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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

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    • 4.9 • 155 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.

    071. Design a Tiny House To Fit Your Lifestyle

    071. Design a Tiny House To Fit Your Lifestyle

    Erin Maile O'Keefe is a talented designer who designed and built the Paper Boat tiny house for herself and her husband, where they live in the backyard of a house that they own. In this conversation we'll break down the Paper Boat design and share some of the ways that Erin thinks about designing tiny spaces so that they work for the occupants in the process.

    In This Episode:
    A brief history of Yestermorrow and teaching the classThe Paper Boat house: how it got its name and the way that function inspired design.Erin’s design approach that allowed her to fit everything she needs into her spaceHow custom cabinetry stores things with beauty and functionErin’s journey into the tiny house movementWhat’s Tiny House Fest Vermont all about and how is it unique?Erin discusses Creative Placemaking and how she uses her Master CertificateVisit the website for full show notes, photos, links and resources.
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    • 41 min
    038. The 99% Repurposed Tiny Homestead in Orlando: Extreme Lifestyle Design

    038. The 99% Repurposed Tiny Homestead in Orlando: Extreme Lifestyle Design

    Get inspired to build with repurposed materials and introduce yourself to the world of food freedom. Rob Greenfield is not a conventional kind of guy. He’s currently living in a tiny house that he built with 99% repurposed materials. He doesn’t have running water in the house and his current project is called food freedom. He’s growing and foraging for 100% of his food for an entire year.

    Even if you don’t plan on living off grid or foraging for your own food, this is a really unique and interesting interview. Rob’s mindset, enthusiasm, and positivity is much needed and will inspire you on whatever tiny house journey you are planning to embark on. 

    In This Episode:
    What is the story of your first tiny house?What it was like living in a 50sf tiny house? 📦What’s the connection between bicycle travel and tiny houses 🚴🏼‍♂️ ➡️ 🏡How Rob found a place to “park” his tiny house in the city of Orlando 🌴How and WHY to build a nearly 100% repurposed tiny house 💯How to bust through the excuses so that you can make REAL change in your life. About Rob’s food freedom project 🍽️What are the utilities like (water, power, etc.) at Rob’s off grid tiny house? 🚰🔌About Rob’s sawdust/bucket composting toilet system 🚽Visit the website for full show notes, photos, links and resources.
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    • 46 min
    098. How a Tiny House can Support a Growing Family

    098. How a Tiny House can Support a Growing Family

    Malissa and Chris Tack did one of the first tiny house builds to be fully documented in photographs every day. I remember poring through their daily time-lapses to figure out how they did certain things. Their beautiful design included dormers in the loft, which inspired my tiny house and countless others. Malissa is here to tell us the story of her tiny house journey and how the house has continued to support their family as it has grown.

    In This Episode:
    How the Tiny Tack House came to beHaving space to offer up to othersPlans change and tiny houses adaptMalissa's systems set-upThe Tiny Tack House on AirbnbWhat would we do differently?Tiny house design and plansLinks and Resources:
    https://www.thetinytackhouse.com/Dee WilliamsStay in the Tiny Tack HouseTiny House MagazineLeave a reviewFor full show notes, links and photos visit the show notes page: https://www.thetinyhouse.net/malissa-tack/ 
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    • 43 min
    009. How to Rightsize Your Life and Retire to a Tiny House

    009. How to Rightsize Your Life and Retire to a Tiny House

    This episode features Jody Brady. In 2014, after living in a series of traditionally scaled houses, Jody and her husband Bill decided it was time to "right-size" their living space. They designed and built their tiny home in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, and they've been living tiny for two and a half years. 
    In this interview, we get into what it’s like to go tiny as a couple at retirement age, but who certainly aren’t “retired” in the traditional sense. We’ll talk about what “rightsizing” is and how you can get rid of things that you no longer need that are standing in your way.

    For complete show notes, transcript and images, visit https://www.thetinyhouse.net/jody


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    • 37 min
    014. How Tiny House Living can Shape Your Relationships, Career, and Life

    014. How Tiny House Living can Shape Your Relationships, Career, and Life

    It’s not just about finances. Though many people are drawn to tiny house living for the financial benefits, living tiny has a way of changing the way you look at everything in your life.

    Living tiny for 3.5 years has had a lasting impact on my guest, Alek Lisefski. In this conversation, we’ll talk about those changes, plus what Alek learned from having two significant relationships in a tiny house.

    For complete show notes, transcript and images, visit https://www.thetinyhouse.net/alek
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    • 33 min
    DIY Living Spaces: Exploring the Creativity and Challenges of House Truck Living

    DIY Living Spaces: Exploring the Creativity and Challenges of House Truck Living

    This episode features an incredible guest. Joining me is Kai, who's not only living in a house truck but has a wealth of knowledge about the ins and outs of this unique lifestyle. We'll explore Kai's journey, from finding and customizing a commercial truck to navigating the practical challenges of living in her unique tiny home. Kai will share their experiences with insulation, maintenance, and the daily joys and hardships of the tiny life. Get ready to be inspired and informed by Kai's fascinating insights into the world of house trucks and the tiny house movement.

    In This Episode:
    DIY Living 🛠️: Living sustainably in a self-built, off-grid house truckTiny House Insulation 🏠: Tales of insulating a homemade house truckOff-Grid Heating 🔥: Using diesel and wood for sustainable heatLegalities of Mobile Living 🚚: Navigating RV insurance and vehicle classificationDIY Business 💼: Earning income through social media and sponsorshipsLife in Rural Canada 🌲: Living off-grid and the challenges it bringsTiny House Mobility 🚛: The advantages and challenges of moving a tiny houseRetro Living Inspiration 📚: Drawing inspiration from vintage house truck designsLinks and Resources:
    Builders of the Pacific CoastSome Turtles Have Nice ShellsRolling HomesThe Half Acre HomesteadRoll Your OwnLloyd Kahn’s Half-Acre Homestead: Building, Gardening and Getting Started – #130Sign up for the Tiny House NewsletterFor complete show notes, transcript and images, visit www.thetinyhouse.net/288 
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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155 Ratings

155 Ratings

TLMelon ,

Big ideas about tiny living

I’ve been listening to the show since Ethan launched the podcast. Ethan stays on top of the evolving concept of a tiny lifestyle with a dynamic range of topics and guests. So often I find podcast hosts are more in love with their own voices, but Ethan asks great questions and allows his guests to fully answer them. The show is relevant, fun and interesting.

Hdank1986 ,

My favorite podcast

I found this podcast a couple months ago, and I LOVE it! I look forward to Fridays for your new episodes. As someone looking to get into the tiny life, your podcasts have been so helpful! I’m learning so much, and I appreciate all the different guests and topics.

Tiny Off-Grid House Research ,

Episode 252 “Want A Safe Tiny House Foundation”

Ethan, I appreciate that during the discussion you initiated the topic of Tiny House trailer insulation; an important topic that’s often over looked.
Thermal bridging, which can cause condensation and progress to the growth of mold, is a concern with some bumper-pull trailer models that have the subfloor between the wheel wells creating an uninsulated corner where the subfloor and walls meet.
Thank you

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