Tiny House Hunters Season 3 – Now Casting

Tiny House Hunters

Are you looking to purchase or build a tiny house – 500 square feet or smaller? If so, the producers of HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters” is currently casting for people buying tiny homes to feature on upcoming episodes.

We are looking for people in all stages of the process, from planning to building to moving in. Energetic, fun and enthusiastic tiny house home buyers interested in being on House Hunters should email smallhouses@pietown.tv or apply directly on the website at http://pietown.tv/house-hunters-small-houses.

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Maximizing Space With Under Bed Storage

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Tiny house owners are all too used to the struggle of making space. If you’re a bit low on real estate to start with, finding room for storage generally requires some ingenuity and elbow grease.

One of the best ways to fit some extra items in is to head under the bed. An awful lot of homeowners either ignore or improperly use this valuable bit of space – a major mistake when you’ve got so little to spare.

Don’t let that be you. Learn to make effective use of all the potential storage spots at your disposal. When figuring out how to best outfit your bed, there are a few things to keep in mind.

What Will You Store?

Always answer this question before busting out the jigsaw. And give it some careful thought – you’re dealing with a surprisingly premium area. You might not think about it too often, but items stored under a bed are actually getting a pretty good deal. Continue reading

SustainaFest Launches Tiny House Contest

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SustainaFest to Sell Student-Built Tiny House for $100 and a Few Thoughtful Words!

Annapolis, MD – SustainaFest announces the Tiny House Essay Contest, which will make one person’s dream of sustainable living come true. The winner will assume ownership of a 210-square-foot, hyper-efficient, off-grid home built by Maryland middle and high school students.

Contestants are required to submit $100 and an essay of 350 words or less answering the question, “What are your keys to living a sustainable lifestyle and how would owning the SustainaFest Tiny House help you realize your dream of living that lifestyle?” Submissions must be entered by June 1 and will be evaluated by a panel of academics and celebrity judges. A winner will be announced by June 15.

In 2014, sustainability experts and students from around Maryland engaged in a month-long exploration through SustainaFest’s Student Sustainability Lab. “The program provided a life-changing opportunity for students, educators, professionals and military veterans to combine forces and build this tiny house – a fully habitable, hi-tech, mobile dwelling,” stated George Chmael, Director of SustainaFest. Since construction was completed, the awarding-winning tiny house, a Minim Homes model, has been on a statewide tour of home shows, green expos, schools and other events to promote SustainaFest and serve as an ambassador for sustainability.

“We now want to share the wonder of this construction marvel with a deserving recipient and spread the word about making more sustainable lifestyle choices,” explained Chmael. “This thought-provoking contest is a far superior alternative to selling to the highest bidder and makes home ownership attainable for one fortunate person regardless of the size of their bank account.”

SustainaFest has now designed its own tiny house models, with an eye towards addressing the challenges faced by our community’s most needy members, including the homeless and struggling military veterans. The organization will continue to build houses with students in 2015 and beyond. All proceeds from the contest will support these efforts. To learn more about SustainaFest, including complete contest rules and how to submit your essay, please visit www.sustainafest.org or email us at info@sustainafest.org.

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Kokoon Kompak

Kakoon SIP Tiny House

Tiny House on Wheels is a Park Model shell that has the best insulation and longest warranty available.

This tiny house trailer is a professionally made insulated shell, that can be finished by the owner with their personal design and details. Kokoon Kompak tiny house on wheels is an 8 foot by 20 foot or 8 foot by 18 foot footprint that comes in three basic roof lines and is suitable for full time living. Contact Dave Rades for sale price of the other two roof lines.

All insulation is exclusive two part Soy foam sprayed in place with no off gassing or formaldehyde, class 1 fire rated. All Kompak’s have R-30 6 inch in roof, R-10/20 in walls, R-10/20 in floor. Optional: Windows, double pane low-e with low maintenance, rot proof, vinyl frames, & doors can be located anywhere in the perimeter. Interior ceiling is covered in wood ( optional) and ready to finish as you like. Continue reading

Union Pacific’s “What Did You Build?” Project

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Hey everyone this really looks like fun. If you have built your own tiny house and want a chance to show it off continue reading.

Recently, Union Pacific Railroad launched an initiative meant to celebrate do-it-yourself enthusiasts while giving back to four organizations: Girls Inc., the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the National Park Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.

The campaign is called “What Did You Build?” Participants are asked to submit a photo of something they’ve built, along with a brief description, at up.com/whatdidyoubuild. If their photo is selected, $100 is given to the charity of their choice, and the photo is posted on Union Pacific’s Instagram account: @uprr.

John built a 1940s-style teardrop camper. “I tow it all around Texas and watch UP trains!” Now show us what you’ve built. Go to up.com/whatdidyoubuild

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