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 = 75 Students + 12 Faculty Members + 11 Academic Programs

SCADpad by DrewBrown404

SCADpad is a tiny house project from Savannah College of Art and Design. The primary use case they focused on was reclaiming wasted parking garage space in an urban setting. The first SCADpads will be placed in a parking garage on their own campus and made available to a few select students for housing.

On April 9, 2014 they will be hosting an invitation-only celebration and tour of these parking lot sized student housing units. I suspect more details will be made public, and I’ll post again on the design and solutions their massive team produced.

My expectations are high. These resource-rich tiny house projects seem to be really good at research & development. When you focus all that creative energy on one point, you often get a bunch of good ideas – some of which may possibly be of use by owner-builders.

Visit the SCADpad website for more details. Photos by Drew Brown, Jason Piccolo, and the SCADpad team.

Update: The SCADpad folks have announced some open house dates for the public. Visit the SCADpad website for details.

SCADpad Model

SCADpad view by drewbrown404

SCADpad on Highway by clermonthound