Alex’s Hovel

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Alex lives in Northern Illinois and is building a hovel tiny house. The Hovel is a 481 cubic foot house, built from local stone and some salvaged materials. It is a very unique structure and I’m looking forward to seeing Alex complete it.

Alex is trying to raise some funds to get the hovel winterized and has set up a Facebook Fan Page to share more info on his progress. Here is what Alex has to say about his project:

Hello Brethren! Finally, I’ve made a page for the Hovel. I haven’t worked on it since July, due to unforeseen problems (income). I figured the approximate cost for materials needed to finish the project before the rain and snow come down. Thus, I can move in and light the First Fire! I would need $500 +/- for materials. I have included the list on my photo-compilation. I will be elated by any support. As work progresses on the project, I will upload new photos of it. Thank you!! Also, heres a link, if you wish to help fund The Hovel. Any amount help, and all funds will go towards materials. ~~Alex G.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hovel/591628344281315

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New from Woolywagons

How is everything in the wild, wild west? Here are some photos. The photos do not show the welded aluminum floor frame sections, they are finished and welded, but I haven’t applied the wood or insulation to all of the tipi.

The first photo shows the top which is metal and a heavy coat of polyurea on the exterior. It is designed to raise and lower allowing ventilation and drafting for an inside fire. Also the top ventilating is completely covered so no rain can enter.

This custom tipi was designed and engineered by Steve Auth (myself) and built by the Woolywagons Team. It is built with the most durable modern materials. Original tipis will only last outside and set up in the eastern half of the country for about three years in humid climates and five years in the dry climates. Mold will form on the canvas, therefore we do not use canvas.

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We use a goetextile adhered to aluminum frame with a polyurea spray coating on the outside, inside a polyurethane foam sprayed to geotextile material for a monolithic effect to our aluminum frame work. (No VOCs or fumes or odors emit with these modern materials)

Our tipis will be standing for a long time, maybe hundreds of years, but certainly a lifetime. There has never been a tipi designed and built like as ours (patent pending). So rest assured whom ever buys a Woolywagons Tipi will have the best of the best, just like our Woolywagons.

The Woolywagons Tipi is built in sections and bolts together. It is delivered by our team and set up for the client, seams are sealed where sections are bolted together for a completely weather proofed lodge. This a 20 foot diameter Tipi with a Polyurea (know to many as a sprayed truck bed liner) exterior to emphasize its durability.

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Also pictured are some of our Wagons: Woolywagons(tm) Sheepwagons, Gypsywagons, Huckster wagon, Woolycabin, Vardo, Cabins on wheels, Cabins, Tiny house, tiny houses, getaways, guest house, guest cabins.

For more information go to the Woolywagons website. Be sure and mention you heard about them through the Tiny House Blog.

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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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