The Tiny House Movement Grows Up at the Build Small Live Large Summit

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One of the ways I chart the progress of the tiny house movement is by the company it keeps, and by that measure, tiny homes on wheels have made some pretty incredible strides toward mainstream acceptance lately. We’re now living in a time when “Tiny House Hunters” comes on HGTV right after regular “House Hunters,” and shopping for a small home looks no stranger than shopping for a log cabin.

The latest step forward I’ve noticed for the movement is the inclusion of tiny homes on wheels in this fall’s Build Small Live Large Summit in Portland, Oregon. The Summit is about how homes under 1,000 square feet can save people money, lighten their environmental footprint, connect them to their communities, and look beautiful – all while helping cities add desirable and affordable housing.  The content is focused on backyard cottages and mother-in-law apartments, small home communities like cohousing or pocket communities, and tiny houses on wheels.

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Epic Tiny House Mixer Slumgullion

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Tiny House Podcast is the hottest thing going on in the tiny house movement. Currently enjoying a high iTunes ranking, the show has six of its 18 recorded episodes online. You can now listen to Tiny House Podcast each week on Wednesdays right here on Tiny House Blog.

The show is co-hosted by Michelle Boyle of My Empty Nest fame. She is joined by Mark Grimes and Perry Gruber, two guys who fell in love with tiny houses two years ago. Mark and Perry run production, scheduling and operations as well as co-hosting with Michelle.

Tiny House Podcast bills itself as “an irreverent look at the hottest housing movement in the world”. The show comes in two formats which alternate each week; a 20-minute format where the hosts riff off a tiny house subject, and a 45-minute format featuring a guest. The show is not exclusive to tiny houses per se. Much like Tiny House Blog they cover a wider variety of topics than what some tiny housers might. That makes the show unpredictability funny, entertaining and interesting. We’ll post each weekly episode right here. Be sure to visit and listen.

S1E6 – Epic Tiny House Mixer Slumgullion
Mark and Michelle share their experience with two events that happened in Portland, Oregon this summer: the Big Tiny House Conference and the Tiny House mixer. Michelle gets intimate with a family of four Tiny House visitors only to realize she’s not the extrovert she thought she was!

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Guest post by Peter Schweitzer

My wife and I bought it and renovated it right after we got married as we were planning on moving for school and we were not quite sure where we wanted to settle down. After I finished school here in Portland, Oregon we ended up deciding we wanted to stay.

My wife Kate is an artist and I am a photographer so we needed a bit more room to work on our art. We wanted to find some a house or studio with property so we could continue to use our airstream but we ended up finding the perfect house that did not have much of a yard, which is why we hope to pass it on to someone who can enjoy it as much as we did. Continue reading

Build Small, Live Large Spring ADU Tour with Caravan – Tiny House Hotel

With the explosion of newly built and available ADUs (accessory dwelling units) in the Portland, Ore. area, the option to view them has also increased. Caravan – Tiny House Hotel in NE Portland had over 850 attendees tour 12 ADUs during their Build Small, Live Large event last year. This year the attendance is expected to double in size and will include 25 units on the self-guided tour. The 2nd Annual Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour will be held Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31, 2015. The early bird cost (until May 23rd) for the workshop and the two day tour is $75 per person. The two-day tour is $50 per person.


“We already have people registered to attend from 10 different states for this year’s tour, so it’s drawing national interest,” Kol Peterson of Caravan – Tiny House Hotel said. Continue reading