The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge

Dan Durica models hardcore sustainability by converting other people’s trash into his own eco treasure.

When Dan first moved to Dancing Rabbit Eco-village, he didn’t have a place to call his own. He did, however, have big dreams for the world of sustainable agriculture. He planted a vineyard so that he could found an eco-winery. He used his expertise to enhance the ravaged soil surrounding the community, so that future residents could one day grow their own food. He devoted his time to teaching others about sustainable living, and became one of the most respected teachers in organic farming methodology in the area. Continue reading

Andrew Odom – Home is a Pony

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In this our eleventh episode Perry, Mark and Michelle interview Andrew Odom, founder of Tiny House r(E)volution! Undoubtedly our funniest episode yet, Andrew brings his southern humor in full force, livening Tiny House Podcast with his life story, ponies, potato chips, and more. Gotta listen to this one. Be prepared to laugh. We’re on the road with the founder of Tiny House r(E)volution!

How To Homeschool In A Tiny House

Make no mistake. Homeschool, Roadschooling, Unschooling…they are all a HUGE undertaking. The notion of not enrolling your child in a more traditional school institution involves time, energy, resources, and even space. If you have a tiny house or small space and a limited income or even no income, try not to become discouraged. It is absolutely possible to create a wonderful learning environment in a small space and on a small budget. We are doing it now and you can to. Afterall, it is about the education, right? And learning takes place everywhere, all the time!



When we first decided to build a tiny house we were only a party of 2. We had a desire to start a family but not right away so it never occurred to us that we should plan a tiny house that would accommodate more than two people and certainly not accommodate room for both living and learning, so to speak. But as you can probably guess we found ourselves becoming a party of 3 rather quickly. In fact, before we finished building we were already trying to figure out how our single level, 240 sq.ft. tiny house would be comfortable for two adults and a baby. As our baby become an infant and then a toddler our adventure changed as well. We decided to purchase a travel trailer and take to the open road. The trailer we chose was just 40 sq.ft. larger than our tiny house so with 280 sq.ft. we had ample room to live but didn’t once think about how the school situation might work out. We knew pretty soon after our daughter was born that we wanted to homeschool her for at least the early years. I have a masters degree in education so I felt completely capable of the task and we knew that K4 was not about sitting still and taking tests for 5-6 hours a day. But never did we realize that even 45 minutes of focused learning time a day would pose such a challenge. Between shuffling about for play room, eating room, sleeping room, and school room, it quickly became a frantic pursuit! Continue reading

The Tiny House Movement Grows Up at the Build Small Live Large Summit

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One of the ways I chart the progress of the tiny house movement is by the company it keeps, and by that measure, tiny homes on wheels have made some pretty incredible strides toward mainstream acceptance lately. We’re now living in a time when “Tiny House Hunters” comes on HGTV right after regular “House Hunters,” and shopping for a small home looks no stranger than shopping for a log cabin.

The latest step forward I’ve noticed for the movement is the inclusion of tiny homes on wheels in this fall’s Build Small Live Large Summit in Portland, Oregon. The Summit is about how homes under 1,000 square feet can save people money, lighten their environmental footprint, connect them to their communities, and look beautiful – all while helping cities add desirable and affordable housing.  The content is focused on backyard cottages and mother-in-law apartments, small home communities like cohousing or pocket communities, and tiny houses on wheels.

Build Small Live Large 2015 Summit

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Homestead Honey’s Off-Grid House

I was originally drawn to the beautiful garden photos from Teri Page’s Homestead Honey blog, but then noticed that she and her family of four live in a cozy 350 square foot cabin they built themselves on their 10 acres in Missouri. The family’s home was recently featured in the premier issue of Cabin Living.


The off-grid, solar powered home not only has some wonderful details like a bookshelf room divider, a cast iron stove, full pantry and a loft bedroom, but the home is directly connected with the family’s love for nature and the earth. They grow much of their own food and the home was built with reclaimed materials from a 100 year old barn, reclaimed insulation and slash walnut planed by the local Amish community. Continue reading