Upcoming Workshops

Guess what time it is...based on the title of the post, you probably already guessed it ;) WORKSHOP TIME!!!!

If you are located in the Pacific Northwest & are considering building a tiny house, you might want to check out some upcoming workshops being offered by Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD).  Malissa & I have had the pleasure of taking part in several of their workshops in the past & feel they are a great resource for anyone considering building a tiny house!

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Tiny Chair Workshop: Hands-On Building Instruction

Portland, Oregon – Saturday, January 25, 2014

$125

Are you interested in building a tiny house, but don’t know where to start? How about a tiny chair! If you want to take on a bigger building project, but are nervous about using power tools correctly, this introductory workshop is for you. Start small by building yourself a simple, comfortable, tiny chair that folds up and stows away when you don’t need it. It’s perfect tiny house furniture, and travels well for picnics and day 

 

Tiny House Basics Workshop: Introduction to Design and Building

Portland, Oregon – February 1st & 2nd, 2014

$325 

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Do you dream about building a tiny house on wheels, designed just for you?  Do you picture it in your backyard, or nested into a community of sorts, or resting out in the country where you can finally hear yourself think?  Then this workshop is for you!

Our 2-day Tiny House Basics Workshop is comprehensive but entry-level, introducing you to the unique design and building principles that apply to a house. We’ll address:

  • Case studies of tiny houses and pocket neighborhoods
  • Cultivating home—the place and the people who make community.
  • Navigating codes, insurance, and regulations.
  • Tiny house building basics, including how to properly anchor a stick-built structure to a trailer.
  • Tiny house building science, including moisture control, ventilation, heating, and cooling.
  • Tiny house systems, including electrical, gas, and water systems.

The workshop includes both classroom-style learning and the chance to explore a tiny house. The topics we discuss are brought to life with a tour of pocket community.

The instructors are Dee Williams and Joan Grimm of PAD, Lina Menard of Niche Consulting, and other experts in energy efficiency and tiny house living.

This workshop will leave you confident and empowered, holding the three things you need most to start you out on your path toward tiny:

  • A sound understanding of the considerations for designing and building a tiny house
  • A variety of options and considerations for the systems you might want to include in your little home
  • An understanding of how to connect with resources and get help with your project
  • A connection to other like-minded tiny house enthusiasts, proving once and for all that you are not 
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Photos from around the house.

Thought I would share some photos from the past few weeks, in the tiny house.

We decorated the house with holiday fun! Some christmas lights and garland to help make the house more cozy, during the holiday season.

We decorated the house with holiday fun! Some christmas lights and garland to help make the house more cozy, during the holiday season.

Seth hanging out, waiting for the sun to reach him… he moves for no one.

Seth hanging out, waiting for the sun to reach him… he moves for no one.

We got SNOW! It didn't last very long, about 24 hours or so… not to bad for the area. Mind you, when the solar panels are covered in snow, they don't work so much. Another reason why they are not mounted to our roof, it would be a challenge o maintain them. During the winter months we usually are hooked up to the grid, but from April till October, we run on Solar!

We got SNOW! It didn't last very long, about 24 hours or so… not to bad for the area. Mind you, when the solar panels are covered in snow, they don't work so much. Another reason why they are not mounted to our roof, it would be a challenge o maintain them. During the winter months we usually are hooked up to the grid, but from April till October, we run on Solar!

Christmas presents for Chris! I used the paper from some paper bags we had and string for the wrapping. :)

Christmas presents for Chris! I used the paper from some paper bags we had and string for the wrapping. :)

Seth was very interested in what Chris was unwrapping. He sure did have fun playing with the string once the gift was opened.

Seth was very interested in what Chris was unwrapping. He sure did have fun playing with the string once the gift was opened.

Food jars!

Food jars!

Seth staying toasty in the tiny house. This is his favorite spot to hang out in the morning, right before breakfast and again before dinner… I see a trend...

Seth staying toasty in the tiny house. This is his favorite spot to hang out in the morning, right before breakfast and again before dinner… I see a trend...

My orange scarf draped over the ladder… this method works for keeping Seth out of the loft. He has been itching a lot lately and spreading hair all over. We would find ourselves waking up with hair in our noses and eyes. So, for now, he sleeps down on the first level.

My orange scarf draped over the ladder… this method works for keeping Seth out of the loft. He has been itching a lot lately and spreading hair all over. We would find ourselves waking up with hair in our noses and eyes. So, for now, he sleeps down on the first level.

He's happy to sleep wherever in the house! He looks so cozy!

He's happy to sleep wherever in the house! He looks so cozy!

Seth gets very playful just after dinner, and he really knows how to play. This is the look he gives us, right before he's about to take off running down to the bathroom.

Seth gets very playful just after dinner, and he really knows how to play. This is the look he gives us, right before he's about to take off running down to the bathroom.

Making his favorite breakfast on his day off… pancakes! But not just any kind of pancake… chocolate chip, walnut and blueberry pancakes!!! Yum! Oh yeah, he gets cold in the morning… even when it's 70 degrees in the house, haha

Making his favorite breakfast on his day off… pancakes! But not just any kind of pancake… chocolate chip, walnut and blueberry pancakes!!! Yum! Oh yeah, he gets cold in the morning… even when it's 70 degrees in the house, haha

Another pic of the sleeping beauty. This has become his favorite sleeping spot in the house. We are also growing an Avocado plant from one of the seeds out of an avocado we ate. It has been a fun adventure! 

Another pic of the sleeping beauty. This has become his favorite sleeping spot in the house. We are also growing an Avocado plant from one of the seeds out of an avocado we ate. It has been a fun adventure! 

Chris making a fresh batch of home brewed Kombucha! He has separated the mother from the jar and coving it in some of the liquid.

Chris making a fresh batch of home brewed Kombucha! He has separated the mother from the jar and coving it in some of the liquid.

Our Kombucha mother! It grows twice it's size every month, so if anyone wants a starter for some Kombucha, let me know. :)

Our Kombucha mother! It grows twice it's size every month, so if anyone wants a starter for some Kombucha, let me know. :)

Starting to bottle the Kombucha! We decided to go with blueberries for this batch. In the past we have done nectarine, pear, ginger and peach.

Starting to bottle the Kombucha! We decided to go with blueberries for this batch. In the past we have done nectarine, pear, ginger and peach.

The Kombucha will sit out for a few days to get nice and bubbly, then we move it to the fridge for a few more days… then enjoy!

The Kombucha will sit out for a few days to get nice and bubbly, then we move it to the fridge for a few more days… then enjoy!

Happy Winter from Christopher and myself!

Happy Winter from Christopher and myself!

Guest Blog Post

As Malissa & I are interested in seeing the tiny house movement gain momentum, we find the topic of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's) to be very interesting. We have come in contact with a company in California that manages the construction of ADU's & found it appropriate to have a guest post on our blog. Enjoy!

Hello fans of the Tack family.  My name is Sean Wallace and I work for a company called New Avenue located in Berkeley, CA.  We focus on managing the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (also known as in-law units).  I happened upon the Tacks’ blog and was thoroughly impressed by the photography and the care that went into making their tiny house a reality.  At New Avenue we love the idea of living your life in the optimal sized space, whether that be a 140 square foot tiny house with wheels, or a 500+ square foot backyard cottage.  With that in mind, I would like to talk a little bit about what the Tacks’ did that New Avenue could benefit from and to share a backyard cottage we built that has a footprint of approximately 250 square feet that could be categorized as a “near-tiny” house located in Berkeley, CA.

The Tacks’ house is particularly impressive to us at New Avenue because there are several design aspects that can translate to larger backyard cottages.  One example is the amount of space dedicated to living area in the Tacks’ house.  They made an effort to have a relatively large kitchen and living area compared to their bedroom because this makes the home seem more spacious and allows for more room to do things that are active, unlike sleeping.  With the building codes that many cities have our Accessory Dwelling Units are often limited in square footage and this design approach could prove beneficial for New Avenue homes.  

For more examples of the Tacks’ design features that we find particularly awesome please check out this link to New Avenue’s website - http://newavenuehomes.com/estate/project/876/ 

Where the purpose of building a tiny house is usually along the lines of decreasing your carbon footprint and environmental impact, decreasing housing costs, doing away with a mortgage, or allowing yourself the freedom to move your home (if you built a model on a trailer) the purpose of an ADU is to either gain supplemental income through rent or to build a space where family members can live close to one another.  At New Avenue we make sure to showcase some of the environmentally friendly aspects that tiny house living shares with our ADUs along with the practical elements that initially attract people to these backyard homes.

Let’s talk more about Karen’s cottage. Karen is a professor living in Berkeley, CA. She lives with her daughter in a beautiful two bedroom one bath home. Karen had the following needs: An independent home for an aging relative who lives with her for several months per year, a sanctuary for her own work, a guest house for a steady stream of family and friends and a little extra income.  We worked with Karen to fulfill these practical needs and she was happy to customize the design and add several green upgrades. 

Check out this documentary clip focused on Karen’s cottage - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMAAWABynns 

At the end of the day this cottage looks and feels similar to a tiny home like the Tacks’, except it’s in the shadow of a pretty standard larger home.  If an ADU could suit your lifestyle like a tiny house suits the Tacks, then feel free to contact New Avenue at http://newavenuehomes.com/contact/ to get started.  Above is a selection of pictures showcasing Karen’s backyard cottage.

 

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Tiny House Community Resource

As many of you may already know, there are many great tiny house resources popping up across the internet. One that I was recently introduced to is Tiny House Love. It is run by a young couple (Khala & Jaime)

 

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One resource I thought may help people is a "Building Checklist" post on their blog . Since planning is such a large part of building a tiny house, this may be a good place for many of you to start.

 

Like many, Khala & Jaime are looking to make their dream of building a tiny house a reality. If you would like to support them, they have a place to help on gofundme.

Open House at the Bayside Bungalow

If you have always wanted to visit a tiny house but never had the opportunity, here it is! Brittany Yunker owner of the Bayside Bungalow in Olympia WA has invited you over on Sunday, August 18. Information below!

 

Exterior of the Bayside Bungalow, Olympia WA

Exterior of the Bayside Bungalow, Olympia WA

Many people over the past year have asked if they could see the Bayside Bungalow and check out the tiny little house that I now rent out as a vacation rental.  Alas, the time has come for a (tiny) Open House!

Are you interested in exploring, testing, touching, trying, photographing, peeing in (the composting toilet - duh!), measuring & learning more about tiny houses?  Then this is for you!  Learn about how it was built, why I decided to build it, how it works, what goes in (water, electricity & food) and how it all comes out (gray water, urine-diverting toilet system), and most of all - does it fit YOU?  Bring on the questions!  Bring a sketchpad, measuring tape & camera & explore this tiny house.

What: Open House at the Bayside Bungalow tiny house vacation rental
When: Sunday, August 18, 2pm-6pm
Where: The Bayside Bungalow in Olympia, WA
Your host: Brittany Yunker, builder & owner of the Bayside Bungalow

For directions & more info, photos, or to make a reservation, visit www.baysidebungalow.com


Please invite a friend & swing by!  I look forward to meeting you.

Cheers,

Brittany Yunker

 

Bayside Bungalow Interior

Bayside Bungalow Interior

View from the loft in the Bayside Bungalow

View from the loft in the Bayside Bungalow