- Life Skills
I had the pleasure of interviewing Zoe Who Erickson. As a recent graduate from Northwester Health Science University, she displays wisdom beyond her years and inspires us to live sustainably through the mindfulness of yoga. Zoe became a yoga instructor at age 17 and since then she has mastered her craft with unique class structures, meditations and individualized instruction. She notes Eckhart Tolle’s books as a catalyst in bringing even more mindfulness into yoga and allows her to live in the present moment, rather than the past or future. By doing so she has been able to heal herself and assist in healing her clientele by embodying living in the present. Read More
Ryan Ott is the owner of Midwest Tiny Living LLC. Based in Minnesota, Ryan brings a lifetime of experience and experiments to the tiny house community. His approach is to custom build tiny homes for the clients he serves which helps them make the transition in a way that works best for them. This technique, he feels, is the best way to ensure a successful transition from living in large rooms to living in a large world.[clickToTweet tweet="Ryan Ott is helping people to find is the best way to ensure a successful transition from living in large rooms to living in a large world. Listen to the Sustainable Living Podcast" quote="Ryan Ott is helping people to find is the best way to ensure a successful transition from living in large rooms to living in a large world."]
We discuss all things tiny houses including pricing, planning, building, and parking. Ryan gives us an insider view of tiny house building and inspires us to think about the tiny house movement as a bigger goal of home ownership. Ryan gives practical advice on how to plan efficiently and what to consider before finalizing your design. He does a great job explaining the difference between RV’s (which I accidentally call mobile homes), and tiny houses. From insulation to size and practicality, Ryan gives us the insight you need to make an informed decision about building a tiny house. With personal experience in living in a tiny house and camper, I can attest to his assessment of the pros and cons to both.
We dive into what it takes to make a tiny house and why prices vary from state to state. There is a growing confusion with tiny houses prices with most information coming from tiny house television shows. Ryan gives a step-by-step explanation of the cost of materials and how quickly they add up but also assures potential tiny homeowners costs can be decreased easily with used materials, sweat equity, fewer windows, smaller trailer and used appliances. He encourages you to build to the 98% of your life, by making sure your daily needs are met. He gives a great example of a bathtub being an unnecessary item if you take a bath twice a year or a huge kitchen if you only seat more than a few people on holidays. His practical planning advice will assure you design and build the tiny home that best fits your needs and wants.[clickToTweet tweet="Ryan Ott encourages you to build to the 98% of your life, by making sure your daily needs are met. Listen to episode 127 of The Sustainable Living podcat" quote="Ryan Ott encourages you to build to the 98% of your life, by making sure your daily needs are met."]
Financial freedom is a big part of the discussion as we discuss how tiny houses will save you a lot of money in the long run with no mortgage, small utility bills and low maintenance costs. Tiny homes are one piece of the puzzle for finding new ways to offer affordable houses. This may require some trailblazers to get zoning regulations changed in their area, as well as finding ways to build them up to a specific code to allow more parking spot options. When it comes to parking Ryan believes we all deserve to follow our dreams and live where we want to live and thrive.
You can find Ryan on his website at
You can also find him on Instagram and Facebook @MidwesttinylivingFind out more about Emily and her Tiny Home experience here http://sustainablelivingpodcast.com/tiny-house-family/ And hear how Collen Valles prepared for her move http://sustainablelivingpodcast.com/moving-to-a-tiny-house/
Technology is a passion of mine. I am a futurist and a technologist. I am very optimistic about the future because of all the technological innovations that we will see in the next few decades. We are living in a digital world. Each day more of society enters this realm. I help others to embrace and understand what is taking place. Managing information is at the core of this transition. Companies/Individuals are best served to step back to take a broad spectrum view. Some of the exciting developments: