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Porta Palace – A Modern Tiny House by Daniël Venneman and Jelte Glas

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Dubbed Porta Palace, this contemporary tiny house on wheels is one of the first to have been built in The Netherlands. It’s been created by Dutch designer/builder Daniël Venneman with the help of it’s future occupant, Jelte Glas. A lot of tiny houses are built in the style of chocolate-box cottages, with relatively small windows and decorative finishes that are, …

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Introducing Spotlight Interviews of Tiny House Owners!

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Well, so far things are going fast and splendidly! I’ve screamed past the 10k followers mark on Instagram as I’ve been gathering ideas and concepts for my upcoming tiny house build! As I continue to research and learn about tiny house living, I’m also meeting so many people who have a lot of great insight and advice to share! So, …

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Is the tiny house movement a ‘big lie’?

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Tiny houses are a popular topic on TreeHugger, and no wonder: they touch on many elements of a sustainable lifestyle, such as simplifying one’s life, eschewing the enormous McMansion and corresponding mortgage in favour of more financial freedom. But as we’ve noted before, the teeny size of tiny homes aren’t for everyone, and there are still some big barriers to …

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The wishful world of tiny houses

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“I want to live in a nice environment, not in a trailer park with a bunch of meth-heads.” Like many others with whom I spoke, Lauren Thomas, a forensic psychologist who rents an 1800-square-foot home in Encinitas, has been tiny-house shopping online but still hasn’t made the move. “I’ve been looking into it for two years, but I don’t want …

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Fresno Passes Groundbreaking ‘Tiny House’ Rules

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It may seem surprising that Fresno, better known for sprawling new developments, is paving the way when it comes to rules for eco-conscious tiny houses. “We are the first city in the nation to actually write into its development code authorization for ‘tiny homes,’ ” says Mayor Ashley Swearingen. “If there’s one thing that Californians should know about Fresno, it’s …

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Seattle’s first tiny house village for homeless to open this week

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On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, volunteers put the finishing touches on small houses with the kind of basic amenities you don’t see in Seattle homeless camps. “The difference is you have electricity and a lock on the door,” said Steve Tucker, a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, which is hosting what organizers are calling Seattle’s …