Stephen Marshall Video

Joan Packard sent me a link to a recently completed video interviewing Stephen Marshall of Little House on the Trailer. It turned out real well though longer than some. It is well worth the time to watch if you can.

They are also working on a video of Mike Litchfield who wrote Inlaws, Outlaws and Granny Flats. A book I will be reviewing shortly. George Packard of is donating his time and expertise to cover these tiny house interviews because of Joan’s passion for tiny houses. I hope you enjoy them and I look forward to bringing you more in the future.

Jay Shafer: The Politics of Tiny Houses

This is hot off the press and you are the first to see it. Thanks Joan and George for letting me know!

In February, 2011, we spent a couple of hours with Jay Shafer (Tumbleweed Tiny House Company), in his 96 square foot house-on-wheels in Sebastopol, California. Jay is one of the more well-known and successful tiny house designers, and there’s no denying the “curb appeal” of his designs. That appeal is generated by Jay’s careful attention to proportion as well as by his decisions about which elements to include in–and more precisely, what to leave out of—his designs. But as much as he enjoys talking about design, what he really wanted to talk about was the politics of tiny houses. Why building and zoning codes are stacked against tiny houses, how the costs of purchase and upkeep compare to the big houses he calls “debtors’ prisons”, and why, when the Big One shakes the land around San Francisco Bay, he’d rather be in his tiny house than anywhere else.

Video by: George Packard George also blogs at

Tim’s Yes Wee Cabins

A week ago today, I was interviewed by George Packard, a professional videographer in New Hampshire and his wife Joan. They came to my house and we spent a couple hours talking about tiny houses and the issues involved in this trend. George recently interviewed tiny house builder Tim Guiles about his tiny house projects and shared this video with me.

Tim Guiles says: I believe that living in a small home can be fun, comfortable, and a great way to promote peace in the world.  Small homes use less resources to build; they are easy to maintain; and they are very affordable!

George is currently working on completing  several more videos on tiny houses, one with Jay Shafer and one with Stephen Marshall of Little House on the Trailer. He also interviewed Mike Litchfield author of a new book called “In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats: Your Guide to Turning One House into Two Homes

Be sure to subscribe to George’s YouTube Channel to catch those upcoming videos when they are published. George also blogs at and will be revamping his site soon.

You can view more pictures and find out more details about the tiny houses featured in the video at