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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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  • Dee Williams PAD Tiny Houses

    Wishing You a Year of Better, Not More

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    As the frenetic holiday shopping season winds down, we often turn to the new year with a sigh of relief.  For me the commercialized holiday season is the perfect prompt to think about what I want to do differently. Traipsing through busy malls and making […]

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  • Dee Williams tiny house sketch

    Winter Sales to Fuel Your Tiny House Inspiration!

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    Our Winter Sale is now over, but check out our current Books and Plans any time! Winter is a great time for reflection, and for planning what’s next. So we’re offering some special packages and sales designed to help you use your winter wisely, or […]

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  • Google Trend for tiny houses

    What’s Next for the “Tiny House Movement”?

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    Last week I met with some researchers who were studying the tiny house movement from an academic perspective. They asked me two questions that still stick in my mind a few days later: What’s changed in the last three years of the tiny house movement? […]

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  • Dee Williams tiny house roof detail

    The Devil in the Details of Tiny House Construction

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    A friend recently sent me an article from The Onion about a beaver who shifted his dam project from that of house and home, to esoteric art project. She added a little note that said, “For some reason this made me think of you.” I […]

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