Category Archives: Philosophy

Early Adopter and BEYOND!

Just because we’re challenged to find a buyer for our recently revealed super cool TinyGiantHose doesn’t mean we’re stopping with our deep dive down the rabbit hole of AMAZING tiny house integrations and design!

Photo Courtesy of: The Endesa Pavilion
Photo Courtesy of: The Endesa Pavilion

Turns out, as I had designed TinyGiant for myself with my very specific and crazy lifestyle of rock-climbing, aquaponic ecosystem-toting,¬†client inspired-wallpaper, I realized how much of an early-adopter I am to most everything. It’s hard to sell something so specific and ‘outlying’. I do find it ironic, however that the tiny house movement in and of itself is by it’s very nature an outlier-esque movement. ūüôā

That said, I am happy to announce that we are working up designs for a TinyTOO! Specific goals for this one will be,

To go even more off-grid with 2X the FUN!

We are packing this new tiny with even more badass-ness! Believe it or not, if you think TinyGiant blew your hair back, we’re happy to be bringing you yet another, Modern&TINY house¬†that will continue to showcase our true love for design, innovation and keen sense of outright funcitonal-cool!

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.doobybrain.com/2012/05/23/the-california-roll-a-pre-fab-house-that-adapts-to-its-desert-surroundings/
Photo Courtesy of: http://www.doobybrain.com/2012/05/23/the-california-roll-a-pre-fab-house-that-adapts-to-its-desert-surroundings/

Of course! –¬†I won’t let you go before I offer you but a sample of features coming in,¬†TinyTOO:

solar shading + passive solar heating
green roof
expandable roof over bed to sitting area on roof
fungus insualtion
electric opacity changing windows
root cellar
Solar PV
Solar HotWater
vertical wall garden
Climbing wall outside
Tensegrity structuring
rainwater collection
Opaque walls for cross-lighting
…will it float?!
…AND BEYOOOooooooonnnnnnnnddddddd!! ūüôā
If you’re interested in the TinyGiant, or have a wild hair to do something original, please feel free to reach out.
Onward!
Rob

MODERN & TINY

We have a FB page. Our tiny home design company will be at this years first ever Tiny Home Jamboree in Colorado Springs, CO. Come check the house out August 7-9th.

Come follow¬†us on the ‘Book’ here:¬†https://www.facebook.com/pages/Modern-and-TINY/985250308193388

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Pocket Neighborhoods taking off!

This is what community will look¬†like very soon. They’re called pocket neighborhoods – usually built on one, two, or three lots in a row consisting of 3-6 tiny homes. These designs will usually utilize shared central gardens and meeting areas great for getting to know your neighbors and sharing the fun of creating a micro-community!

Source -  livingvintageco.com
Source – livingvintageco.com

Yet another group jumping on the tiny movement…

Came across this little article. It makes a great case for the continuation of the tiny movement. Here’s the summary…

cityLAB believes that building small houses could make a big impact, and we will begin studying how to bring Tiny Houses to Garfield in late 2013. The idea of Tiny Houses was one outcome of our 2011 6% Place book, which examined how Garfield and Garfield residents could benefit from a systematic effort to grow the neighborhood’s creative capital and attract new residents. cityLAB has recently been awarded a grant by the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development to bring this idea to fruition.

Redefine YOUR American Dream!

I’m taking this FREE online MOOC from edX (MITx), and thought it quite pertinent to the discussion of tiny home living. Wanted to share, in case some of you out there are struggling to redefine your dreams.

https://www.edx.org/course/american-dream-next-generation-mitx-15-662x#.VRCUQMZR7MA
https://www.edx.org/course/american-dream-next-generation-mitx-15-662x#.VRCUQMZR7MA

Here’s an excerpt:¬†To understand how we got here, and what we can do about it, we have to understand the world of work.¬† In this course, we‚Äôll trace the history of work and employment that has made the economy work so well in the past.¬† And we‚Äôll uncover what‚Äôs gone wrong, in order to figure out new solutions that fit today‚Äôs workforce, economy, and society.

We‚Äôll also take you on a personal journey.¬† You‚Äôll define what the ‚ÄúAmerican Dream‚ÄĚ means to you and your peers, no matter where you live.¬† What are your goals, aspirations and dreams?¬† How can you make them happen?

Cheers,

Rob

Tiny Home Philosophy Note #297

...life measured through connection
…life measured through connection

I have already posted a few videos on the site talking specifically on the power of decluttering your world and becoming rich through owning less stuff, so I thought I’d throw together a fun little graphic to illustrate the point. Feel free to share. ūüėČ

The Creator

 

In light of the tiny home movement, I thought it pertinent to toss this little gem up¬†by Ayn Rand…
Ayn Rand quoteForging new philosophies in thought is one of the most relegated and sought after tasks of each civilization. Ironically, the creators of such new visions of process, technique, and method are the ones most ridiculed.

Antithetically, as Rand notes, it is the one single thing that carries humanity and civilizations along, for better or for worse.

Albeit somewhat new to the world, the tiny home movement is no stranger to ridicule. There are still many hurdles to overcome. Whether it be local policy, code ambiguity, or aesthetic adoption the creators and followers of this movement must forge ahead carrying a civilization of misallocated resources, social paradigms, and misguided beliefs to a brave new vision of what it means to be a community, to share, have less stress, and live more by working less.

As Timothy Ferris put it,¬†“The new rich.”