Tiny Yellow House Interviews Jay Shafer

Deek has just published his latest Tiny Yellow House video and it is an interview he did with Jay Shafer back a few months ago. He and Jay discuss the issues of downsizing and living in a small space. What it is like to minimize your life and live in a tiny space.

Deek of course uses his special interview style that is both educational and entertaining. This is one of his high quality videos and if you are interested you also can sponsor a future video for the Tiny Yellow House series. To learn more about Deek visit relaxshax.com and to learn more about Jay Shafer and Tumbleweed Tiny Houses be sure and visit their website.

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SoPasCat - February 20, 2011 Reply

~~~ Cool Interview !

kk - February 20, 2011 Reply

Great job Deek! I hope you and Jay can do a little longer Discussion sometime. It felt like both of you had a little more to say that would have been fun to listen to. You started to go on about using things for more than one purpose, it would have been great to hear a little more. 🙂 If you have a chance to get together, it would be fruitful to have a little longer interview and allow your experience and personalities to really shine through.

alice - February 20, 2011 Reply

Getting pretty uptown with these interviews! Most enjoyable.

Nick - February 20, 2011 Reply

Fun video to watch, but like other commenters, I felt like it was too short. It also seems like the whole discussion about tiny houses emphasizes the great aspects and ignores the challenges.

Yes, it’s great you can just hitch your tiny house to a truck and take it anywhere, but you can’t really just park it anywhere. Zoning laws in urban and suburban areas (where jobs are) usually prevent you from setting up on a raw piece of land.

My wife and I would start building a tiny house tomorrow if it was easier to find a place near an urban area to put it. Until then, it seems like a pipe dream for us. 🙁

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Deek - February 20, 2011 Reply

Thanks all…

The overall real interview I did is about 25-30 min or so- and at some point we’ll put more of that together for all to view…

-Same with alot of the other videos and projects we’ve posted in the past- they’re cut down somewhat for brevity, and in past cases- for youtube’s old time limitations for videos.

Jay and I went off on a few weird/fun tangents, so we’ll try to get those up and running at some point, or somehow post the real/whole video in real time- if possible.

Thanks again

Robert Fenton - February 20, 2011 Reply

Deek, try to figure out what your readers are interested in. i.e. Jay Shafer… what’s next for Jay Shafer? Is he writing another book (you mentioned that at the end)? what trends is he seeing for the Tiny house industry/movement in the next few years? difference of living tiny vs. small (i heard he built small house for his wife and child). What books is he reading, interests that inspire his design, if that what’s he’s into.

I feel that what has separated Jay from the competition is not only his attention to essential function/features, but he packs it into a visually appealing package. Everything in the right proportion. It’s what Steve Jobs did for the macbook, he made it beautiful and makes you want to jump into one of his Tumbleweeds and experience it. For now, when in think of small houses, Tumbleweed is the first house that comes to mind. Great visual… it’s what I show to people on my iphone. Peter king is great, houses are nice, but you don’t “picture” him leaving in them.

Kent, I would like to see more stories of people that have gone through the transition of moving to a smaller home. Debt free, less stress, more time with family, friends, …. how families adapt to small living. seeing builds and ideas are cool, but to get the most out of the movement, you need to start sharing the pros/cons of this movement, solar/ seasonal issues/ obstacales/ etc.. . It’s not for everyone, but the extreme “tinyness” interests people, but sometimes feels out of reach for the suburban joe in his 1400-4000 sqft mcmansions.

Anyways… i’ve been following the Tiny house movement/ your blog for the past 6 months and it’ll be great to have someone produce a “tiny house movement” documentary. It’s time, it’s hit that tipping point.

Doug - February 21, 2011 Reply

I loved the interview. Although it looked like Jay was a little put off buy your shoe being a bit in his personal space.

michelle wilson, hornby island caravans - February 21, 2011 Reply

Nice one Deek, I’m looking forward to the upcoming wierd and funny tangent segments!

Deek - February 21, 2011 Reply

In the pre-interview contract Jay actually specified that “hosts shoe must remain within 5 inches of the interview subjects knee at all times”. No, we’re staggered a little more than it appears/I’m not as close as it looks. Space was pretty tight in the room we filmed in too…

Robert, not sure where your comments are coming from- I’m left a little confused, as it seems such an out of the blue post without transition as to where you’re coming from when you’re trying to offer pointers. I do appreciate you taking the time to write it/view it- I’m just not sure what I should be making of it, that’s all. As for some of the questions you offer- some were asked in the other segments of the interview (perhaps to come/air) and some you offer weren’t asked because I feel they’ve been discussed enough or already overly discussed everywhere else and therefore would come off as redundant, informationally. Anyway- thanks- again, I do appreciate the time you took, whether you liked the video or not- and we’re all glad to have you in support of the whole movement/scene!


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