Andrew’s TEDx Tiny House Talk

Andrew Morrison

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I’ve had the privilege of knowing Andrew Morrison for over seven years now via the Internet and personally the last year. Andrew is known for his fantastic Straw Bale videos and workshops and in the last year as a tiny house builder and designer. I had the opportunity to introduce Andrew and his wife Gabriella to the tiny house world through the Tiny House Blog.

They have become good friends and Andrew has a talent which I sometimes envy. He is a natural speaker and at ease in front of small groups or large crowds. He also is a talented musician. Andrew recently was featured at TEDx and I wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to view his speech.

Learn more about the background of this speech here.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Andrew and his wife, Gabriella, are the creators of “hOMe”, the 207 SF (+110 SF in lofts) modern tiny house on wheels. They live and work in hOMe full time, off grid, and debt free. With the extra time and money that they have they travel and enjoy time together as a family.

Watch the video below.

Dee Williams on the One Question to Ask Ourselves Before we go Shopping

Dee Williams on the 1 Question to Ask Before we Shop – TINY: A Story About Living Small from TINY on Vimeo.

If you’re into Tiny Houses, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Dee Williams. In 2004, Dee sold her 1,200 square foot house in Olympia, Washington and moved into an 84-square foot Tiny House that she built herself, from scratch. Today she’s still living tiny and has become an author and major spokesperson in the growing movement to live minimally.

Merete and Dee

I met Dee in 2010, when Christopher Smith and I filmed her for our documentary, TINY: A Story About Living Small. TINY chronicles our own process of building a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience and profiles other people (like Dee) who have radically downsized their lives. As we built our house and traveled around the country visiting other ‘Tiny Housers’ we were motivated by one central question:

“What makes a good home?”

If Home wasn’t defined by space or stuff, we wondered, then what was it?

What struck me about Dee was her honest and straightforward approach to life. In many ways, this is born from necessity: Dee decided to downsize shortly after she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Though she’s healthy and going strong today, the precariousness of her health has helped her to prioritize. While it may seem extreme to think about death every time we embark on a shopping spree, it’s true that impermanence has a way of putting everything into perspective and reminding us of what matters most.

Dee's house

Dee’s point isn’t so much that we shouldn’t buy that new pair of pumps or the flatscreen TV, but that it’s worth noticing what kind of life we are cultivating with each choice and purchase we make. It’s fun and sometimes necessary to buy things – but let’s make sure our possessions are highlighting and not hindering our connection to the people and experiences that make our precious, short lives worth living in the first place.

The above video is an excerpt of a 12-minute extended interview with Dee Williams that appears as a special feature on the DVD of TINY: A Story About Living Small. You can also rent or download TINY on iTunes and Vimeo on Demand.

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Ethan’s Tiny House in Vermont

Ethan

Ethan Waldman recently created a video tour with Derek Deidrichson’s Relax Shacks Youtube Channel.

Ethan Walman, author of the new book “Tiny House Decisions” gives us a look at his self-built and designed tiny house in Vermont. One with quite a few fun, and inventive, features: from a secret cat door, and a rolling track door for the bathroom, to a copper clad shower, and more. This tiny house has a surprisingly large kitchen, with a double sink as well.

Ethan’s book, called “Tiny House Decisions,” shows you how making choices for your tiny house does not have to be hard.

Whether you’re just starting to build your house or still dreaming about how you might make a tiny house happen, you:

  • Want a tiny house that fits you and your lifestyle, not someone else’s
  • Want to save time and money by doing it right the first time
  • Are overwhelmed by how many options you have to choose from, but you want to be informed about those choices

Learn more about Ethan’s book here and follow him on Facebook here.

https://www.facebook.com/buildingthetinyhouse
http://www.thetinyhouse.net/