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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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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