Hello everyone! Welcome to my tiny house blog. Building a tiny house has been quite an interesting journey that lead to public speaking engagements and cameos in two documentaries. It also allowed me to live in California despite its insanely huge rent prices and inadequate salaries.
I took me 3 years to design and save for this house during which time I did massive amounts of research. It took under two months to build the outer shell and another 2 years of evenings and weekends to finish the inside. I have been living in it now for 8.5 years as of January 2019.
I have lectured at two Sunset festivals in the south bay and at the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco (AIASF) https://www.aiasf.org/page/about
I have written for The Tiny House Blog which is Kent Griswold’s amazingly inspiring site. His blog is what inspired me to get this project going. Check out my article about plumbing: http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house/tiny-civilized-life/ (My friend Paul suggested a hilariously different title for my article on tiny house indoor plumbing and the pursuit of a civilized life: “The continuing saga of fecal redistribution in compact living modalities”. His title is way better and I have writers envy now. Here is an article about a million tiny orange tiles: http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house/just-can-build-house/
I was in radio show interview, a BBC documentary and a film that was featured at the Napa Film Festival. I conducted a half hour Q & A at the Napa Film Festival on November 15th Here is an article about the filmmakers: http://www.salon.com/2013/11/14/tiny_houses_cute_environmentally_friendly_and_sometimes_illegal/
Here is my Q & A session at the Napa Film Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JjcuMPGHpQ
Reportedly the film played on Al-Jazeera. So some of my 15 minutes of fame will be on Al-Jazeera? Whaaat?!
In the BBC documentary I’m featured right after Jay Schaffer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16348594
If you want to see the building and planning process check out the posts listed in the column to the right.
Most recent posting is on the top. Start at the bottom and watch the house grow.
Here is a very early picture of my house along side a more recent one.
“Small rooms and dwellings set the mind on the right path,
large ones cause it to go astray.” Leonardo Da Vinci
And now for a big dose of GRATITUDE!
I want thank all of you for your love and moral and technical support, your patience, inspiration and belief in me. Thanks to my brother and sister in law for helping me win the money for the very first house purchase- the hardwood floor, at the craps table in Vegas. Thanks to all those lovely people who made me believe I could actually pull this off. I quite literally could not have done this without you. And thanks for not laughing at me or making me feel as crazy as I was already feeling for fixating on this absurdly creative project. That is you Doritt, Abe and Matt and all the lifelong friends who could see I was seriously obsessed and stubborn enough to make it happen. Thanks to you, tiny house builders who came before, who showed me it could be done and even explained how to do it live or on the internet. Thanks to the lovely people of Napa for not running me out of town, for letting me camp in your shopping center and to the campground folks who took pity and let me bathe. Thanks Re-stores (before you got overly proud of your stuff and started charging waaaay too much), thanks to craigslist for helping me find tools, materials and a place to park the finished product. Thanks to all the trees and wildlife of the land that has been my home for just under a decade. I finally got the bucolic bliss I had been longing for since childhood. Thanks to the unseen forces for getting me through those difficult moments when I stood quietly crying in a hardware store because I couldn’t figure out what to get, and for helping me figure out how to do stuff I had no idea how to do.
I am grateful for you all!
I guess I took old Bucky literally and built me a new model.
No more crappy, over priced, moldy, noisy, substandard, apartments, ever again!