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Let's Build a Tiny House Podcast
30 minutes | Apr 9, 2016
Episode 10: Oh Baby!
Tiny house living is all about making your limited space work for your lifestyle. As anything else in life, it’s a learning experience packed with rewarding challenges. Korie and Alex’s first winter was a challenge with freezing gray water and a front door that would ice itself shut. This time around, they’ve made some big changes by skirting their house with foam board insulation and upgraded to a new door complements of Titan Home Builders. Although they kept the house warmer, the did run into issue with mold. See the notes below for the materials they used to get rid of it and keep it away. Korie and Alex are first time parents with a beautiful baby boy and they’ve learned that downsizing for a new baby isn’t that difficult. Too much moisture * Thieves spray to get rid of the mold and Kilz paint to keep it from coming back Baby * The Graco Pack n’ Play fits perfectly in their tiny house to fulfill all their baby needs for a play space, changing table, and sleeping nook.
46 minutes | Mar 2, 2016
Episode 09: Tiny House Tiny Foot Print
The Lily Pad is an exotic-bohemian-eco friendly tiny house on wheels. It’s owner, Anita, shares very detailed and thoughtful guidance about how she achieved her dream tiny house. Learn how Anita reduced her carbon foot print by 90% since living in Lily Pad. Lily Pad’s structure and function is both practical and ecofriendly. Anita sheds light on the ability to live tiny and ecofriendly all while maintaining the conveniences you’re used to. Visit Anita’s website www.lilypadplanet.com. Design and Construction * Anita worked closely with Lina Menard from Niche Consulting on the design of her house. * Walt Quade owner of Small Home Oregon built Lily Pad in in just 4 months Ecofriendly Materials * Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified wood * Rebuilding Center for re-claimed materials * Soy-based insulation foam is sustainable, environmentally friend and a practical option for insulation * Envi heat system * Berkey water filtration system to go along with her rain water catchment to ensure drinking water is clean and safe Photo credit: Shawn Linehan Photography www.shawnlinehan.com
28 minutes | Dec 2, 2015
Episode 08: Planning Is The First Step
When it came to the notion of building…even living in a tiny house, I was not interested. I didn’t know what tiny houses were, how or why people live in them and assumed they all looked the same. When Kyle showed me an image of a tiny house for the first time it was scary how small it was and wasn’t anything close to what I imaged my future home looking like. I was immediately turned off and that was the end of the tiny house discussion. Until…I somehow happened across tiny houses that were aesthetically my taste, larger, and I began to see the many financial benefits of owning and living these small dwellings. In this episode, we share how we first began designing and planning our tiny house. It took several months of researching and planning. We looked at lots of pictures online to get an idea of what interior and exterior style we liked. During this phase, we also learned a lot about the infinite number of ways you can layout a floor plan in under 500 square feet. This was a really fun stage of making the move to live tiny. I loved gathering photos and saving them to my Pinterest board and learning about multi-functional furniture. I began to realize there were plenty of ways to live in a tiny house and we could design one that best fit our life style. After gathering some ideas, the next step was to put it on paper. I had some old graphing paper and started drawing out a floor plan. The design of our home heavily revolved around having a living room, a multipurpose room that would allow a full sized couch. We took many trips to Ikea to see what options there were for purchasing rather than building small, foldable, multi-functional pieces for our home. We would take our graph paper plans with us too; plans that would eventually be forever lost in the Schaumburg Ikea showroom. Fortunately, for our next phase of designing we knew the layout by heart. Later on in our design process we went beyond paper and began drawing it up in a CAD (computer aided design) program called Chief Architect, see the free trial here. Kyle, being the high-tech guy he is learned how to use the software and made our paper dreams truly come to life with 3D renderings. This program was so much fun to work with! We were able to instantly insert cabinets, a shower, sinks,
31 minutes | May 21, 2015
Episode 07: Korie & Her Ready Made Tiny House
Korie lives in an 18 ft tiny house on wheels in Illinois with her husband Alex. They purchased their house from a DIY builder in California last year. I had such a great time chatting with Korie and getting to know her better. Not only that, I was lucky enough to get to tour their home during a meetup that Korie and Alex hosted! Tiny House Meetup! Korie shared some great insight into her decision making process around buying a tiny house versus building one. She was also willing to tackle the tiny house topic everyone seems to avoid – the composting toilet! At the end of the show she shares a major surprise that was so exciting to hear. You can listen to the episode at the bottom of this post or in your favorite podcast player. Follow Korie and Alex * Tiny House in the Big Yard Blog * Facebook page * Alex also has an aquaponics Facebook page that is really cool Purchasing a Ready Made Tiny House * Korie and Alex found their home on Tiny House Listings Composting Toilets * Tiny House Talk had an article on composting toilets * Korie was finally swayed by The Humanure Handbook Pictures of Their Home Main Room View From Loft
36 minutes | May 8, 2015
Episode 06: The Tiny House Couple – Alex & Shasta
Alex and Shasta are currently in the process of finishing up their 24 ft tiny house on wheels for $18K. They started October of 2014 and hope to finish this June. Most of the build has been done by hand with a little help from their friends and one tiny house expert who just so happened to be working at the Green Acres industrial build site in Portland, Oregon. Building Materials Alex and Shasta shared a variety of great resources for where to get materials to build a tiny house. Here are a few of the places they mentioned: * Parr Lumbar * Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Portland * Find your nearest ReStore * ReFit, Portland * Tumbleweed Trailer * Biolet Composting Toilet One popular tool for tiny house design, as well as many other things is Google SketchUp. This helped them layout out their general plans for the tiny house, but they later developed their own blueprints. See Episode 1 for Additional SketchUp resources. Down Sizing Shasta mentioned she already began to downsize before she moved to Portland and how the blog Rowdy Kittens helped her in that process. They both certainly have more to get rid of, but books are one thing they will absolutely be keeping. An entire wall will serve as a book shelf for the many books they own as well as be a great focal piece in the house. Follow Their Journey Catch up with the progress on their tiny house at Live Small, Live Good or their Facebook page.
42 minutes | Apr 23, 2015
Episode 05: How a Family of Four Live Big In a Tiny House
I had so much fun interviewing Hari and her family. Not only did they build their tiny house in under a year with a $12,000 budget, but they have a tiny homestead! Mom and dad are genuine, down to earth people. And their kids are so bright and witty. They grow and harvest their own vegetables, fruit, and raise some 90 chickens for eggs and meat. I love Hari’s motto of working to live rather than living to work. Much of their tiny house was built with re-used, recycled, and salvaged materials. This is certainly a great path to building a quality house on a budget. The family is currently working on their big tiny house, 1,400 sq ft, so they can entertain family and friends outside of the summer months. E-course If you want to live mortgage free and need help to get started, I strongly encourage you to check out Hari and Karl’s online crash course of designing, planning, zoning, saving and more. Enrollment for summer 2015 opens May 1st. Family Journey Please, take the time to read their Manifesto which beautifully lays out their desire to lead a minimalist lifestyle, live off the land, and really prioritize the things in life that are most important to them. You can reach out and learn more about their tiny house journey on their website www.tinyhousefamily.com
48 minutes | Apr 9, 2015
Episode 04: Ariel McGlothin on tiny house loans and -30 degree weather
In today’s podcast episode I chatted with Ariel McGlothin. It was so great to talk to her and learn more about her tiny house journey. Ariel is such an awesome resource for the tiny house community and a great example of how jumping in head first can have fantastic outcomes. She has a very informative blog as well as some really incredible photography. She shares in depth details of her tiny living experiences to help others looking to go tiny. I really enjoyed learning more from her and I know you will too! You can listen to the episode at the bottom of the page or download it on your favorite podcast player. Follow Ariel’s Journey * You can learn more about Ariel and her experiences on her blog: Fy Nyth * You can also find her on Facebook * All the photos in the banner image for this post are Ariel’s. I highly encourage you to look at this post which showcases many of her amazing photographs. I was blown away! Tumbleweed * Ariel purchased her home from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, a pioneer in tiny house design and construction, who modified their design to fit her needs. * Tumbleweed partners with Amish builders in Colorado to construct their designs.Learn more about Amish builders here. Resources * Because Ariel’s tiny house is RVIA certified she was able to get a loan from a local credit union. Tiny House Lending has made big news in the tiny house community for their lending programs. * Her primary source of heat is a propane heater that requires electricity. As a secondary option, that does not require electricity, Ariel opted for a catalytic heater. Check it out here. * Her tiny house is insulated with spray foam, one of the
36 minutes | Mar 26, 2015
Episode 03: B.A. Norrgard explains how she is sharing tiny houses with the world
In today’s podcast episode I chatted with the wonderful B.A. Norrgard. It was such a pleasure to learn more about B.A., her journey and current activities. She is a great inspiration for anyone looking to go tiny. I was blown away by how openly she shares her tiny house with people curious to know more. You can listen to the episode at the bottom of the page or download it on your favorite podcast player. Follow B.A.’s Journey * You can learn more about B.A. and her tiny house by visiting her blog, A Bed Over My Head. * You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. * I have been personally enjoying her road trip from afar by following her tweets, which I have to say are quite entertaining. * Check out her tiny house in this BuzzFeedVideo. Great Organizations * B.A. worked with a really great program called Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) Camp to frame her house. * MAGIC Camp is overseen by members of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). * Habitat for Humanity served as the foundation for B.A to learn the construction trade. It is an amazing organization that you should check out. Tiny House Communities * B.A. is a big advocate of tiny house communities. * She was the consultant for the community in Lemon Cove, CA. * She also has worked with The Sanctuary in Ogilvie, MN. Paring Down * B.A. recommended the minimalist challenge and undertook it herself to start getting ready to “live tiny.” * I was really inspired by her experience. It actually got me to create a
28 minutes | Mar 14, 2015
Episode 02: Students build tiny houses for the homeless at Sawhorse Revolution
Sawhorse Revolution works with high school students to reduce Seattle's homeless population through their "design responses"
28 minutes | Mar 14, 2015
Episode 01: Erin Hayward discusses steel framing, rockets, and France
Our first full episode of Let's Build a Tiny House Podcast features Erin Hayward. She talks to us about steel framing, SketchUp, rockets, and France!
6 minutes | Mar 14, 2015
Episode 0: Welcome to Let’s Build a Tiny House Podcast
In the first episode of Let's Build a Tiny House Podcast, we introduce ourselves, our tiny house plans and what our podcast is about. Each episode going forward will feature an interview with a tiny house builder, creator, or enthusiast. You can listen to the episode below or download it on your favorite podcast player. You can check out the rest of our episodes here.Amenities in our home will include things like a combo washer/dryer and Incinolet toilet. Composting toilets were not the approach we wanted to take, but are however still a great alternative to flushing toilets.Our tiny house design continues to evolve and one tiny house that really inspired us was hOMe. hOMe is a very thoughtfully designed tiny house which includes a stair case that also functions as storage.Other resources that helped us in the early stages of our design were: Tiny House Talk , Tiny House Blog , The Tiny Life , Tiny Home Builders, and Tiny House Build.Click here to Contact us. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter The EpisodeThe post Episode 0: Welcome to Let’s Build a Tiny House Podcast appeared first on Let's Build a Tiny House.
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