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My Copper Penny Roof

Portland greeted the arrival of autumn with the return of the rain. So as I’ve fallen asleep and woken up to the rain the past couple days, I’ve been feeling especially grateful the Lucky Penny has her roof. Back in … Continue reading

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Doing Life

I’ve been doing life. And I haven’t been making the time to post about it. This summer, Life involved a five-week break from building The Lucky Penny. First I took a long weekend to make My Annual Pilgrimage to the … Continue reading

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Musings on My Vardo Roof Box

Today I met with Fred at Taylor Metal Products and Tim Bancke, the roofer who recently completed the beautiful curved roof for Lilypad, a tiny house currently under construction for my friend Anita by Walt Quade of Small Home Oregon. … Continue reading

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Day 1: Tiny House Design-Build

Today’s guest post brought to you by Katherine Arathoon, a student in this summer’s Tiny House Design-Build class at Yestermorrow. Thanks, Katherine! It’s Day 1 of the Tiny House Design-Build, and we’re off to a roaring start! Lo, the blank slate … Continue reading

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Hello Again, Tiny House Design-Build

This evening we kicked off the fourth two-week-long Tiny House Design-Build course at Yestermorrow. This is my second time co-teaching the course with Paul Hanke, Patti Garbeck, and Lizabeth Moniz. (And I blogged about last fall’s class in a set … Continue reading

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Tiny House Helpers

My tiny house is now dried-in and I’m taking a break from building for a few weeks. This past weekend I made My Annual Pilgrimage to the Oregon Country Fair. This weekend I’m headed to Yestermorrow in Vermont to teach … Continue reading

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Insulating My Vardo Roof

Friday I picked up Eave Caps for My Vardo Roof and Saturday we worked on Plan F. Yesterday we worked on Plan F: Take 2. And today we (finally!) insulated my roof box! In the morning Matthew helped me air … Continue reading

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Congress for New Urbanism Salon

A couple months ago I was invited by Martin Glastra Van Loon (a Dutch native who now lives and works in Portland as an urban planner) to speak at the Cascadia chapter of Congress for the New Urbanism Salon. This was … Continue reading

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Making Ends Meet

Memorial Day Weekend was momentous for me. On Friday we had My SIPs Wall Raising. On Saturday we applied My Tiny House Air Barrier. On Sunday and Monday we had my Vardo Rafter Raising. Fortunately, I had lots of Tiny … Continue reading

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Almost Ready to Build

You know you’re almost ready to begin building your tiny house when… You’re making lists titled “Tiny House Helpers,” “Truck Errands,” and “Wall Raising Day.” All the nooks and crannies of your current tiny home are filled with components for … Continue reading

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