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.
I found this project out of Italy working on small space design and was intrigued by it. The difference between this project, dubbed the Freedom Room, and the slew of others out there: it was designed by prisoners. A training program was created through a collaboration with the research center Cibicworkshop and the research and design cooperative Comodo to provide the necessary tools to the prisoners of Spoleto, Italy’s correctional facility to create functional, beautiful and innovative small space design.
While their motivation is driven by forced small space accommodation the project is a reflection of far-reaching opportunities. The collaborators envision the rise of new social dynamics and innovative solutions to re-shaping communities and neighborhoods. That’s definitely in line with what I heard Jay Shafer speak about at a workshop last summer. It’s what many small space designers and tiny house builders are searching for. A shift in consciousness and the wider societal embrace of less is more.
That such a project is coming out of a correctional facility really struck a cord with me. Prisons are places that are often tucked away and hidden from the daily life of citizens yet it’s impact and reflection on our society is poignant. That these inmates became the designers and project consultants of this prototype reflects innovation in design as well as social involvement and prison reform.
Some of the issues that small space design is addressing includes inflated housing markets, high unemployment, increased underemployment, capitalist consumerism and the overt display of materialism of McMansions among other ills. Many folks interested in tiny houses can attest to this, including myself. The Freedom Room is a project design based on living under restraint but has shown what ingenuity born of necessity can initiate. It can be directed for use in the everyday life of people around the world and the collaborators hope that the project will serve as inspiration not only for other prisons but all manners of needs within society. It is another model expressing the simplicity and beauty that small space design is capable of achieving across the societal board-from inmates, to student dormitories, to hotel rooms to tiny living spaces.
I find this project to be an inspiration in many ways. As a prototype it addresses the major issues of decent living within penitentiaries and educational rehabilitation of inmates within the prison system. It reflects the viability of small space design in ways I’d never even considered. That somehow gives me hope that, eventually, more and more people will come around, give tiny living a try themselves, whether that means 100, 300, 500 or 1000 sq. feet, and perhaps consider reducing their footprint and finding the joy in simpler living.
I found this neat end table made from left over 2×2′s from a build. It was constructed by gluing and clamping the scraps together. If I were doing this, I’d probably take it a step further and sand the whole top level and smooth. The different grains of the wood are great and shows another way to use building scraps from your tiny house.
Today Tumbleweed sent out some study plans with an interesting twist, in them, they included a miniature cut out model that let’s you build a tiny house out of paper. It’s pretty fun and reminds me of when I was a kid and would build models and kit rockets. In the end you have a fun little tiny house. So at the bottom of the post is the file, but here are some photos.