I’m excited to announce TWO tiny house related panel discussions happening during Earth Day Texas! In case you missed it, Earth Day Texas is April 21-23, 2017 at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas and it’s the largest earth day celebration in the world. Yes, in the world. Yay, Dallas!
In addition to the 15-20 tiny houses that will be open for public tour (most of which are hand build private residences) I’m really excited to announce two panel discussions that promise to be lively. And don’t worry if you can’t make it in person – new this year – they’ll be streaming them on Facebook live and taking questions viewers online! It’s going to be so exciting! So get your tiny house questions ready, and we’ll see you on stage!
SATURDAY, APRIL 22nd: (Time & Stage TBA)
Tiny House Collaborative is an affiliation of designers, educators, and community advocates. We empower individuals and organizations to transform their communities and cities through innovative housing and lifestyle choices. We advance personal and collective resiliency by providing the resources to design, build and dwell efficiently.
+ We empower each other and others to redefine home
+ We shift perspectives and transform the status quo in healthy ways
+ We model a resilient way of living that goes beyond minimizing environmental impact to support social justice & shared economy
Note: More about the Tiny House Collaborative at the bottom of this page.
Moderator: Doug Athas (tentative)
SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd (Time & Stage TBA)
Tiny House Lifestyles
Moderator: Kim Merrett
Her 4th year exhibiting at EDTx, Tiny House Luminary Beth Ann “B.A.” Norrgard transitioned in 2014 from a Dallas law firm to living in a 78 sq. ft. house that she hand-built. She has traveled over 8,000 miles with her house, exhibiting, speaking, teaching workshops and consulting on living small. She is a passionate advocate for breaking free of social expectations and for tiny houses to be a mainstream housing option.
In 2016 she was one of the presenters at the ICC Conference resulting in tiny houses on foundations being incorporated into the 2018 International Residential building Code.
She is a founding member of the Tiny House Collaborative, and blogs at www.aBedOverMyHead.com/blog. Her dream is to start an urban tiny house community.
Blue Ridge, TX
The Little Fish House http://www.thelittlefishhouse.com
Demere always dreamed of building a house. When she found “tiny,” she knew she could do it! She started downsizing in 2014, designed and built her house, then moved in June 2016. Demere spent her first night in the house at Fair Park!
Demere’s favorite part of living tiny is seeing her vision-brought-to-life every day. Her home reflects her favorite childhood memories of living on an island farm. Her plan is to live tiny for at least two years… she’s fairly confident it will be quite a bit longer!
Her house name stems from her collection of unique fish items; she combines it with color and lots of texture to create sort of a boho-meets-the-beach cozy sort of vibe, reminding her of her experiences of island life and horses growing up.
Demere’s looking forward to sharing her experiences this year as a 2nd year EDTx exhibitor.
Dreams By The Acre DreamsByTheAcre.blogspot.com
My name is Jay Merrett. I’m 54 and have lived in Texas all of my life. I work as an HR Manager at a technology company in Grapevine. I also have a business that sells/installs commercial & residential window tinting. My wife and I built a Tiny House on foundation by ourselves over the past 3 years on wooded property we own east of Dallas. We plan to retire there over the next few years after our youngest daughter graduates college. We start working on her Tiny House on Wheels this summer.
Terraform Tiny House www.TerraformTH.com
Richard Ward started working in the creative world when he was 15 years old. With a background in graphic design and a passion for creating, building a tiny house presented a strange new challenge. Without any construction experience, Richard began “Terraform One,” his 250 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels. The project turned into a passion and Terraform Tiny Homes Co. was created. Since founding Richard has created “Terraform Two,” a 32 sq. ft. micro-camper designed around a Honda Element and is actively working on “Terraform Three”, a 40 sq. ft. tiny home that can be towed by a small SUV.
I’m Seth Chapman, and I am 17 years old. My tiny house adventure started seven years ago when I found a set of plans for a tiny house. Slowly, I learned many of the necessary skills to build a tiny house, and with college just around the corner I decided it was time to build. What I ended with was a beautiful 355 sq. ft. tiny house to call my own.
Vera Struck has been a lifelong sustainability and environmental advocate. As a successful entrepreneur, reclamation artist, educator, speaker, author, tiny house designer/builder/dweller she has inspired thousands to live more sustainable lifestyles. Vera retired to build The Silver Bullet Tiny House/Classroom as a sustainable lifestyle educational module for the sustainable 501c3 education non-profit, terrabluteams.org, which she founded in 2012. To date, her zero-waste, all renewable energy tiny house on wheels, the Silver Bullet, has travelled over 12,000 miles across the USA.
More About the Tiny House Collaborative: How it Started
We all met at the 2015 Tiny House Jamboree and instantly came to the same conclusion. There was so much excitement and possibility in the tiny house movement — so much need for education and outreach. We knew we didn’t need yet another tiny house business just trying to make a buck on the growth of tiny house popularity. Instead, we wanted to offer a place for more resource sharing and more connectedness! The word “synergy” described our vision perfectly: the interaction of elements that when combined is greater than the sum of its parts.
We’ve seen countless friends and colleagues try to offer tiny house products and services alone. But we have a different idea. Collectively, no collaboratively, we can contribute much more. Clearly, our combined knowledge and skills vastly outweighs that of any of us individually. By coming together, we can offer a much better, more comprehensive educational experience for all the workshop attendees and consultation clients we interact with.
This tiny house movement is about connection — at the Tiny House Collaborative we embody that!