Here’s part 2 of the behind-the-scenes look at the tiny house village residents at the upcoming EARTHx Earth Day celebration:

EARTHx
April 20-22, 2018
Fair Park, Dallas, TX
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
www.earthx.org

Susan Pahnke & her home

Social Media Links

Websites:  pahnkeframing.com

Facebook: Susan Pahnke, Pahnke Project, Pahnke Framing

Instagram: SPahnke

Tell us about your house –
Original design,  two doors, Big Green Egg, a “basement”, Fold down split level deck, majority is reclaimed, repurposed materials. It even has a starlight ceiling in the bathroom for when im relaxing in the Japanese soaker tub that I built.  The kitchen floor is polyurethaned brown paper bags (with hidden images).   

Tell us a little about you –
I have allowed myself to be as creative and “far out” as I imagined each little step in the process.  I like to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  I’m so proud to say that about 85% of my house has been built with that in mind.

Why did you go tiny?  Has the tiny life achieved for you what you wanted it to?
After much research on building my own home I chose a tiny house on wheels to be my first. Plus the obvious answer – to OWN my own home.

Is there anything else you want to tell us that we haven’t asked?
I love my family, Tiny House, and Spiritual  communities (much overlap).  I am interested in living on land to organic farm (focusing on asparagus and garlic) and build other types of living spaces  – treehouse, strawbale, cobb, papercrete, container, skoolie…

Ross Pennington & Sheena Henry & their home, Down the Rabbit Hole

Social Media Links

Websites: www.methodtoNOMADness.com

Facebook: @methodtoNOMADness

Instagram: @methodtoNOMADness

Tell us about your house –
This is our third tiny structure and definitely the most mobile. We decided to convert a skoolie to be a more rugged traveler. It will be the home we take deeper into national parks and to Alaska in the summer of 2019. We split our time between our “big” beautiful 200 sq ft tiny house on wheels (@methodtoNOMADness) that travelled 20,000 miles in 2017 and this new skoolie (#downtherabbitholeskoolie). We tend to park both at a centralized location (family farm, cities where we do travel anesthesia contracts, other family/friends properties, etc.) and now take loop-style trips between work with the skoolie to explore easier and more in depth. Now… about the skoolie! She is named Down the Rabbit Hole because that is how we feel in the tiny community and life in general. Every adventure leads to another and another. New ideas and projects just multiply so we say we’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. She’s also named that because the interior is a twisted version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You’ll find teacups, pocket watches, teacups, bright colors, interesting art, and characters all reminiscent of the childhood favorite with our own trippy spin! We’ve built her with as many reclaimed materials as possible with many of them coming from previous projects, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and flea markets. We love things that have an old story and giving items a new life. The exterior is painted gunmetal gray with black accents with major help from @schooloflife bus owner JT Lane. The roof top deck is sponsored by Volstrukt, a fantastic company out of Austin, Texas that creates cold-rolled steel frames for many applications including tiny homes and now bus conversions with ours being the first!

Tell us a little about you –
Ross + I (Sheena) have learned that life is too short to just pay bills and die, so we have decided to take an extended sabbatical of sorts. We live in a tiny house on wheels with our two dogs. Beginning January 1st, 2017, we took the house and the dogs and hit the road! As CRNAs, we will be work a bit along the way while taking every opportunity we can to hike, bike, and explore America. Our only goals are: enjoy life, avoid the snow, and go to every National Park to which we can drive. In 2017, we travelled 20,000 miles spanning 19 states in varying situations of boondocking, camping, RV parks, etc. In 2018, our big set plans are hiking part of the Appalachian Trail (spring), hiking Havasu Falls and the Grand Canyon in July, and exploring the Northeast US in the fall in addition to many tiny house festivals with our tiny house tribe.

Why did you go tiny?
Moving into our first tiny was our 8th move in 5 years. We’ve moved all over the country for work, and we were tired of moving unopened cardboard boxes from place to place. We wanted to own our home yet have the freedom to move when needed and ENJOY life. We love tiny living and the opportunity to explore the country while having our home with us.

Has the tiny life achieved for you what you wanted it to?
In short, yes. We have been able to live and travel the way WE want for the last years. As we explain to some, we are taking a reverse retirement. We are going hiking, biking, kayaking, and playing while we still have the hips and knees to do so! Many say they are going to get a RV and travel the country after they retire. Why? Why wait? And now we get to take our entire home with us. No packing and unpacking necessary. We have met amazing people within the tiny house community and could ask for nothing more.

Is there anything else you want to tell us that we haven’t asked?
We said we were only ever going to do ONE tiny house festival- which happened to be EarthX last year (2017). That was going to be our pay-it-forward event to allow prospective tiny house dwellers the opportunity to experience a lived-in tiny house. That was something we had problems finding when we decided to go tiny. We could find professional tiny house models, but we wanted to see one with real people, real storage, and real messes! So to make it easier for other people to experience, we decided to open our home. To make a very long story short, we fell in love with the tiny house community. It was so refreshing to meet and connect with like-minded people from all walks of life. We enjoy the time we get to spend with our tiny house tribe at these events, so now we have attempted to schedule our other trips and work around these amazing weekends. If you would have asked us two years ago if we would ever be this social, the answer would be a resounding no. I love that tiny life has changed the way we live and maybe even our personalities.

Jennifer Rogers and her home, Trixie

Social Media Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpriteSizedAdventures/?ref=bookmarks @SpriteSizedAdventures

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spritesizedadventures/ @spritesizedadventures

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JennStories @JennStories

Tell us about your house –
My tiny house is deigned to be safe while on the road and look inconspicuous from the outside while I’m traveling. Yet on the inside, everything folds away to create a spacious oasis. I wanted my home to be multifunctional from cooking, to sleeping to a creative studio. So while I’m focused on one activity, other areas are folded away to make more room. Also, rather than focus on perfections, I’m embracing each of my “oops” as an opportunity for creative enhancement. The part of my house I am most proud of is my floor, which is salvaged oak hardwood floors, that friends help my strip and pickle. The unique and personal floor is what makes my van feel like a cozy home.

Tell us a little about you –
I’m a quirky museum director for 40 to 50 hours a week and a doctoral student, writer, photographer, craftsperson, and traveler the rest of the time. I love my friends and family who are spread all over the U.S. and I’ve made it my mission to visit them as often as I can… and if on the way there I stop for random adventures, it’s all good.

I’ve always loved driving and traveling. I did loads of car camping in my 30s, most often by myself since many of my friends did not have the time or financial freedom. When I developed a chronic illness, Crohn’s disease, I decided I wasn’t going to let that stop me from traveling. It just meant I need to adjust to my current needs. A van conversion was the best way to do it.

Why did you go tiny?  Has the tiny life achieved for you what you wanted it to?
I did the “American Dream” and bought a house, 2 car garage with a huge yard… and I hated it. It was so much work to keep up and I was always working to pay the bills, almost never having the time or money to do the things I really wanted to do.

I sold the house and down sized. My life immediately got less anxious and I kept downsizing until I found 135 sq. ft. tiny house on foundation to rent. This was the test to see if I could really live in such as small space. I found I thrived and I was actually spending more time traveling in my car because I was saving so much money. This got me to thinking, that instead of a tiny house on a foundation, why not just take my house with me everywhere I go. I started looking into skoolies and van conversions and decided the van was the way I wanted to go. I love driving, traveling and I’m always looking forward to the next adventure. I decided I needed a house that traveled with me all the time and then everyday would be an adventure.

Andy Rue & his home The Whittle Wagon

[coming soon]

 

Marcus & Lindsey Underwood

Social Media Links

Facebook: facebook.com/tinyunderwoods OR fb.me/tinyunderwoods

Other: #tinyunderwoods

Tell us about your house –
Our THOW is roughly 350 sq. ft. We designed it ourselves and had Volstruckt build the framing. We picked it up and assembled it ourselves. Before receiving our framing, I constructed a tiny house “model” out of a cereal box to try to envision what we would soon call home. My son even added a trailer hitch to it so he could pull it with his toy truck! The design of our house is inspired by a combination of sleek, modern-rustic style. It features shiplap interior, full size appliances, and a large bathroom complete with a roomy bathtub. We intentionally put 5 large windows (42”x48”) and french doors in the house to give it a big, open feel.

Tell us a little about you –
My husband, Marcus, is in construction. He has owned KnuckleHead Construction (which we named after our 3 kids – haha) for about 10 years. He mainly does remodels, but is a general contractor so can do pretty much anything. I am a recent graduate from nursing school. I am hoping to become a travel nurse after I get some experience. We have 3 kids, a girl (11 yrs) and 2 boys (7 and 4 years old). We plan to homeschool them when we are traveling. We also have two dogs, a lab puppy (1 year old), and a yorkie.

Why did you go tiny?
After struggling and being in debt for several, several years. My husband and I decided it was time for a change. We had multiple people help us out in times of need and we wanted to be able to repay those people, or better yet pay it forward. By selling our home and going tiny, it has allowed us to get out of debt and be able to bless others the way we have been blessed.

Artisan Josh and his home, Lil Red

Social Media Links

Websites: www.artisanjosh.com

Instagram: @artisan_josh

Tell us a little about you –
I spent the first 38 years of my life accumulating stuff, copious amounts of stuff, and not really experiencing anything. Grinding daily in a cyclonic routine. My efforts for years resulted in the corporate world getting richer by the second, as I struggled to make enough to cover bills.

Picking up a National Geographic, and flipping through the pages….wishing beyond words that I could be there to experience it. Real life, in the flesh…. instead of thru the pages of a magazine.

So I sold it.

All of it. . . house, car, business, furniture, personals, ,,,everything.

I kept my tools of course!  Armed with 21 years of Residential & Business Services Contracting Experience- I built myself a tiny house on wheels.  The day I finished it , was the day that I finally realized – I’m truly alive.  I now travel full time across the country helping others achieve their dreams.

I speak highly of my house, and being on the road.  But even more impressive than anything I’ve accomplished, is what the tiny house community has GIVEN me: A Family. A Community.

Those I’ve met on my travels, are By Far the most sincere, sociable, eclectic, personable, intelligent, passionate, and motivated people I have ever met in my entire life.

Living in a tiny house has more than exceeded my expectations… It is the people behind the tiny house movement, and community, that provide me a daily inspiration.

The only thing I regret about being in a tiny house: not doing it sooner.

Jazmine Whitlock & Brandon Olson and their home Buju

Social Media Links

www.bujulife.com

Facebook: @bujubuslife

Instagram: @bujubuslife

YouTube: @bujubuslife

Tell us about your house –
This bus was built in 6 days!  Our lease was up in a month so we needed it to be livable by then.  We were still working our full time jobs so we only had the weekends to work on the bus.  We would drive an hour north every Friday night and work all Saturday and leave Sunday night right back to the city for our jobs.  We were so fortunate to be able to get this bus off of CraigsList for $1000.  It’s a 2002 Chevy e3500 with an 81.L engine!  We get about 10-12 mpg.  We wanted to go for a beach relaxed theme so we stuck to the colors of white, grey and blue.  We also added a lot of wood detail.  We  built our house for $5k including the cost of buying the bus.  Most of the materials were scraps that we found on my family farm or around us while traveling, and a lot of IKEA.  Our bus is named Buju which means Be Unique Just Unwind.  The whole meaning behind that is we don’t want to feel forced into anythng.  We want everything to come organically and to be really conscious of everything around us and inside.  We have four 100 watt solar panels with a 1500 inverter and two 100 amp hour batteries.  We also have a composting toilet that we keep stored away because honestly we don’t use it very often unless we are in the middle of nowhere for a while.  We use a camper stove to cook on and that is powered by propane.  We also have a wood burning stove for our heat source.  We are completely off grid which allows us to go to more remote locations for long periods of time.

Tell us a little about you –
My name is Jazmine.  I am 26 and from northern CA.  Originally I grew up in wine country new Sonoma CA, and moved to San Francisco where I met my boyfriend Brandon who is 25 while working at Yelp.  He is originally from Minnesota but has spent most of his life in Florida just outside of Orlando.  We have been dating for a little over 2 years.  We both love the outdoors.  We snowboard, hike, surf, ride our longboards, etc.  We are always looking for an adventure and love to just roam around places getting lost in all the beauty of a new area.  We rarely have a plan because it is always changing from moment to moment.  We care deeply about the planet and are always looking to reduce our footprint.  Being in San Francisco where people are hyper aware of the environment has been a blessing and allows us to bring all those beliefs with us and carry out the same actions of conservation and recycling.

Why did you go tiny?
We first saw Tiny House Nation on TV and were in the process of getting into minimalism.  We were excited by the idea of less being more.  Once we started, we got addicted and tiny living was the only thing that made sense anymore.  I was lucky enough to meet Zac at the Atlanta Tiny House Festival and thank him for pointing me in this direction.  We love to travel and see new things so the idea of a tiny house on wheels really excited us.  The rest just fell into place from there.  We have been on the road for about 8 months and have no plan of stopping anytime soon.  We will eventually settle down into a tiny house shipping container somewhere in the future.