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Tiny: A Story About Living Small

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Screening Monday October 28, 2013. What is home? One couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” with no building experience raises questions about sustainability, good design, and the true meaning of a smaller footprint. Could you live in 133 sq feet? Meet tiny home owners and be inspired. USA, 2012, 62 min.


 Still photo from 'Tiny: A Story About Living Small'


After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it’s time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado. With the support of his girlfriend, Merete, he sets out to build a Tiny House from scratch despite having no construction experience.

From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed “Tiny Housers” live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws. TINY takes us inside six of these homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make them work.

When Christopher decides to build his own Tiny House, he dives into the tension between settling down and staying adrift, between preserving a parcel of land that he loves and developing it. Merete begins to ask her own questions about settling down, and both walk away with unexpected lessons about the meaning of home, the importance of place, and the personal impact of sticking with a project that became bigger than they’d ever imagined.

TINY is a coming-of-age story for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied-down than ever, and for a society redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate. More than anything, TINY invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small.


TINY: A Story About Living Small (Teaser Trailer) from TINY on Vimeo.


TINY: a story of living small, website for the movie.  Christopher and Merte sell an extensive resource ebook from their website:  A Tiny Bit of Advice ($9.95), where they answer many popular questions about building a tiny home.

Tumbleweed TIny House Company. Probably the most well know tiny house designers with design plans for sale. This company has given workshops in the Lower Mainland.
They have published a book, The Small House Book, by Jay Shafer, and sell a DVD Tumbleweed Construction Video from their website.