Genesis of my tiny sun house project

18 Jul

I’m sharing the design and build of a tiny house.

A little about me:

I’m living in a four-bedroom, 1.75-bathroom home on a half-acre in Southern California. The house is probably 6 times bigger than what is needed to maintain the same or better quality of life.

I have long thought about:

  • how little space is actually used on a daily basis in my current house.
  • how few of the things in my current house are needed, wanted, utilized, enjoyed, or even seen.
  • of the things I do use, how few of them are used frequently.
  • how stuff doesn’t equal happiness.
  • how the more things I own, the more weighed-down I feel.

A little about my tiny house:

I had seen Dee Williams on the news in the past and although her house is beautiful, it did not inspire me to live similarly due to its austerity (no running water, no shower, no fridge or freezer, no space for guests to socialize).

Then in July, 2010, I saw Yahoo!’s mini-feature on Jay Shafer. It grabbed my attention, perhaps because his Epu looked a bit cozier than Dee’s house. I watched several videos on Youtube featuring Jay and Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, as well as on other people (like Bakari Kafele or Peter King) choosing to live simply and responsibly, and I became even more inspired.

When I was younger I was interested in the acquisition of money and things as I thought these were sources of happiness — they can be, but not to as large a degree as we may think. Now that I am a father I realize nothing is as important as either time or living your beliefs; that money in and of itself creates no happiness, and material things rarely create deep or enduring pleasure. (Interesting article: But Will It Make You Happy? –

I decided to simplify and downsize, and see how I like it.
This includes building and living in a tiny house.

I’m calling it “tiny sun house” as it’s going to have a lot of natural light inside, and generate some of its electrical power and heat from the sun. To build a tiny house you don’t need to use alternative energy, but I’m going to try it and see how it works out. I’m created this blog in hopes it may assist or inspire someone just as Yahoo!’s video on Jay inspired me..


2 Responses to “Genesis of my tiny sun house project”

  1. Joy October 25, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Just wanted to say that I really like the name of your tiny house! It’s perfect! 🙂

    • tinysunhouse October 25, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

      Thanks! I like your screenname too! 🙂

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