What’s It Like to Move a Tiny House?

Moving a tiny house is a lot like having a baby. You can eat right, you can go to the doctor, you can read baby books, and watch videos; but in the end the baby is going to come out and be what it is. It’s stressful, and amazing, all at the same time.

After fourteen long months of construction of my tiny house, moving day arrived. Let me tell you, there is only so much planning you can do and eventualities you can attempt to control, and then you just have to let go. And “letting go” is not my strong suit so this was not an easy part of the adventure for me.

My moving day came a bit earlier than I really wanted. For some unknown reason, the landlord suddenly decided it was time for me to move it and in a rather dramatic fashion, she informed me thusly. I could have chosen to fight her and I’m not sure that her objections were/are a legal basis for the threats she lobbied against me. But, I chose instead to put my emotional energy towards finding a solution even if that meant finding a short term one, and then a long term one, sooner than I had planned.


I used painter’s tape to keep my kitchen drawers from flying open while in transit.

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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.

Build Small Live Large 2015 Summit

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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