To compost or not to compost...


Last night during our #TinyHouseChat on Twitter, we had a lively discussion about composting toilets. There is still a lot of mystery and a little fear about the whole concept. I think some still equate composting toilets with the old outhouses of years gone by. Well, nothing can be farther from the current reality of composting. When done properly, it can be a viable solution for those who want to live off the grid and have the freedom that a tiny house affords. One good read on the subject is the Humanure Handbook.


We recommend the book and it is considered the ultimate authority on the subject. There are some modern versions of the composting toilet that are worthy of exploration.

Check out this one by Envirolet:


This is an engineering marvel. It comes in 2 electric and 1 non-electric models and is easy to install. One thing I really like about this company is that they provide a gallery so you can see the toilets that their customers installed. You can see it here. Check out the images and the details about this option and let me know what you think in the comments.


Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 19, 2012

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Candice Builds a Tiny House

Here is another home built by one of our past workshop attendees.
Candice put so much time and energy into her build and it shows:



Our 2-day workshop can help you to turn your tiny house dreams into reality. Check out our locations here.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 19, 2012

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Elizabeth Turnbull’s Tiny House

Just
recently, one of our customers asked me if the workshops really lead people to build their own homes. As you would expect, I always say  yes it does. Here's an example of someone who went to a workshop and then built their own. Check out Elizabeth Turnbull's  house.


It's
good to note that Elizabeth's house is not based on our plans. But that's the point, isn't it? We love that people come to our workshop and get inspired during the Design session on Sunday to build their own.


You can read more about her build here. Make sure to take advantage of our current discounts on our workshops.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 11, 2012

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Is there a Bodega in your future?



Did you know that the Bodega plans are on sale
this month? It's the smallest of our houses on foundations but it's big
on style. I personally would love to have one with the half loft. Image
how cool that cathedral ceiling would look like in the living room?
Make sure you get your hands on the plans before the month is over. If
you could build a Bodega, where would you put it? What modifications
would you make? Would you add the extra bedroom?

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 07, 2012

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A Little Yellow Fencl in the California Sun

For all
of you who wonder if you could build your own Tumbleweed with little to
no building experience, I'd like you to meet Ella and her Little Yellow
Fencl:


You will love her story. First of all, where can we get neighbor like hers? You've got to read this post. How kind! Ella really lets you in on the process and it shows in every post. Oh, and the pics? AMAZING!





Did you catch this one important detail in her first post? Ella went to the workshop we held in Los Angeles.
We strongly believe that going to the workshop in your area is
an essential first-step if you intend to build a Tumbleweed. Be sure to grab a seat in a city near you.
We'll be adding more cities in the coming months. In the meantime,
spend a few minutes (or hours) checking out Ella's build. No building
skills? No problem! Go Ella, go!

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — January 07, 2012

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