchen counter tops
Do you have a flair for the decadent? Does your style read more modern bohemia than Appalachian cabin? Maybe you prefer color over monochromatic. Whatever the case, this workshop is the one for you.
Over the course of two hours you will be part of a dynamic, online conversation that mixes live video/audio, presentation, practical examples, and live Q&A. With Andrew Odom as your facilitator
You can sign up here
Today I wanted to share with all of you an interesting partnership that I have started, its with a non profit here in NC called Black Mountain SOLE. I first heard from them because they were in love with tiny houses and then I from there I got to see the exciting things they are doing. Black Mountain SOLE is the next evolution of education, the SOLE actually stands for Self Organized Learning Environment.
The concept is that students enter into a self directed learning process, where passionate students learn real world skills as they pursue their “big idea”. Along the way they get consistent coaching from mentors and business leaders to help take their idea from concept to reality, while developing income along the way. Now at first I was a bit skeptical about the true viability of such a model, then I learned of how many processes, key staff and a well appointed campus they have in place to take a person passion into a well defined learning process.
Here is a photo I snapped of the road to their campus… its so gorgeous there!
The concept instantly resonated with me because I have a Bachelors and a Master’s, which have served me well, but did little to teach me real world skills. Take this blog for example. The amount of things that I have had to learn to run this blog is really incredible now that I think about it. I have to know web coding, server management, SEO, taxes, budgeting, marketing, keep up with tiny houses, publishing, building codes, building techniques, and most importantly: how to build relationships. These are things that no classroom (as far as I know & as of now) will ever be able to teach you in a few years. It also goes to point out that learning doesn’t stop, I was up till 2am last night researching something new for you all.
So the reason I thought I’d post this is because I think its an interesting concept, I’ll be doing some work with them on tiny houses and I think a lot of the ideals that they hold have major overlap with the tiny house community. They are doing a scholarship contest check it out here
Some neat things that they will have:
- Business coaches and mentors
- Co working spaces
- A full facility including cafeteria, dorms, work spaces
- Located in gorgeous Black Mountain, NC minutes from Asheville
There are all the good things about living the tiny life and then there are the things that I miss most. Of course, you don’t have to miss these things! It all comes down to design and what you deem necessary to your well-being and happiness in your living space. After nearly two years living the tiny life, here is what I’ve started to pine for.
1. Long, luxurious soaks in the tub. Yes, I’ll admit it. I love to fill up a huge tub with water and just lay there. At a Permaculture workshop I attended we played an icebreaker game of confession where everyone in the class went around and fessed up about their most non-sustainable guilty pleasure. Mine was a bath. I know it’s wasteful and most certainly a luxury but I can’t help but crave those relaxing times spent in steaming water surrounded by bubbles! Any time I house sit, the first thing I look for is a tub. I actually looked in to the Japanese ofuro, a traditional soaking tub that you sit instead of lay down in, but I was told it wasn’t a practical addition to the size bathroom we were building. I think it’s a plausible addition to a small space if planned for early on in the design and I would love to see such a tub incorporated in to a tiny house!
2. Stability in my living situation. We’ve moved our house 3 times in 2013 and while mobility was a plus when we built La Casita, I never saw us moving quite so much. While it is much less of a hassle than moving in or out of a regular home, it definitely has it’s challenges and feeling settled can take awhile.
3. Craft space/room. Not only for working but also for material storage. We don’t have the space in 98 square feet to meet this need. I really pared down my art materials when we moved in to La Casita and while one solution could be to rent a separate space, that’s not a financially viable option for me right now.
4. Comfortable sleeping room for guests. I miss having a space for friends and family to stay when they visit. We used to host people all the time in our other homes but in La Casita folks either have to sleep on an uncomfortable bench downstairs or camp. With winter not far off in Vermont, camping won’t be an option for much longer. Sure, there are nice B&B’s and cozy hotels for folks to stay but it’s just not the same. I love waking up in the morning and making coffee for guests and a plate of popovers! It’s the best!
5. Having huge potlucks in my living room. This was my favorite activity and what I miss most about living in larger spaces. I love filling a kitchen with delicious food and cheerful, hungry people! While I have found other outlets and friends who enjoy doing the same in their homes, I miss being able to offer that hospitality.
While all of these needs have creative solutions, which I’ve explored in various posts, I still find myself daydreaming of bubble baths and bright, expansive indoor spaces for shared meals and guests. Perhaps it’s just the American in me trying to break free or maybe this is a normal process of living the tiny life. Once in a while you are going to wish for things you don’t have. It’s only human right?
- Is there anything you miss most living in less square footage?