June Tiny House Tours/Workshops at the Klay Winery

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Come to the beautiful Laurel mountains, 65 miles SE of Pittsburgh, PA. and learn all about tiny houses on wheels. Take a 30 minute tour of the charming Silver Bullet Tiny House, by designer, builder, artist and author, Vera Struck for $15. You will discover repurposed and reclaimed resources, renewable energy systems, a zero waste, off-grid tiny house on wheels made from sustainable non-toxic materials. For the serious tiny house enthusiasts we recommend the 3 hour workshop  $75., where you will learn tiny house building systems, tiny house decisions about trailers, materials, building design, parking, zoning, etc.

30 minute tours for the tiny house curious, $15., $20 at the door. Pre-purchase your tickets here for whichever day you wish to come. Pre-ticket holders get preference over at the door buyers.

The 30 minute tours are limited to 12 attendees per session

June 11th: 30 minute tour (on the hour 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM)

June 12th: 30 minute tour (on the hour 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM)

June 18th: 30 minute tour (on the hour 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM)

June 19th: 30 minute tour (on the hour 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM)

The 3 hour tiny house workshop gets you:

• entrance to the enchanting grounds of the Christian W. Klay Winery

• 3 hour tour and workshop in and around the Silver Bullet Tiny House. Learn about the tiny house movement and Vera’s personal tiny house journey. Ms. Struck will share her building envelope design based on bio-mimicry. She will discuss many of the tiny house decisions that face those enthusiast’s curious about the movement. Trailer modification, design process, framing, sheathing, downsizing transitions, insulation and energy systems will be covered. Includes light refreshments, building samples and 30 minute Q&A session. Bring your sense of humor!!

• Includes light refreshments, and building resource samples (as long as they last, so register early)

• a copy of her e-book, “Living the Sustainable Tiny Life” will be included in the tour/workshop

• after each workshop the Christian W. Klay Winery will provide a wine tasting

June 11th: 9-12 AM Limited to 12 attendees 

June 18th: 9-12 AM Limited to 12 attendees

If you are planning an entire weekend of enjoyment in the Laurel Highlands, we suggest:

• enjoying one of the many local white water rafting challenges

• visiting one of the three Frank Lloyd Wright homes (including Falling Water, 10 minutes away)

• visit the Ridge Runner Distillery across the street

• take in a swim, golf, a spa treatment, or a holistic healing session at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Comments about her book:
Once I started reading Living the Sustainable Tiny Life, I couldn’t put it down. In addition to Vera’s inspiring personal journey, she gives the reader a detailed look at how and why she designed each element of her house the way that she did. I was surprised to learn that she managed to get her floor to have an R value of 33 with an ingenious design and construction method. I definitely recommend this book for anyone considering but isn’t sure if they can gain the skills required to do it themselves. Living the Sustainable Tiny Life will give you the kick you need to get moving!” – Ethan Waldman, Tiny House Designer/Builder/Dweller/Author of Tiny House DecisionsTiny House Parking
Other comments about her e-book by tiny house movement leaders can be seen here.

 

How 2016 Begins for the Silver Bullet Tiny House

Yikes! It has been a busy 2015 bringing the Silver Bullet Tiny House to 95% completion, facilitating my own and other tiny house leader workshops, speaking regionally and nationally. The good news, is that I’ll finally be able to get out on the road and meet you all and have the privilege of inspiring others to live the “sustainable tiny life”. The bad news is that my commitment to my sustainable education non-profit, my funding work, tiny house community work and construction have kept me too busy to blog frequently. That will change.

I am still refining the interior and waiting to install the wooden stove (it has taken months to be hand-crafted carefully) and add the permanent solar solution before trekking out on tour this summer. I am so excited to help others dive deeper into new renewable technologies, smarter products, re-up their resource stewardship, learn reclamation and resource repurposing, understand social and cultural responsibility, improve their sustainable lifestyle choices and find more affordable and efficient ways to embed those into their lifestyles.

Most of all, I cannot wait to meet all of my fellow tinyhousers and hear your amazing stories and journeys to a simpler more substantive lifestyle.

This year I will be blogging from the road about our direct engagement and outreach to individuals, families and workers through our continued speaking engagements, co-sponsoring of workshop events, and our Silver Bullet Tiny House American tour this summer. The tour schedule is just beginning to take shape and will remain fluid with stops at corporate sponsor locations, universities, schools and community locations across the country. The tour schedule will be posted later in Spring. See you down the road…if you have an organization, college, university or tiny house group along the way that would value a visit, please notify me in the comments.

In the mean time, a quick heads-up about my mentor, Deek Diedricksen, tiny house luminary extraordinare. He has a stellar cast of tiny housers at his next workshop, Feb. 5-7 at an amazing venue, the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton. My friend Palo, Martin, and others will be speaking and working right along with you! Make sure you sign up quickly as he sells out fast! Click on this link, BUILD SMALL.

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Note from the fashion world. What do you do with leftovers from a tiny house or micro shelter build? I have free-cycled them, given them away AND repurposed them into eco couture to raise money for one of my other favorite sustainability non-profits, Long Way Home. Check this out from Benjamin Obdyke:

http://www.benjaminobdyke.com/education-events/slicker-becoming-a-fashion-accessory/

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Holiday Tiny House Workshop, Saturday, November 14th!

The Silver Bullet Tiny House Journey – Tour – Workshop, Newbury, MA.
Saturday, November 14th, 12 – 4 PM  $75. ***  Sign up now, before it sells out!!!
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Meet a local tiny house designer/builder and learn more about her tiny house journey and the tiny house movement. 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.
Limited to 12 attendees.
Comments from former attendees:
“If your longing to live the tiny life I highly recommend attending Vera’s workshop as a first step. Not only will you get to see, touch, and feel an actual tiny house but Vera will share with you her story, her experiences, and knowledge gained by extensive research and trial and error. I left her workshop with a bigger appreciation for the Tiny house way of life and for the movement as a whole. I now have a better understanding of the social, economic, environmental, and cultural effects this intentional way of living supports and impacts. 
So inspired to start my THOW journey real soon! ” Sophie T.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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, downsizing transitions, insulation and energy systems will be covered. Includes light refreshments, building samples and 30 minute Q&A session. Bring your sense of humor!!

To Register click PayPal button below and we will email you instructions and directions.

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Deek’s video of the Silver Bullet Tiny House he made last month here.
 ***All proceeds go to support sustainability education at www.terrabluteams.org.
There are two fully paid scholarships to this workshop available to those in need. To apply, please email taospirit@mac.com with a paragraph about your need and reason for attending. Include contact information & phone. Applications processed within 24 hours.

Fall Events Update

Nov. 4, 2015 Keynote Speaker for “Poverty Matters” Study Group, Newburyport, MA.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 9.55.27 AMVera will be speaking about her personal Silver Bullet challenge and the journey to meet the goal she set out for herself in 2010. She will connect the dots for the study group by examining how the tiny house movement is not only the sustainability imperative at work but also a solution to global warming and the affordable housing crisis.

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November 14th, 2015, 12 – 4 PM –  Newbury, MA.  $75.

The Silver Bullet Tiny House Journey – Tour – Workshop  

***  Sign up now, before it sells out!!!
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Meet a local tiny house designer/builder and learn more about her tiny house journey and the tiny house movement. 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.
Limited to 12 attendees.
Comments from former attendees:
“If your longing to live the tiny life I highly recommend attending Vera’s workshop as a first step. Not only will you get to see, touch, and feel an actual tiny house but Vera will share with you her story, her experiences, and knowledge gained by extensive research and trial and error. I left her workshop with a bigger appreciation for the Tiny house way of life and for the movement as a whole. I now have a better understanding of the social, economic, environmental, and cultural effects this intentional way of living supports and impacts. 
So inspired to start my THOW journey real soon! ” Sophie T.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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, downsizing transitions, insulation and energy systems will be covered. Includes light refreshments, building samples and 30 minute Q&A session. Bring your sense of humor!!

To Register click PayPal button below and we will email you instructions and directions.

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Deek’s video of the Silver Bullet Tiny House he made last month here.
 ***All proceeds go to support sustainability education at www.terrabluteams.org.
There are two fully paid scholarships to this workshop available to those in need. To apply, please email taospirit@mac.com with a paragraph about your need and reason for attending. Include contact information & phone. Applications processed within 24 hours.

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.
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“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.
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“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 www.terrabluteams.org.
There are two fully paid scholarships to this workshop available to those in need. To apply, please email taospirit@mac.com with a paragraph about your need and reason for attending. Include contact information & phone. Applications processed within 24 hours.

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 olintinyhouses@gmail.com to be interviewed.
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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.

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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Silver Bullet hosts November Meet-up for Greater Boston Tiny House Enthusiasts

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting a dozen tiny house enthusiasts from Greater Boston (great group to hook up with) as they toured the tiny house/classroom and played 3 of the “Silver Bullet Games”. And oh yes, we had some winners!

Such a lovely engaging group asked some really great questions over a myriad of refreshments. Fun was had by all.