America’s 1st tiny house hotel had to be in dense Portland

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Deb Delman and Kol Peterson love tiny homes: she’s spent the past couple decades living in a converted garage, a yurt, a tiny unelectrified cabin; he studied urban planning and is a “really big advocate of ADUs [accessory dwelling units AKA granny cottages, in-law suites]“; and the couple now live together in a self-built ADU.…

Micro-tiny homes as freedom from codes & loans

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Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s backyard is filled with what to the untrained eye might appear children’s forts, but these tiny dwellings are actually how he makes his living (mostly). Ask him his job title and he’ll reply, “I call myself a tinkerer or I’ve come up with bizarre-chitect or lark-chitect being kind of a fake architect.”…

“We the Tiny House People” trailer

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Full movie here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDcVrVA4bSQ I stumbled into the Small House Movement by accident of location- my parents live within miles of the tiny house poster boy Jay Shafer and his 89 square foot home-, but within a couple of years I had become a part of it as one of the few, and perhaps only,…

Teen tiny house builder Austin Hay finishes dorm on wheels

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We first visited Austin Hay after he had just finished his sophomore year of and had built just the shell of his tiny home on wheels (based on plans donated by Jay Shafer, now of Four Lights Tiny House Company). Now, Austin is in his senior year of high school and he has finally completed…

Tiny house pioneer Jay Shafer: thinking beyond trailer parks

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In 1997, Jay Shafer built a tiny house on wheels that shunned trailer park conventions and attempted to mimic a classic gabled home. This act of design rebellion- coupled with Shafer’s challenge to building codes (first in Iowa City and later in California) and his co-founding of the Small House Society- helped launch a movement.…

Tiny Texas Houses’ “Willy Wonka” on making magic reusing wood

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Brad “Darby” Kittel came to Texas living on a converted school bus. He had planned to write the Great American Novel, but he ended up buying up boarded-up homes and fixing them up using materials he salvaged from other old houses, barns and buildings. After a couple decades refining his salvage mining techniques, he began…