Seriously, I mean, it feels very spacious and it’s liberating not having all the clutter. But a few years down the row there are some things that keeps rearing its ugly head, as a result of the downsizing. And it makes me laugh. It truly is because of that and it doesn’t seem to change […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Something’s changed. I used to think of my previous average sized home as a nice, secure place, and a safe haven. Like the shell of a turtle. But it was also too big, a burden, and at the end too expensive for what I really needed. The tiny home as a first home came into […]Continue Reading... 10 Comments.
I’m staring into nothing. I’m fed up with it. What do I do? It’s the summer of 2008. I’m at home, receiving sickness benefit and guidance from the Employee Insurance Agency. It’s time for Frie to be implemented again, back into society. No, no, no, no, no! I don’t want to go back to what […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.
Turning tiny, the American book with over 60 personal tiny house stories from TH peeps such as Jay Shafer, Andrew Morrison, Dee Williams, Andrew Odom, Darin Zaruba, and many more. Each contributor takes you on a personal journey through their story of how they turned tiny. After reading it, you have a better understanding of where […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last year, February the 16th of 2015, I visited the website of the chambre of commerce in order to sign up as a freelancer. I registered My Tiny House and Frieda Bakker as official companies. The plan? To build my own tiny home in the Netherlands and with that being a speaker and a writer. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Again, some attention for the Dutch Tiny House Movement in Tiny House Magazine. It’s almost a small series! This time I write about the vibe in the country. What are the responses from politicians? Will the movement move towards Tiny House Villages as thé solution? Or is there more to it? And what is necessary […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Yay! Tiny House Magazine is “Going Dutch”. With honour and pride I contributed and told them about the movement in the Netherlands. In the article I cover the first Dutch Tiny House Meet-Up, I talk about some major practical differences (in comparison to the USA) like weight, legality and trailers. And more… Besides my article, […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
She looks at me with her big and beautiful eyes. My little niece. A small bundle of joy with bouncing curls on her head. Eye lashes so long, they tend to tangle up. An Elf. I’m sitting in a chair in the orangerie of my parents and she places her little hands on my belly. […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
I’m proud to announce that an article of mine is featured in Tiny House Magazine issue … 35! Honest Reminder, a journal entry A personal story, a moment in time, about pioneering, goofy hair, and being a bit too aware of yourself. Human, sometimes funny drama stuff that you can stumble into while being busy […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
The continuation of part 1 (What made me want to do it?) December 2013 There it is, the plan to build my own home. My own home! On wheels. Tiny. Using mainly natural materials. All I can feel is YES. Yes! Towards the idea. Yes! To turning this into a project. Yes! To writing about […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Prior to the start of my project, I felt very clearly that I also wanted to have a website with a blog. Even well before the actual build of my own Tiny House. The reason? I came across a lot of sites, blogs and other Tiny House initiatives, but I rarely stumbled into writings on that […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
I’m proud to announce that an article of mine is featured in Tiny House Magazine issue 33! All The Way, the personal story of how I got it into my head to go to the USA to see some Tiny Houses. All I had was some money for a plane ticket and four months to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The idea: meeting people during my visit to the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs to see if I can visit them in their Tiny Houses on my way back. So… I rented a car. I had a tent in the back of the trunk and a few days ahead of the Jamboree I checked the Tiny […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Oh my, a memorable weekend that was! The Tiny House Jamboree 2015 in Colorado Springs, USA. Three days of Tiny Houses but above all, three days with its wonderful people. Inspiration, warmth, openness, involvement. Can you imagine that, with 40.000 visitors? One huge Tiny House family. An unexpected gigantic success and if you ask me, […]Continue Reading... 16 Comments.
July 29 – August 3 And then the somewhat anxious part of my journey starts: all alone, in my rental car, up North to the Tiny House Jamboree. From El Paso, Texas to Santa Fe, New Mexico to Golden, Colorado via US Highway 285. Driving, driving and more driving. And camping in the wild (yep, […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
July 22 – July 28 54 hours. Fifty four hours. From door to door. A nodding head from time to time in the airplane or the bus, but more than that? No. No sleep. Next: to stumble into a bright, sunny and dry sauna filled with cacti. A hair dryer, straight into my face. And […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
(also convenient if you’re not about to go small) A regular sized family home. Living room. Bed rooms. Office space. Bath room. Walk in closet. Pantry. Small barn. Garden. Kitchen. What’s in there has to fit into a Tiny Home. Think about the size of an RV. Yeah, right… Well, that is what you call […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
“Somewhere on the countryside. Birds surround me. The doors are open. At a distance I can hear the cows rattle in the feeding racks. A moohhhh… My day just started. The smell of fresh coffee is filling up my home and I’m standing in the doorway holding my cup. My home warms me. The colour […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.