2017 Tiny House Summit

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Sign up for the Tiny House Summit

What is the 2017 Tiny House Summit?

February 20-24  Five Days!

An online conference where you can learn all about tiny houses and small-scale living from tiny house community leaders!

Join the Silver Bullet Tiny House designer/builder/dweller/author, Vera Struck, along with many of her friends and colleagues!

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The 1st National Tiny House Jamboree

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Just another reminder, only 7 days left and I’ll be there! So many tiny houses to see, so many new resources to check out, yikes, I’m in heaven!

I will have so much fun speaking about my personal tiny house journey. Just check out all the tiny house community founders and active leaders that I will be joining! I am so excited to meet them and all the tiny house enthusiast’s that will be joining us!

I will be speaking on Sunday at 3:00-3:40PM at the speaker’s venue. I will have a 15 minute period Q & A, so get your questions ready!

Colorado Springs, here I come!

 

 

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…

2nd Silver Bullet Tiny House Sustainable Swap Social!

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(Photograph Credit: Cynthia Staats)


Silver Bullet Tiny House Sustainable Swap Social Weekend

SOLD OUT

July 19 – July 20, Newbury, Ma., Saturday 9AM – Sunday 6PM

Greetings!

You are invited to participate in a tiny house social opportunity with artists, artisans, tiny house enthusiasts and builders, a local organic chef, local organic wines, and 12 other participants.

 

Resource Dieting

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“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”  John F. Kennedy

Yes, life is short. However, minimizing one’s carbon footprint is not achieved immediately, it is a work in progress. In my sustainable lifestyle design classes students find it daunting to face their clothes closet, their kitchen cupboards, the products below their sink, analysis of their travel/transportation habits, what they eat, their waste-stream, where and how they view their economics, their cultural and social responsibilities through the sustainable lens.

I often tell them to start with baby steps. A shift in perception through a new lens involves adaptation and adjustments. I assure them that soon they will have the confidence and ability to create, see and live their sustainable dream. And it is so satisfying!

Some of us can adapt to more sustainable practices quickly by changing careers, buying carbon offsets, offloading less green automobiles and transportation modes, food, habits, toxic chemicals and becoming more compassionate and socially conscious members of the human race. However, some find it difficult, time-consuming and economically unfeasible.

90% of my students claim their inability to adopt a healthier, reduced carbon footprint life is due to lack of time, money and/or lack of knowledge regarding how to achieve a sustainable lifestyle.

I wish I could tell you that resource dieting and resource stewardship is easy. It isn’t, but it is worth it! One of the reasons it is difficult is that it is a customized and different path for each one of us.

To me that means finding a home, career, community and lifestyle compatible with nature that gives you the maximum amount of leisure, cultural and social engagement, with a minimized carbon footprint, economic and energy output. And to do all this with a minimum of violence and a maximum of compassion towards our fellow humans and other livings beings.

This may be one of the many reasons the tiny house community is popular and why it has gained so many followers in recent years. Many of its members, like myself, have rid themselves of workaholic careers, too much stuff, unhealthy food, unhealthy habits in favor of a healthier, sharing community and leisure lifestyles that leaving the consumptive debt culture affords.

Top five resource diet tips I utilized:

1. downsized with an estate sale, a yard sale, or garage sale

2. arranged a free cycle exchange, a clothing exchange, a cookie or food exchange, a canning/preservative goods exchange

3. bartered services and goods

4. participated in a free bank and gift economy

5. given to many of my favorite non-profits

I continue to meet tons of really great people, have wonderful adventures, time in nature, taken home all kinds of money, lovingly prepared food, canned goods and clothing.

This journey has taught me all kinds of skills about building, refinishing, repurposing and reclaiming all kinds of stuff that would otherwise end up in a landfill. It has taught me about my boundaries, my abilities and my disability, my limits and how to exceed them! My “toolbox” is growing daily.

And best of all, it is fun and one rocking’ great time “tooling'” down the road!

 

Artist Turns Trash into Homeless Tiny Houses

Hi everyone! I have been wicked busy building and preparing for the Silver Bullet Social/Demo/Tour Event. There are a few spaces left, so register soon, click here. Will post videos, pics, etc. of my last few weeks of construction after the event!

There are several artists and tiny home enthusiasts helping the homeless by repurposing and recycling trash. For the full article and many more pictures of his creations, please go to the full article at viral nova.com.

Gregory Kloehn goes dumpster diving, but not for the reason that most people would think. He isn’t homeless. In fact, he is an artist from Oakland that is trying to help the homeless and develop his craft at the same time.

Instead of building sculptures that he would sell to rich people to add to their massive homes, he decided to focus his efforts on helping house the homeless population in California.

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Read more at http://www.viralnova.com/used-garbage-homeless-shelters/#sUCUyiv51dhIJChG.99

Mindful Sustainable Tiny house Builders: 2 cycle 2 gether

Last month I was interviewing a fellow tiny house enthusiast, Kelsey Max, (interview coming soon) about her global travels since we met. I thought she would like to know about a couple I have followed on the web for two years whose global pilgrimage, 2 cycle 2 gether, embodies a radically sustainable lifestyle. 

Meet Sheila and Kai, two of the most committed mindful sustainable living practitioners I hope to meet. They are tiny house builders traveling the globe in the most sustainable non-impactful way – via bicycle. And they are fundraiser’s for global humanitarian projects as well as volunteers for several charitable and social justice organizations they passionately believe in.

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They are an inspiration to us all. 

Their message is elementary:  Simplify.  Connect.  Redefine. 

“We drastically minimized our belongings, paid off debt, built our 260 ft² off-grid home, and quit our environmentally & emotionally unsustainable jobs.  In an effort to reclaim our lost connection to humanity and the natural world we left our “old normal” behind and embarked upon a bicycling pilgrimage.”

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Their website is as colorful as this couple! It is a hub of information about their travels, their projects, their tiny house build and their sustainability practice discoveries!

Consider checking out their journey, becoming a sponsor or offering a campsite. I invited them for a vegan dinner and a weekend up here to see the Silver Bullet. I cannot wait to meet them! I’m hoping they’ll bicycle up from Mexico soon!