TINY: A Story About Living Small documentary now available on DVD and on iTunes!

The following is a guest post from Merete Mueller.

A little over three years ago, Christopher Smith and I (Merete Mueller) had two crazy ideas. The first was to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience, and the second was to make a documentary film about it.

We were motivated by the question: What makes a good home? As we began our own construction process and learned more about the movement and the community around small-scale living, we became fascinated by the many people we met who were downsizing their lives and living Tiny. If a home wasn’t defined by stuff or by space, we wondered, then what was it? We hoped that building our own, from scratch, would help us to find out.

TINY: A Story About Living Small – Trailer from TINY on Vimeo.

The documentary premiered in March 2012 at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and has screened at over 40 film festivals around the world since then. But it hasn’t been widely available to mainstream audiences until now.

We’re extremely pleased to announce that TINY is now available on DVD and to rent and download on iTunes!

Buy a DVD of the film here: www.tiny-themovie.com/store
Rent or download the film on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com (available beginning June 3, 2014)


In addition to the 62-minute documentary, the DVD of TINY also contains five exclusive special features, including a super-inspiring extended interview with Tiny House owner Dee Williams, Behind the Scenes footage, Q&As with urban planners about Tiny Houses and building codes, and a short film about using Tiny House innovations to develop sustainable neighborhoods.

What does Home mean to you? We’d love to hear what you think!

TINY - A Story About Living Small - on location TINY - A Story About Living Small - Chris inside tiny house

TINY - A Story About Living Small Poster

Gerald’s Prospector’s Cabin

gerald's prospectors cabin

I built it as a kit in my garage then hauled it into the mountains for reassembly. Exterior is now complete. Thanks for the plans.” – Gerald

Thanks for sending the photos Gerald! What a great idea to build the house in the garage ahead of time – I guess you can do that when the house is just 12′x12′. The idea of pre-building the roof on the ground especially makes a lot of sense. It’s much safer to do that kind of tricky work on the ground and not from on top of a ladder.

Other nice touches Gerald added are the live-edge siding and red metal roof. The color combination really looks great and helps the cabin stand out in the woods.

Learn more about the Prospector Cabin tiny house plans. Also be sure to check out the Six Pack of Plans, which includes a copy of the Prospector’s Cabin and five other tiny house plans.

gerald's prospectors cabin construction

gerald's prospectors cabin side wall

gerald's prospectors cabin exterior live edge siding


SCADpad Innovations


Now that the publicity campaign has begun we’re getting more information and photos of these innovative tiny homes. The three SCADpad prototypes are tiny house designs that reclaim parking spaces in multi-level parking garages that are getting used less and less. It seems a growing number of people are choosing to commute less – opting instead to live closer to work & school where they can leverage the walkability of denser urban neighborhoods, as well as alternative & public transportation.

The homes were developed by large cross-diciplinary teams of the folks from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Each house is just 135 square feet and decked out as art-pieces themselves. They are also filled with arts & crafts made by SCAD students, alumni, and faculty. For example, the floor in at least one unit is made from reclaimed school rulers.

In addition to all the art, you’ll find plentiful industrial design items and high-tech home automation tools like a touch screen that controls window privacy settings.

In an attempt to teach occupants new sustainable habits, like reducing waste, they’ve removed the trash can and replaced it with just a recycling bin – maybe more of a statement and idealistic idea. But a nice idea nonetheless.

To handle biodegradable kitchen waste they’ve included a vermiculture (worm) composting system. The worms break down table scraps quickly and produce a compost tea that can be used to fertilize the occupants’ community garden.

Water for the garden drains from the shower & sinks and flows into a grey water filtration system. The garden is located within the cluster of tiny homes. Lighting for the garden growing inside the parking garage comes from an experimental fiberoptic system that brings daylight inside without the need for additional electricity.

To learn more about the project visit the SCADpad website.

SCADpad high tech window privacy controls

SCADpad-homepage_instagram_photo1 SCADpad flooring by kfirebau