Small House Society News 201512

Small House Society – News 201512 | 31 Dec 2015 | Thursday

Dear Friend,

20110201tu-gregory-johnson-mobile-hermitage-small-house-photo-by-makur-jain-IMG_6311-450x630-70percent-214x300Here’s the latest news from the Small House Society.

Annual Fundraiser. At the start of each new year, we focus on fundraising for only a few weeks.

Donations help us have greater impact throughout the year ahead in promoting and supporting the small house movement.

You can give using PayPalFundly, or by sending a check to: Small House Society, PO Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717.

Those who give are added to our listing of contributing members.

As we start a new year, it’s good time to reflect back on what’s been accomplished and what we hope to do in the months ahead.

This past year has been amazing. Here are just a few highlights of what we’ve accomplished this past year:

  • NPR Interview – We had a great interview on NPR that got national exposure. [Listen]
  • Luther College Presentation – We participated in the Big Tiny House event at Luther College.
  • Fox News Interview – We were able to get the small house message promoted through Fox News. [Watch]
  • Higher Education – Supporting research and study of the small house movement in higher education is essential. We’ve had an opportunity to provide support to many in higher education.

If you you’re able and willing, please consider giving or our work as indicated above.

Midwest Small House Symposium

Please join us for our next small house event taking place on January 23 in Marion, Iowa. Click here for more details.

Thanks

I want to thank the global team of volunteers and contributors “behind the scenes” who help make all this possible. I’m very grateful to the many people who continue to uphold and advance the mission of the Small House Society.

Everyone who is connected with the Small House Society at any level is part of the success and progress of the movement. However you’re involved, your work is appreciated and having an impact.

Thanks again for your support. Please let me know if there is any way that the Small House Society can serve you better.

Regards,
Gregory Johnson, Facilitator, President, Co-Founder
Small House Society

Internet: http://www.smallhousesociety.org
E-Mail: shs @ resourcesforlife.com (without spaces)
Postal: c/o Resources for Life, PO Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717
Phone: (319) 621-4911
Subscribe. Enter your email address below and click the Join Now button to be notified when the latest Small House Society newsletter is available.

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Global Reach. During a typical week, we have thousands of visitors from over 120 countries visiting our website. The map below is just a snapshot of just a few hours. So, the need for additional helpers is great. We have over 8000 people that we communicate each month through email, phone, or these updates. Click here for a larger view of the map.

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Small House Society Featured by Fox News New York City

This segment by Fox News in New York City included an interview with Small House Society President, Greg Johnson. (23 March 2015)

Images

Below are some images from the video.

Virginia Tech, Tiny Houses, and Distance Education in Higher Ed

One way the Small House Society helps facilitate the small house movement is by connecting with colleges teaching about housing, sustainability, and urban design.

Virginia Tech is utilizing distance education technologies to bring specialists into the classroom.  On 14 April 2015, I had the opportunity to be a visiting guest for a sustainability course taught by Luke Juran. Using Skype I was able to present and interact with the students in the course. Below is a photo from our Skype session.

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I’ve been inspired by the increased interest in tiny houses among students and faculty in higher education. Those focusing on sustainability and urban planning are incorporating smaller and more efficient living spaces into our built spaces. This tells me that we’re reaching a point of critical mass within the small house movement.

Click here to read another longer version of this article discusses distance education in more depth.

Microhouse Video by Portlandia Features Tiny House Satire

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6pj3jVgeh8]

 

Today, for the first time in over 12 years we had a member leave the Small House Society. So, the Small House Society is now a little smaller. Here’s what happened…

In response to the above video posted to our Facebook page, Mary P. stated:

“this shot will definately get me to ‘unlike’ …. sorry … we all know IT happens …. I’m guessing you’re trying to build up your likes ….. if this is so …. then I, for one will have to say bye bye ….. seriously??? I’ve seen WAY too many other FB pages that actually know how to build a desk seperate from the toilet …. SHAME!!!!”

Mary left before we could respond to her.

We’re thankful to everyone for the lively Facebook discussion and many positive comments/likes in response to this video. For the few people, like Mary, who were upset about the video, we wanted to respond with the following.

This video appears to have been created by people close to the small house movement, and we assume it was not mean spirited or meant to offend.

It may have been created as a way of being satirical and self-effacing, or it may have been created as an effort to be mean and try to discredit the small house movement and tiny house dwellers. Either way, it belongs here as part of the larger discussion about simple and small living.

We don’t silence and censor our critics. To the extent that people have criticisms about the small house movement, we want to hear those criticisms, reflect on them, respond courteously, and work to improve what we do.

For this reason, in any movement, it is essential to become the authoritative source and platform for the criticism of your movement. Instead of censoring others in an effort to create a cult-like myopic sectarian strict observance of narrow dogma, it’s important to have a diversity of ideas, the ability to laugh at yourself, and recognize your own faults or areas that can improve.

This is the spirit upon which the Small House Society was founded, and in that spirit we continue.

Small House Society Annual Fundraiser

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3 February 2015

Dear Friend,

At the start of each new year, we focus on fundraising for only a few weeks.

Donations help us have greater impact throughout the year ahead in promoting and supporting the small house movement.

You can give using PayPalFundly, or by sending a check to: Small House Society, PO Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717.

Those who give are added to our listing of contributing members.

As we start a new year, it’s good time to reflect back on what’s been accomplished and what we hope to do in the months ahead.

This past year has been amazing. Here are just a few highlights of what we’ve accomplished this past year:

  • We’ve been able to help with the launch of two major network television shows focused on the small house movement: Tiny House Nation and  Tiny House Hunting.
  • We helped with the website launch for a local small house group, TinyHouseIowaCity.com.
  • We’ve connected with major media from coast to coast and around the world.
  • We’ve responded to numerous emails and phone calls from those wanting to embrace smaller, simpler, and more sustainable living.
  • We’ve also helped promote small house designers and builders.
  • Our website now has almost 17,000 followers through direct subscriptions and various social media sites.

If you you’re able and willing, please consider giving or our work as indicated above.

20110201tu-gregory-johnson-mobile-hermitage-small-house-photo-by-makur-jain-IMG_6311-450x630-70percent-214x300Thanks. I want to thank the global team of volunteers and contributors “behind the scenes” who help make all this possible. I’m very grateful to the many people who continue to uphold and advance the mission of the Small House Society.

Everyone who is connected with the Small House Society at any level is part of the success and progress of the movement. However you’re involved, your work is appreciated and having an impact.

Thanks again for your support. Please let me know if there is any way that the Small House Society can serve you better.

Regards,
Gregory Johnson, Facilitator, President, Co-Founder
Small House Society

Internet: http://www.smallhousesociety.org
E-Mail: shs @ resourcesforlife.com (without spaces)
Postal: c/o Resources for Life, PO Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717
Phone: (319) 621-4911
Subscribe. Enter your email address below and click the Join Now button to be notified when the latest Small House Society newsletter is available.

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Global Reach. During a typical week, we have thousands of visitors from over 120 countries visiting our website. The map below is just a snapshot of just a few hours. So, the need for additional helpers is great. We have over 15,000 people that we communicate each month through email, phone, or these updates. Click for a larger image.

20130331su-small-house-society-website-visitors-1024x651

Small House Society News 201501

Small House Society – News 201501 | 31 January 2015 |  Saturday

Dear Friend,

20110201tu-gregory-johnson-mobile-hermitage-small-house-photo-by-makur-jain-IMG_6311-450x630-70percent-214x300Here’s the latest news from the Small House Society.

Annual Fundraiser. At the start of each new year, we focus on fundraising for only a few weeks.

Donations help us have greater impact throughout the year ahead in promoting and supporting the small house movement.

You can give using PayPalFundly, or by sending a check to: Small House Society, PO Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717.

Those who give are added to our listing of contributing members.

As we start a new year, it’s good time to reflect back on what’s been accomplished and what we hope to do in the months ahead.

This past year has been amazing. Here are just a few highlights of what we’ve accomplished this past year:

  • We’ve been able to help with the launch of two major network television shows focused on the small house movement: Tiny House Nation and  Tiny House Hunting.
  • We helped with the website launch for a local small house group, TinyHouseIowaCity.com.
  • We’ve connected with major media from coast to coast and around the world.
  • We’ve responded to numerous emails and phone calls from those wanting to embrace smaller, simpler, and more sustainable living.
  • We’ve also helped promote small house designers and builders.
  • Our website now has almost 17,000 followers through direct subscriptions and various social media sites.

If you you’re able and willing, please consider giving or our work as indicated above.

Thanks. I want to thank the global team of volunteers and contributors “behind the scenes” who help make all this possible. I’m very grateful to the many people who continue to uphold and advance the mission of the Small House Society.

Everyone who is connected with the Small House Society at any level is part of the success and progress of the movement. However you’re involved, your work is appreciated and having an impact.

Thanks again for your support. Please let me know if there is any way that the Small House Society can serve you better.

Regards,
Gregory Johnson, Facilitator, President, Co-Founder
Small House Society

Internet: http://www.smallhousesociety.org
E-Mail: shs @ resourcesforlife.com (without spaces)
Postal: c/o Resources for Life, PO Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717
Phone: (319) 621-4911
Subscribe. Enter your email address below and click the Join Now button to be notified when the latest Small House Society newsletter is available.

* * *

Global Reach. During a typical week, we have thousands of visitors from over 120 countries visiting our website. The map below is just a snapshot of just a few hours. So, the need for additional helpers is great. We have over 8000 people that we communicate each month through email, phone, or these updates. Click for a larger image.

20130331su-small-house-society-website-visitors-1024x651

Micro Loft Designs That Avoid Violating Building Codes

“Apartments under a certain size aren’t allowed. What I did to get around that is to have this fall under the rooming house code. Rooming house code doesn’t allow for cooking facilities inside of the unit, but a microwave for some reason, even a convection microwave, is not considered a cooking device. On a small unit of 225 square feet, you’re not allowed to put a door between the sleeping area and the rest of the space because you would create a sleeping space which is prohibited under building code also.” (@3’20”)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmL2l-bcuUQ]

“The last two units to be rented out were the larger units. Everyone wanted the 225-square-foot units. Those were the high demand units.” (@12’30”)

Video originally published to YouTube by Kristen Dirksen on 26 Jan 2015.

Description from YouTube. The Providence Arcade is nearly 2 centuries old, but when Evan Granoff bought it was considered one of the city’s most endangered properties. Realizing that the demand for commercial space would never match that for downtown housing, Granoff decided to convert the upper floors of the country’s first indoor mall into tiny loft apartments.

At just 225 square feet, the smallest units would have fallen below the city’s minimum size standard for apartments so Granoff decided to classify his micro-lofts as a rooming house. The Providence rooming house code allows for rooms as small as 80 square feet (single occupancy), as long as they don’t have a cooking facility. Fortunately, for Granoff and tenants, a microwave is not considered a cooking device.

The tiniest units rent for $550 per month, almost half the city average, and all of them rented out almost immediately (there’s now a waiting list). Many of the tenants don’t spend a lot of time at home. We talked to Naz Karim, a doctor who works emergency room shifts, and plans to spend much of the year on a fellowship in Africa and Sharon Kinnier who uses the loft for when she’s working in a Providence lab formulating organic cosmetics (she spends the rest of the time with her husband in Washington D.C.).

The bottom floor of the mall is still commercial, but Granoff limits it to micro retail so no chains and they’re all focused on fashion and art design. We stopped in at nude boutique where Amy Stetkiewicz, one of the 6 local designers, was closing up shop downstairs from her micro loft.

Click here to read the original story on FairCompanies.com.

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Wisconsin Public Radio – Small House Interview

On Monday, 6 October 2014, Wisconsin Public Radio dedicated an hour to discussing the small house movement. I was able to be a guest on the show and talk about tiny house living. You can listen to the interview below. Click here to read more on the WPR website. Thanks to the Joy Cardin Show for featuring tiny houses!

ABC News Video: Inside the Tiny House Movement Sweeping the Nation

“GMA’s” Ginger Zee provides an inside look at the tiny living trend, and a sneak peek at “Tiny House Nation” on FYI Network.