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Conversations on how to plan, build, and live the tiny life. Ethan Waldman from thetinyhouse.net gives you the chance to get inside the heads of tiny house luminaries and every day tiny house dwellers so you can plan, build and live the tiny house life you’ve been dreaming of. Discover how you can create a tiny lifestyle that includes owning your own home, whether it’s a tiny house on wheels, van, or camper that you can take with you, or just a sweet tiny cabin in the mountains. Ethan built his own tiny house on wheels in 2012 and has been educating other tiny house hopefuls ever since. His flagship resource, Tiny House Decisions has been widely recommended by tiny house experts as a must-read how to guide to planning a successful tiny house. From tiny house heating, plumbing, and composting toilets, to building a tiny house for cheap, DIY techniques and more. Subscribe if you are ready to start YOUR tiny house journey.

Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast Ethan Waldman

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 135 Ratings

Conversations on how to plan, build, and live the tiny life. Ethan Waldman from thetinyhouse.net gives you the chance to get inside the heads of tiny house luminaries and every day tiny house dwellers so you can plan, build and live the tiny house life you’ve been dreaming of. Discover how you can create a tiny lifestyle that includes owning your own home, whether it’s a tiny house on wheels, van, or camper that you can take with you, or just a sweet tiny cabin in the mountains. Ethan built his own tiny house on wheels in 2012 and has been educating other tiny house hopefuls ever since. His flagship resource, Tiny House Decisions has been widely recommended by tiny house experts as a must-read how to guide to planning a successful tiny house. From tiny house heating, plumbing, and composting toilets, to building a tiny house for cheap, DIY techniques and more. Subscribe if you are ready to start YOUR tiny house journey.

    The Inside Scoop on Intentional Communities

    The Inside Scoop on Intentional Communities

    Today, you’ll get the inside scoop on what it’s like to live in AND to be a founding member of an intentional community. My guest, Mike Moore, has lived in his community for over 25 in a ground-bound tiny house designed by Jay Shafer.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/214

    In This Episode:
    Breakups: Who stays and who has to go?Cluster zoning is a mutually beneficial arrangementAn informal but effective selection processWhat is a legacy clause?Considerations for ADA compliance and aging in placeThinking about living in (or starting) an intentional community? Listen up!
    This Week's Sponsor: Tiny House Decisions

    Tiny House Decisions is the guide that I wish I had when I was building my tiny house. And it comes in three different packages to help you on your unique tiny house journey. If you're struggling to figure out the systems for your tiny house, how you're going to heat it, how you're going to plumb it, what you're going to build it out, then tiny house decisions will take you through the process systematically and help you come up with a design that works for you. Right now I'm offering 20% off any package of Tiny House Decisions for podcast listeners. Head over to https://www.thetinyhouse.net/thd and use the coupon code tiny at checkout!

    • 37 min
    Radical Debt Elimination? Here’s How to Do It

    Radical Debt Elimination? Here’s How to Do It

     Living tiny is a great way to save money and pay off debt, and my guest today did that in a radical way. $60,000 in student loan debt in just 11 months. You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out exactly how he did it and why he doesn’t recommend doing it the way that he did.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/213

    In This Episode:
    It all started with a joke and a giftHow not to vanlifeThe realities of vanlifeNew to budgeting? Start with this adviceA recipe for successGetting out of debt while still enjoying your life
    This Week's Sponsor: Tiny House Decisions

    Tiny House Decisions is the guide that I wish I had when I was building my tiny house. And it comes in three different packages to help you on your unique tiny house journey. If you're struggling to figure out the systems for your tiny house, how you're going to heat it, how you're going to plumb it, what you're going to build it out, then tiny house decisions will take you through the process systematically and help you come up with a design that works for you. Right now I'm offering 20% off any package of Tiny House Decisions for podcast listeners. Head over to https://www.thetinyhouse.net/thd and use the coupon code tiny at checkout!

    • 41 min
    How and Why an Airstream Makes a Great Tiny Home

    How and Why an Airstream Makes a Great Tiny Home

    Even if you've never heard of an Airstream you probably know what they look like. These iconic travel trailers from the 1950s have become a hot commodity for renovation into beautiful, lightweight, tiny homes. Kate Oliver is the author of the new book The Modern Caravan, which tells the stories of beautiful Airstream conversions and the people who live in them through words and gorgeous photographs. Kate’s journey started with a DIY Airstream renovation that led to starting a company and she shares some great advice on finding and renovating vintage Airstream trailers.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/211


    In This Episode:
    Renovation challenges: curved walls and wheelsWhat is a shell-off renovation (and why do you want one)?How durable is an Airstream?Shopping for an Airstream? Remember this adviceOur opinions on the future of the nomad trend

    This Week's Sponsor: PrecisionTemp

    PrecisionTemp is making one product to solve two issues that I know everyone deals with in a tiny house: running out of hot water and heating your tiny house. PrecisionTemp has made the amazing TwinTemp Junior propane tankless water heater, which provides unlimited hot water for your tiny house and hydronic heating. This means you get warm heated floors, so there are no cold spots. It's designed specifically for tiny houses and features whisper-quiet operation as well as high efficiency. If you want more information on how PrecisionTemp can help make living tiny easier and more comfortable visit precisiontemp.com. While you're there, use the coupon code THLP for $50 off of any PrecisionTemp unit plus free shipping.

    • 40 min
    This Modern Millennial is Living the Tiny Dream

    This Modern Millennial is Living the Tiny Dream

    What happens when two siblings decide to buy tiny houses and live next door to one another? Ashley Monkhouse is here to tell us all about her tiny lifestyle. Even though the two sisters bought their tiny houses from the same builder, they are quite different. In this interview, we'll hear Ashley's tiny story, learn about the tiny house community where they live, and find out what advice Ashley would give herself if she could go back in time before she bought a tiny house.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/211


    In This Episode:
    What it’s like to live next door to a siblingPerks of living in a tiny house communityPlumbing to think aboutMusings on maintenance and projectsAn enclosed loft can mitigate the “tunnel effect”Advice to prepare you for tiny living

    This Week's Sponsor: PrecisionTemp

    PrecisionTemp is making one product to solve two issues that I know everyone deals with in a tiny house: running out of hot water and heating your tiny house. PrecisionTemp has made the amazing TwinTemp Junior propane tankless water heater, which provides unlimited hot water for your tiny house and hydronic heating. This means you get warm heated floors, so there are no cold spots. It's designed specifically for tiny houses and features whisper-quiet operation as well as high efficiency. If you want more information on how PrecisionTemp can help make living tiny easier and more comfortable visit precisiontemp.com. While you're there, use the coupon code THLP for $50 off of any PrecisionTemp unit plus free shipping.

    • 32 min
    How to Convert a Shed to a Tiny House (On the Cheap!)

    How to Convert a Shed to a Tiny House (On the Cheap!)

    If you’re trying to build a tiny house on a budget, starting with a pre-existing shed can be one of the cheapest ways to do it. Adrian and Katherine Alvarez purchased a $20,000 16x50 Dirksen shed for $10,000 and spent very little to turn it into a home for their family of 3. Shed conversions are their own special animal and the Alvarezes share some great tips and what they wish they knew before they started.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/210

    In This Episode:
    How to find a cheaper shedSite preparation: what they did and what they would do differentlyA little determination and creativity can get you farThings that could add time to your buildCould this money-saving trick work for you?

    This Week's Sponsor: Tiny House Decisions

    Tiny House Decisions is the guide that I wish I had when I was building my tiny house. And it comes in three different packages to help you on your unique tiny house journey. If you're struggling to figure out the systems for your tiny house, how you're going to heat it, how you're going to plumb it, what you're going to build it out, then tiny house decisions will take you through the process systematically and help you come up with a design that works for you. Right now I'm offering 20% off any package of Tiny House Decisions for podcast listeners. Head over to https://www.thetinyhouse.net/thd and use the coupon code tiny at checkout!

    • 40 min
    Building and Living in a “Go Anywhere” Off-Road Tiny House

    Building and Living in a “Go Anywhere” Off-Road Tiny House

     Would you buy a 30-year-old military vehicle that breaks down all the time but can go anywhere? My guests today, Rae and Trevor of Wazimu Life, did just that and they’re here to tell us all about their fascinating lifestyle, now in their second, less breakdown-prone, go-anywhere tiny house rig.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/209

    In This Episode:  
    Wazimu explainedWhen is the vehicle too suited for off-roading?How to build an off-road, off-grid rolling homeThe English Bulldog is the perfect nomad dogCompost toilet vs black tank“Military Grade” may not mean what you thinkHow is time irrelevant to nomads?
    This Week's Sponsor: Tiny Tuesdays

    Did you know that I personally send a tiny house newsletter every week on Tuesdays? It's called Tiny Tuesdays and it's a weekly email with tiny house news, interviews, photos, and resources. It's free to subscribe and I even share sneak peeks of things that are coming up, ask for feedback about upcoming podcast guests, and more. It's really the best place to keep a pulse on what I'm doing in the tiny house space and also stay informed about what's going on in the tiny house movement.
    To sign up go to thetinyhouse.net/newsletter. I'll never send you spam and if you don't want to receive emails, it's easy to unsubscribe.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

The Real Nickolas Natali ,

Nickolas Natali

Ethan is an incredible hosts that comes prepared and asks thoughtful questions. He finds a way to create seamless conversation while working in delicately crafted questions. His insight and passion on Tiny Houses admirable. Plus his weekly newsletter is killer!

HoskinsHouse ,

Look forward to it every week!

Great variety of information and good quality production. I learn something new every week and am consistently inspired to continue moving forward with our build. Keep up the great work!

Fy Nyth ,

Thoughtful and interesting

I always love the wide variety of folks that Ethan is able to interview covering all aspects of tiny house life! As someone who's been living tiny and off grid myself full time for almost 7 years, it's facinating to be able to connect with so many others who share similar interests and goals.

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