Tiny House Conference 2014

For those who missed the 2014 Tiny House Conference, start planning for the next one!  We had a blast down in Charlotte, NC with fellow bloggers and builders, as well as various other tiny house enthusiasts.  The presentations were very informative and I just loved being able to experience other tiny houses in person.

How successful was the conference, really?  Let’s just say even my fiance is now on board with building another tiny house! Although we already built and sold one, we’re re-inspired to move forward with some previously abstract ideas for our life, jobs, happiness, and finances.  Stay tuned for our progress on this!

You can read all about the conference in more detail here.  With that, I leave you to enjoy some photos of the event!

 

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Tiny House Conference

Hello, hello!  It’s been a while since my last post but I’ve just been settling into non-tiny house life.  I have a couple new tiny house ventures on the horizon though…more on this once things are concrete.

This makes me even more excited to tell you all about the 2014 Tiny House Conference!  It’s April 5 & 6 in Charlotte, NC and you can register here.

A Bittersweet Farewell

Well, the time has come for me to stop being in denial and announce that my tiny house has sold!  It left Newport Hardware on March 9th for its new home with some really great ladies up in PA.  I believe eventually it’ll journey up to VT to add to their off-grid set-up.

The selling process was…interesting.  I listed it in mid/late December on tinyhouselistings.com and received TONS of emails about it.  Had a potential buyer early on but that didn’t work out.  I believe it took about 2 months from listing to getting the final sale payment.  After that it sat waiting for someone worthy enough to haul it up to them.  I couldn’t be happier with who purchased it!  I know everyone says that money talks, but I was still worried that I’d end up selling it to some rich folk in northern VA who thought it was “cute” and would just sit in the backyard as a playhouse.  I may have gotten paid but it would defeat my purpose in building it.

For the new owner’s sake, I won’t disclose how much I put into it or how much it was purchased for.  I will say that the final calculations put dad and me making between $4 and $5 and hour.  For an educational venture, that’s not too shabby.  If it was for an MBA, however, that’s a failing grade ;-)

I have two new housing ventures on the horizon – the biggest being a “real” house.  I’m in the process of buying a 950 square foot house to live in and renovate.  Some will think that’s still too small, and others will think it’s too big.  I think it’s just right as it’s a combination of the tiny house philosophy and what most of us consider “normal” in society (i.e. enormous).  950 square feet is about average for homes in the 1950s and I think it’s more about space planning and getting rid of your clutter than it is about needing thousands of square feet to yourself.  The second venture is a new website!  Less of a blog and more about getting information out there and highlighting some cool alternative living folks.  It’s nowhere near done, so I’ll hold off on posting the url.  Look out for it soon!