Size Matters: Building Tiny Houses at SXSW

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A two day event at SXSW in Austin, TX to teach people how to build a Tiny Home with Jay Shafer, founder of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

Jay Shafer and his Tiny House

It turns out that when a bank tacks even larger house-size requirements onto those already imposed, they can get people to buy more house than they can afford, then, kick them out when they’re unable to make payments. It’s a win-win for banks at the front

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company is hosting a workshop for people interested in the tiny house movement during SXSW, March 4 - 5, 2012 led by Jay Shafer, founder of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Shafer has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s 360 with Anderson Cooper, and in Time Magazine. Tickets for the Austin, TX Tiny House Workshop are available online.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has set up several events around the US, such as the one in Austin, TX, during SXSW as an introduction to the Tiny House Movement. The March 4th and 5th workshop offers people an opportunity to meet with Jay Shafer and learn how to build a house and the small house movement. Shafer will walk the audience through the building process; from laying the foundation to setting the roof on a Tiny Home. Shafer will also speak candidly about his personal experiences as a Tiny Home owner, which includes using a composting toilet, driving his house around the country, and finding free places to live. These workshops are a perfect way to learn about building one’s own home and downsizing in a super-sized culture.

Shafer is an advocate for the tiny house movement and sustainable living. “For decades corporations like those from the housing, insurance and lumber industries (under the banner of the International Code Council and state) have maintained that our houses need to be of a certain size to be legal. These mandatory consumption laws ensure a vibrant economy, as they increase spending on virtually everything- from heating fuel and property taxes to more trips to Ikea. While the program has been benefiting Corporate America for a long time, now, it wasn’t until just recently that our banks realized its full potential.” Shafer believes Americans have an alternative to traditional bank-owned homes, “It turns out that when a bank tacks even larger house-size requirements onto those already imposed, they can get people to buy more house than they can afford, then, kick them out when they’re unable to make payments.

The workshops are a great way for people to learn how to build a home, gain a comprehensive understanding of the Tiny House Movement, or consider why a Tiny Home is a sound investment – even as a second home!

More about Tumbleweed Tiny House Company: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company isn’t just a business, it is a movement! With over twenty small house plans available, the company designs homes with a socially responsible platform. Tumbleweed markets houses that range from 65 square feet to 874 square feet. The company is founded by tiny house guru Jay Shafer - who is a recognized leader in popularizing the tiny homes concept. For more information about the company, Jay Shafer, and to view the homes, please visit:http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com

To RSVP to this event, request a media kit, or submit an interview request, please contact:
Brett Torrey Haynes
brett(at)tumbleweedhouses(dot)com
(877) 331-8469 x 2

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