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  • Shelter Wise Tiny House for the Homeless Design Bunkie

    See Portland’s New Tiny House Designs for the Homeless

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    Is Portland paving the way for a new generation of tiny house villages for people experiencing homelessness? Tuesday’s City Hall unveiling of the “POD Initiative” designs for “sleeping pods” for houseless people is the best momentum we’ve had in some time. Where the initiate is […]

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  • Christmas

    “Holiday Stuff-ing”: Gift Giving Suggestions from a Tiny House Perspective

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    We’re quickly spinning toward the holiday gift-giving season, and that has me questioning my options for friends, family and co-workers. What could I possibly offer them that they don’t already own, or that would help them lean into their plans for the new year? What […]

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  • Rebeccagreengoodbye

    What I’ve Come to Know from Tiny House Living

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    The last few months have been pretty huge for me, friends. Part of that was going smaller – downsizing into my new tiny house Jolene, passing off my old house to my nephew – but there was more at work too, the messy personal stuff […]

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  • Crossing The Bridge 3

    Dee’s Tiny House Road Trip to the Jamboree!

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    A few months ago I announced my intentions to go from Tiny to Tinier, giving my little house to my nephew Jonathan and moving into my 56 square foot Don Vardo, Jolene. In the time since, I not only had to downsize (again!) and move, […]

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  • Loft Skylight Square

    Skylights: Dee’s Best Tiny House Decision

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    When I built my tiny house, I was nervous about installing skylight windows, thinking they could leak gallons of the Pacific Northwest winter rain into my house. But I also knew that a skylight would completely change the way my house felt.  All in all, […]

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  • Solar Powered Tiny House Off the Grid

    How to Power Your Tiny House With Solar Power

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    My current little house has been running on solar power for 13 years, but when it came time to set up a system for my new, littler house, I was starting from square one.  My book, The Big Tiny, explained my solar knowledge…my lack of […]

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  • Square Camper

    Why Jonathan Williams is Upsizing into a Tiny House

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    I didn’t realize how intimidated and, honestly, downright terrified I feel about owning and moving into a tiny house until Dee asked me to consider what most intimidates me about soon-to-be-tiny-home-ownership, and conversely, what I’m most looking forward to. So…Thanks, Dee. But it’s probably time […]

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  • Dee Vardo By Tammy Square

    Why I’m Going From Tiny to Tinier

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    By Dee Williams In February I asked myself the question, “Will I always live in my tiny house?” And the answer was a classic Dee Williams hedge:  maybe.  I went on to write about why I still love my house — the skylight windows that […]

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  • ACE Academy students' Sweet Pea tiny house

    ACE Academy Students Build Two Tiny Homes – Now For Sale!

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    At PAD, we love supporting schools.  Seeing young people get their feet wet and hands sawdusty in a construction project just lights us up. We also love seeing people build off PAD’s plans, with the subtle but inevitable differences in approach and details to the […]

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  • Kate With Tools

    The Top Ten Tools You Need to Build a Tiny House

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    If you’re new to construction and wondering where you’d even begin building a tiny house, start by meeting the tools you’ll need to get the job done. Building tiny requires a fair sized accumulation of tools. Here’s one list that can help you get started, […]

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  • House Party Japan Featured

    An Unexpected Education from Tiny House Living

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    Lately, I’ve been looking at the unexpected education that I’ve gotten over the past 13 years of tiny house living.  When I set out to build my house, I knew I’d learn more about how to use a saw. And before I moved into my […]

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  • Gary And Brendan Small1

    The Northwest Woodworking Studio Teaches Hands-On Tiny House Building

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    A lot of DIY tiny house enthusiasts are relatively new to building, and wisely look for ways to get hands-on experience with construction in addition to education about tiny house design principles. That’s just one of the reasons we’re excited to announce the newest PAD […]

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  • Hikari Box Tiny House Modern Exterior

    Why We’re Lowering Our Tiny House Plan Prices

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    If you’ve shopped for tiny house plans, you have likely noticed that there is a very wide range of prices (from free to $700 or so), and an equally wide range of formats, design quality, and which details are included. Why all the differences? What […]

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  • Dee Williams' beloved folks.

    Dee Takes to the PCT to Raise Money for Leukemia and Lymphona Research

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    I live in an 84 square foot tiny house in my friends’ backyard.  Over the last 12+ years in this arrangement, I’ve been gifted with an opportunity to help when I can and (more problematically) learn how to accept help. The latter is harder for […]

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  • PAD Tiny House Workshop

    Dear PAD: How Do I Start My Tiny House Journey?

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    People ask us all sorts of questions about houses and home, and sometimes there are no easy answers. Sometimes all we can do is share a story, a perspective, or a bit of advice. So when people ask us something we find particularly thought-provoking, we’re […]

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