Kent Grisgold, from Tiny House Blog as graciously agreed to do an interview with us! And though Tiny Houses are not in the exact category as an RV, the principles are the same. It’s about doing something different, living an adventure, and simplifying. Thanks Kent!
1. What inspired you to start the Tiny House Blog?
Originally I was looking for simple cabins as I wanted to build or buy one in the mountains. Along the way I discovered Jay Shafer and his Tumbleweed designs and became fascinated in them and found what little I could out there about tiny houses. At this time I was also learning about blogging and decided to share my finds in a blog format.
2. We are an RV Blog. How do you think RVs fit in the realm of “Tiny Houses?”
One of things I find fascinating about tiny houses is the different forms they come in. From rustic cabins to floating homes, boats, yurts, vardos and RVs. Yes I think an RV is a tiny home. Some of my readers would argue with me but I would have to disagree. RVs are meant to be mobile and are very good at that. Most tiny homes are to heavy to move so don’t fit in that category. Full time RVers are tiny home dwellers in my opinion.
3. Could you share with us what “being Green” means to you and how “Tiny Houses” contribute to that?
Being green means living gently on our planet. Thinking about power, waste, and re-usability.
With a tiny house you use less material to build your home. Less heat or cooling to make it comfortable. Other ways a tiny house can be green is by using renewable energy such as solar and wind. I like that many of our builders are using reclaimed building materials to construct their homes.
A smaller footprint means being green.
4. Wow! You have over 80,000 fans on Facebook! How does that make you feel?
It is exciting to know that there are that many people interested in tiny house living and want to learn more.
5. What is the tiniest house ever to come across your blog? Can we see pictures?
The tiniest structures are the homeless shelters we occasionally showcase on the blog. Paul has created one and I will enclose a picture or two with this interview. This is a basic as you can get and most of us would consider it to small.
6. What would you say to the person who’s wants to start the “Tiny House” lifestyle, but isn’t %100 sure?
Go test it out. There are now several places across the country where you can spend time in a tiny abode. Take a week and make a vacation of it. See if it is really for you.
Another option is to draw out a space in your existing home and make that space livable. Stay in it and get the feeling of what the size is really like. Make sure this is really for you before you make the big leap.
7. In America, we have a big homeless problem! Do you think “Tiny Houses” could address this problem?
Yes, it is and a few cities are starting to step forward and actually do it. I hope we see real growth across the U.S. in the near future. It is important that the homeless have a safe comfortable place to live.
8. Do you have any future “big” plans for the Tiny House Blog and yourself?
I plan to continue to consistently publish the blog as long as their are stories to share and new tiny houses to show. I want to share this idea with more and more people and get people to think of downsizing their lives. In the last year I started the Tiny House Magazine and I would like to see it grow in the next few years and be another way of getting the word out about living small.
Our youngest is still at home but when he moves on I see my wife and I downsizing to a much smaller home and truly living the tiny/small lifestyle not just writing about it.
9. How can living small affect your lifestyle?
When you get the downsizing mentality you start to look for ways to save money. Personally we removed all of our debt and live totally within our means. We have been able to go from a two income family to a one income family and not changed our lifestyle. We are more aware of living green and the benefits of that type of lifestyle.
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