Cooking Bacon on the BBQ: Why I don’t use my stove in summer, and need moisture absorbers in the wintertime.

Cooking Bacon on the BBQ: Why I don’t use my stove in summer, and need moisture absorbers in the wintertime.

If you’re any sort of follower of food blogs or (gasp!) magazines (Do those even exist any longer? Full disclosure: I still have one magazine subscription, but I’ve been disappointed in it of late, and shan’t be renewing it.), you know that they usually feature comfort foods–stews, roasts, root vegetables, and the like during the colder months; and lighter fare–salads, lightly-sauced pastas, fresh vegetables, and cold meats in the summer. It makes sense. When it’s one hundred degrees outside, we…

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Have you put dirt in the toilet lately? (And other things you don’t hear living in a “normal” house)

Have you put dirt in the toilet lately? (And other things you don’t hear living in a “normal” house)

If you read any Tiny Home blog, you will eventually run into the all-important toilet question. It’s quite valid, and worthy of serious research and consideration. What kind of toilet are you going to have? Are you going to have a black water tank and one of those low-water RV toilets? Are you going to attempt a standard toilet? How about a composting toilet? Or one of those fancy incinerating ones? Or a dehydrating toilet? After picking a method, you…

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Location, Location, Location [On choosing your neighbors, your scenery, and how what direction your house faces matters]

Location, Location, Location [On choosing your neighbors, your scenery, and how what direction your house faces matters]

The old real estate joke that location is everything takes a slightly different twist when one owns a Tiny Home. We are living in our third location since moving in about a year and a half ago (an average of six months per location, though that isn’t actually accurate). Each has presented a unique set of advantages and disadvantages, but a glory of the Tiny Home is that one can fairly easily switch up locations if something isn’t working  ̶ …

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You can’t do that in a Tiny Home! Can you?

You can’t do that in a Tiny Home! Can you?

Can you do that (whatever that is; fill in the blank) in a Tiny Home? Well, probably. You just need to be a little creative about it. For instance: You can live quite happily with a family of five in a Tiny Home. You can have a sense of space in a Tiny Home. You can fit the necessities for life in a Tiny Home. You can have luxuries and hobbies in a Tiny Home. You can create healthy meals…

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More History, and Some Design Concepts

More History, and Some Design Concepts

When last I wrote about how we wound up living in our Tiny Home, I left off when we had finally drawn up plans (my husband has always been good with plans) and begun building our Tiny Home. We decided we were building a prototype. We wanted to see if “normal” people could do this. I mean ̶ sure, our kids are cute (they get it from their dad; since I’m the one writing the blog, I get to steal…

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The Concept of Minimalism

The Concept of Minimalism

Minimalism is a popular concept. This is not the first time it has been, but in a world of extremes and excesses, the sheer relief minimalism brings to the eyes and the mind is gladly welcomed. Dare I even say that minimalism is extremely welcome? That it is sometimes taken to excess? Some people can turn anything into an oxymoron. The Tiny Home Movement is a natural conclusion in the progression of minimalism. It does not only satisfy the hearts…

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History, or: How Did We Get Here, Anyway?

History, or: How Did We Get Here, Anyway?

When my husband and I got married, we moved into a 700 square foot, two-bedroom, two-bath duplex. We had a small (but genuine; no fenced-in patio masquerading as outdoor space for us!) back yard, two covered carport spaces, and a laundry room integrated next to the kitchen. Our hallway was a square with five doors coming off it (two bedrooms, bathroom, living room, and hall closet). It was downright swanky in comparison to some first homes. It wasn’t long before…

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“You moved from 3100 Sq. Ft. to 320??????!!!!???? You’re NUTS!”

“You moved from 3100 Sq. Ft. to 320??????!!!!???? You’re NUTS!”

Transitioning from 3100 square feet to 320, didn’t happen as fast as we thought. We actually moved into a friends house for 3 months, gave birth to our third child, remodeled another house, then moved in – without it being finished – and let our friends move into the house we had remodeled. Well, the goal wasn’t to be normal anyhow. Locally sourced and slabbed counters complement the slab dinning tables and redwood floor. The loft beams make it feel…

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Freedom is about changing your thought process

Freedom is about changing your thought process

The beginning wasn’t simple, it was not clean, and it certainly defied the norm. People fight their entire lives to buy that big, unique property, that has a home on it that they can live in, that makes others jealous. And they put themselves in bondage to do it. In late 2004, we purchased a historic school house built in 1918, and then we gutted it. The process wasn’t simple, and we didn’t complete it on our own but our…

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