Tiny House Blog Founder Interview

I am not big on promoting myself, but several of you have told me to put this interview done by Kirsten Dirksen of faircompanies.com on the Tiny House Blog. I have put the video on the About page as an intro to new readers, but will also use it here as a post.

I do not feel I am good on video and tend to stumble on my words or not always put my thoughts together correctly. I am not good at being in the public eye like Jay Shafer or Deek Diedrickson and tend to stay more in the background. Just my personality. However Kirsten did an excellent job of pulling together a nice format of our interview and using past videos that I had some input in, such as getting her connected with some of the builders and stories featured on the Tiny House Blog.

I feel I messed up in my speech about the dreamers on the blog. To me they take those dreams and make them a reality and the posts and stories featured on the Tiny House Blog give them the courage to step forward and do it, even if they have never built a thing in their life.

You can view Kristen’s write up at the faircompanies website here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/tiny-house-blog-founder-cabins-mortgages-downsizing-trend/

Thanks for watching!

Kirsten Dirksen and Kent Griswold

Mortgage Free Tiny Home Story

Kirsten from faircompanies.com recently updated a video that I wanted everyone to see. The video is about Johnny Sanphillippo who lives in Hawaii and how on a small salary and over time he built himself a very comfortable small home to live in.

I like the way Johnny went about doing this. First buying the land and paying cash for it and than gradually over the next 10 years building a wonderful little home for himself.

I think that we can learn a lot through his story and it follows along with many of our ideals as tiny house enthusiast. Please tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can also view my previous post on Johnny here.

Kirsten’s Innermost House Video

Last month I had the privilege of visiting Innermost House and getting personally acquainted with Diana and Michael Lorence. Kirsten Dirksen of faircompanies.com has also been invited to experience their home and has just completed a video of her visits.

I feel her video brings to life a bit more of the unique experience of the Innermost House and I hope you enjoy it. You can view my other posts about Diana and the Innermost House here and here. Thank you and enjoy! Kirsten’s story can be read at the faircompanies website.

Lulu’s Shipping Container Home

Kirsten Dirksen from faircompanies.com recently put up a new story about Lulu’s shipping container home. She did an excellent job of video taping Lulu’s story and sharing her home.

This story means more to me because I met Lulu early on when she and Jenine Alexander were building her shipping container home at it original location. It was fun to meet her and her daughter and she and Jenine had fun showing off their work. Jenine Alexander has also been featured on faircompanies.com with her tiny house build.

Lulu is a single mom who’d gone back to school and didn’t have the time or interest in working full-time to pay for rent. So when she had to move out of her more conventional home, she decided to move herself and her daughter into a shipping container.

“I think I’m a little claustrophobic, so the storage container was a little daunting, but I got the container for free.”

With no building experience, Lulu spent just one month cutting windows and a door and installing insulation and a basic kitchen (complete with propane-powered camp stove and on-demand water heater). Then she and her daughter moved into the 8 X 20 sq ft home, fitting a bed, couch, bookshelf, and kitchen cabinets into the 160 sq ft box.

Read her complete story at the faircompanies website.

I have attached a photo gallery of part of the container build below the the movie.

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Low Rent Livaboard in Expensive San Francisco Bay

It was nice having Kirsten Dirksen of faircompanies.com in the area last summer and she picked up quite a few stories of people living small in Northern California. This video is about Fiver Brown.

Fiver Brown is a musician and the kind of guy who has worked as a rodeo clown, a sushi photographer and a pirate, so he couldn’t really afford to buy a home in his current hometown of Sausalito with an average home price of 2.2 million dollars. Instead, he bought a boat. Technically, he bought a floating home. It’s a former WWII lifeboat that had been converted into a small home and docked at one of the town’s historic houseboat communities.

It’s only 13 ft by 37 ft (481 sq ft), but the views are unbeatable. He watches stingrays and birds from the galley/kitchen and from his lofted bed he can peer down at his floating neighbors and the hills of Sausalito above.

His home is paid off though he still pays a monthly slip rental as part of the Galilee Harbor Coop and he’s living right where he wants to be, in a town known for its arts scene.

In this video, Fiver shows us his digs, including a walk-in closet and bathroom renovation in-progress, and performs one of his recent songs aboard his gently rocking maritime crib.