Tiny Houses in Vermont

by Kent Griswold on November 22nd, 2008. 40 Comments
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I recently discovered a movie by Eva Sollberger who has a blog and creates videos about being Stuck in Vermont. Eva discovered Peter King who has been building tiny houses for years in the state of Vermont and did a cool video tour of a couple of his tiny houses.

Eva gave me information on getting in touch with Peter, but so far I have been unable to talk to him.

I really like his 10 x 10 x 10 tiny house design and would like to see if he has plans available. The neat thing about the cube design is that the loft area has enough room to stand up in, or as Peter says “you can walk the plank.”

Peter is a person who believes in living simply, mortgage free, out in the woods and enjoying life. He is not connected to the internet and appears to live off the grid. His goal is to build at least one tiny home a month and to teach others to do it also.

Peter says any one can build a tiny house once you learn the basics of building. A tiny house can be easily fixed if you make a mistake and is a great learning experience. He believes that you can have several small spaces in an area and each person can have his or her own space. These tiny houses also are around 100 square feet so do not require permits to be built.

Rather than spend 6 weeks to several months building a home, you can build a tiny house in a weekend. Watch the movie below to hear Peter tell his idea of how to live life to the fullest.

Peter holding Model Home

Photo Credit: Eva Sollberger

10 x 10 x 10 Cube House

10 x 10 x 10 Cube House

Peter - Ladder/Interior

Peter - Ladder/Interior

Peter in the Loft

Peter in the Loft

Loft Bed

Loft Bed

Peter and Model Home

Peter and Model Home

10 x 10 x 10 House

10 x 10 x 10 House

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November 22nd, 2008and filed in Stick Built, Tiny House Video
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40 Comments

40 Responses to “Tiny Houses in Vermont”

  1. I love the model! We need to get this guy some internet exposure Kent.

  2. Daniel says:

    I like that model that he’s holding too. The video was great too. It’s nice for someone else to spread some philosophy about tiny house living. some of what he said I thought about before. I thought it would be nice to have a backyard studio or reading room of some type. Thanks for sharing this find.
    ~Dan

  3. Kent says:

    I left two phone messages and he has not called back. I just found an address so am going to try snail mail.

    • Eric says:

      I just wrote him a letter about how I believe micro building is the way to go and asking for tips on what I should read to get better acquainted. Gonna mail it tomorrow.

  4. ginger says:

    I love it!!

    It’s nice to see someone doing this close to where I live (Ottawa, ON, Canada) as I dream about building something like this in the future…

    I’ve pointed to your blog from mine a few times, I find it really inspirational.

  5. Matt Stuart says:

    He’s right…

    It does make you want to drink beer! LOL

    Get this guy some more exposure!!!

  6. Hello,

    Thanks for your interest in Peter King and his tiny houses! Peter has a land line, no internet access and he is out of town. So please be patient and hopefully he will get back to you!

    Thanks for your support,
    Eva
    Seven Days

  7. Timothy says:

    This was a awesome and motivational video. I would be very happy with this 10′ x 10′ tiny home. I would like to get more information on how to contact Peter, as I would for sure want to learn how to build one of these myself. Living a simple lifestyle with no mortgage would allow me to pursue my passion of outdoor photography on a full time basis, which would be a dream come true!

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  9. Mary says:

    Think I’ve watched the video half a dozen times now—hats off to Eva for a well-done feature, and to Peter for his passion for tiny homes.

    On a somewhat side note—Timothy mentioned his nature photography a couple comments above. I clicked on his name which took me to his Flickr page. Wow—just, wow. Gorgeous photos. Highly recommend checking them out.

  10. seth says:

    Excellent video! That guy is amazing!

    And Kent, thanks for the fantastic site! I check it at least once a day.

    I thought I lived in a small home until I found your site (my home is 750 sf.)

    I have a friend that is moving into a tiny home (less than 100 sf.) I’ll be sure to email you pics when he’s finished the build and move.

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    nice video…

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  12. I started downsizing several years ago. I sold my home, threw away tons of junk, gave away more. Inbetween then and now, I rented increasingly smaller apartments but still accumulated more stuff, just better stuff. I’m now in a small apartment of approximately 800 sq ft, long and thin. This concept of even smaller – the tiny house – intrigues me greatly. Mostly because it is tied to an overall philosophy of less rather than more – less space, less stuff, less work – yet more – more time, more freedom, etc.

  13. Ellen Peterson says:

    I love this house, and Peter seems like the sort of guy who would be a great teacher. Is he still thinking of accepting students…and can he be reached by email, or does he have a Post Office box?
    Plus, Eva did a great job on the video.
    If he prefers letters, please let me have his address.
    Many thanks for this.

  14. Kent says:

    Hi Ellen,

    You can contact Peter by using this phone number: (802) 933-6103 he does not have email at this time. Check with him to see if he is still looking for students.

    Kent

  15. Lee says:

    Thanks for posting this video. I did like his floorplans, and his promotion of living within 100 square feet. I really like his perspective on simple living. Such ideas about money and material things need to be flashed in front of mainstream culture.

  16. Rebecca Howarth says:

    Hey Everyone,

    I just spoke with Peter on the phone, and we are looking to get a workshop group together for the week of February 15. My goal is to build a tiny house and live in it, so I will be there learning as well. Peter enjoys teaching and would like to get a group of people together to do a workshop. If you are interested, contact Peter King at (802) 933-6103.

  17. mwb says:

    Just in case you have not blogged about him recently and I somehow missed it, I was just Googling about tiny houses and also Peter King as well while looking for some info on the subject and found this recent article in the Burlington Free Press (3/7/2009):
    http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20090307/LIVING/90306038

    Peter now has a Website up too:
    http://www.vermonttinyhouses.com/

  18. mwb says:

    you’re welcome Kent. Just found your blog post about Peter posted last month, I’ll post the links there too if its okay to do so

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  20. Isabelle says:

    Hey Peter,

    Come to Australia! Pretty tropical here….

    Grins…….
    Isabelle

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  23. Maria Montenegro says:

    How do I get Peter King’s contact information? I would like to email him about tiny house project.

  24. M says:

    It seems that Vermont is more open to Tiny Houses than people are here, across the river in New Hampshire. I’d move from New Hampshire if I could find affordable land to put a house on. But – that seems to be the issue just about everywhere – affordable land to purchase, and local zoning. Would anyone in the Vermont/New Hampshire area know anything about affordable land, land leases, zoning issues you might have to contend with in this area ? thanks, M

  25. Phil says:

    This guy is awesome! I’d love to go visit him for awhile, I’d like to get some more education on small home construction.

  26. Dale says:

    nice tiny house, i noticed most of the posts are several years old. is Peter still in Vermont building houses.? I want to build one on a hill in Nevada. no water, and i will need solar for sure.
    I will post this on my video page if you want more exposure.
    thanks,
    Dale

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