Silver Bullet Workshop #6 Completed!



Attendees drove from Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire to take part in our 6th workshop this Sunday. They enjoyed the new tour and seminar format that focuses on the challenges, options, tips and rewards of the tiny sustainable life. The Silver Bullet’s mission as an education module and how to transition into a sustainable best practices lifestyle were covered in depth.

Focused discussion on tiny house trailers, design, build process, ethical products resourcing, reclamation and repurposing of found/recycled materials, the transition process, biomimetic envelope design, safety and security were all covered. Delicious local gourmet organic treats and refreshments were enjoyed.

Past and current workshop attendees comments:

“Your humor, personal build stories, and depth of information engaged me more critically with the process of building a tiny house. Totally worth it and the food was excellent!” Matt H.

“I especially liked the bloopers game because I’m sure it not only saved us (collectively) hundreds of hours of time and thousands of dollars, it also showed us that you can have a successful tiny house even if there are a few bloopers.”   Kelly F.

“Your efforts to include every attendee, the stories of your personal challenges, the options to consider in all aspects of the tiny house build from design, execution and what constitutes a tiny sustainable lifestyle were thorough. I’ve been to other workshops and you gave us more in 4 hours in an intimate environment than I got from a weekend elsewhere. Invaluable, totally worth it!”  Carol W.




New Workshop – The Tiny House Journey- Sunday 3/29

New Workshop!  
Class # 205 The Tiny House Journey  –  Newbury, MA.
Sunday,  3/29/2015, 12 – 4 PM  $75. ***  Openings still available, sign up now!!!
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Meet a local tiny house designer/builder and learn more about the tiny house movement. Limited to 10 attendees.

Tour the Silver Bullet Tiny House on wheels and discover all its reclaimed, recycled, non-toxic, sustainable and net-zero waste building materials and systems. How to transition into a sustainable lifestyle will be discussed with practical tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint quickly.

Comments from attendees:
“I also really enjoyed all the sustainability information that you shared with us. We are definitely starting to see a trend in people who we talk to: those who are environmentally conscious, and those who are financially conscious. I love that your nonprofit strives to show people that they can have both.” Megan M.
“I definitely learned a lot about how tiny houses are constructed, and providing us with some of the building materials you used was incredibly useful. The game we played at the end of the tour also really helped put everything into perspective – it was definitely a great learning process when we wrote down the top 5 things we should consider before building a tiny house.” Jay W.
“The seminar and tour we had with you was by far the most valuable experience I’ve had from my  design class this year.” Devyn D.
“I greatly appreciate your willingness to open up your home and heart to us and share with us your values as well as your challenges.” Mika IW.

Trailer modification, design process, framing, sheathing, insulation and energy systems will be covered. Includes light refreshments, building samples and 30 minute Q&A session. Bring your sense of humor!!

Register by clicking on PayPal button below and we will email you instructions and directions.

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Elizabeth Rose author’s article on Vera’s tiny house in the Newburyport Daily News, click here.
 ***All proceeds go to support sustainability education at
There are two fully paid scholarships to this workshop available to those in need. To apply, please email with a paragraph about your need and reason for attending. Include contact information & phone. Applications processed within 24 hours.

Oh Happy Day!

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As we head towards the Spring Equinox this evening, I am in awe of nature while being humbled by its force and beauty. I have spent the last two years enjoying my tiny house build outside in the natural environment.

It has had its snowy, cold challenges forcing me into months away from the build each year, but I am getting close now to completion. And will begin again next week. I’m singing Oh Happy Day!

On this International Day of Happiness, I am grateful to be approaching the last leg of my 5 year goal, the completion of a net zero tiny house as a sustainable lifestyle education module! Thanks you to all my workshop attendees, volunteers, tour folks, students, and, of course, friends and family for helping me get here!

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Today, an article about my tiny house in the local newspaper…the Newburyport Daily News!



New Class: Wearable Art from Recycled Resources

New Class ! Wearable Art from Recycled Resources (Level 1)  $70@

Sunday, April 19th, 1-4 PM Georgetown, MA (directions w/b sent to registered attendees)

(Includes $25 materials fee)

Would you like to learn how to make elegant fashion from recycled materials? Have the opportunity to work with a renowned painter and reclamation artist that will inspire your ideas and bring them to reality? And all while supporting two sustainable non-profit organizations?

Learn new techniques, how to deal with several provided recycled materials and those you bring from your own waste-stream. You will handle several different materials, and learn how to actualize them into differing design formats for fashion; this includes jewelry, accessories, and household items.


At the end of this workshop you will have a pair of earrings, the beginnings of a garment or accessory, and a toolbox of ideas for future projects. Bring your questions, a journal for notes and your sense of humor!

After you register with PAYPAL, you will receive instructions, directions, and a list of materials to collect.

3 hour Workshop, some materials provided. Minimum of 6 students, maximum of 12 students.


Please bring a shoebox worth, or more, of materials you can recycle from your own waste-stream to make fashionable art.

Your fashions could be featured in an annual runway event!

*****All proceeds after costs go to support sustainability education at and

Do not forget to register for our tiny house workshop on 3/29!

Engineers from Olin Conquer Snow to Tour the Silver Bullet

Snow.2.16Okay, 24″ of our Snowpocalypse #4 shoveled & plowed from our 150′ driveway this weekend, check. Daily call (for 3 weeks now) to hardware, big-box stores to learn if any snow rakes are available for sale, check.

Getting a roof rake sure beats getting up on a ladder and trying to pull several feet of snow off the tiny house with a commercial floor broom! (Don’t try this at home; very dangerous!)

Oh wait, it’s 7AM on President’s Day, and Home Depot just unpacked 4 pallets of roof rakes. I quickly brushed two feet of fluff off the car and headed out to Seabrook, NH, about 20 minutes from my Northern Massachusetts home. I got there by 8AM and half the rakes had already been sold! The picture to the right shows that after only 1 hour, I had cleared 2′ of packed snow and ice off the right hand gabled roof and 4′ off my dormer area, yeah!

I was determined to help a group of Olin College of Engineering sophomores with their first phase of a design project. Ten students were to come, but only 4 braved the post blizzard snow to get here. As you can see in this picture below, I was able to relieve my roof of 90% of the 80.5 inches of snow we have received over the last few weeks in the New England area.

Just as I finished, the students called. They were stuck in the snow themselves trying to get here! What a winter, yikes! Using techniques learned from surviving many Minnesota winters; we worked as a team and freed the sedan from a 5′ snow drift!

Over the next two hours, we explored my tiny house challenges, my design and build process. These students were animated, excited and very interested in obtaining knowledge about tiny house builders, their motivations, their process, and challenges as they begin their tiny house project.  I encourage the tiny house community to invite these engineers (there are several groups doing this project) to learn about your tiny house journey. Contact them at to be interviewed.

Tiny Homes of New England Meet-up Group Tour

SBTour1.10.1A group of Tiny Homes of New England Meet-up Members came from 4 states and braved the severe cold to come up and visit the “toasty” Silver Bullet Tiny House this weekend.

They had some great stories of their own and were given the opportunity to learn loads about tiny house planning, living, and designing!

I’m grateful to meet such amazing tiny house members and learn how determined their tiny house passions carry them forward.

Happy New Year from the Silver Bullet!

SB1.1.15Happy New Year to all!! Yes! I have finished the exterior of my tiny house. I’m taking a well-deserved break for a month for my health. I’ve been at it 7 days a week after work, on weekends since June of 2013 and I need to rest a bit before I tackle the rest of my interior construction.

Its barely been a week and already I’m itching to get inside and finish my water systems and electricity. But I made a promise to my physician and I’m going to keep it. Hmmm, what can I do…

First, I’m accepting the TerraBluTeams 52-week sustainable lifestyle design challenge for 2015!!! You can too, and I highly recommend it. Check it out here, and follow the blog which covers a new sustainability lifestyle design element every Wednesday!

Secondly, I recently read a delightful brand new book on “stuff” by designer, Chris Thomas. I found it on one of my FB tiny house sources. I would call this the adult version of the “Story of Stuff”, accept it is entitled, wait for it… You Have Too Much Shit. I must have laughed continuously through all 18 pages. It’s great. What a motivator!

Thirdly, I started on a ruthless campaign to get down to less than 500 possessions. That includes dishes, tools, clothes, jewelry, artwork – everything. Well, there goes the shoe and stamp collections (my last two). Between that and digitizing all my records, photos and receipts, I’ll be wicked busy. I’ll catch up with you in a week and give you any tips I’ve accumulated.

Now that I have finished the hardest part, do you have any questions about my journey?And how are you doing with your own tiny house journey? Can I help in any way?

Winter Workshops for Sustainable Tiny Life Enthusiasts

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Class # 205 The Tiny House Journey, SUN. 3/29/2015, 12-4PM $75.
Meet a local tiny house builder, learn more about the tiny house movement and network with tiny house enthusiasts at a 4-Hour intimate workshop (Limited to 10 attendees).
Tour the Silver Bullet Tiny House on wheels and earn the top ten important considerations before you begin planning your build. Learn how to transition into a sustainable lifestyle and decrease your carbon footprint.
Trailer modifications, framing, sheathing, insulation, energy and water systems and design process will be covered. Includes light refreshments, tiny house workbook, building material samples, and 30 minute Q & A session.
Register by clicking on PayPal button below and we will email you instructions and directions.
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Tiny Sustainable Home can be built in 4 days w/screwdriver

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Leave it to the French to design this potentially popular, sustainable, and affordable pre-fab solution from Multipod Studio. It will cost about $41K (which includes labor, but doesn’t include finishing touches like waterproofing, electricity, and plumbing).

Perhaps the tiny house community has innovators not far behind in a pre-fab customizable version? Please comment here if you know of any…