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Conversations on how to plan, build, and live the tiny life. Ethan Waldman from thetinyhouse.net gives you the chance to get inside the heads of tiny house luminaries and every day tiny house dwellers so you can plan, build and live the tiny house life you’ve been dreaming of. Discover how you can create a tiny lifestyle that includes owning your own home, whether it’s a tiny house on wheels, van, or camper that you can take with you, or just a sweet tiny cabin in the mountains. Ethan built ...
 
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Darin Dinsmore is the urban planner and landscape architect behind the amazing Tiny Camp Sedona, a small pod of tiny houses available for nightly rentals outside of Sedona, Arizona. Darren is just getting started applying his skills as a developer to tiny house communities. He’ll let us in on the projects he’s working on now, how he approaches deve…
 
If you’re hoping to move around a lot, a moveable tiny home isn’t always the best option. While vans and school bus conversions take the spotlight, my guest Tom Roszko set his sights on a medium-duty ambulance. In this conversation, we’ll learn why used ambulances actually make a fantastic starting point for a conversion, how to find them, and othe…
 
There’s something enduring and timeless about the A-frame. It seems to fit into any landscape and instantly says “cozy”. Today, I’m interviewing Michael Romanowicz, founder of Den Outdoors, which designs beautiful, easy to build A-frames and sells plans. In this conversation, we’ll explore the popularity of A-frames, the advantages and disadvantage…
 
Moving a tiny house is no easy task. As the movement grows, so do the tiny homes, making each move more complicated. Today I’m speaking with Taylor Tefft, a professional tiny house mover. She’s here to discuss the ins and outs of moving a tiny home. We cover pricing, insurance, how long it takes, and even moving tiny homes that aren’t on wheels. Th…
 
Baylie Carlson made a splash in the tiny house movement with her tiny house home birth story. She has lived in both a moveable tiny house, a luxury skoolie, and has lots of insight to share when it comes to raising kids in small dwellings. Baylie is also involved in a really interesting YouTube competition called Outlast Homestead, where the winner…
 
Permaculture is one of those words I hear batted around a lot in conjunction with the tiny house movement, but have never taken the time to learn what it is. Kenton Zerbin is the perfect guest to help explain it. In this conversation, we’ll learn that Permaculture isn’t some technique or life hack- Rather, it’s an entire way of thinking: A design p…
 
Dan Fitzpatrick is the Director of Government Relations and president of the Tiny Home Industry Association and has made a name for himself as the go-to guy for tiny home legalization. This info-packed conversation does not disappoint! We talk about the importance of calling our homes “Moveable Tiny Homes” instead of “Tiny Homes on Wheels”, The cur…
 
Lloyd Kahn’s first interview on the Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast is the most downloaded episode to date, so I knew I had to have him back on to talk about his wonderful new book, The Half-Acre Homestead. We talk about the benefits and limitations of homesteading in the present and future. While Lloyd is a bit dubious about the viability of living i…
 
Dylan Magaster started his YouTube channel at the age of 21 with only $1,000 in the bank. He backpacked for 6 months, converted a van, and lived in it for close to 2 years. Then he decided to move to the Mediterranean and buy a sailboat with only 7 days of sailing experience with 2 strangers that he met through the internet. He has now sailed over …
 
Figuring out the right insulation for your tiny house can be one of the most confusing things about designing and building your own home. And if you’re working with a professional builder, there’s no guarantee they know what they’re doing either. That’s why I’m excited to introduce you to Brad Cook. Brad is an energy efficiency professional who off…
 
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about steel framing so I thought it would be timely to invite Jay Leopold on the show. Jay is the chief engineer and designer at ThinHaus, which exclusively builds steel framed tiny homes. In this conversation we’ll battle it out over Steel Framing vs. SIPs, talk about the building envelope requirements for a st…
 
Andrea Burns is here to tell us the story of her resilient and innovative tiny house, the Tomato Box. We discuss what it’s like building your tiny house while living there, how Andrea designed multiple systems for reheating and cooking, and her incredible recycled greywater system that allows her to reuse water over and over again. The post Designi…
 
Sometime around March of 2020, I went to the grocery store to stock up on some things and discovered that most of the staples like flour, rice, beans, and toilet paper were out of stock. You may be able to relate to my experience, but my guest Matt Gabriel cannot. Matt is a Prepper who specializes in outdoor survival skills, and he’s here to help u…
 
Ever since reading the Life Changing Magic of Tidying UP, I’ve wanted to talk to a KonMari expert. I’m excited to bring you this conversation with Erin Mursch, where we’ll learn what makes Marie Kondo’s technique different, how to apply it to downsizing for a tiny house, and why organizing to “fit more stuff” isn’t the answer. The post Less Clutter…
 
You may know him as the host of Tiny House Nation, but Zack Giffin has a lot going on in the tiny house world. Though he’s as close as we may come to a “tiny house celebrity”, Zack is a thoughtful advocate for tiny house living, those in need, and it shows in all of his pursuits. In this conversation, we’ll find out what draws Zack Giffin to the ti…
 
This week, I’m speaking with Brent Heavener, founder of the @tinyhouse Instagram account, which has over 800,000 followers and is a source of visual tiny house inspiration. Brent was able to use his large Instagram following to land a book deal. Tiny House is a collection of images of beautiful tiny homes and was written up in the New York Times. T…
 
I consider Lina Menard to be a thought leader in the tiny house movement. She has been involved with countless builds on both the design and construction sides. Lina was an early proponent of SIPs and has continued to incorporate them into her work. In this interview, we’ll talk about common pitfalls that Lina sees across tiny house builds, issues …
 
My guest today needs no introduction, but for the uninitiated, Jay Shafer is largely credited with sparking the modern tiny house movement when he built a little house on wheels and launched the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company about 20 years ago. In this interview, Jay will fill us in on what he's been up to lately, riff on the sad state of housing p…
 
Iana Sundari Malcolm is an inspiring guest who has been living and traveling in a Skoolie with her husband John since 2019. All the while she has been documenting her travels and experiences with racism across the country on her blog. I asked Iana to come on the show to tell us about these experiences and to learn how we can all do better to make t…
 
If you’ve ever gotten curious about minimalism, the name Joshua Becker might sound familiar. Becker’s Becoming Minimalist blog started as a way of sharing his own journey to minimalism and has grown to over 1000 articles, books, courses, and more. As always, Joshua is a humble evangelist for the benefit and beauty found in a life of minimalism. The…
 
This week, I’m excited to catch up with my friend Laura LaVoie. Laura and Matt were early tiny house bloggers that I followed while building my own house, and they really embody what I see as the tiny house lifestyle- going beyond what it means to just live in a tiny house and changing the entire course of their lives. Stick around! The post The Ph…
 
I’m excited to bring you the story of Erika Guli. Erika is someone who purchased my guide, Tiny House Decisions way back in the day, and over the years I’ve followed her through Facebook as she designed and built a gorgeous and unique tiny house called the sun chaser. In this conversation, we talk about the design and build process, what Erika woul…
 
The Bushes are a tiny house couple with an extraordinary back story. Over the first two years of living tiny, they were able to pay off $125,000 in debt. In this interview, Marek and Ko will share the strategies they used to get out of debt, how they continue to live intentionally, and how their Youtube channel has changed their lives. The post How…
 
There's no shortage of innovative and creative uses for tiny homes and today's guest is no exception! Wheel Pad produces universally accessible prefab home additions that help keep people with disabilities home with their loved ones. In this interview, I sit down with Julie Lineberger, the President of Wheel Pad, to talk about the why, the how, and…
 
In solidarity with people risking their lives around the country and around the world to protest racism and police brutality, this week I am dedicating my platform and my voice to affirming that Black Lives Matter I have watched these tragedies unfold year after year and have remained mostly silent. But I’m realizing that […] The post #PodcastBlack…
 
Boxabl is Creating a Modular, Foldable, Affordable Building System for Tiny Houses and Beyond It’s not often that I extend an invitation to the podcast from a cold email, but when Galiano Tiramani sent me photos of Boxabl’s Casita, I knew I had to have him on the show. The Casita is Boxabl’s modular ADU that ships flat and is easily assembled on-si…
 
Justin and Bianca Metz live in a 240sf tiny home with their toddler, Bodhi. The journey to living tiny was anything but smooth. After a terrible experience towing the house which resulted in a $7000 towing bill, finding parking wasn't easy. They are now living as land stewards in trade for tiny house parking. Living tiny has enabled Bianca and Just…
 
Kristie Wolfe is an Airbnb rockstar. Even if you don't recognize her name, you've probably seen one of her incredible Airbnb's, whether it's her treehouse in Hawaii, her Hobbit Holes in Washington, or her Fire Tower in Idaho. She also transformed the old Idaho potato into a bohemian chic hotel room. Kristie is also extremely frugal- she builds her …
 
Jennifer Fuist used to be a hoarder but was so tired of her belongings controlling her that she decided to change her life once and for all. She sold over 4000 items on Facebook and in the end, was finally free to live more simply. Fast forward 1.5 years and Jen's been sharing her tiny house journey & lifestyle with the world on her YouTube Channel…
 
Kari Gale sold everything she owned, booked a one way ticket to Spain, walked the Camino de Santiago. Upon her return, Kari built an amazing tiny house on wheels that has some features that have made it a very popular YouTube video tour on Living Big in a Tiny House. In this conversation with we talk about the special features of Kari's house, and …
 
Richard Ward of Terraform Tiny Homes has built and lived in three different Tiny Homes named T1, T2, and T3. These include a converted Honda element, a very small tiny house built on a converted boat trailer, and a full-size gooseneck tiny house. Richard's homes are really well thought out, and he actually practices the tiny lifestyle that he helps…
 
Sophia and Henry are currently living in their self-designed and built 28' THOW in Northern Minnesota, where they experience a full range of seasons, including a very cold and long winter. We start with an in-depth discussion of how they are staying warm in their tiny house and preventing their water from freezing on the way in and the way out. If …
 
When you're living off-grid in a van or sailboat, you have to plan carefully to make sure you have things like food and water. Today on the show, we are joined by Kristin Hanes, the editor in chief of the popular tiny living blog, The Wayward Home. Kristin's first experience with tiny living started by living in a Prius(!) with her partner. It then…
 
After practicing primitive living and building for several years, Natalie Bogwalker turned her attention to teaching. Bogwalker teaches many natural building techniques at her school, Wild Abundance. But what is natural building? There are so many different techniques, and Natalie helps us focus on practicality when it comes to choosing a natural b…
 
Danielle LaRock and Jonathan Carnill are the founders of Tiny Haven, which offers unique tiny homes, airstream, and cabin rentals in the Harpers Ferry, VA area. Danielle and Jonathan have purchased 3 small houses (2 on wheels), plus an airstream. On the road to creating their business, they ran into some legal hurdles that required them to move all…
 
Meet Vera Struck. She's a returning guest on the Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast and we connected on March 25th via Facetime to chat about Vera's current living situation. "I'm in my 70's, I'm immunocompromised, and I've been isolating in a tiny house for 3.5 weeks". Vera has 5 tips when it comes to isolating in a tiny house, and I think these would b…
 
There are so many ways that tiny houses can help people in need. Today on the show we are joined by Kelli Becker, the volunteer coordinator and first veteran resident of Mattersville in Colorado. Mattersville is a unique tiny house community for veterans who struggle with mental health issues. This wonderful organization has a great story and missi…
 
Page Hodel is a DJ, artist, and life-long builder. She converted a school bus into a tiny home way back in the 1980s and was featured in Dwell Magazine and on HGTV. Page is inspiring, humble, and is here to share the message that ANYONE can build their own home. The post Building a Love for Carpentry and Small Spaces with Page Hodel – #102 appeared…
 
What’s it really like to live in a converted school bus or Skoolie? Rob Schannep lives in a Skoolie with his wife, five kids, plus a dog. They've been doing it for four years, so they have a lot of experience living tiny day-to-day. We'll learn what it costs to live in a skoolie per year, how they’ve figured out how to function as a family in such …
 
Kerri reached out to me because she started a meetup group in Edmonton, Alberta that grew to be quite large. She has created a tiny house community where there was none before. Kerri has actually been interested in the tiny house movement for years and finally decided to embark on her own build after several years of being involved in the community…
 
Rather than flying under the radar, Sarah decided to be public about her tiny house and the consequences and resulting actions didn't go the way that she had hoped. This is an important and instructive story for anyone hoping to live tiny legally. I initially met Sarah Hastings at the Big Mass Tiny House Festival, where she was a star participant i…
 
Malissa and Chris Tack did one of the first tiny house builds to be fully documented in photographs every day. I remember poring through their daily time-lapses to figure out how they did certain things. Their beautiful design included dormers in the loft, which inspired my tiny house and countless others. Melissa is here to tell us the story of he…
 
MJ Boyle is here to talk about how to get sponsors to help you get materials for free for your tiny house. MJ has built several tiny houses this way and it has saved her a LOT of cash. She really has the process dialed in! In this interview, MJ shares how she does it and how you can get started finding sponsored materials for your build. The post H…
 
Andrew Odom is one of the original online tiny housers who started sharing his building journey as it was happening all the way back in 2010. He inspired me while I was building my tiny house, both through his writing and also just by being a really friendly, approachable person who was there to help answer my questions. While Andrew doesn't live t…
 
Alyssa Nolan is the founder of Tiny Houses for Camp Fire Survivors, which is an organization that is building and giving away tiny houses for the survivors of the devastating wildfire that leveled the town of Paradise, California. Alyssa is actually a wildfire survivor herself, having lost everything in the 2008 Butte Lightning Complex Fire. With n…
 
This is a special live recording of a panel discussion that I gave at the Big Mass Tiny House Festival in September of 2019, all about building with reused and salvaged materials. The discussion includes an all-star panel of tiny house DIY builders and dwellers who have done amazing things with reuse and salvage materials. Featuring Alex Eaves, Ver…
 
Chris Strathy AKA The Capable Carpenter has jumped headfirst into all aspects of tiny house building. After his first tiny house on wheels "It's OK To Play", he has worked on a horse trailer conversion, a tiny a-frame, and even repaired some damaged tiny homes that needed some love. Chris works with salvaged materials and has an amazing mobile work…
 
Maria Saxton is the first person to have done academic research about the Tiny House Movement, and she decided to explore how the ecological footprint of tiny home downsizes change as a result of going tiny. Now we actually have some science about how tiny houses can be a positive factor for the environment. In our conversation, we dive into her re…
 
Lauren and Chris are a husband and wife team of Airbnb entrepreneurs. They own two rental properties in Southern Vermont, one of which is the beautiful Green Mountain Tiny House. They were incredibly intentional about how they set up this tiny house as an Airbnb. If you're thinking about investing in tiny houses as rentals, or you want to make sure…
 
Backyard cottages (DADUs) are dwellings that share a lot with a primary residence. They provide opportunities for families while increasing housing stock density and diversity. And they are becoming more common as housing costs increase and regulations are eased. Through his company, microhouse, Bruce Parker has been designing DADUs in Seattle for …
 
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