We were two of those wanna-be tiny house people three years ago; we were pretty sure we wanted to build a tiny house, but not at all sure how to make that dream a reality. We attended the Tiny House Conference in Charlotte, NC, that year and came away with construction know-how, trailer pros and cons, design pointers, storage solutions and a community of resources. Just as important, we came away from the conference with the enthusiasm and confidence to get started. We returned home, ordered a trailer and started preparing our site and plotting out our house on graph paper.
This April marks 18 months of living in our THOW. We've learned so much designing, building and living in our house—and we look forward to sharing all that with the next generation of tiny house dwellers. Our talks will be on composting toilets (get the scoop on poop!) and tiny house budget and finance (if there's a will, there IS a way). We'll also be on hand all weekend to talk, answer questions and hear about other projects.
What (besides us!) can you expect at this year's conference?
A slate of experienced speakers addressing all aspects of tiny house living. Ethan Waldman, of The Tiny House, on lifestyle design and tiny house utilities. Andrew Morrison, building guru at tinyHouseBuild.com, with basic and advanced building techniques. Kristie Wolfe, creator of three magical tiny projects, with tips on design. And many more!
Plus, you'll be able to tour a variety of tiny houses parked on site for the event. We toured our first tiny house at the 2014 conference and I can't emphasize enough what a difference it makes to walk through a few tiny layouts before you start sketching your own pocket palace. We borrowed ideas about storage and sink size and building materials (just to name a few) from the houses we toured. The mix of DIY and professional builds will give you a good idea of what's possible.
Dreaming of building all (or part) of your house yourself? Come on Friday for Tool School, where building pros show you the ropes. You'll use a table saw, a miter saw, nail gun, sawmill, drill, impact driver, router, grinding wheel and more under the direction of an expert building.
And, if that's not enough enticement, the conference offers countless opportunities to network with like-minded humans; find resources for your build or buy and pick the brains of people who are already living and loving the tiny house experience. Like us! If you're coming to Portland, drop us a line if you'd like to get together to talk and share ideas.
Here are a few photos from last year's conference in Asheville, NC: