Tiny House Blog featured on Aol Housing Watch

It’s always nice to see tiny houses and simple living featured in a main stream publications. My friend Kent Griswold just had his story written up on Aol Housing Watch by Kaomi Goetz. Kent runs TinyHouseBlog.com and has been blogging about tiny houses full-time for some time now.

It was actually a combination of Kent’s blog and Jay Shafer’s writings that convinced me to begin designing and blogging about tiny house design. Over the last year and a half Kent and I regularly talk shop about blogging and share what we’re learning. Kent even uses a customized variation of the WordPress Theme I developed, which may explain why our blogs look a little bit alike.

We also don’t see each other as direct competitors but stronger together as part of a wider community of tiny house and simple living advocates. I think it’s important to point this out because it illustrates a wide spread common thread that has emerged in our fast growing community; which is that when people come together (readers, designers, builders, bloggers, home owners, the vaguely curious, EVERYONE!) we really do become greater than the sum of our parts.

Congratulations on the article Kent!  – Aol Housing Watch article on TinyHouseBlog.com

Earthbag Daydream

When I first read about Ryo Chijiiwa’s tiny cabin on Tiny House Blog I was fascinated by the adventure this fellow was on. He quit his job at Google, traveled America, and is now working to setup a more comfortable place to live on the remote property that he recently purchased in northern California. You can read about it on his blog, Laptop and a Rifle.

But what I’ve been obsessing over for days is a simple solution that someone like Ryo could theoretically implement for a little money and a lot of sweat equity, an earthbag tiny house. Below is my earthbag daydream for simple sustainable living.  The main room of the house is 12′ by 16′ and the bathroom is just 6′ by 6′.

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Bill Builds The Tiny Solar House

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A couple of weeks ago I got some exciting news from my friend Kent Griswold that someone was building a house from one of my tiny free house plans. I’ve had a few people tell me they are planning on building one of my designs but these are the first photos of an actual house I’ve seen.

After much research Bill Brooks (Central Valley, California) chose the 8×16 Tiny Solar House because it met his needs for a rolling tiny house he could pull up to Alaska for an extended visit. He didn’t want to buy a normal travel trailer because they are not as well suited to the extreme weather as a tiny home.

Read the full story over at Tiny House Blog

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