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Support Tiny House Hurricane Relief in Houston

Support Tiny House Hurricane Relief in Houston

This weekend at the 3rd Annual Tiny House Festival, we’ll be raising money to support Nu-Waters Co-op, a small business incubation started through Project Row Houses to address food deserts in Houston.

Nu-Waters runs a Tiny House Build Site with 15-person teams who work together to collaboratively build tiny houses for each participant.  In the wake of the hurricane, their efforts are intensified, as so many have been displaced and found their previous housing untenable.

Other hurricane relief efforts through Nu-Waters Co-op include being the only store in Houston open during the storm itself, partnering with relief workers to boat food into flooded neighborhoods.  They are sponsoring ten ‘gap families,’ those whose breadwinners are either self-employed or work hourly-rate jobs, and therefore missing a week and a half of work is enough to push a family over the edge.  Nu-Waters’ sponsorship involves giving these families free groceries for a month so they can make it out of this gap.  

Nu-Waters itself has taken a serious hit from the flood, as their storage area for all their farm equipment was completely submerged.  However, being a co-op, their first concern is always for the community and its needs before looking to their own.

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Or donate at the Welcome Table during the 3rd Annual BIG Tiny House Festival this weekend!

The Expressive Technique (aka Dumbledore’s Pensive)

When my mind or my heart gets too full and I finally start listening to what my body needs, I inevitably find myself in my studio. As an interdisciplinary artist, I have many avenues at my disposal to get whatever is rattling around my brain outside of me. They are not mechanical techniques or well-practicedContinue Reading

The Acadia by Tiny Living Spaces

The Acadia by Tiny Living Spaces

The Acadia by Tiny Living Spaces is a total of 275 sq feet of living space. Roadworthy at under 14,000 lbs and 13.6 high X 8.6.wide atop a 24 ft tiny home trailer with 4 ft bump out. Ample storage throughout, on demand hot water and prepped for D/W and W/D combo unit. The homeContinue Reading

Hammerstone Building Workshops and Guest House!

Hammerstone Building Workshops and Guest House!

Hammerstone: Carpentry for Women is THE east coast venue for women to learn basic carpentry skills in a supportive, judgement free environment. This year they’ll be returning to the annual BIG Tiny House Festival after their debut in 2014 to share those skills with you! Hammerstone will be offering two 2.5 hour workshops on Saturday, SeptemberContinue Reading

Destiny Dweller!

Destiny Dweller!

I have lived in my 160 sq. ft. tiny house in NY for about 8 months now and have loved every second of it! Fully equipped with a living area, dining room table, deep closet, kitchen, full bathroom, and two lofts, this house is the perfect fit for me active and carefree lifestyle. The unique thingContinue Reading

Kat Mondieu’s Converted School Bus

Kat Mondieu’s Converted School Bus

Kat Mondieu turned a 2002 Freightliner FS65 schoolbus into a tiny home on wheels. It sleeps 4-6 with bunks, a queen size bed in back, a dining area that converts to a bed, composting toilet, kitchen, wood burning stove & tub. She’s been working on it since June 2016 with her partner and has lived in itContinue Reading

I will not be filled with hate.

I will not be filled with hate. I can feel it hurtling towards me, heated by the fire of your tiki torches, trumpeted by the chanting of your racist slogans, engraved in the photographs of your snarling faces. It ravages; fueled by the husks of dark history built into this country’s foundation, a wildfire sparkedContinue Reading

Volunteer at the Tiny House Festival!

Volunteer at the Tiny House Festival!

The 3rd Annual BIG Tiny House Festival is fast approaching! With several thousand people expected and a parade of tiny houses on the way, we’re going to need some help pulling this off. We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in: Working the welcome table Facilitating art and community activities Taking photographs and videos of the eventContinue Reading

Daring to Write Your Own Story

I write to explain myself to myself. To take the things that have happened to me, especially ones where I have felt disempowered, and tell them as if I had planned for everything to happen. As if living through a divorce, which left me distrustful of anyone’s ability to commitment, was something that needed toContinue Reading

REUSE Box Truck

REUSE Box Truck

A converted moving truck by former HGTV host/author Derek “Deek” Diedricksen and filmmaker/Reuse advocate Alex Eaves with the principal aim of building with and incorporating as many salvaged, repurposed, used, and dumpster dived materials as possible. This build has been filmed for a future full length documentary and will eventually tour a portion of theContinue Reading

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