A few months back we did a Tiny House Chat on building a small business in tiny houses. The concept was on The Tiny Life, we talk about how you live tiny, how to live in a way that inspires you, in a way that you follow your passion.
What I realized one day that it was important for me to begin to match my career or how I earn an income to the way I want to live in my tiny house. It’s been a big shift in thinking for me because I’m about to move into my tiny house and not having rent or a mortgage has changed my financial situation so positively that I can now live and work in a way that suits me more.
So it got me thinking about working with a few awesome people that specialize in making an inspired life, living/working in a location independent fashion, building a business that suits me and then also sharing my own experiences and know-how. We are kicking around the idea of running a destination workshop on how to do all this and wanted your input.
So today I have a quick survey that I’d love your help with its just a few short questions and I think tiny house people would be interested in not only learning to live tiny, but how to match the rest of their life to tiny houses, follow your passions and live life as an adventure.
Many of you have checked out our ebook Cracking The Code – A guide to building codes and zoning for tiny houses; well today I have some good news! We have updated the ebook and added 14 more pages of core content to the ebook with our Toolkit!
Here’s the kicker! If you bought the old version, I just sent you the updated version for FREE! So those of you who supported The Tiny Life, thanks so much, we hope you’ll enjoy the free update.
The Toolkit comes out of some great feedback we got from the first version, where I presented what I came up with as the single best approach to tiny houses and building codes. What we have learned since then is that people were able to take what we taught them and then started coming up with some creative ways to make tiny houses legal in their own towns. So I took those approaches and created this Toolkit which teaches you 10 additional ways to make a tiny house legal!
Get your copy today!
If you have bought the ebook already and are having any issues with it, use the “Contact” tab and let us know, we’ll help you out!
Today I was researching codes and zoning when I discovered Charlotte now has an app for reporting public nuisances. You can snap a photo, mark the location on a map, then send it the complaint anonymously. You can see it at http://charmeck.org/Pages/MobileApp.aspx
For those of you who don’t know, I blog to you from Charlotte, NC; A decent sized city in the south with around 2 million people. It’s a great place, it has a lot to do, not a lot of traffic, good jobs, and while ranked 17th largest city in the US, I can still find a multi-acre lots here.
Well Charlotte is also a very difficult place to be a tiny house person, with the city growing by 40,000 people every year, our code enforcement and zoning are very busy, leaving little time to entertain the idea of a variance for tiny houses. Between strict codes that are difficult to get variances on and a most of Charlotte’s housing under HOA’s, its a tough place for tiny houses.
So I thought I’d share this new innovation that cities are taking up.
If you want to know more about how codes affect you, check out our ebook: cracking the code! here
- What do you think of this app?
- Have you talked with your local code enforcement about tiny houses?
Some of you know I’m a little bit of a permaculture fanatic, so I like to interject some of these concepts where I can. Today I wanted to share a neat project going on over at permies.com’s forum. It’s called a Wofati house and essentially it is an wooden structure that uses post and beam techniques that is then mostly buried under dirt to provide thermal mass. The big concept here is that the house is optimized for solar gain and uses a large thermal mass to keep things cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The design was inspired by Mike Oehler’s design and is touted to be pretty inexpensive.
Photos by Kristie Wheaton from Permise.com
With the roll out of Tiny House Craftsman (see the post here) we are also adding to the line up our Tiny Workshops! You might have noticed a new link on our menu – “Events” – which will bring you to where you can sign up for them. Our online tiny workshops are a quick way for you to learn everything you need to know about tiny houses, how to build, what the life is like, and much more!
Each session is 30 minutes long on a specific topic and you can get all your questions answered. Our first session will be an intro to tiny houses where you can get a lot of your burning questions answered. Followed up by that we’ll get down to the nitty gritty and focus on particular topics.
Let me know in the comments if there are other times/days that people want, if we have enough I can add a session!
- Intro To Tiny Houses – Nov 16th 10am EST
- How To Design Your House – Nov 23rd 10am EST
- Choosing A Trailer – Nov 30th 10 am EST
- Water, Power, Toilets, HVAC – Dec 7th 10 am EST
- Let me know if there are other times that people want, if we have enough I can add a session!
- What topics do you want to see in future Tiny Workshops?