Building a ‘tiny house’

Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller have been realizing that size isn’t the most important thing about where you live. Instead, they, and others in the “small house movement,” know that efficiency and green living can be more important. Together, they decided to do something mind blowing – even though it is tiny. They built a house together.

Nonetheless, they decided to build their dream home. And it was going to be tiny.
And it was going to be tiny

It look a lot of trial and error, but the couple kept an open mind. tiny-house

Their little house could go almost anywhere.tiny-house

Building their house on a flatbed trailer was a bit of a trial.
But they decided to settle down outside of Boulder, Coloradotiny-house

When Christopher decided to settle down, he tried to think of what would be inside of his dream home. tiny-house

It turns out, all that he required were necessities. tiny-house

They are part of a “tiny house movement.” Many people are learning to live in small homes to reduce their footprint.tiny-house
Building their house on a flatbed trailer was a bit of a trial. tiny-house
Together, they had to learn many skills to build a house from scratch.tiny-house
Many times, the couple had to approach helpful employees at stores like Home Depot to figure out how to get everything finished.
The home is both economical in space and it is energy efficient.tiny-house2
They ended up getting pretty good at it.
It fits a queen-sized bed in the loft area. tiny-house
They built it to run on solar power.

Before he started the project, Christopher spent a lot of time on sites like YouTube learning necessary skills.
They also have a composting toilet. tiny-house

Both Christopher and Merete moved a lot in their 20s, so they didn’t have a lot of possessions between them. tiny-house

This couple proves that bigger isn’t necessarily better.tiny-house

“The world gets a lot bigger when you’re living small because I can afford to do a lot more things now in terms of cash and time. The whole world is my living room.” tiny-house

“We don’t all have to give up our material possessions and live in 89 square feet but let’s think about giving up our McMansions and building a little smarter.” tiny-house25

So, it was easy to live together in such a small space.
Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller did just that, documenting it in the film “TINY: A Story About Living Small.”The movie includes a segment on this couple and others like them who are looking to live in smaller houses but lead BIGGER lives.
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Adorable puppies huddle round canteen fire on a cold day in China – and bark non-stop until the stove is lit

These pictures are enough to bring a warm glow to even the coldest of hearts. Despite their thick fur, this group of dogs and puppies in China feel the cold. Luckily, in the winter, they’re allowed to huddle round a staff canteen stove in their home in Jiulongjiang Forest Park, Rucheng County. According to the chefs that work there, on really cold days the puppies bark non-stop until the stove is lit. They then stand as close as they dare to keep toasty.

No chilly dogs here: Hounds in Jiulongjiang Forest Park huddle around a canteen stove to keep warmpuppies-around-fire

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