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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • First Design For Others

    How Do You Legally Move A Tiny House?

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    How do you make sure your tiny house is “road legal”, and that you have the approval you need to haul it down the street or across the country? We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the “wide” trailers from Iron Eagle – the […]

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  • Stop 4 Touring A House1

    How To Visit A Tiny House: Why a guided tour of a tiny house is a vital part of PAD workshops

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    While tiny houses are getting more and more coverage in the media, it’s still difficult to find an opportunity to go inside and tour one. This is a shame, because like any space, you’ve got to be inside it to really know what it’s like.  A […]

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  • Dee Williams tiny house sketch

    How To Choose A Tiny House Builder

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    Tiny houses on wheels aren’t just miniature versions of normal houses. They shouldn’t be built like a shed, barn, or a “normal house”, they need to be able to handle their specialized circumstances.  So even someone who has worked in construction for the past 30 years […]

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  • Tiny House Cost

    Your Questions Answered: How Much Does a Tiny House Cost?

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    Tiny houses, just like big houses, can range in price greatly depending on size, systems, materials, and whether you build it yourself or hire someone to build it for you. Whether a house is 300 square feet or 3,000 square feet, how you intend to […]

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  • Dee Williams touring a PAD Tiny House Workshop

    Code Concerns: How Safe is Safe Enough?

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    Many tiny housers are freaked out by the idea of having to deal with a city or county inspector, and they can’t fathom the courage it would take to walk into a planning office to discuss codes. So they build their little house as best […]

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  • Dee And Crowd

    Your Questions Answered: How to Find Parking and a Place to Call Home

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    Have you labored over the design of your dream tiny house for years, but still have no idea where you’ll park?  What will the place you call home look like, and who will be part of it? Do you want peace, quiet, and country views […]

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  • Tiny House Trailer

    Your Questions Answered: Trailer Talk

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    At PAD, we get a lot of questions about trailers – the foundation of a little house.  Whether you’re planning to buy a new or used trailer, consider the following: NEW OR USED – The trailer frame is the most important piece of your project. […]

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