Small is Beautiful – Released Today!

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It’s been two years in the making, but Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary is finally here! I had the opportunity to view this a couple of weeks ago and also many of you saw a premier of it at the Portland Tiny House Conference. This is a great documentary and I highly recommend it!

Small is Beautiful – A Tiny House Documentary [TRAILER] from Jeremy Beasley on Vimeo.

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Quick Tips For Washing Clothes On The Go

In recent days I have heard several stories of freshly minted college kids and teenagers a like who – when tasked with it – have stared blankly at a washing machine. With detergent in hand, water running, and smelly, collegiate clothes piled at their feet, the youths have buckled under pressure turning to YouTube or their mommas for help! Truth is, the chore can be anything but glamorous and if not properly trained, a person can simply freeze without so much as dipping a pair of jeans that have eaten Mexican food, ridden the train…..four times, worked on a garage conversion, watched an all-day marathon of ‘Murder, She Wrote’, and washed the dog, into the sudsy. Throw in the challenge of a laundromat and chaos is sure to ensue!

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I invite you to watch and enjoy the following short video that dispenses a few oft-overlooked tips on washing clothes when on the road.

From stockpiling quarters to remembering the detergent the concept of staying fresh and clean can sometimes be taken for granted.  To watch just hover over the video image and click on the red, centrally located, standard YouTube play button to view.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

Pin-up Houses

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Guest Post by Joshua Woodsman

Cabin homes are typically small homes, designed with simplicity. Often used as vacation homes for families or just for a couple. These compact small homes offer a warm ambiance, creating an intimacy that can be lacking in larger, more formal homes. Small cabins are ideal for those who looking to build a smart, flexible, cost-efficient, and energy-saving home. Small homes are more affordable and easier to build, heat, cool, clean, and maintain.

The most important step in building a house is easy-to-follow plans. Pin-up houses offer these very plans. Here we have the Cheryl Cabin. It can be used as a holiday home, a guesthouse, or simply a place to escape in your garden. The plans clearly describe the entire process in detail. Anyone can build this cabin. Continue reading

Making Sure You And Your Home Are Prepared For Weather

Just two weeks ago I wrote about some steps that can help you decide whether to fight a storm or evacuate from one. It’s a good mental start considering your tiny home is probably either built on wheels or on the water or rolling down the highway or made of canvas, etc. But how can you stay prepared in order to be aware of the potential weather forming around you? Are there methods other than the old “trick knee” or a red sky at night?

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Advance warning is key. If the electricity goes out and you are living on the grid then your connection with the world around you goes out as well. Without that connection you can’t watch television updates, hear news reports, or call a friend from a (admittedly antiquated but still in use) land line. However, a simple way to combat this is to switch to a battery-powered, solar-powered, or hand crank-powered, NOAA radio.  This app streams more than 200 NOAA broadcasts and adds in additional information including radar, push notifications, emergency warnings for your state and detailed weather reports. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages). Continue reading

Tiny House Natural Emergencies: Fight or Flight?

The weather report for the day said there was only a 25% – 30% chance of rain in the late afternoon. Nothing unusual for Southwest Florida. But by 6pm the rain had gone from an afternoon shower to a full on band of heavy rainfall. We talked about bring in the awning on our 27′ travel trailer but since it was angled for drainage and had stayed up and secure for countless precipitous events before, we figured all would be okay.

Ripped AwningIt wasn’t though. In the course of just 5 minutes tops we heard a few thumps, a rattle or two, and as I walked out the door to see what was happening I was just in time to see the awning arm buckle, bend, and ultimately fall off. After all was said and done and the rain stopped for a few minutes we were left wondering what some safety tips might be for those living in tiny houses on wheels? Not every scenario is predictable and like our afternoon shower turned gust of wind and blinding wind, it is our responsibility to decide how to deal with such, ultimately choosing fight or flight! Continue reading