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The Tiny House Movement (Video)

Curious about tiny homes? You’re not alone, because the tiny house movement continues to gather steam, and more people take up the tiny house challenge every year, thanks in no small part to the power of the internet and social media.

It wasn’t that long ago that tiny homes were just a cool fringe idea that existed, for the most part, only in books and magazines, but with the explosion in websites, blogs, video sharing sites, curated bookmarks (such as Pinterest), and other digital media tools, access to tiny house articles, videos, and galleries are now just a click or two away.

The interest in making the move to a tiny house can arise for a variety of reasons, ranging from the economic to the emotional. Some people are interested in the tiny house movement for financial reasons (tiny homes are cheaper to build or buy than a conventional house), others for environmental reasons (living in a tiny house can drastically reduce your carbon footprint) or practical reasons (such as trying to move toward a minimalist lifestyle or toward living more intentionally), and still others like the tiny house concept for a combination of all those reasons.

In this talk from TEDxColoradoSprings, tiny house builder Andrew Morrison shares his journey to tiny house freedom in just under 17 minutes:

Tiny House Movement | Andrew Morrison | TEDxColoradoSprings

Morrison has been in the tiny house movement for a long time, teaching tiny house workshops for about 10 years, and has been a professional builder for 20 years, so he’s got plenty of practical experience in the art of tiny house construction. His website, Tiny House Build, offers a free 7-day email tiny house course, as well as his 4-DVD how-to guide ($59.97) and plans for his hOMe, a modern 207 sf tiny house on wheels ($99-$299).

Here’s a tour of the couple’s tiny home:

Couple Builds Own Tiny House on Wheels in 4 Months

Related: Follow along with this tiny house build on Vancouver Island

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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