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.

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Tiny Abundance eBook

Tiny Abundance eBook

Tiny Abundance: My Journey to a Simple, Yet Fabulously Abundant Life in 160 Square Feet

by Jenn Baxtor

I have a SUPER exciting announcement to make today… my first eBook, “Tiny Abundance: My Journey to a Simple, Yet Fabulously Abundant Life in 160 Square Feet” will be available on September 30th!

But you can ORDER YOUR COPY NOW for just $20!

If you’ve ever been curious about what it’s really like to design, build and live in a tiny house… or if you’ve wondered how someone can downsize that much and what do they do with all their stuff… this book is for you!

Here’s what I’ll talk about. Or if you’re ready, go ahead and ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!

  • What motivated me to make such a major life change
  • How I determined my design, “must have’s” and my budget
  • Researching and choosing a builder
  • What it’s like to be on a tiny house TV show
  • What the building process is like and the bumps you might encounter along the way
  • Decorating and organizing your tiny home
  • What life in a tiny house is really like
  • If you read my blog regularly, you know that I like to share my experiences with all of you like you’re talking to a friend. And that’s exactly what you’ll get with “Tiny Abundance.”

It’s the story of the last year of my life and the “crazy” decision I made to get rid of 90% of my belongings and downsize my life into 160 square feet. Told to you in a way that’s personal, relatable and at times, laughable! You’ll hear about all the up’s and down’s and the mistakes I made along the way… so you hopefully won’t have to repeat them!

“Tiny Abundance: My Journey to a Simple, Yet Fabulously Abundant Life in 160 Square Feet” is available today and you can order your copy now!

French Tiny House Site

French Tiny House Blog

Bénédicte Perdereau contacted me a while back and told me how the tiny house movement is starting to grow in France and that she wanted to start a blog similar to the Tiny House Blog but in French. He wanted to contact some of the people I have covered over the years on the Tiny House Blog. I gave him the okay and am excited to announce his new website. Though I don’t read French I’m sure you can use Google translate to read his site.

Let’s welcome them to the Tiny House fold by giving him some good traffic. Be sure and share with any of your French speaking friends.

Here is the web address:

How Your Tiny House Design will Affect Where It’s Legal

Today we have a exclusive excerpt from author and tiny house dweller Ethan Waldman. After building his tiny house on wheels, Ethan started receiving question after question from followers on his facebook page, which eventually led to his excellent resource, Tiny House Decisions.

However, he didn’t stop there. When he noticed that many people were asking about how to find land for their tiny houses, he got to work on a brand new book, Tiny House Parking.
Right now for a limited time, Tiny House Parking is available for just 99 cents! The following is an excerpt from Tiny House Parking: How to Find Safe, Practical, and Affordable Land for Your Tiny House.

Tiny House Types and the Law

The tiny house parking options available to you depend on the kind of tiny house you have. Your very first decisions regarding your tiny house — whether to build it on wheels or on a foundation — sets the stage for which legal battle you’ll be fighting and which particular pitfalls you’ll need to watch out for.


As mentioned above, if you build your tiny house on a trailer, it probably won’t be subject to building code, because it won’t count as a building. The upside is that it gives you much more freedom when it comes to planning and designing your tiny house, but it creates a bit of a problem if you plan to live in it full time.

Your tiny house will likely only count as a “temporary structure,” like an RV, and, although the regulations vary from state to state, you will probably find that you’ll only be allowed to live (or “camp”) in your tiny house for a month or so at a time. If you ignore these regulations, you’ll technically be breaking the law. Continue reading

Tiny House Hunters Season 3 – Now Casting

Tiny House Hunters

Are you looking to purchase or build a tiny house – 500 square feet or smaller? If so, the producers of HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters” is currently casting for people buying tiny homes to feature on upcoming episodes.

We are looking for people in all stages of the process, from planning to building to moving in. Energetic, fun and enthusiastic tiny house home buyers interested in being on House Hunters should email or apply directly on the website at

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