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Masyn Moyer | PeeWee
Scott Miller | Homer
Hello! My name is Scott Miller. I fell in love with the tiny house movement in high school but never really had the guts to move into a tiny house of my own until I graduated from college last year and started looking at the rental markets for apartments in Colorado. After a few months of searching, I decided that it would be more economical for me to invest in a tiny house than to spend 50% of my paycheck each month on rent. So, I began looking for vans first so that I could fulfill the normal stereotype of dirtbag rock climbers, but with the winter quickly approaching, I found Homer; a 25’ tiny house on the back of an E350 chassis to call my home for the foreseeable future! Unlike many of the other DIYers I didn’t build Homer myself but I did buy him from a guy in Delta, Colorado who did an amazing job building my tiny house and he actually lived in my house for two years before he put it on the market. So, I’m still learning all about Homer’s quirks and how I could make some minor modifications here and there, but for the most part, what you see is what you get! On a side note, I’m currently based in the Stapleton/Aurora area, so its possible that you’ve seen me driving around before; but if you haven’t I’m looking forward to meeting all of you this summer at the Colorado Tiny House Festival!
We are a true Brady bunch family! We call ourselves the “M” family for Magical! (but really a combination of the “Mecca’s” and the “McClory’s”) J We believe in traveling and spreading positivity to all who we encounter. We all love to learn and grow and believe in being a student for life. Christopher is an amazing daddy, carpenter, lapidary artist, and jeweler. Christina is a spirited mommy, architectural designer/drafter, artist, musician, and life coach. Niko is a rebel teen that fights for what’s right and is a musician and artist. Logan is a jokester tween that loves to build and create things, rock hound, and anything science. Elise is a magical child who loves to learn about everything and is a budding artist. Alice is a bustling toddler who loves rocks, crystals, animals, and EVERYBODY! She will light up your smile! Soon we will be adding our little baby boy, Indigo, to our crazy bunch. Already, in the womb, he is following in daddy’s champion karate kid footsteps much to his mommy’s discomfort! By going tiny we wished to be able to travel freely and share our gifts with other’s near and far. We wished to have adventures as a family and learn and grow with each other through exploring and experiencing cultural diversity. We wished to be as self-sustaining as possible and reduce our footprint on this earth. Yes, the tiny life has enabled us to have a better balance of being close to one another while also having our own spaces and interests. We love our big tiny life!
Cynthia & Ray Thillet | The Murphy
Our dream house for a long time was a log cabin. The trouble was we didn’t have land and it was way out of our budget. Then one year we saw a log cabin on wheels. It was almost perfect but we couldn’t pull it because it was 10 feet wide. This would have been ok if we had a permanent place for it. Three years we took our first trip to Colorado Springs and got to see our first tiny house at Tumbleweed. There were things we liked but too much we didn’t. One night we sat down and drew our ideal tiny house on a sheet of notebook paper even going so far as making it 3D. We had our design now we needed a builder. That year Portland had their tiny house conference. Our goal was to find a builder and to find out how to find a place to park it. We gained much more than that. We became part of a growing community. When we got home we planned on ways to fund the building of our house. We sold 2 houses sold/donated 90 percent of our belongings and moved 2 states away to a 600 sqr ft apartment. After 8 months all was a go-to start having our house built. 1 year ago we drove a 150 Ram truck to pick up our house. The place we are at now was our second choice to live but the best place. We have had our tongue bend and our water heater freeze. We have made changes and could make more. Living tiny was the best thing for us. We come home and smile when we see our house.
Carl & Penny Mickel | The Mickel
Howdy there! We’re Carl & Penny Mickel, a couple from Houston, Texas.
After we personally owned and used a traditional travel trailer for many years, we began to search for something a bit more than average for a travel trailer.Carl’s vision was to have a tiny home built on skids so it could be easy to mobilize and to be able to use the trailer for other purposes when not just traveling. With Carl being an awesome carpenter and me, Penny, having an eye for corky and unique designs, the Tiny Camp Shack Adventure business was created. The picture shown is our first one built in 2016. We will be in our newly designed Tiny Camp shack called the Traveler for the upcoming festival in June 2018. We are honored to be part of the Colorado Tiny House Festival and look forward to meeting y’all!
The Martins | Tiny House Twin Travels
Hi all. We are Kevin Martin and Ally Shea and we live in a 272 square foot tiny house with our 3 year old twins, Bodhi and River. Living tiny had always been an idea in the back of our minds, but the opportunity came on quickly, so we found a builder who could meet our timeline and rushed in with both feet. We’ve been living and traveling in our tiny house since January and are loving life. There have been challenges, but nothing we can’t handle. We’ve driven from Seattle all the way to San Diego and then headed east toward AZ and up to CO, which is where we’ve been exploring for the past few months. As you can imagine, life before the tiny house felt incredibly rigid with twins. We still keep them on a schedule, but having the freedom to see new places through our children’s eyes has made things much more exciting. Kevin is a digital media specialist and Ally is a teacher with a focus on environmental education, but has stayed home with the boys since they were born. Our home was built by Tiny Heirloom out of Portland, OR. She is named Destiny Unbound and she is 34 foot gooseneck with 272 square feet of living space (excluding the loft). We don’t know how long we will travel with her, but we are soaking up all of the time that we can and are working to improve people’s understanding of tiny houses as we go.
Kae Fink & Reid Pletcher | Operation Off The Grid
The Operation: Off the Grid team is comprised of Reid Pletcher and Kae Fink, a goofy and fun-loving couple who have recently moved to Colorado, and are unashamed novices in the realm of design and build. Reid is originally from Ketchum, ID, and graduated in 2012 from the University of Colorado. Following collegiate and professional successes in Nordic skiing, Reid moved on to the more prestigious realm of American Ninja Warrior athletics (you’ll find his run at the Oklahoma City Finals on Season 8!) and is currently working in sales. Reid enjoys diesel trucks and softshell pants and is strangely capable of unicycling while spinning fire. Kae is originally from Bedford, NH, and graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 2016 with dual degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Economics. Following a year living in Idaho and training full-time for Nordic skiing, Kae is pursuing graduate work in Chemical Engineering while working part-time as a ski coach and a professional gardener. Kae loves getting lost in the woods, climbing (rocks are alright, but buildings and random objects are better), and snacks at any and all times. With the help of some amazing sponsors, we are tackling Operation: Off the Grid, and are psyched to share the process with you! We hope that aspiring tiny home dwellers, regardless of expertise, will find inspiration in our experience (and hopefully avoid some of our pitfalls : )
Zac Henderson & Tiffany Everett | Rolling Vistas
We are Zac Henderson and Tiffany Everett. Combined with our pups Tuco, Frankie, and our Skoolie, Diane Ourbus we make up Rolling Vistas. Typically not living in any one location longer than two years, our current home in Longmont is the longest we’ve ever lived in a single structure as adults at 3 years. Travel is one of the biggest driving forces in our lives, and since Zac is a fine art photographer that does a lot of work in the desert, and since Tiffany is a graphic designer that can work from anywhere, it made sense to find a way to be completely mobile while also living comfortably. That’s when we picked up Diane Ourbus, a 1998 International AmTran Genesis school bus. We’ve built her out into our tiny cabin on wheels, complete with kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living area. Since neither of us had any carpentry skills when we first started, we’ve had to learn along the way. Diane Ourbus is helping us realize the dream of minimal, low impact full-time travel.
Adam + Vanessa | Create Wondr
We are Adam + Vanessa living and traveling in our self-built Sprinter van with our dog Caeden. We were motivated to live tiny, and travel so that we could experience this beautiful world, have more time to explore our interests and be present with one another. Ultimately, we believe that by simplifying our lives we get to the heart of what really matters: meaningful relationships and the time to follow our passions – achievable to every person that goes after it. Because when you learn to focus your energy on what’s important you’ll have more time, more money, and the happiness that only comes when you live authentically.