Learn How to Achieve Your Mortgage-free Dreams from Folks Who Walk the Talk

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By Hari Berzins

If you’re dreaming of the freedom of a debt-free, mortgage-free lifestyle but aren’t sure where to start, you’ll want to check out our eCourse. We’re Hari and Karl Berzins of TinyHouseFamily.com. We designed and built our tiny house and have lived here for almost four years while continuing to build our mortgage-free homestead. Our course has helped almost two hundred people get started on their own path to debt-free living and several folks have already reached their goals.

So often we get questions like—“Where do I even begin?” That’s what we do in the course. We begin. You begin. Every single day. All the tiny details of how we achieved mortgage-freedom are woven throughout the course—but our story only gives context to the tasks and lessons—it’s all about you and your plan—how are you going to achieve mortgage-freedom?

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In this eCourse, we tell the whole story—the real, trudging-through-mud-and-celebrating-the-milestones story—We share the practices of self-care that make-up the bedrock below the foundation of our homestead, our true money story, our budgeting and savings plan, our downsizing process, how we found affordable land, and ultimately how we designed and built our legal tiny house.

“This course is such a gift. Today, because of the encouragement I find here from you and the group, I am moving along in the direction of my dream. It is amazing to see how setting my tiny course has given me confidence, courage, and hope. Every decision now points in the direction of a hugely tiny life. Gone are the bitterness and self-pity, the feeling trapped by decisions past. These days, I catch myself singing and clapping to “Happy,” knowing that “happiness is the truth.” It feels solid and grounded, this happiness. Everything that I appear to be giving up is bringing me closer to freedom. By letting us in to the truth of your experience, you have emboldened me to live my truth. I wish I knew bigger words than thank you…” – E.L., 56, Washington, D.C.

I had to tell our story because we made this happen, and it isn’t a miracle. It has happened one decision, one breath, one step, and one board at a time. We created a deliberate process and practice to design a life and live it. Sharing this plan and process with others, breaking it into manageable steps, and watching them put their own plans in action is AMAZING.

If you long for freedom from the system of debt and consumption, check out our course. You’ll find a vibrant and supportive group of folks walking a similar path. We welcome you.

You can check out all the details and enroll here. We get started January 24, 2015.

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HGTV Tiny House Hunters and Tiny House, Big Living Casting

HGTV Tiny House Hunters

Are you looking for or about to buy 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. Energetic, fun and enthusiastic tiny house home buyers interested in being on House Hunters should email smallhouses@pietown.tv.

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Tiny House, Big Living Now Casting on HGTV

Tiny House, Big Living, a new HGTV series, is looking for couples, families and singles (w/sidekicks) who are leaving behind their conventional lives to build and live in a tiny house! We are seeking people who are just beginning or have recently begun building their tiny house project.

The series is looking for enthusiastic, fun-loving folks who are open to sharing their downsizing adventure with HGTV and their audience!

We will spotlight builders who are customizing their homes to fit their unique personalities–from custom furniture to custom layouts–making the most of downsizing their living space! We are looking for tiny homes that stand out! Are you using all salvaged materials? Are you hiring a professional architect or designing as you go?
Whether you’re building a tiny house to nuke the mortgage, travel the country or minimize your carbon footprint, however you (and your tiny house) roll….we’d love to hear from you! Production begins late winter/early spring of 2015.

For more information please contact: whayes@orionentertainment.com or go to: http://thbl.orionentertainment.com/

Connecting Propane To Your Tiny House

Propane. Can’t live with it. Can’t stop talking about it. I like to call it the “friendly flammable.” But what is it exactly?

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WHAT IS PROPANE?

Also known as liquid petroleum gas, LP-gas, and LPG, propane is produced in roughly equal amounts from both natural gas and crude oil sources.  Propane is nontoxic, colorless, and odorless.

(WARNING: technical talk coming) To make propane from crude oil, the oil is separated at a refinery using a fractioning tower.  It is refined into different levels of purity depending on what height of the fractioning tower the propane is pulled from.  The higher the point on the fractioning tower, the higher the purity, or quality, of the propane.

According to the US Department of Energy, the southern states sell propane with more butane, which is at a lower cut point, in the fractionating tower.  In the colder states, the propane sold is from a higher crack that is more pure. All of this to truly say that if you are taking your tiny house from a warmer climate to a colder climate you should either use up your propane before reaching cooler weather or simply exchange your tank at the new climate center. However, the quality of colder weather propane is better, so if you are toting propane from cooler to warmer climates you should be okay.  Rule of thumb: use propane from the climate you are in.

The use of propane is one that can all at once seem like common sense and like rocket science. It has been used by campers for years. However, it is relatively new to the tiny house community since the modern tiny house movement itself is rather new. If you consider the use of LP-gas for sticks ‘n bricks though it only makes sense. Propane keeps water hot, it makes stove burners blaze, and it allows furnace air to be toasty. Put those items on the road and you have a need for a system both new and old. But before going into those areas it is most important to know how to hook your propane tanks up in the first place. The process can be scary for some and even a bit perplexing.

In the next three minutes or so I hope to show you how easy hooking up a propane tank to your tiny house or recreation vehicle can be and even how safe it can be. Just click on the standard YouTube play button on the screenshot below. When you’re finished watching be sure to subscribe to the Tiny r(E)volution YouTube channel.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

Note: “What Is Propane” section paraphrased from Ask The Expert.