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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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  • tiny house in Portland Oregon

    Dear PAD: How can I feel safe in an “illegal” house?

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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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  • Simple Home

    What is “Home,” Anyway?

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    When you live in an 84-square foot house, you get used to taking about home. People ask you about yours, and they want to tell you about theirs – what it is now, and what they want it to be. But no matter how many […]

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  • Natalie and Ronny, walking across America

    Asking the Big Questions

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    Someone once wrote an article about my tiny house that described me as a “Sustainable Barbie,” which threw my friends and I into hysterics. We joked about the accessories that would be come along with a Sustainable Barbie: a pop up tiny house, a teeny, […]

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  • A newly sharp knife

    How to Decide Whether to Buy, Rent, Borrow or Repair

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    A tricky question we face as members of a consumer society is not, “To buy or not to buy?” But, “How can I have access to what I need?” Shopping might be the most common means to that end, but it’s only one of many. […]

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  • Dee Superhero Serious

    SUPERHEROES WANTED!

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    If you saw an ad that said, “Superhero Wanted,” would you feel qualified to apply? Most of us would say no. And I think that needs to change. YOU can be (and likely already are) a superhero in your own life, simply by the way […]

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  • Christmas gifts - a tiny house downsizing challenge

    How to Change Obligatory Shopping Traditions

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    Let’s say you’re working on yourself to become a more conscious consumer, but then it’s the holidays or somebody’s birthday, and you’re suddenly obligated to buy stuff. And just *thinking* about how to explain to your sister that you’d rather not buy her son the […]

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    Introducing The Build Small Live Large Summit!

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    Are you curious about tiny homes on wheels, but equally curious about other kinds of little houses? Maybe you’ve considered building a backyard cottage, or dreamed of living in a pocket community of neighbors and friends. If you’re interested in the tiny house movement but […]

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  • Books

    How to Forgive Yourself for Buying Stuff You Don’t Need

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    Last week I signed up for the “Unshopping Challenge,” a commitment to buy nothing new for a month, except consumables like food and gas. I wanted to take the challenge because I’ve been thinking about my possessions more than usual lately. It’s spring cleaning time, […]

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  • Dee Williams, cheers

    Gratitude for Inspiration and Encouragement

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    I’ve been writing about gratitude this year, and the upcoming holiday weekend brings me full circle to several folks who have not only offered me their friendship, but have profoundly altered my course by providing inspiration and encouragement when I needed it most. On Memorial […]

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  • Dee Williams' Tiny House

    Little House Magic: “Connecting To People And Materials”

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    We’re celebrating two things today – Earth Day, and the paperback release of The Big Tiny, Dee Williams’ memoir about building her tiny house on wheels in 2004.  In this new excerpt, Dee shares an example of how making thoughtful choices about your building materials […]

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