Living in a Honda Element & Downsizing E-course

Hi Kent!

Thank you so much for posting about the CometCamper Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-course last week. We have an awesome group shaping up and I’m excited to get started!

I wanted to let your readers know that there are still a few days left to join the E-Course. When you sign up for the Tiny Transition + Downsizing class, you get:

  • 8 weeks of downsizing lessons and challenges (it’s like Downsizing bootcamp!)
  • LIFETIME access to the private class forum
  • Accountability, support, motivation and camaraderie from me and your classmates
  • The tools you need to simplify your home, mind, and LIFE starting right now.

I also wanted to clarify some things, since I’ve received emails about how the class works.

Once a week, you receive the lesson for the week. You can work on the course material at your own convenience throughout the week. Lessons include actions, tasks, challenges, reading, and more. There are no “live” calls that you must attend, since we are all in different time zones (and there are people in the class from all over the world!). Then, you have 24/7 (LIFETIME) access to the private class forum so that you can connect with your peers and myself, ask questions, get support and motivation, share successes, and meet people who share your ideas, values, and goals. The forum is my favorite part and the class agrees!

“”This class has single-handedly changed my thinking and life. The email course is rocking my world with the “how” to do this, the access to the associated group forum is invaluable. You could lurk and never post with this group and it’ll change your thinking and life.” – Andrea Mortensen

I love getting to know everyone through their journeys. We’re all here with you along for the ride! It’s amazing to see people making such REAL, TANGIBLE (and quite honestly very IMPRESSIVE) changes in their lives as a result of doing the class with a group of newfound friends. Last session, we had one woman quit her unhappy job in order to pursue more creative endeavors, right after reading a particular lesson! We’ve seen class members sell their homes, move into tiny homes and RVs, hit the road, and find real freedom in the span of 8 weeks. I’ve witnessed group members leave corporate life to volunteer full-time and work with animals, all made possible by radical downsizing. Each person’s story is unique, and it’s a real honor to be able to see all these people make courageous changes in real time. And you don’t have to have solid plans to “go tiny” to do the class – we have many people in the class just there to reclaim some sanity in their homes, minds and lives.

Downsizing is HARD. But you don’t have to do it all alone.

I went from living in a cluttered, messy, out of control 1500 sq. ft., into my 100 sq. ft. vintage trailer, and then into my 35 sq. ft. Honda Element micro-camper (that we designed and built) and it took me years to accomplish. It’s an ongoing process. It requires you to think critically and intentionally about what you want your life to look and feel like, instead of just going through the motions of work-sleep-spend money-repeat. 99% percent of the people you meet won’t accept the challenge.

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Will you?

You can join us in the next session of the Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-Course by registering here. Class begins on October 5th. I hope to see you there!

What recent “graduates” have said about the Tiny Transition and Downsizing class:

“In fact, I am more convinced than ever that taking this course to figure out how to ease into the whole downsizing process thoughtfully and gradually was one of the best moves I could have made, especially because of all the incredible support that this group provides in so many ways.” – Jack

“I took the challenge and am so glad I did. Even if you never “live” in a tiny house I found that the course helped me to look inside myself and found out all kinds of things about ME! I am truly grateful for the experience. You will find yourself very proud of what you will accomplish!” – Diane

“This course was fabulous! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this. This is a lifestyle you clearly feel passionate about and I am very grateful for this valuable information and insight.” – AT

“I think your course is terrific, mainly because it gives all of us out here who are stressed to the max by our STUFF a direction, and a place to start. We KNOW we’re overwhelmed, but we don’t know what to do about it. So being given a coherent plan for attacking all of this STUFF, plus, for some people, “permission” to get rid of the extraneous junk is so freeing. My house now looks like a HOME, instead of a mess of stuff from one end to the other, thanks to your directions. It turned my life upside down and inside out for a while, but it was so, so worth every bit of hassle it took to get this taken care of. I think the money I spent to take your course was one of the best values I’ve gotten for a long, long time. And I can see that now that I’m on the path to minimizing/minimalism, which sort of naturally follows such a life changing event, whether I move into a Tiny House or not, my life has been forever changed for the better. And it’s just going to keep going that way. In a couple of words, THANK YOU. ” – Becky

“This class has single-handedly changed my thinking and life. The email course is rocking my world with the “how” to do this, the access to the associated private group is invaluable. You could lurk and never post with this group and it’ll change your thinking and life. Even if you just want to tread more softly on this beautiful jewel of a planet we live on, you will benefit from this course.

I’ve found my true fun self since I’ve been taking this course. My stuff was burying my life, and I had no idea that I’d done that to myself. The e-course, the readings, and the private class group together make for a powerful inspiration to keep going. The class is already paid for itself in less stress, less stuff, and heck, I’ve even lost weight! All because I’m realizing that I just don’t NEED a lot of things. While we may or may not move into an actual Tiny House, our house of 1,100 square feet is starting to look huge. We have SO MUCH SPACE NOW! I’m looking forward to a smaller house (and a smaller or NONEXISTENT mortgage soon).” – Andrea

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Valley View Tiny House Company

It started as a dream of a second home in Colorado – perhaps a far-fetched dream for self-employed husband and father, Jeff Loper. But, upon visiting a friend’s farm where they built a 300 square foot cabin near a fishing pond, Jeff realized that’s all that’s needed to make the dream a reality. As his research began for the Colorado home, tiny houses on trailers kept appearing in his Google search results. It became clear to Jeff that he possessed the all skills needed, given his years of experience in fine woodworking and home improvement, working in hardware stores, and going on Habitat for Humanity builds. And out of Jeff’s desire for a tiny vacation house for his family a new business was born:

Valley View Tiny House Company

As Valley View began building and exploring who they wanted to be, key traits kept surfacing that became core values of Valley View’s vision “…to help you achieve the tiny house life catered to your specific needs. We do this by understanding your goals, providing space-maximizing solutions integrated into your surroundings, encouraging innovative craftsmanship, developing efficient do-it-yourself resources, and doing our part to help the less fortunate along the way. Whether your tiny house dreams are a forever home, vacation home, in-law quarters, guesthouse, or otherwise, we can help.”

Valley View’s Debut Home, The Shenandoah

Boasting 150 square feet – not including the loft – The Shenandoah offers modern conveniences in an inviting environment with fine craftsmanship focused on bringing the outdoors in. Inside you will find a generous living area with Valley View’s signature bay window, a cathedral ceiling, and finished in warm, pine planking; a complete kitchen with stainless steel appliances, acacia wood countertops, and oil-rubbed bronze hardware; a loft with a raised roofline provides adequate headroom, room for a queen-size mattress, and beautiful lighting; and unique features abound throughout including a dresser in the floor, bookshelves intertwined with the loft ladder, and a table neatly folded away.

A version of The Shenandoah is currently available and priced at $49,000.

Five Things To Know About Valley View

  1. All building plans will have traditional and contemporary designs to meet your tastes.
  2. Their well-rounded team includes two craftsmen, a licensed architect for structural integrity and design, a professional organizer to help guide people in their tiny living transition, and a licensed electrician and plumber.
    They are the first Tennessee tiny house company to have their electrical systems inspected and passed by the state.
  3. Plans for both the traditional and contemporary versions of The Shenandoah are available with a new house design coming in October. Other tiny house resources will follow including how-to materials, workshops, and more.
  4. A portion of every dollar earned goes to help the less fortunate, and plans are already being pursued to build tiny houses in partnership with churches and organizations that enables those in need to have a home of their own.

For more information about Valley View Tiny House Company, please visit them at ValleyViewTinyHouses.com.

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Envirohaven’s Haven

While not officially tiny, the structural design and energy efficiency of the Haven by Reno, Nevada based Envirohaven may make it the home of the future. The 1,550 square foot home package is designed to waste as little material as possible and can be completely off-grid—an addition the Envirohaven group calls the “Life System.”


The current Haven is a model built by Greg and Vicki Bischoff of Suncrest Builders, Inc. Greg’s vision was to create a smaller, simple, cost-effective and energy efficient home for more remote living conditions. The patent pending home prefab package, made of EPS foam and a green, water soluble exterior stucco coating, can be assembled anywhere for under $75 a square foot. The sphere-like house encloses the greatest amount of living area with the least amount of surface area and fewer materials needed for construction. The Haven is different from a typical geodesic dome in that it utilizes more interior space. Other unique features of the Haven include a centralized core mechanical area allowing for shorter plumbing and electrical runs which increases efficiency, and an optional space heating feature incorporated into panels in the structure.

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The Haven package includes the following:
•    Site specific engineered plans including site plan, floor plans and elevations, foundation and framing plans, electrical plan, etc. Plans are guaranteed for local building department approval.
•    Partially assembled wall sections, complete hardware package for assembly
•    Dual pane, low-e energy-efficient windows
•    Solid core exterior doors
•    Pre-cut metal roofing for long lasting durability
•    Exterior siding that will provide a fire, weather resistant and flexible coating
•    Siding and roofing materials
•    Detailed construction manuals, videos, and remote electronic assistance are available for owner-builders as well as licensed general contractors desiring to purchase unfinished packages.
•    Customized site specific options available for all customers.

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The Haven’s Life System includes a Solar PV and Solar Thermal equipment for hot water, radiant baseboard or underfloor heating systems, an alternate heat source in the form of a wood burning or pellet stove, and a grey water recycling program.

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Photos courtesy of Envirohaven

 

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]