Peter King, Tiny Houses, the Sequel

Last year I introduced you to Peter King through a video put together by Stuck in Vermont. As of today a “Sequel” on the Peter King video has been added to the Stuck in Vermont website and I wanted to share it with you. You can visit Peter’s website Vermont Tiny Houses.

Peter has built 11 tiny houses since we saw him last but is not super pleased with his new moniker “The Tiny House Guy.” With the economy in shambles and foreclosures running rampant, tiny houses seem more relevant than ever. But Peter has some ideas that are even bigger than his tiny houses. Please check out the Stuck in Vermont article here and enjoy this excellent video below.

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Epperson - March 10, 2010 Reply

I don’t think I’ll get any work done today.

I want to just watch these videos over and over and over again until dreams become reality.

Peter King does everything the right way. He comes across as sincere and honest. Meaning, he’s not a PR whore.

The homes are simple, easy to build and customizable. And you don’t need to drop a large chunk of change on the Plans to build one.

    Kent Griswold - March 10, 2010 Reply

    Yes Epperson, I’ve watched it 3 times already and will probably watch it some more.

    I have also tried to get Peter to draw up some basic plans but his comment was: “Anyone can do this, you don’t need a plan.” I don’t quite agree with him on that as not everyone has basic framing skills. However, on the other hand you can get some great books on construction and learn those skills.

      Epperson - March 10, 2010 Reply

      You should offer to Google Sketch his Plans for the shell and sell it here. Negotiate a commission fee with him and you’ll make everyone here that much happier.

      What’s interesting is that Peter King declared his love for Yurts. I hope he follows this interest into developing affordable one much Niki’s Alaskan Gertees.

        Kent Griswold - March 10, 2010 Reply

        I wish I was a Google Sketch designer. Michael from Tiny House Design has become that expert. Maybe I could contract with him to do the work. I’ll try to get in touch with Peter and see if he would be willing me do something like you suggested.

        Yes, Peter kind of surprised me on that one, I did not realize he had an interest in yurts and tipis.

          Michael - March 10, 2010 Reply

          I’d totally be into helping draw these plans up.

          …on a related note… I’d love to take a building class from Peter. It sounds like he’s an amazing teacher and I think anyone could learn something, even those of us with some experience. What would be totally cool is for someone to work with Peter and film his next workshop and put that on a DVD. The proceeds of the DVD might even help him take the next step and build the little sustainable tiny house in a garden he’s talking about in the video. Just a thought.

          Kent Griswold - March 10, 2010 Reply

          Michael, I was thinking the same thing about his workshop, I wish I could have had more knowledge of his California workshop, I might have been able to go. I hope to chat with him today or tomorrow and see what his plans are for later this year. Great suggestion on the DVD too.

        Rich Paul - December 21, 2012 Reply

        Yes framing could be simple but the design needs to be right. I also want detailed framing plans for the 10x10x10. Its costly to make mistakes and corrections. Window placement can be altered, but share the general plan that someone has lived in, then alterations could be made by greenhorn builders. Guide us with the basics please. I’m too busy with my garden and homesteading to attend his wonderful classes. r_paolillo@yahoo.com

Epperson - March 10, 2010 Reply

Here’s a video for those intrigued and motivated by the sustainable, off grid, socially-conscious lifestyle featuring Actor Jason Scott Lee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki-MSehhWSE

Mo Skba - March 11, 2010 Reply

The “… they’re too white man…” diatribe struck me as odd. Probably an accurate observation though. Otherwise I enjoyed the video.

Winnie - March 13, 2010 Reply

I don’t have any problem with what he’s talked about. As a matter of fact his tiny house/CSA linkage sounds a lot like the European garden away from the city with a little garden house or dascha concept. Perfectly normal for non-USA conceptualizations. And the entire concept is very “white man”– they are popular in European cultures.

To me nothing really new . . . just putting it in a new country.

Lucas - March 15, 2010 Reply

Catching up on some old posts and saw this today. “White Man”, in my opinion, sounds like he’s referring to securing land and isolating in your box. If we all take that viewpoint, then a tiny box or a big box is still eating up open space and diminishing natural resources, albeit slightly less in the small box example. Should we all move on to a commune? Probably not, but rural living is probably best done in a communal form, since farms are prohibitively expensive and single parcels divided up just make more sprawl. A sustainable housing movement must look at rural and city design and its impact on natural resources. Small, multifamily dwellings in walkable/bikeable cities broken up by greenspace parks and trails would be a start for urban design, whereas rural living is going to be much harder to pin down and encourage wise land use, etc.

Cynthia Adams - April 21, 2014 Reply

I am looking to talk to Peter King about a tiny house project. I have plans but no idea how to execute them. I want to escape my 4,500 foot burden, get rid of all my junk and live in a tiny home. I am so tired of this consumer lifestyle. I only need my books and art supplies to be happy. If you could get back to me I would be grateful… preferably before my house collapses on me leaving me broken and destitute. 🙂

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