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Inspiration // Observations // News // Lessons Learned from our Exploration of the Tiny House Movement 🚚🏡💨


Remember When It Was Cold? Tiny House Winter Wonderland: Winterizing Tips, Tours & Community

Remember When It Was Cold? Tiny House Winter Wonderland: Winterizing Tips, Tours & Community

It is the peak of the brutal summer heat. Fond memories of cold weather are becoming more frequent. Remember the refreshing blasts of cold wind and the magical sparkle of freshly fallen snow?  Oh and all that fun sledding, snowboarding and snow angel-making. I do, and it sounds fantastic! 

Stories from our Utah & Wyoming road trip stops, tips for winterizing your tiny house and NEW tours! Winter is always coming...

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Online DEBUT of "Living Tiny Legally, Part 2"

Online DEBUT of "Living Tiny Legally, Part 2"

Living Tiny Legally, Part 2 is NOW online. This is YOUR guide for making legal, full-time tiny house living a reality in YOUR community!

"Gave me goosebumps. Never thought building code revisions could be so gripping." -Kevin Polk, Makes A Village

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Zack Giffin, the Perfect Christmas Gift for the Tiny House Lover...

Zack Giffin, the Perfect Christmas Gift for the Tiny House Lover...

Just in time for the holiday gift giving, Zack Giffin of Tiny House Nation! Or rad tiny house T-Shirts signed by him, that is.

Zack is the dynamic co-host of Tiny House Nation and tiny house designer & builder extraordinaire.  Not only has he used his passion, dedication and creativity to bring to life the tiny home dreams of numerous individuals, Zack is a passionate housing advocate...

Gloria VonFelt generously donated three Zack Giffin signed t-shirts to us to use as a fundraiser. BIG thanks to both Gloria and Zack for their support! The proceeds of the auction will go support the making of Living Tiny Legally, Part 2

More gift ideas! Tiny House Expedition t-shirts NOW available online.

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Think BIG, Shop Small AND Give Joyfully

Think BIG, Shop Small AND Give Joyfully

Shopping with a purpose is truly rewarding, especially when you know you are making an impact. Like shopping local, supporting your community or cause that you care about. The joy of giving too often gets bogged down in stressful shopping practices or through seasonal guilt. The heaving feeling of Christmas-time guilt has plagued me for many years...

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Tiny House, BIG City

Tiny House, BIG City

By supporting innovative affordable housing projects in LA, you are supporting affordable housing across America! Vote today to help bring an education center & workshop space for co-building tiny homes and a tiny house village to the Los Angeles! Stakes: a $100,000 grant. 

Vote online here: https://challenge.la2050.org/entry/how-we-can-use-tiny-houses-to-make-a-big-impact-on-housing-affordability-in-los-angeles-

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Our Latest Post on Tiny House Blog: Llamalopolis, an Urban Tiny Living Oasis

Our Latest Post on Tiny House Blog: Llamalopolis, an Urban Tiny Living Oasis

Alexis shares an in-depth look at this extraordinary tiny home village in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Includes a breakdown of the community model, how it works and how it can be replicated in other cities. Plus, Christian takes you inside Llamalopolis in an intimate Periscope video tour.

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Tiny Festival Season is Here!

Tiny Festival Season is Here!

70 Tiny Houses, Five Festivals & One BIG Deal! Team #TinyX is headed to the National Tiny House Jamboree this August. Hear us talk Day 1 at 4:45pm, on the main stage. Plus, with your $25 donation to our documentary receive a Jamboree Weekend Pass PLUS Special Edition T-Shirt. Limited number available!

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Tiny All Over

Tiny All Over

Our experience & reflections from the Tiny House Jamboree, the world's largest tiny house gathering. Over 35,000 attendees, flocked to Colorado Springs to learn, share, connect & create community during this 3-day TH extravaganza. There were 28 tiny houses of all kinds on display, creating an energized, temporary TH community. 

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Tiny House Communities & a Field of Dreams

Tiny House Communities & a Field of Dreams

Take a moment and reflect all those crazy dreamers out there who dare to be different, dare to swim against the current of mainstream culture, whose vibrant vision can't be contained, it must brought to life & shared. This process of breathing life into these odd, vibrant dreams is, for some, an unsettling sight and for others, a contagious inspiration.

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Coffee with Community-Makers: Tiny Houses Greensboro at The Green Bean

Coffee with Community-Makers: Tiny Houses Greensboro at The Green Bean

The fact is these two women are actively involved in creating a more vibrant community in Greensboro, NC, via their involvement in Tiny Houses Greensboro. They are community-makers. My theory is that community-makers, as smart, innovative thinkers & doers with big hearts & dreams, are by nature empathetic towards others and their surroundings.

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The Meaning of Home

The Meaning of Home

There’s nothing like building a house, an unconventional house at that, to make you reconsider the idea of what makes home, home. We all know a home is more than four walls & roof, whether 130 sq. ft. or 2500 sq. ft.

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Thinking BIG, Building Small & Connecting with Community

Video shot & edited by Christian Parsons of #TeamTinyX

Christian & I are embarking on the greatest adventure of our lives, Tiny House Expedition, a community outreach & documentary storytelling project. This is to be an adventure in downsizing, living small, travel, community engagement and storytelling.

What's in a name?  ex·pe·di·tion: a journey undertaken for a particular purpose. After completing our tiny house on wheels, we will travel the nation for about a year. Our purpose: document tiny house community building projects across the nation and tell the story of how each came into being, the people behind them & how they are making a difference in their communities. Our mission: inspiring & empowering people to think BIG & build small through documentary storytelling and direct community engagement (and having fun doing it).

out·reach: reaching out to others, or becoming involved in a community or effort.

Simply defined, community outreach is the practice of conducting local public awareness activities through targeted community interaction*.  Engaging with our local community, as we’ve done in our first community roundtable, and with communities across the country, will enable us to share the benefits of living small for both individual & community and to share the stories of the many inspirational tiny house community developments. Also a great opportunity to share the different methods and models being utilized, as well as what is working, what challenges have come up and what obstacles have been overcome, or not. This will help other communities to see what would work best for them.

At our Think BIG, Build Small Community Roundtable, we had a beautifully diverse group of attendees. From folks just hearing about tiny houses to tiny house builders, real estate agents to those seeking to downsize, from Millennials to Boomers. A lively, healthy discussion about tiny houses as the future of housing & opportunities for tiny house development in our local community, the Triad of North Carolina. We addressed questions like, how would you feel about having a tiny house neighbor; what reaction would your neighbors have if a tiny house(s) came to your neighborhood? Where would they fit best in our city?

Think big, build small Community Roundtable at Flywheel Co-Work in Winston-Salem, NC

Think big, build small Community Roundtable at Flywheel Co-Work in Winston-Salem, NC

The tiny house movement is self-empowering. People going off the mainstream script, consuming less & actively reducing their footprint. By choosing to live small, individuals have found that less really is more--greater freedom, less stress & greater connection to their surroundings. This new-found self-empowerment is taken to the next level when folks work together & communities collaborate to create practical fill-in-the-gap solutions for modern housing issues and an increasingly isolated living experience. These tiny house community projects address a variety of issues from the general lack of affordable, quality housing to the lack of resources for homeless, from neighborhood revitalization needs to a desire & need for more sustainable community environments.  

We seek to share stories & ideas, to spark community conversation & more tiny (or small) housing development. Confidence to go down a less-traveled path and the needed know-how, can be acquired through exposure to new ideas & experiences, plus hands-on learning. Christian & I don't claim to be tiny house experts but we have a passion for learning & sharing & of course, tiny housing. Please follow our expedition & let's think BIG & build small together! 

-Alexis Stephens, Producer of #TeamTinyX

*Source: http://www.italladdsup.gov/tools/resourcetoolkit/ResourceToolKit_J_Outreach.asp