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Archive for October, 2011

Autumn in Colorado.

There’s this one video clip from back in April that makes Christopher and I laugh every time we see it.

It’s from one of the first interviews that we filmed, in Christopher’s kitchen, a few days after he’d bought the trailer and begun building. “How long exactly do you think this project will take you?” I asked and Christopher replied, without missing a beat, “About two, maybe three months.”

That was seven months ago.

Yet, the progress has been steady on both the house and the film, and our—slightly more realistic—finish date is now projected for the end of this year. The up-side of this is that we get to share some gorgeous Autumn photography with you, from out at the building site, on Christopher’s land, and also from some filming shoots that we’ve done in other areas of Colorado. Enjoy!

 

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Colorado Bioneers Conference: A Field Trip to the Tiny House.

Each year, the University of Colorado hosts a satellite version of the National Bioneers Conference, which celebrates “Revolution from the Heart of Nature.”

The national conference features speakers working on the forefront of environmental sciences and activism, bringing environmentalism to everyday

We welcomed an enthusiastic group of 25 Bioneers attendees to step inside the tiny house, and to ask questions about the construction process, the film, and our exploration of the greater tiny house movement.

Colorado Bioneers from CU Environmental Center on Vimeo.


Tiny House Construction Update: A Porch is Born.

My favorite part of the tiny house’s new porch has been watching Christopher figure out how to build it.

Because of the house’s cantilevered porch (Chirstopher’s invention, to maximize floor space inside the house), the design was a bit trickier than your standard tiny house deck. When the house is stationary, the 3-foot section of the porch that hangs suspended over the edge of the trailer is supported with jacks. But when the house is transported, there will be nothing but air beneath this section. Most porch designs would have put too much weight on the ends of these beams, so Christopher had to get creative. Continue reading “Tiny House Construction Update: A Porch is Born.” »