Episode 142

Building a Tiny House

by Emily Gerde

Isabelle Nagel-Brice is a tiny house consultant, guiding people through the different phases of their builds.  She has put together The Healthy Tiny House Kit, which she offers to DIY and professional builders looking to build a chemical-free and healthy tiny home with continuous fresh air ventilation. Continue reading

Episode 140

Drawbacks of Tiny House Living

We all know how much Emily loves living in a small space but are there any drawbacks to tiny house living?

In this conversation, we are exploring some of the issues Emily discovered after they made the move to their tiny home.

Just to be clear, Emily is now as much in love with her tiny home as she was in previous episodes. Maybe even more so since she is currently living in a camper. Moving back to her tiny house will feel like living in a palace.

Some of the drawbacks of tiny house living we touched on:

  • It is difficult to exercise at home – not enough space to stretch out your arms fully.
  • There is a learning curve to maneuvering in the kitchen when there is more than one person and knives involved.
  • The water tank needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. If it is installed with limited access, that can be difficult.
  • A tiny house can get messy and dirty very quickly – on the bright side: pick up and clean up is fast too.
  • Parking legally is an issue in many areas.
  • Starting plants indoors is almost impossible.
  • If you have hobbies which require lots of materials, storage needs to be well thought out.
  • The number one question Emily gets: What about privacy and being intimate when you have kids…

Drawbacks of Tiny House

Emily feels that she and her husband prepared themselves quite thoroughly before making the move. But there are things she would do differently now if they were to build another house. For example, she would install gutters on her home.

They technically would make the house wider that the regulations for being on the road allow, but she doubts that it would be an issue. Alternatively, the gutters could be installed in a way that they can be removed for transport.

She highly recommends spending some time in a tiny home before making a decision to move into one. Not everyone likes to live in a small space. Also, staying in one for a bit will give some clarity about what works for a person and what does not.

Luckily, there are more and more tiny house festivals where one has a chance to look at different homes and talk to the people who live in them. And renting one for a mini vacation is also a good way to get a feel for what life would be like.

Emily feels that the most difficult part of going small is to let go of items we have an emotional attachment to.

Overall, Emily has no doubt in her mind that the benefits far outway the drawbacks of tiny house living.

 

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Episode 138

Sustainable Outdoor Sports

Pia Piscitelli, our sustainable travel expert, examines in this month’s segment the impact of outdoor sports on our environment. Many of us love to be outside whenever we can.

The beaches are calling us to try out surfing. Or maybe you prefer camping in the mountains? Both are great and both have one thing in common: Equipment is needed. Continue reading

Episode 133 – Art Laubach and the Tiny House Festival

by Emily Gerde

I had a wonderful interview with Art Laubach, the organizer of the Tiny House Festival, where we discuss all things tiny houses from a builder’s perspective. Art mentions tiny homes being one of the great options to minimizing our environmental impact due to the few materials, utilities and space needed for them in society. Continue reading

Episode 132

Emily’s Update on Tiny Home Living and More

Marianne & I (Emily) had a great conversation where I update her on our exciting adventures since our last interview in episode 116. We start with my new book that is now out and available wherever books are sold. Minimalist Living For a Maximum Life is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Minimalist-Living-Maximum-Life-Simple/dp/1944833390, I am working on getting it as an audiobook and an online version. In the book, I share our journey to minimalist living and simplifying our lives. I also discuss ways to live a mindful, organic, holistic lifestyle that heals your mind body and soul.  Continue reading

Emily Gerde – Guest CoHost

Guest CoHost Emily Gerde presents Ryan Ott. He is a professional builder and has helped many people to fulfill their dream to build a tiny home. In this interview, we learn about the cost involved in building a tiny home and much, much more. If you are dreaming to own one in the future, this podcast will prepare you to ask all the right questions and make a plan before you spend any money. Best to do it right from the beginning.

Know How to Ask the Right Questions

by Emily Gerde

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.

 

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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.

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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

https://midwesttinyliving.com/optin-17461619

You can also find him on Instagram and Facebook @Midwesttinyliving

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Find out more about Emily and her Tiny Home experience here

A Tiny House for a Family

And hear how Collen Valles prepared for her move

Moving to a Tiny House