Category Archives: Philosophy

Starting Pocket Neighborhoods

It’s been an interesting experience so far from building a tiny house to seeing the foundations of modern architecture to understanding how developers evaluate risks. At this point, I still think tiny houses are cool. Is anyone going to be … Continue reading

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Jim Bruno’s Tiny House Documentary

Jim Bruno shot some video of me after the open house last month. He’s done some great editing work and put together a short documentary film you can see on Vimeo. We did it in an interview format where he … Continue reading

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Earthbag House In Austin

Over the weekend, I went and attended the Earthbag House open house here in Austin. The builders have been working on it since December 2008. They have the exterior finished and will be working on the rammed earth floor next. … Continue reading

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Guest Post On The Tiny Life

If you didn’t already see it, I wrote a guest post for The Tiny Life on my experiences and lessons learned in building a tiny house. It’s more motivational than instructional. Visit

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Tiny House as Investment Property

Most of the activity in the tiny house market seems to revolve around individuals building their own to live in personally. The original reason I began building the tiny house was that a friend and I couldn’t get qualified for … Continue reading

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Tiny Indoor Plumbing

One of the main concerns with building a tiny house is how you hook it up to utilities. Initially we plan to get electricity from an extension cord to a nearby house. A former master electrician has already assured me … Continue reading

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