Tiny Home Movement Documentary – We the Tiny House People

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FREEDOM, It’s something that’s starting to become a foreign concept in this country, and I’m not just talking about politics. From technology and mainstream media to the never-ending quest to out keep up with the neighbors, Americans have become shackled down by our modern consumer culture. They have forgotten what it means to be free.

The Tiny Home Movement

We have talked about the Tiny Home Movement in the past, and how a growing number of people are giving up their large homes in search of a simpler way of life. A new documentary from Kirsten Dirksen with Fair Companies, called “We the Tiny House People “, showcases people who downsized their lives and took an alternative approach to life.

The thing that intrigues me about the “Tiny Home Movement”, is how ordinary everyday people are finally starting to wake up and realize that they don’t need to buy into the modern “American Dream”. That’s not to say I don’t believe in the American Dream, I just think it’s been warped into some perverse gimmick to convince people they need to go into massive amounts of debt to be happy. In my opinion, that’s not a dream; it sounds more like a nightmare.

“We the Tiny House People “, is a 5 year project that looks into the alternative living movement. It features people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelters in everything from small shacks and house boats to converted treehouses, caves and trailers. While this lifestyle may not be right for everyone, it definitely shows that you don’t need much to be happy. It’s  also a good reminder that there’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored.

Watch the “We the Tiny House People” Documentary

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  1. Mr. Jones says:

    It’s really sad that people have forgotten what real happiness means. They are so busy trying to keep up with the Jones’ that they miss out on really living!

    Living a good life does not mean having the newest gadgets, having the biggest screen T.V. on the block or driving the newest most expensive car and parking it in front of the biggest house on the block. You are so right that the American Dream has turned into a joke!

    People are missing out on the great things in life because they are to busy parking their butts in front of a television watching other people live life. SO SO SAD!

    Great Documentary I hope it helps people see what’s really important and what is really NEEDED to live.

    • liveyourdreams says:

      I so agree with you. My family does not watch t.v. anymore because we realized we were parking our butts down and watching others live.

      • terry rerich says:

        I don’t have t.v. anymore because it is truly trash, offers nothing uplifting, moral, or constructive. I do like sports but not enough to spend my money on cable.
        I haven’t missed it, but I do have internet. All I need.

    • ameliaboulanger2 says:

      i neeed to eat every day one good would do me about i cant get heath care for teeth why is that. the will give me eye care so i can see what im not eating.vietnam vet no home. no income, what the fuck. i asked the goverment to help me. shit i have to go through just to go through, im hurt and cant get what i need to help me. kill them all. is that it /should i check outim so pissed tha i neeed to usse somomes in ter net.next time you see me mfay be on the news

      • nurse bishop says:

        You are the kind I have moved to the wilderness to get away from. thank god my place is off the road. please go to your nearest VA hospital.

      • ellen says:

        In this world of greed you really have to help yourself. Go to Veterans Affairs there are programs people don’t know about.

    • randy carlberg says:

      We the people are opting to make our own choices rather than to follow the trends in society. Normal is being re-defined and we must choose to follow what be believe or end like sheep in a vast government complex. What you possess is not what defines you it is becoming what possesses you.

  2. Sandy West says:

    My husband and I took an old tractor barn on our property 24×22 and turned it into a house,full bathroom with full size washer /dryer, stand up shower stall,full bedroom,gally kitchen,full size appliances,livngroom/dining room/ work station.plus we have wood stove for heat,little tight but comfortable,so it is possable to live comfortable in small spaces and downsize,you have to learn to use every space and wall for storage,this was a very good documentary. we have never needed anything fancy,big and expensive,everything we buy is used….from the out side it stills looks like tractor barn somewhat,no one knows we live in here other then family and a few friends.

    • old soldier says:

      Congradulations! I think that is a great accomplishment.

      • Jason says:

        agreed

  3. Beverly Beach says:

    The small homes we have designed for our Haiti project are a great alternative for “tiny homes” here in the US. We hope to make a difference for the homeless veteran and others who have found themselves in that situation.

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  5. Randall says:

    they are forcing this on all of us whether they mean to or not. the price of gas has me cutting out allot lately, but once the economy tanks, and I dont have a job to drive to, I’ll have all I need at home already. food shelter, and a heat source. I’ve made games again out of making candles with the kids, we color, or read instead of TV or video games. etc.etc

  6. bob says:

    Is it not odd/interesting that most of these people with the tiny houses are in same sex relationships?

    • HelenChicago says:

      Yeah, I noticed that too! Maybe the company that made/sponsored the documentary is owned and run by homosexuals. They can be pretty clannish.

      • RVN says:

        Would it have been odd/interesting had most the couples been heterosexual? Or would no one notice or feel the need to comment on it? Try and be more accepting and understanding.

        • Hill Billy says:

          People like you have gotten USA to where it is today.

  7. JMCD says:

    I was looking at building one of these and taking it to BOL. Its isolated on some woodland property I own up north. I am for the moment still debating it. I have access to buy some shipping containers, and a friend in the construction business who said he can get me windows, and lumber for it. Im not really sure, I may go both ways and build one of these up there too. I have a pretty extended family and more room for people to bunk maybe needed if SHTF situation.

  8. Miriam says:

    That is great for those who fit the lifestyle, but I have things that are important to me that require at least twice the space of most, if not all of those houses. I like to craft, my husband likes to camp, we have food and emergency storage and I love gardening, so all of that doesn’t fit with that small of space. Good on the people who love their tiny houses though.

    • Chenrezi says:

      You really don’t need twice the space. That’s part of the delusion. If you live in a mobile home, then you’re always camping. No need for excess gear. If you’re closer to nature you can garden anywhere, no need fo excessive gear. If you like crafts, then maybe buy/build an extra five feet into your tiny house and use that to store your goods, use a tent or porch as a craft room, no need for excessive space. It’s not about what we need to be comfortable, but what we can be comfortable with. Simplicity is lost in excuses and reasoning. Simplify your inner life, and the outer will follow.

  9. vic says:

    I live on an old 1985 34 ft chris craft boat pick up for 4000. I am slowly working on boat. hope to travel around the coast with it when I get done.

  10. Sewster says:

    I am just sickened that the majority of people can no longer spell or make a sentence. A lot of the posts make no sense at all and they barely pass as English. It’s sad what this society has come to.

    • Hill Billy says:

      Your point is especially true in light of the fact that we are all in presently operating a machine that can correct most spelling/grammatical errors for us.

  11. NJ_Prepper says:

    How about that, I’ve purchased a small house 13 years ago and didn’t realize I was part of a new movement. Everyone around me is building bigger and bigger and incurring more expenses as they play “Keep UP with the Jones”. As a matter of fact the “Keep up with the Jones” issue has become so crazy here that they are now playing it with the number of kids they have. If one family has another kid the family next to me has to have another one as well. People are nuts…

  12. keebler says:

    it’s truly amazing how many people actually Live in vans trucks etc;I have a old work van I stayed in for years, my 90 chevy is very livable. IE Vandweller.

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