In case you have missed all of the recent excitement in the tiny house community, “TINY The Movie” has officially launched into the stratosphere! Upon release on iTunes it quickly bounced up to one of top 5 documentaries. It’s equally popular on Netflix and can be watched as an instant view or rented in hard copy. The DVD may also be purchased on the site’s store. Co-directed and produced by Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith this couple of talented visionaries breathed beauty into this compelling and poignant story.
What we find particularly exciting about TINY is that it highlights the story of Christopher, a 30 year old with no previous building experience, who along with his girlfriend, Merete, sets out to build a tiny house. Though his journey is not without trials and tribulations (who’s building story ever is??), in the end (spoiler alert!) he ends up with his own beautiful and hand crafted tiny house. These are always our favorite stories…human gets an idea, becomes inspired, takes action, overcomes, and accomplishes something he/she didn’t know they were capable of:
Here is the long synopsis from the website: 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.
TINY is a coming-of-age story for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied-down than ever, and for a society redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate. More than anything, TINY invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small.
Gabriella has had a fascination and interest in housing and how we occupy space for most of her life. A global traveler, she has lived in all types of housing from an oceanside mansion in Rio De Janeiro, to an 80 sqft historic log cabin with no running water, plumbing and electricity in the Colorado mountains. Gabriella is happiest and most at peace when living in a tiny space in close contact with her family and nature.