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Small House Society News – Nov 2020

1 Nov 2020


It’s been a while since I last checked in with you. I hope you are doing well.

As you’re probably aware, it’s been a busy year for those involved in smaller simpler living. With many businesses having shifted to a work at home, people are re-thinking when and how they want to live. So the increase in small, simple, economical living is on the rise.

This year I’ve continued working with educators, journalists, as well as small house dwellers and builders. Much has been going on behind the scenes that hasn’t made it into our website or social media feeds.

As you may have heard, Yahoo Groups will be discontinued on December 15, so we’re asking subscribers to please signup for our MailChimp powered newsletter. [Subscribe]

I’m interested to hear back from you about what you’d like to see more of in the year ahead. Are you a small house builder, dweller, blogger? How can the Small House Society better serve your needs and interests? What do you think the priorities and goals should be in the months ahead? Would you like more updates by email? If yes, should they be weekly, monthly, quarterly? Feel free to use the contact form below or our contact page to share your thoughts.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks!


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2019 Small House Society Annual Fundraiser


Our annual fundraising campaign is now underway.

As we enter our 17th year, please consider a donation to help us have greater impact. [DONATE]

Additional funding helps us do more to serve the small house movement by: responding to media requests, helping builders and buyers connect, promoting events, answering questions from those new to small living, giving public presentations, and speaking to students in K-12 and higher education.

When you give, your name can go on our leaderboard of paying members.


Media Request: Small Housers Needed for Retirement Publication Article

Organization: Susannah Shmurak

Type of media: Retirement Publication

Contact: Susannah Shmurak

Deadline: Most helpful if we can fit in an interview by 24 Feb 2019

Location: Seeking any small house dwellers regardless of location.


“I’m writing an article on tiny homes for a retirement publication and was hoping someone over 55 who lives in a tiny house might have time for a brief interview in the next couple weeks. Please contact me at if so. Many thanks!”



Your Tiny House Photos and Videos Needed by French TV Producer

Organization: TF1 – French Television

Type of media: Television / Video

Contact: Emma Derome

Deadline: Friday, 15 Jun 2018

Location: Global


I’m a journalist working on a short TV program that will be broadcasted on TF1, the main french TV channel.

It focuses on the future of dwelling, and one of the episode will be about tiny houses. We would like to present the small house society as one of the examples.

Do you have any pictures/videos in HD to share ? If you agree, we would need you to file an authorization form so we can broadcast the pictures. These pictures will of course be used with mention of the credits.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward for your reply,

Emma Derome


For Sale: The Amazing Tiny House Built in 72 Hours!

Imagine owning a home and being able to have the assembly video for your own tiny house! The amazing tiny home featured in the video below is now for sale and is currently located in Des Moines, Iowa. Was $65k, now asking $45k. Contact us for further details.

When you purchase this house, and mention you discovered it by way of the Small House Society, a small portion of your purchase will go to help our efforts, so please keep us in mind. Thanks!

Small Homes and Tiny Houses – Presentation by Greg Johnson

On 13 Sep 2017, I gave a presentation via Skype about the small home and tiny house movement to an 8th Grade Pre-Engineering class at Lee Burneson Middle School in Westlake, Ohio. Here’s a video of the presentation.

FOR SALE: Mobile Hermitage Tiny House


The Mobile Hermitage is ready to continue on it’s journey. This is a great opportunity to purchase and enjoy this delightful tiny home. The home is for sale as described here:

Tumbleweed XS for sale.

Kermit the Mobile Hermitage was built in 2003 by Jay Shaffer and Gregory Paul Johnson – author of “Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Learned From Living in 140 Square Feet.”

This 10×7 one axle house is easy to tow You need an F250 or bigger. Sleeping loft with queen futon included. AC/DC electric with two solar panels. Propane heater needs a repair, but it gets the place too hot anyway. A portable ceramic heater is included. No bathroom, but room for bucket composting toilet. No water hook-up.

New stain on exterior 2016. Original history here:

$16,000 Located in Newark DE. You pick up. Please message me if interested.Thank you! I don’t want to sell, but I have to. Life stuff.

Dragonfly Leathrum
Location: Camp Whistle Pig, Newark, DE
Listed on Facebook Here


Spread The Word!

Thanks to everyone who is helping get the message out about this home. The map below shows some of the recent visitors to this page. Click here or the map image to enlarge.



Determining the Right Size BTU or Ton Air Conditioner Required Per Square Feet of Space

The following table provides a guide for choosing the right size air conditioner based on the area needing to be cooled. The Air conditioner output and capacity is measured in BTU per hour. This chart includes areas from 100 square feet up to 2,500 square feet for comparison.

Area To Be Cooled (square feet) Capacity Needed (BTUs per hour)
100 up to 150 5,000
150 up to 250 6,000
250 up to 300 7,000
300 up to 350 8,000
350 up to 400 9,000
400 up to 450 10,000
450 up to 550 12,000
550 up to 700 14,000
700 up to 1,000 18,000
1,000 up to 1,200 21,000
1,200 up to 1,400 23,000
1,400 up to 1,500 24,000
1,500 up to 2,000 30,000
2,000 up to 2,500 34,000

Additional Considerations

  • If the room is heavily shaded, reduce capacity by 10 percent.
  • If the room is very sunny, increase capacity by 10 percent.
  • If more than two people regularly occupy the room, add 600 BTUs for each additional person.
  • If the unit is used in a kitchen, increase capacity by 4,000 BTUs.
  • Consider where you install the unit. If you are mounting an air conditioner near the corner of a room, look for a unit that can send the airflow in the right direction.

Measuring for Central Air Conditioning Systems in Tons

The basic formula for determining the required tonnage of a central air conditioning system is as follows:

( ( House square footage times 30 then divided by 12,000 ) – 1.0 ) = Required Tonnage

If you live in an area that has higher temperatures during the summer (such as 110 degrees in the desert) then don’t subtract 1 in the formula above.

To determine a more accurate size for your region, use the chart below.



Sources (as of 11 May 2017):