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Wouldn’t you rather be here?

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PAD wants you to build the life you dream.


We help people change their home to change their lives. Our ebooks, construction plans and in-person education teaches tiny house builders and DIY land developers to make home work for them.

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Fall Tiny House Workshop On Sale Now!

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See Inside the Hikari Box Tiny House!

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Featured eBooks and House Plans

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Life in a Tiny House Ebook

What is it really like to live in a tiny house? Curiosity about tiny homes is exploding, yet it’s still hard for most people to wrap their heads around what it’s like to build or live in one. Isn’t it just too kooky, too risky, or too hard?  Not once you see it through the eyes of the people who already call tiny houses home. Billy Ulmer from PAD and Unlikely Lives wrote this ebook to collect stories and advice to inspire people to take action on their own tiny house dreams, and to think differently about the way our homes can help us lead lives we love. It features over 200 pages of photos and interviews with people who live in tiny homes, discussing questions like these:
  • Why did a tiny house feel right to them?
  • How did they go about designing, building and moving in?
  • What is life like now that they’ve been living there, for between a few months and ten years?
It also shares why tiny houses aren’t as “extreme” as some might think, offers useful perspectives on how people overcame the challenges in their own journeys, and recommends practical steps to help anyone create some of the benefits of tiny house living, no matter where they call home.
Photo by Betty UdelsonThe Big Tiny by Dee Williams

The Big Tiny

The Big Tiny is Dee Williams’ memoir – the first time Dee has told her story in her own words, and it covers the twists, turns and insights that that led her to build her little house. It’ll tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh, and inspire you to take a second look at whatever you call home.

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Are tiny houses legal in Portland? Not quite, but they're currently allowed

Are Tiny Houses Legal in Portland Now? Not Exactly, But They’re “Allowed”

Whoa Nelly you guys! Are tiny houses legal in Portand? Not quite, but they will be “allowed” through a creative workaround: the laws about “camping” in tiny houses and RVs on private property will no longer be enforced! Rachel Monahan from Willamette Week has the scoop: “In a sweeping change…
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