ABOUT US

Jess and Dan are in their late twenties. They live in Rhode Island and share many different passions including the great outdoors, hiking, biking, kayaking, photography, painting and road trips. Each has a very practical side and they enjoy simple living. Jess and Dan are constantly educating themselves on more ways to reduce the carbon footprint that we all contribute to. This tiny house adventure is a huge step toward their ultimate goal of a sustainable home-stead. Organic gardens, composting, grey-water and rain-water systems, chickens, fruit trees, solar ovens and dehydrators...it will all be a part of day to day life.

The ultimate dream? An earth integrated house one day. That's going to take time and the ability to purchase land, however, so a tiny house is a good start. :)

Jess plays guitar and sings, and Dan is getting back into piano. They already know their band name- they just need to learn to play together. Maybe they will record an EP in their tiny home. As you can see, they enjoy planning ahead- and ambitiously. Aside from being active outdoors and enjoying music, the two often cook wonderful concoctions together. Both Dan and Jess have diet restrictions requiring a fair amount of improvisation in the kitchen. Dan is convinced the dairy-free, sugar free ice-cream they have created could take the world by storm one day. But for now, the tiny house is priority number one.

64 comments:

  1. Thank you so much Victoria! Just made my day! :)

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  2. Hey guys! I love what you´re doing. I´m going to start the process of building my own tiny home once my finances stabilize. It´s great to see people of my generation doing their part in making this a better world, helping the environment and living their life in their own terms. Kudos to you both Jess and Dan!!!

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    1. Hi Sebastian!
      Thanks so much for taking the time to read part of our story! I'm pumped to hear you are planning the same kind of path! Best of luck to you! Dan and I couldn't be happier that we actually did this. It's truly surreal to wake up in a cozy place you built yourself. And being able to save so much each month and watch my loan amounts continue to shrink is also incredibly empowering too! I hope you are able to start your project soon! If you ever need a pep talk or advice- we're here! :)

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  3. Hi guys,
    My husband and I also live in RI with dreams of a tiny life and home. We currently live in an RV, in my fathers back yard coincidentally, trying to save up to build our tiny dream home. We are hoping to start our build this summer and can't wait to make it happen. We love that there are others in RI that share all of the same interests that we do. Check us out at http://transitiontotiny.wordpress.com Maybe we could chat sometime and share ideas.

    Jenny

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    1. Hi Jenny,

      That's awesome!! So glad to hear of another tiny build happening in RI! We didn't really know how to search, but I'm pretty sure we are one of the very few who have done this in RI. Let's make RI part of this movement! WOHOO!

      I tried to comment on your latest post, but it wouldn't let me get through...suddenly I needed a password? Not sure what that's about...I also have a wordpress site so maybe that is it. I'll figure out a way to get in touch with you again! Good luck to you! Look forward to following your story!

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  4. I noticed you are using an off-the-shelf propane heater indoors. Isn't that a carbon-monoxide risk or do you have some way of getting around that?

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    1. Hello,
      Thank you for your concern. We have precautions in place when using the heater. Most of the time we use our electric eco-heater and only supplement the propane on colder days. We have a combo smoke, o2, monoxide detector in the house and the heater itself is designed for indoor use. It has a o2 safety shut off valve as well. We also crack windows when using the propane. Here is a link to the heater. Thanks!

      http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F215100-3800-BTU-Indoor-Safe/dp/B001CFRF7I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396868832&sr=8-1&keywords=little+buddy+heater

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  5. Dear Jess and Dan,
    Thank you for letting us tour your home! I love it and I love the whole concept. Jess you have the most outstanding blue eyes of anyone I've seen! Dan. you better watch after her very well!!!
    What are you going to do if or when you extend the "family"?
    Warm Regards,
    Joyce M.

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    1. Hi Joyce,
      Thanks for taking the time to read our story! And thank you for the complement! Just made my morning! :)
      We plan to live in the tiny house for about 2 years and within that time, hopefully we will have been able to get a small plot of land, and start slowly- as we can afford it- building a small home on the ground. Once the home is done, we would still keep the tiny house for a nice office or maybe even my own art studio!
      Thanks for your support!

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  6. I have lived in very small spaces, 600 sq foot house boat and a 21 ft motorhome. it is awesome what you are doing, however, I did notice that you were using the throw away propane bottles and wondered how that fit into the environmentally friendly side. Also be careful using human waste as a compost if you are using for edibles, but good luck!
    SuzAnne
    Oregon

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    1. Hi SuzAnne!
      Thanks for reading and for your support. For the propane bottles we use a conversion attachment which allows you to refill the small bottles from a 20 lb tank. If we hadn't found that little unit, we wouldn't have gone with the tiny heater. As for the compost, we did a lot of research and reading and The Humanure Handbook was an invaluable resource. Testing has shown that after one year, the compost is safe for use in any application, but we still plan to use it only for feeding trees, shrubs, etc. We will maintain a separate food scraps compost and use that on the garden plot.
      Thanks again for reading and showing support!

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    2. Here is the link for that adapter:
      http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F276172-Propane-Adapter/dp/B000AMC5WO/ref=pd_bxgy_hg_img_y

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  7. I saw your story via Yahoo.com news feed on their main page. Curious, I read the write up which led me here.
    I think what you did was a great alternative to the traditional way of owning a house, waste management, maximizing space and sourcing needed materials. I believe you will most likely inspire others to do the same. If this works for you then good for you! Thank you for sharing your experiences to the world. - reader from Canada

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    1. Hi Reader From Canada,

      Thanks for your support. I like what you said- it's true that this life is not for everyone, but simply having a respect for those to try it is awesome. I love that! I have some friends that look at us and think we are a bit crazy. They say, "Wow, I could NEVER do that, but props to you. What you doing is awesome." We certainly hope to provide others with a new perspective on the many ways to live and we sure hope to inspire others to do the same. Every little bit counts! Thanks again!

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  8. This is very cool. VERY cool. But, where and how do you bathe??

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    1. Hi! Thanks! We think it's pretty cool too! We have a basic camp shower setup that we CAN use in the tiny house, but we haven't yet. We typically shower at the gym or at work. It's definitly a great motivator to get out there and get some exercise! haha

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  9. Yay! Its so heartening to hear about people who choose to live this way. I have a small house (but not a 'tiny' house), and three kids, and we have opportunity to live larger but choose smaller because there is a different dynamic in being so close. Congrats and best wishes~

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    1. We completely agree! Relationships are so much stronger! Thanks for your encouragement and thanks for sharing some of your story! It's great to hear about others deliberately choosing to live well within their means!

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  10. Proud of you guys for using your brains and muscles instead of your credit cards!

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    1. Thanks so much! It's amazing what you can accomplish if you simply put your mind to it and persevere!

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  11. did you have any inspection done with your tiny house? or is it necessary for this case? just wondering. if there none involved and the city won't even tax you with it, i would probably build one myself.

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    1. Hello,

      No we did not need to have an inspection. The reason tiny houses have been built on flatbed trailers is specifically to avoid codes and zoning issues. By building on a trailer, it is completely attached and therefore IS the trailer- it is not a permanent structure on the ground- so all zoning and building codes do not apply. I should add, however, that you need to meet certain DMV requirements and when you want to take it on the road (if you don't ever plan to than no need to worry) you have to make sure that the height is under 13' 6" and the width is within the range that your state defines. There is a site that lists DMV trailer limits for each state. In RI, the trailer can be up to 8' 6" wide. As for taxes, you still would have to register and pay taxes on the trailer- which costs next to nothing.

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    2. Wow Thank you! I also live in RI and I'm starting my build this spring but I have been trying to figure out what I legally need to do and it was stressing me out. thank you for explaining it so simply!

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  12. You are a marvel...You have shown what every young couple should do..this is simply amazing

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    1. Thank you so much! :D We hope to inspire others in our generation to rethink their expectations for a home and possibly take on the adventure themselves!

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  13. I know what it's like to have a ton of school loans. I signed up for the news feed, hoping I can contact you via email to make a donation towards your loans. Admirable what the two of you are doing, and should be rewarded - in my opinion.

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    1. Hello,

      Thanks so much for the support! I thank you so much for your generosity, but you don't have to do that! We have paid for the house, and now I'm aggressively paying down my loans and feeling pretty good about it! Hopefully I will be out from under these monthly payments in the next 3-4 years! I look forward to chatting with you though! Feel free to message me anytime on our Facebook page- www.facebook.com/Anothertinyhousestory

      Thanks again for your support!!!

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  14. Scratch previous post... just saw the donation link at the top. : )

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    1. Hello! I'm not sure if you have done it yet, but I plan to take that button down since we are all done our build. Thanks so much though!!!

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  15. Jess/Dan,

    I think it's a wonderful thing for such a young couple to want financial freedom in this day and age of consumerism. I have friends in NC would are land shopping and I was offered to purchase an acre or two at a ridiculous price. When retirement arrives, my plans are to build an earth dam home which will have a constant temperature of 50 degree in the summer and a small stove to bring up the temp to 70 in the winter. That 20 degree difference is easy to create with just a small stove. I wish you both the best and know you are on the right track in accomplishing a self-sufficient lifestyle. My only question is why do you have a 120 dollar electric bill? That seems extremely high for such a small place. Is this due to the use of an AC in the summertime?

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    1. Hello! Thanks for sharing some of your story! We actually gave NC some thought for a place to end up later in life. Right now, we want to stay close to family and friends, so we are sticking around the state of RI. I'm pumped to hear about someone wanting an earth-integrated house! That is our ultimate end dream- to build a house into a hillside, and like you said, have that steady temperature that only needs to be supplemented during different seasons. The reason the electric bill is that amount is because we pay the entire bill- that includes my Dad's house usage. I was waiting for someone to ask about that after I read it and noticed they didn't include that little detail. haha - Good eye!
      Thanks for reading and best of luck to you in your future earth dam home!

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  16. Awesome Jess/Dan. I see a bright future for both of you. Lessons of frugality are often a carried trait that influences one's thinking and acting well into the future. Little successes build confidence that you can do anything and this will bring even bigger successes in the future. Wish there we more resourceful people like you guys. You must have a creative and resourceful family supporting you as well. Well done...both of you!

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    1. Hello,
      Thanks so much for the kind words! Yes, we both definitely grew up learning the value of a dollar. I didn't get allowances or money just because I wanted to go to the mall with friends. I had to earn money if I wanted something- and of course, I did chores without pay because I was part of the family so I had to do part of the work. I've never understood why that value didn't stay. So many kids these days are just handed anything they want and have no idea the work that would have to go into it if they were to earn it.

      Where I used to live, Northern Maine, we used to have school breaks centered around potato harvest time. More than one year, I worked my little body to the bones picking, hauling, loading potatoes by hand. 6am to 6pm days. Hardest work of my life- and I was 13. I will never forget the feeling when I was handed my money for that work. That kind of experience makes a mark, and some days I still look at an item and say, "Is that really worth 8 hours of picking potatoes?" It's a nice trick, because my answer is always an immediate, "No!" haha Thank you again for taking the time to write to us. We hope to keep these values alive and well!

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  17. HI, you are amazing, in this world this kind of project is a revolution...

    continue like that.
    i follow you from italy

    Nicolo

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    1. Hi Nicolo!
      Thanks so much for the encouragement! We plan to keep on going! Next up will be a tiny homestead- providing for almost all of your own needs on just 2 acres...or maybe a little more if we can afford it! Thanks again for reading along and sharing your support from across the globe! :)

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  18. I found your blog from a link on Tiny House Newsletter. It is very encouraging! There have been some aspects of my life/lifestyle that have made me wonder if a tiny house is right for me, such as living in New England (Maine), playing instruments, and being an avid sewer, but you've helped me see it can be done. And, best of all, you have a bunny! I've always had pet rabbits and after my last one passed away I wasn't sure if I would get another one since I plan to build a tiny house and didn't know if it'd be feasible. I bought a trailer last summer and hope to start the building process next year (I know, whoa, slow down, right?! :oP). Thanks for sharing your story! Now I need to factor bunny-proofing into my design process... :)

    Wait a minute, I just noticed in a previous reply you mentioned you grew up in Northern Maine... Ha, I think my brother's girlfriend is a friend of yours! When I bought my trailer and gave my presentation to the family on why this was a good idea, she told me about a friend of hers in RI who was building a tiny house. For pete's sake, I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached!

    Anyway, good luck finishing up and finding some land!

    Btw, draft stopper sewn into the curtain is a genius idea, especially with the rice adding weight! If you find the rice doesn't insulate enough, I suggest adding some batting or fleece.

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  19. Hey! I'm laughing in my seat right now- what are the odds!? I bet you're right and I want to know her name now! Seems like such a small world doesn't it?! (Caribou High School 2003 & U. Maine Presque Isle)
    I'm so glad we were able to show you that your favorite hobbies can still be a part of your life! It really is all about defining your priorities and then designing with those in mind. I knew I would need storage for my sewing stuff, painting, etc So I kept an eye out for any little space that could serve as storage. Too funny about the rabbit! hahaha Wendy certainly loves it here- we need to get video of her romping around. But she's certainly done a number on the trim...only recently has she seemed to let up on that. Ugh. Don't feel bad about your pace! As long as you have started, that's the biggest thing. You have a trailer! The foundation! Now - if you are waiting to build, keep an eye out for second hand supplies- windows, doors, wood, cabinets, etc. When you have the time to be deliberate about your choices- you can save a LOT of money. We wish you the best of luck! Tell us how it goes or start a blog of your own! Love to see one being built in my home state!

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  20. Hello!

    I just stumbled upon your page and your place looks fabulous! I am the videographer for a company called www.CustomMade.com, and we are looking to produce a video featuring Makers and residents of tiny homes. I think you'd be a great fit! We're big supporters and participants of the Maker movement, and think your philosophy would fit wonderfully on our blog (www.custommade.com/blog).

    If you have any interest in being featured, please feel free to email me at daniel.hoshino@gmail.com. Keep up the great work!

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  21. I live in Rhode Island also and have been dreaming about building a tiny house - from May to October I live on a tiny boat, which I absolutely love. So, I'm half way there. :-)

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    1. That is SO cool Kara! I've always loved the notion of house boats, but was never sure I could live in one myself. Now I know I can handle the space limitations, but still not sure about being on water. I've gotten sea sick once or twice. Best of luck to you on your tiny house build! You need only to decide you are going to do it, then take one step at a time!

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  23. Hello! My name is Emily Thomas and my husband and I live in Rhode Island! We are truly inspired by your story and the life you have built together and are seriously contemplating buying a tiny home in the foreseeable future! We were hoping to meet you in person to pick your brain about the process! PLEASE feel free to email me to maybe get together or at least chat about your inspiring story! THANKS SO MUCH! emily.hope.thomas412@gmail.com I hope this isn't creepy lol

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  24. Hi! Maybe this has been asked already, but I didn't see it, above.... I've been craving going tiny in RI, too, but have been discouraged by zoning restrictions. Can you shed some light on how you're dealing with that? Are you limited, strictly, to living in someone else's backyard, basically? Do wheels on or not make a difference? I've heard some folks say that RV-ing it makes it more do-able, but I'm not even sure that's the case in RI. I'd love to know what you know and what a good resource for RI-er's would be for navigating the zoning and building code end of things. Best to you!!

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  25. HI Jess & Dan! We are Jenna & Guillaume from Tiny House Giant Journey. We might be coming through RI soon and would love to exchange tiny house tours! Let us know if you think that's a possibility. Either way, awesome home! - J&G
    www.tinyhousegiantjourney.com

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  26. Hi! Let me start by saying you guys are amazing for being such a huge part of the Tiny House Community and it's people with successful stories like yours that let me know that I can do it too.

    I'm a 22 year old female and I have decided to build myself a tiny home on wheels. For many reasons such as: living within my means, being rent/debt free, simplifying my life by using less water, less electricity, and so on. The idea of a Tiny House is so liberating!

    However, financially, i'm still not up to par but for me it's either now or never. I have recently created a Indiegogo fundraising campaign that relies on crowd funding. If anyone is open to donating even $5 it would get me that much closer to my dream. The goal is $5,000 so I can get started asap. Most of the money will go for a trailer and framing. Hopefully after that's done, I will have enough money saved up to continue building. I am currently in the planning phase and would love to get started on the building phase.

    https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/i-have-a-dream-tiny-house--2/x/9600619

    Thanks so much!

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  27. Hey there!

    We love what you are doing! It's awesome to see the progress. We're doing a similar project and just wanted to share our blog: https://mehlfami.ly

    Best of luck! We can't wait to see how it turns out.

    Tabatha & Noah

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    1. Hey Tabatha! That's awesome that you are on the same journey! Thanks for sharing :) We are almost done now and it feels AMAZING! I wouldn't change a thing, because it has all changed me in such a profound way. I hope you and Noah gather the same benefits from your experience. Good luck!

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  28. It's great to see a Tiny House in Rhode Island! You guys are the first I've come across online who have a Tiny House here in RI. My Dad and I live in RI, and are beginning our Tiny House project here as well! We've been in the planning/developing process for a few months now. He's a professional contractor/carpenter, I'm an artist. Together we designed my ultimate dream Tiny Home, and we're all set to build any time now! Of course we've had a few problems finding land to build/keep the Tiny House on. We're going to end up renting a space to build it separately from the land we buy/rent to keep it on because we want to get to building right away, and the land search is becoming tedious. I know we're going to run into problems finding a piece of land to keep it on. Obviously the space we rent to build it won't allow me to live in it, so it will have to move to a more permanent location shortly after it's done. Any advice/connections? Our budget isn't too too tight, but we're always trying to save!

    Thanks so much guys!
    Stay cool! :)

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  29. Hey Jess and Dan,

    I love your tiny house so much! I host a tiny house podcast with my fiancee, and would love to feature you on the show. Shoot us a message at general (at) letsbuildatinyhouse.com (sorry for the weird format - just don't bots spamming our email!).

    Thanks,
    Kyle LeFevre

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  30. Dan and Jess: I saw some criticism re. ladder on your kitchen counter and wanted to share 'real life'. I worked a rather extravagant stair system to access a bunk with the concerns expressed by a few and have ended up more often using the counter as the step up as it just feels right to step there. I live in my tiny space a little less than 1/4 of the year (weekend work/travel). Until you live it, you don't know what works. Your home looks magical and efficient.

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    1. Hi! Thanks for reading and thanks for your input! Everyone has their own opinions, priorities, and abilities so I let it roll off the back. ;) It works for my needs and we see it as a great multi-functional example within the house. It's very true that until you actually live it, don't knock it! Thanks again for following along- we certainly love our home! :)

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  31. Hey,
    thank you so much for all this detailed information!! I have checked severall blocks so far and in my impression none of them had so many good reseached informations as you do.
    What I was wondering is how much mone you spend on the house and the trailer? And where did you get the trailer from. See, I'm a university student from Germany so I don't have a lot of money, but it would be a huge dream to live nature friendlier and also not having to take so much money from my parents which they spend on my room- rent. I hope this question is not too personal...
    Well, greetings and all the best from Germany =)
    Janna
    P.S.: I love your roof and straight walls! Alsways wondered why people would want to lose space there...

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  32. Hi Jess. Amazing blog. We are living in RI and also thinking about building one of these homes but I can't grasp the size from the pictures. I wanted to see if you'd be interested in meeting for a coffee one day and if I pass the inspection perhaps a quick look at your place. I've lived in NYC so I know I can do small...he thinks it is an amazing idea but we share custody of two soon to be teenagers so I'm a bit hesitant. If you are interested, please feel free to email me at tcalci@gmail.com. Thanks, Tina

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  33. HI Jess,

    What you guys are doing is awesome! Im a casting producer in LA. I would love to speak with you about a show we are working on about people and families living off the grid. If you can email me at arieldunbarcasting@gmail.com I would love to give you more information!

    Best,

    Ariel

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  34. Hey Jess,

    Awesome blog! My husband and I are currently in the process of building a tiny house in Massachusetts. If you like you can check out our progress at tinymovingcastle.com . How is the baking business going?

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  35. Hi Jess and Dan!

    I too love in RI (Burrillville) and wanted to say that you guys have done a fantastic job at not only creating your dream but living it! You've also inspired many (myself included) in going on with our own tiny house dream. I'm in my late 40's and if you can do it...do can we! Would love to meet, chat and pick your brain about how to go about living in our tiny house FT without being hassled into moving due to the zoning restrictions in Burrillville. Maybe lunch at Waterfall cafe?


    Thank you for the inspiration and the wonderful information on this site! Such a valuable resource! Love the dream and best wishes to you both. Lisa ( lisa@tinyhousejourney.com )

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  37. Hello,

    I'm Jerry from SFG Media Group. We own several media properties including tinyhometour.com and other content websites.

    We periodically will feature homes on our website, paired with a review or commentary on the design and interior, and would like to feature your home from http://livinginatinyhouse.blogspot.com/ in a home tour article on content websites by our company, including tinyhometour.com.

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  38. Hello my name is Chapman Henley. I am a college student doing a sociology research paper on the Tiny House Movement. In order to meet all the criteria I need to interview 3-5 people who are living or have lived in a tiny house. If you are willing to answer a few questions via email or know anyone who is willing please contact me at chapman.henley@yahoo.com . Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

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  40. hey i just came across your page and im taking donations to build my tiny house at https://www.gofundme.com/tiny-house-fund-for-college every dollar counts and will greatly be appreciated!!

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  41. Hello,

    My name is Will I am a Tiny House Owner in RI and have a few questions for you what is the best way to get in contact with you?

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