The Golden Tiny House

August 12, 2014 8:30 pm
A Word of Warning From Macy Miller


Tiny House People Facebook Post

"Hi everyone, I just want to post a warning for others. The tiny house movement is snowballing, with that comes a whole host of dishonest people. In the last week I have been contacted by people with horror stories I hope none of you ever go through involving…

May 16, 2014 12:35 pm

Tiny House Living One Year Review

It’s been almost a year since we moved into the tiny house (me, my husband, and our dog). My friends always say that they love my tiny house and my family keeps asking to come over. Well it still isn’t finished and I really have no idea when it will be done. 

Our only income is from photography, mostly weddings and engagements. Business is picking up and I have been very grateful. We were able to buy a car and some much needed photography equipment. Being a full time photographer isn’t cheap.

I’ve been debating about getting a day job or not. Yes it would help pay the bills and maybe purchase some more equipment but at the same time we built the tiny house so we could focus on our business. And if I had a day job it would mean less time spent on our current clients and marketing to attract new clients. 

Any way as far as living in a tiny house, I think it is romanticized. Yes you save money which is great, but it’s just not that practical. I really could only see us being here a short time. We knew that this won’t be our forever home when we built it. Maybe a single person would be much more comfortable in a tiny house. 

All I can say is, I am dreaming about living in an apartment and eventually buying a traditional home. After living in 160 sq. ft., 800 sq. ft. would feel gigantic. We still want to keep things small and simple. We also don’t want to live beyond our means. 

I think everyone hears about tiny houses and is more interested in the novelty of it. Also not a lot of people talk about actual tiny house living. All you see are these beautiful pictures but no one talks about what it’s like day in and day out being there. 

I am noticing that a lot of tiny house people are building a bigger house and using their tiny house as a temporary solution. There are very few that live tiny for life. I see it as a stepping stone to our future. It has served it’s purpose and now it’s time to move on.

April 12, 2014 10:48 pm


When Sicily Kolbeck first told people she was planning to build her own house, they often assumed she meant a doll house. “I got a lot of, ‘That’s cute,’” Sicily recalls. via BBC

La Petite Maison by Sicily Kolbeck

Had the honor of meeting these people. It’s amazing what they were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. And here I am still trying to finish my house!

March 27, 2014 2:03 pm

Tiny House Update: We Survived Winter and Installed Flooring

Hi everyone! I know I haven’t updated in a long time. Well we made it through winter finally. It is starting to get warmer in North Georgia. We had an unusually cold winter for the south. We even had some heavy snow (what we consider heavy) that kept us inside for the entire week. You may have heard about the snow that locked down Atlanta. Well we went through that. My husband and his dad had to abandon their truck and walk through the snow 8 miles to get home (they hitched a ride in a back of a truck they helped push for 3 of it though). 

For the most part we stayed pretty cozy in the tiny house. The only heat source we have is a Delonghi Ceramic Heater. As long as it stayed in the 20s or 30s it worked well. Sometimes we get a little toasty in the loft! But a couple times when it was below zero we stayed up at the in laws house. The cold killed my mint plants outside and my house plants. :(

I have some good news. We finally bought a new car. We got a 2005 Mazda6. We paid for 50% of it in cash and financed the rest with a signature loan from our credit union. The payments are very reasonable. I am so glad we waited and saved our money. We couldn’t have done it without the tiny house.

(At my parents house)

Now that it’s starting to warm up again we are getting motivated to begin working on the tiny house again. And now that we don’t have to save for the car any more, we have a little more spending money. Also I am getting tired of living in an unfinished house. We recently installed flooring.

We got Trafficmaster laminate flooring for only $15 a case (on sale at Home Depot). With the underlayment we have flooring now for just over $100 total. Can’t beat that! 

It was relatively easy to install. Anyone could do it. The trickiest part was making sure everything lined up. We had to cut notches out for the wheel wells. The floor looks great all finished. We put down a rug in the kitchen, in front of the door, and under our desk. 

The only downside to laminate is that it isn’t very water resistant. Any spills should be cleaned up immediately. The edges can chip easily if you aren’t careful while installing. We’ll be putting down vinyl tiles in the bathroom since they are waterproof. 

More updates to come soon!

March 25, 2014 10:31 pm March 1, 2014 11:02 pm


Anonymous: Am I the only Tiny House enthusiast put off by the ridiculously high prices and constant pimping of weekend seminars, plans, how-to's, etc.? This "community" has many greedy hands trying to make a bundle of bucks off the rest of us.


What do you think family?

While I agree with your distaste for price gouging, I am glad that the seminars, tutorials (book and DVD), and plans exist. I would feel lost if I didn’t have these to give me more information about building a tiny home.

Some prices for tiny houses are high (ahem Tumbleweed) but there some out there that are trying to make things affordable like Tennessee Tiny Homes. You have to take into account all the labor and design that go into these houses. I can vouch for that since we built our own tiny house. You are paying a premium for all the work to be done for you. And skilled labor and craftsmanship isn’t cheap. If you want cheap you will have to build it yourself.

As far as all the how to’s and guides, I think they have a right to charge for them. Again it takes a lot of time and hard work putting a guide together. Plus you are sharing information that probably came from a lot of experience and mistakes that they learned from. There are a lot of great sources out there that are free or low cost if you look for them. Don’t be afraid to ask people for advice as well.

December 26, 2013 5:35 pm

Urine Separator

I’ve been hesitant to get a urine separator because of the cost, but I finally broke down and ordered one. I am the one that empties the composting receptacle (bucket) into the composting pile. The worst part is the urine. The weight of the liquid makes it heavier and it smells. With two adults, it fills up quickly. We are using peat moss as our cover. 

I think having the urine separator will help tremendously. It may eliminate the smell since the urine will go directly into a container that I can empty separately. And I won’t have to empty the bucket as often.

I will keep you updated on how it works out for us. I can’t wait for it to get here.

December 17, 2013 5:04 pm

Looking to the future

Hi all! Not much going on as far as tiny house progress. We have been trying to save money for a car so we haven’t finished the house. But hopefully it will be all done some time next year.

I am already thinking about the future. I hope that by the time I am 30 (in five years) I will own a more traditional home, but still small (around 1000 sq. ft.). The plan has always been to build the tiny house so we could save money for a down payment.

Many people have built their tiny house knowing they would live there for the rest of their life (or most of it). But everyone has their different reasons. If I knew I would be staying here all my life, I probably would have invested a lot more money into it.

The tiny life has been good to us. Since we don’t pay rent or a mortgage, we are able to work full time as wedding photographers. And as our business grows we can put back money for our new home. 

I am looking forward to having different rooms we can go into. Haha!

December 3, 2013 1:41 pm
Attention Tiny House People!


Take it from someone who knows. If you want to live in a tiny house, you should really look into buying a used rv or camper. I got mine for less than $1,000, and you will inevitably spend way more building a tiny house from scratch, even if you use recycled materials. Look on craigslist, you can…

I currently live in a tiny house we built ourselves. At first, I considered buying an RV for the same reasons you mentioned. I got the idea from my friend who lived in a 5th wheel for a year. It seemed like the perfect solution for us, but I am so glad we have our house and not an RV. 

It’s kind of funny because we did buy an old camper for $800. We tore it down so we could harvest the trailer for our tiny house. We sold some of the items from it like the windows, water heater, etc. But for $800 this thing was unlivable. The floors were rotting from water leaks.

Some of the reasons I decided not to get an RV is that to buy a decent one in good shape it seemed to cost at least $10,000. I built my tiny house for $6,000 all in cash and over time. We have so much more space since our ceilings are very tall and it feels more like a home. And since we built it using the same materials as traditional homes, its built to last. RVs aren’t built to be lived in full time. They aren’t insulated very well at all for the winter. 

But to each their own! I know that something that works for someone won’t work for someone else. We all have our reasons and I respect yours. 

November 16, 2013 5:10 pm

1. Most cities are “complaint driven enforcement” meaning if your neighbors don’t say anything, they don’t
seek you out.

2. In 2012 and 2013 most cities started cutting back their code enforcement staff and they’d rather leave you alone.

3. If you maintain an address at a traditional home, its hard for them to prove you live in the tiny house.

4. They won’t say it, but they think tiny houses are awe-
some and the wave of the future.

5. Most campgrounds limit your stay to 14-21 days, but if
you have two campgrounds in town you can alternate
until one of them likes you enough to invite you to stay.
Private campgrounds are more willing to do this.


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