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The Tiny House Movement

Big Update: Hawaii is the next Big Wave for Tiny Houses!

Tiny Houses

Here is just a small taste of the wide variety of stuff going on with the Tiny House Movement. I estimate that in the next few years Tiny Houses will be in ecovillages and rural neighborhoods across the country. These small homes will be helping to solve the energy crisis, reducing our collective carbon footprint, growing the local economy, providing alternatives to homelessness and affordable housing for those communities that embrace the concept early on.

What is the Tiny House Movement?  Here are some really interesting links that will help you “get it”.

Explained in detail –

Huffington Post ongoing series –

PBS ongoing topic: Tiny House Movement –

Wikipedia –
(discusses “Institutionalized Discrimination” regarding building codes) –

There’s no doubt it is a movement. With magazines, podcasts, radio programs, blogs, news reports, design companies and manufacturers sprouting up all over the country. Tiny Homes and talking American by storm!

Tiny House Movement on Facebook: Huge Following!

1) 60,000+ members (blogs)

2) 70,000+ members (designs)

3) 76,000+ members (designs)

4) 13,000+ members (discussions)

5) 48,000+ members (for sale)

6) 22,000+ members (designs)

Saving Money for Residents to grow a local economy:
It’s fairly easy to see that our financial system has been funneling people into two categories: Owners and Renters. The percentage of rent to income these days isn’t anything like it was so many years ago. So we need to open our minds and change our laws to consider a new breed of folks who perhaps want to own but don’t want to spend $700,000 for a house, and renters that don’t want to spend 75% of their income in rent. In comes the Tiny House movement.
Depending on your situation and ability to work a deal, you can build a house and negotiate a place to put it for far less than buying or renting. That means more money in your pocket or to pay down debt.

Chart –

Tiny Movie
Started with an idea and then a Kickstarter campaign

The Tiny Movie Facebook Page

Tiny Houses and EcoVillages:
The Ecovillage concept is also taking off and strangely being courted by municipalities and non-profits. I’ve seen a lot of movement here as well and this is good for the small dwelling aficionados who want to bridge the red-tape government hurdle as soon as possible. An ecovillage is simply a small community surrounding or connected to the idea of energy conservation, green building and design, ecological practices and sustainable gardening. Tiny Houses fit that model as well.

In the News:

Huffington Post –


ABC News –

CNN/living –

NBC News –

AOL Real Estate News –



FOX News –

Books about Codes & Permits:

Education & Workshops Around the Country:

Social Media & Photo Sharing: (see Facebook pages above for more).

Valley News –

Meetup Groups across the country:

Websites / blogs: (this is just a small sample).

Tiny House Magazines & Info:

Tiny House Plans & Design Companies:


Google Search for “Tiny Houses” finds in 40,100,000 results

“Tiny Houses” has over 23,000 results on

Here on the island of Maui the primary obstacles are the typical government red tape that stalls most growth and innovation without good reason. Luckily here on Maui we have some good solid County Council members who are willing to help speed up the process and work together to find solutions.

I decided to present this article filled with links to more info because I am working with some local Maui residents to create several alternatives in EcoVillages, community gardening and Affordable Housing and I want others to have plenty of knowledge on the subject.


  1. Cool, Erik, lotta work including all those darn links!
    Hope you will get in touch w/ Jashana for Upcountry Sustainability regarding Maui ecovillages, and also touch base w/ Dale Bonar of HILT about affordable farm land trusts, another option to create ecovillages on long term leased farm land.

  2. Ok, I can’t resist leaving a 2nd comment. This is a post based on notes from the talk by Jashana Kippert on Ecovillages: Fact or Fantasy on Maui, which may be helpful to the Maui peeps who are reading this, if I did the HTML right.

    Maui has had the ecovillage discussion thing going on for a long time… There are issues around getting land (land is expensive), plus the usual issues of living in a community w/ other ppl. Most communities I’ve visited in the US look better than they really are. The one in Germany was more together. However, I was impressed w/ Jashana and she is doing another workshop this coming Wednesday 6/19 at Upcountry Sustainability. Here’s the link for the event.

    The community garden is only 6 years old at Hali’imaile. Doing community things takes practice over time. The Twin Falls folks are kind of one model, though the Rainbow Gathering/Burning Man energy may turn off folks who might be into cohousing.

  3. Hmm, not sure what happened to the FB event link for the 2nd ecovillage talk w/ Jashana. Trying again. Here’s the link, I hope.

  4. Mahalo for all your great comments!!

  5. I wish comments had a “LIKE” button!

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