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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
    • 4.8 • 130 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.

    Are All Tiny House Dwellers Multipotentialites?

    Are All Tiny House Dwellers Multipotentialites?

     Have you ever struggled to figure out what you want to be when you grow up? Or maybe you're already grown up and you still balance multiple interests and don't feel like you can just fit into one box. Today's guest, Emilie Wapnick, has created a whole set of resources just for people like that - people like you and like me - and I actually have a hunch that there are a lot of us among tiny house dwellers. The word that Emilie uses is "multipotentialite" and in this conversation we're going to talk about what a multipotentialite is and what our unique needs are when it comes to finding work and feeling fulfilled in our pursuits, whether it's work, creativity, or more. It's a really interesting conversation and I think you'll learn some things about yourself and about how you can apply some tips and techniques to planning and building a tiny house.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/173

    In This Episode:
    How do you know if you're a multipod?Advice for taking on a large project, like a tiny houseDo you ever stop being a multipotentialite?Why Emilie chose to live tiny and what she learned from itHow to prioritize your projects and protect your time (and wallet)Work models that help multipods earn an incomeThis 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 $100 off the TwinTemp Junior plus free shipping.

    • 41 min
    Two tiny house instructors on "What we wish we knew before we started"

    Two tiny house instructors on "What we wish we knew before we started"

    In this special episode of THLP, your host Ethan Waldman joins forces with veteran tiny house designer, builder and instructor, Lina Menard, to chat about "what we wish we knew before we started". 

    Plus, we bring you a sneak peak of our upcoming LIVE course, Tiny House Considerations, an interactive, 8 week course with Lina and Ethan as your guides.

    To get on the waitlist for Tiny House Considerations, head over to: https://www.thetinyhouse.net/considerations

    In This Episode:
    Could we have built our houses faster?Better together: the positive effects of a good support systemHow your budget can get away from youAbout our new course and who it can helpThe importance of knowing the ins and outs of your systems before you begin building

    • 30 min
    350 Tiny House Floor Plans and Counting with Legendary Designer, Michael Janzen

    350 Tiny House Floor Plans and Counting with Legendary Designer, Michael Janzen

    Michael Janzen is a legend in the tiny house world, having started his website, TinyHouseDesign.com in 2007 and just continuing to work as a prolific designer pretty much since then. Michael has put a lot of plans out into the world and I have no doubt that there are many, many tiny houses that are built either directly from his designs or were inspired by them. On today's show, Michael stopped by to talk about the second edition of his book, Tiny House Floor Plans. It now contains over 350 tiny house floor plans and it's just a really cool book to look through. The houses are arranged from small to large and if you are in the design or planning process it's a really cool resource to just get some ideas about how you can lay out a tiny house. Our conversation is wide-ranging from things in the tiny house design world that Michael thinks are maybe not serving tiny houses, things that Michael is looking forward to, and more.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/171
    In This Episode:
    Tackling burnout and re-energizing afterwardEvolution of the tiny house through the yearsUnusual, innovative, and fun: Michael's designs and processWhat are we questioning in regards to tiny houses?Is it possible to build a tiny house for free?This Week's Sponsor: Tiny House Engage

    The summer can be a little bit too much fun, full of family, friends, distractions, holidays... But for those of us who are planning and building tiny houses what we really need is motivation, inspiration, and accountability to get our tiny houses done. That's exactly why I started Tiny House Engage!
    Tiny House Engage is an online community that brings together tiny dreamers, builders, and dwellers to inspire and support each other as we build tiny together. In Tiny House Engage, people are celebrating wins and navigating our challenges together. Let's face it: planning, building, and living tiny can be lonely. Tiny House Engage is a 24/7 online community designed to connect you with fellow tiny housers, get your questions answered, get inspired, feel that accountability, and progress toward your goal of living tiny.
    I really look forward to connecting with you in Tiny House Engage and watching as your tiny house dreams progress into tiny house reality. Head on over to thetinyhouse.net/engage to learn more.

    • 49 min
    Deep Dive into Natural Building

    Deep Dive into Natural Building

    If you've been listening to the show for a while, you may recognize the name Natalie Bogwalker because she's been a guest in the past! Natalie is a wealth of knowledge about natural building techniques. In today's show, we are going to do a deep dive into two natural building techniques: slip straw and hempcrete. I went in knowing nothing about these and I asked really basic questions and Natalie really did a wonderful job explaining everything. Natalie also tells us all about how her online building school, Wild Abundance, had to shift to online learning during the pandemic and how she's now created what sounds like a pretty amazing online tiny house building course.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/170

    In This Episode:
    How Wild Abundance adapted and thrived during the pandemicAre online classes as effective as in-person classes?Slip straw vs cob: what's the difference?Natalie explains the slip straw techniqueShould you use slip straw in your THOW?What is hempcrete?Why we need to be using thatched roofsThis Week's Sponsor: Tiny House Engage

     Tiny House Engage is a really special online place where you can connect with other tiny house hopefuls, people who are DIY building their tiny houses, buying tiny houses, and even living the tiny house lifestyle. 

    It's a really supportive community and there are a lot of cool features and bonuses that you get when you are a member of Tiny House Engage, one of which is that you are actually able to listen live as I interview all the podcast guests and you are even able to submit questions for the show. You'll hear in this conversation with Natalie that there are actually some really great questions that I was able to ask on behalf of Tiny House Engage members and I would love to be able to do the same for you.
    If you'd like to learn more and get on the waitlist to be notified when Tiny House Engage goes live on Tuesday, head over to thetinyhouse.net/engage. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Finding and Creating Tiny Home Community with Betsy Barbour

    Finding and Creating Tiny Home Community with Betsy Barbour

     My Guest today is Betsy Barbour. Betsy’s tiny dreams began in 2017. After downsizing and selling her condominium, she moved into her 200 sqft tiny home in 2019. She has since lived in 3 unique communities in 2 states. Betsy has become passionate about tiny house advocacy and community development. On today’s show, we’ll talk about the different kinds of communities that Betsy has found, the wins and challenges that tiny living has presented for Betsy, and more.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/169

    In This Episode:
    Betsy's tiny house storyHow Tiny Circles are helping build tiny house communitiesIs your tiny home really built for all seasons?Not all SIPs are created equalThe long road(trip) to tiny house advocacy in RV parksWhat it's like to live in a tiny house communityBuild your community before you need itReasons you may want to rethink the loftThis 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 $100 off the TwinTemp Junior plus free shipping.

    • 46 min
    What is the Tiny House Mindset? How to Pursue the Tiny House Lifestyle with Intention

    What is the Tiny House Mindset? How to Pursue the Tiny House Lifestyle with Intention

    Can developing the tiny house mindset help you start tiny living sooner? What is the tiny house mindset anyway? My guest Angela Barnard is not only a tiny dweller but a life and career coach who specializes in helping people change the direction of their lives. IN this interview, Angela gives us the Be - Act - Have framework and explains how to use it to become a tiny dweller… even if you‘re not living tiny yet! I was really inspired by this conversation and I think you will be too!

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/168

    In This Episode:
    You can entertain in your tiny home without feeling crampedAre you doing it backward? Angela's tips for living intentionallyWhich habits set tiny homeowners apart?Becoming who you want to be using the power of your mindHow Angela financed her tiny homeUsing your tiny home mindset in other areas of your lifeWhat do values have to do with home design?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 $100 off the TwinTemp Junior plus free shipping.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
130 Ratings

130 Ratings

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.

Sherra454 ,

Always informative

The podcast with Zack Griffin was exceptional and so informative on so many levels. Thank you Ethan for another great show!

I’ve been listening to Ethan’s podcast for over a year... l even listen to some episodes more than once. I’m always learning something new about tiny homes and the lifestyle.

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