12/29 My Last Post

text about starting a new chapter with a sunset as the backgroundThis will be my last post on Tiny House Community. Please read this article if you wish to know why. The author expresses what I’ve felt and observed the past few years. It’s a long article – if you don’t have time or interest in the details, here’s the micro version:

“This is not just a movement; it’s becoming an industry.”
“The people had spoken. They preferred the comb-over.”

I still live in my tiny house and support the original values of the movement. I know many people have found my website useful, so I would prefer not to shut it down, but rather to turn it over to someone who wants to continue sharing tiny house news. I’ve offered it to a friend but if he doesn’t decide to do it, it will be available for someone else. Please email me if you’re interested: elaine@tinyhousecommunity.com. Please include a little about yourself and what you’d like to offer to tiny house enthusiasts. 

Thanks for being part of the tiny house community! I wish you all the very best in the coming New Year!

7 Comments

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I am sad to see that you are leaving. You put a lot of heart into this. I read that article. I always felt like Jay Shafer got the shaft when it came to Tumbleweed. My idea of building my tiny house really started with him and his ideas. I don’t like what is happening now with the tiny houses. It feels like we have no control over our own destiny. Makes me wonder sometimes if life is even worth living anymore. Why can’t people just be allowed to live as they want as long as they aren’t hurting anyone. It’s really about the big guys wanting control. I wish you the best Elaine. You certainly deserve it.
Megan

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My love of tiny houses started with Jay Shafer, too. It’s sad that the movement has become so commercial, but don’t let that stop you from living the way you want. Surround yourself with people who support you and share your values. They are still out there, just harder to find with all the noise! Hugs, Elaine

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Hi Elaine
I feel bad for Jay. He looks like a broken man. I studied art in college too. I remember I had to a report on any artist I chose. So I chose Vincent van Gogh. I wasn’t one of the ones that believed he was crazy. Maybe depressed because of the bigger guys in his time that seemed to get more recognition for their work. Now of coarse we see that his work is just as valued. When I think about Jay what comes to mind is Don McLean’s song “Starry Starry Night”
…Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
“They would not listen they did not know how”
Perhaps they’ll listen now
Maybe in the end it may come back to the reason why Jay started what he did. I have a lot people stop by to ask me about my house. Almost all of these people are either retired or single aged women. People that want to live tiny to help preserve what life they have left. I bought my trailer from a lady that attended Tumbleweed’s workshop. She decided in the end to not build. So that’s how I got my trailer. I did however buy my plans from Tumbleweed. The few times I contacted them, they weren’t overly friendly. I wondered if I had bought a house already built by them, they’d be more accommodating. Then recently I sent a message using facebook to a tiny house building company that’s here in NH asking them if they could recommend a person who could help with my electrical and I got and rude answer. I saved it but I did remind them I started my house long before they decided to be one of those builders. Oh and they suggested I like their page but I already did. I know a lot of people are interested in the idea of having a tiny house so when people stop to look at mine, I gladly take them on a tour. Back in the days when I was a manager for a Dr’s office, I spent a lot of time training people I hired. I wasn’t one of those people that refused to share knowledge. I guess I am old school and I prefer old schooled people. I will continue to seek out like minded people and continue to go forward with my plans. Less is more! So I understand Elaine whole heartedly.

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And by last post I thought you meant, “latest!” Elaine, I’m so moved to hear you are withdrawing from the tiny house movement. In fact, I wanted to hit you up to be a regular poster on the American Tiny House Association’s “News” page. We miss you there! And now we will miss you here! You are a founder, a legacy in the tiny house movement–the original hippie! I understand what I think might be disillusion with the path the movement is taking–the industry path. But the DIY crowd adores you and we are still out there! Your contributions are extensive and necessary. However, I respect your decision and wish you all the best in your little nook there in Florida. Thank you for everything you have done to promote the tiny house movement over the last several years!

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Thanks for the kind words, Amy! I’m grateful that you and Cy and other creative, dedicated folks will be carrying the tiny house movement forward :)

user image Joe3

Thanks for all you have done to further the Tiny House Movement Elaine.
I know we differed on regulation, but that doesn’t change my appreciation for your efforts to make the TH Community a better one.
I hope someone steps up and takes over, there is a lot of valuable information here, and sharing it is a big part of the movement.
And wherever your next endeavor takes you, I hope it’s a successful and enjoyable trip …..

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