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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 • 131 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.

    Developing Global Building Standards for Tiny Homes: Tiny House Alliance USA on the ASTM Opportunity

    Developing Global Building Standards for Tiny Homes: Tiny House Alliance USA on the ASTM Opportunity

    Janet and I have been talking for a while and we've decided that it's finally time to pull back the curtain on the efforts that she has been working on for the last several months and do an interview on the Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast. Janet is the Founder, President, and Treasurer of Tiny House Alliance USA and is currently leading an exploratory initiative to develop new global building standards with ASTM. Before your eyes glaze over, I encourage you to stick with this show because Janet does a great job of explaining what ASTM International is, what standards are, how they would impact the tiny house building industry, dwellers, DIYers, not just in the United States or North America, but in the entire world. It's a really exciting effort. I think there's a lot of potential here and we need more people to get involved. We need advocates and stakeholders to join the process and I'm excited about it!

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/181


    In This Episode:
    What is ASTM and what do they do?Codes vs Standards and their effects on everythingHow ASTM works and who is involvedThe stakeholders that are involved in the global building standards effortMaking sure that codes and standards don't conflictThe ICC and their relationship with tiny homesCould tiny houses and cannabis have some things in common?About Janet's tiny home villageThis 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!

    • 48 min
    The ADU Revolution and What it Means for Tiny Homes

    The ADU Revolution and What it Means for Tiny Homes

    Kol Peterson has been on the forefront of ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) development and advocacy for at least the last 10 years in Portland, Oregon. But don't worry! This conversation applies to ADUs at least everywhere in the United States, if not beyond. Kol is a really great thinker, is whip-smart, quite funny, and passionate about ADUs. In this conversation, we dive into why Kol sees ADUs as such an incredible opportunity for solving the housing crisis. We also talk about what's happening in Portland as it relates to tiny houses, probably making Portland the most tiny house-friendly city in the country.

    Full Show Notes: https://www.thetinyhouse.net/kol-peterson
    Guest Bio:
     
    Kol Peterson is an ADU expert based in Portland, Oregon, who has helped catalyze the exponential growth of ADUs in Portland over the last decade through ADU advocacy, education, consulting, policy work, and entrepreneurship through his company, Accessory Dwelling Strategies LLC. He is the author of Backdoor Revolution-The Definitive Guide to ADU Development. He is the owner of Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, the first tiny house hotel in the world, and organizer of Portland’s popular ADU Tour. He consults with homeowners about ADUs on their property and teaches ADU classes for homeowners and for real estate agents in Oregon, Washington, and California. He also co-runs ADU Academy and the ADU Specialist designation for professionals with Earth Advantage. He edits and manages AccessoryDwellings.org and BuildinganADU.com.
    Kol developed and lived in a detached new construction ADU in 2011, and developed a basement/garage conversion ADU in 2018. He has a master's degree in environmental planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to his ADU work, Kol worked in the federal government for ten years in Washington, DC, and Portland, Oregon.

    Our Sponsor: Tiny House Engage

    When you listen to my conversation with Kol, you'll notice that I actually ask Kol a question that came in from Tiny House Engage. That's because Tiny House Engage members get to listen to these while I record these podcast episodes and ask questions of my guests. It's a really great way to get an inside look at the Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast and also benefit from the amazing array of talented guests that we have on the podcast. Registration is open until Tuesday and you can learn everything you need to know about Tiny House Engage at thetinyhouse.net/engage.

    • 50 min
    Tiny Houses for Veterans with Veteran's Community Project

    Tiny Houses for Veterans with Veteran's Community Project

    I love finding out about new ways that tiny homes are being used to help people that are in need and the Veterans Community Project is an incredibly impressive organization that has accomplished a ton in just a few short years, including 49 tiny homes for veterans on a piece of property that they now own! Vincent Morales has been there from the start and together we go through the organization's history, what they do, how they settled on tiny houses, and how everything works with the Veterans Community Project. This is a really inspiring conversation and I'm so grateful that there are people like Vincent out there doing the work that they're doing.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/179
    In This Episode:
    What does VCP do and who do they serveUsing tiny homes as the first step to healingAdvantages of a therapeutic space for PTSDHow veterans transition out of the tiny house villageWhy the community doesn't have a laundry roomHow can veterans get in touch with VCP?This Week's Sponsor: Tiny House Engage

    As you'll hear in this interview community is so important - and not just in helping people to heal, but in helping people to thrive and move forward. That's why I started my online community called Tiny House Engage. Tiny House Engage is a place where tiny dreamers, tiny planners, people building their own tiny houses, and even people living tiny come together to support one another on their own tiny house journeys. Registration only opens every 4-6 weeks and that date is coming up!

    Tiny House Engage opens this coming Tuesday and you can find out all the details at thetinyhouse.net/engage. Even if you visit that page before Tuesday you can sign up to be notified when the doors to Tiny House Engage open. 

    • 47 min
    How to Convert a Shed to a Tiny Home

    How to Convert a Shed to a Tiny Home

    Katy Zientek's tiny house caught my eye, when I learned that it was actually a shed that was converted into a tiny house. I have a very popular blog post about how to convert a shed to a tiny house, but I have never interviewed someone on the show who actually did it. Enter Katie, Katie and her husband took a shed that was built in the 1980s on their grandparents property, and turned it into a gorgeous Pinterest worthy tiny house. In this conversation, we go through all the basics, like how they did the floors, what they had to do to the walls, the ceilings, why they chose to add a porch, and all of the details that went into converting a shed into a tiny house.

    In this episode:
    How they converted a shed to a tiny home in 9 monthsWhat does it take to turn a shed into a house?Sleeping arrangements for a family of fourPlan the location of your appliances before you begin your buildSponsor:

    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.

    • 29 min
    The Beginner's Guide to Tiny Houses

    The Beginner's Guide to Tiny Houses

     Alexis and Christian are returning to the show and so much has happened since Episode 12, their first appearance on the Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast. For one thing, they have actually been staying put in their tiny house for the last two years and they are about to publish a new book, The Beginner's Guide to Tiny Houses. In this interview, we will catch up, learn about the new book and other projects that they're working on, and also talk about some of the exciting things that have been happening in 2021 for the tiny house movement. This is a wide-ranging interview and Alexis and Christian are like friendly, personable encyclopedias who know just about everything about the tiny house movement and what's happening.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/177

    In This Episode:
    Catching up with Alexis and ChristianNomad vs Homebase: the benefits of settling after 4 years on the roadFinding parking for their house built before Appendix QAlexis and Christian wrote a new book!What's new for Tiny House Expedition?Huge wins for tiny home advocates in 2021Living Tiny Legally Part 3 is happening!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.

    • 37 min
    Talking Tiny Home Renovations

    Talking Tiny Home Renovations

    This week I am bringing you another show that I was a guest on. This time with the House Maven Katharine MacPhail on her show, Talking Home Renovations. Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is an educational and entertaining podcast that will ease your fears if you are planning a home renovation and are worried that you don't know what you're doing. Katharine had me on the show to talk about renovating tiny homes. It was a great conversation and I think you'll enjoy this week's show.

    Full show notes and images at thetinyhouse.net/176
    In This Episode:
    A tiny home build can be more challenging than a traditional homeWhy would you need to renovate a house so small?Does a tiny house fall apart when it's moved?Appendix Q: what it is and why it's neededTiny home trendsWould it really be cheaper to buy a used tiny house and renovate it?

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 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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