After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it’s time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado. With the support of his girlfriend, Merete, he sets out to build a Tiny House from scratch despite having no construction experience.
From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed “Tiny Housers” live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws. TINY takes us inside six of these homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make them work.
When Christopher decides to build his own Tiny House, he dives into the tension between settling down and staying adrift, between preserving a parcel of land that he loves and developing it. Merete begins to ask her own questions about settling down, and both walk away with unexpected lessons about the meaning of home, the importance of place, and the personal impact of sticking with a project that became bigger than they’d ever imagined.
One of the main themes of the Tiny House and downsizing movements is the celebration of quality, hand-crafted and thoughtful gestures. In this spirit, we’ve decided to make and offer these Tiny House-themed, letterpress printed notecards.
Designed and printed in small batches by our friends at Banshee Press in Denver, we hope these cards will inspire you to put pen to paper and send a note to someone you care about.
Taking the time to sit down and cultivate a relationship with a few handwritten sentences is a simple gesture, but one that goes a long way toward building a life that feels satisfying and full.
Find more details and order a set of the cards here! Happy Holidays! Merete & Christopher
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