Portland Tiny House Mixers Get Bigger Each Time

Dee leads us in greeting new arrivals at the Tiny House Mixer | photo credit Love Ablan

Forty-four people crowded around tables in the back room at the Lucky Labrador Brewing Company in SE Portland on Saturday evening so we could mix and mingle with other tiny house enthusiasts. Portland Alternative Dwellings hosted the Tiny House Mixer at the end of Day 1 of the November Tiny House Basics Workshop. We’re working on booking a bigger venue for the December Tiny House Mixer! To hear about the next event, like the PAD Tiny Houses facebook page.

so many tiny house enthusiasts – such great conversations! | photo credit: Love Ablan

The Mixer started out with a welcome from Joan Grimm and Dee Williams of PAD, followed by a short program in which eight people had 2 minutes to share their tiny house story. Nathan Miller of All Ways Electric talked about electrical considerations, Derin Williams of Shelter Wise shared info about the tiny houses on wheels he’s built, and Deb Delman and Kol Peterson gave an update on Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel (and coupons for tiny house enthusiasts to use for a staycation! Thanks Kol and Deb!) Then Tony talked about lessons learned since he began building his tiny house three months ago (he encouraged us to heed the warning about the spontaneous combustion potential of oily rags!), Ben described how his design evolved once he started Ben Builds a Tiny House at ADX in September, and Audrey and Tomas of Trying on Tiny shared their lessons learned from living in a tiny house for a year. There were a few good-of-the order announcements about new projects and available materials. If anyone knows of a good parking spot for Lynda and her tiny house, please contact her by email or phone (503-623-7898)!

PAD Tiny House Basics workshop participants Lissy & Joe visit with Kol of Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel | photo credit: Love Ablan

Afterwards, people got acquainted by sharing their tiny house inspirations and design ideas. It was a treat to meet so many fascinating people, including Todd who’s having his tiny house built by Abel Zimmerman of Zyl Vardos this spring and Chris of Builder by Bike whose tiny house I just happened upon a few days ago.

The tiny house community is growing by leaps and bounds and it’s so exciting to be part of it. See you at the December Tiny House Mixer! Day and location TBA. Stay tuned!

The following post was written by TinyHomes.com co-founder Lina Menard and cross-posted on her blog This Is the Little Life. Lina co-instructed the Tiny House Basics Workshop mentioned in this story with Dee Williams of Portland Alternative Dwellings. The workshop brought together 15 participants who traveled from as far away as California and Alaska for two information- and inspiration-packed days of tiny house learning. This was the third Tiny House Mixer and the crowd continues to grow.

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