10 days to Tiny (homes)


It's no small obsession: The general populace continues to spaz out over tiny homes

Perhaps you caught tiny-home legend Andrew Morrison at last year's TEDx Colorado Springs talk, and recall reading our Q&A with him. 

If not, you have a second chance to hear him present, as he's one of the keynote speakers at the inaugural Tiny House Jamboree, being hosted by the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Aug. 7-9. 

More than 20 tiny home builders will present models for touring, and a big bundle of vendors will showcase tiny-home accouterments, from stoves to toilets to DIY building materials. All that's on top of a packed speaker schedule

The event is free, but pre-registration is required before Aug. 1. 
Andrew Morrison's "hOMe" has become internationally famous. - COURTESY ANDREW MORRISON
  • Courtesy Andrew Morrison
  • Andrew Morrison's "hOMe" has become internationally famous.

Here's a little more info from a press release:

The first official National Tiny House Jamboree will take place in Colorado Springs, CO Aug 7 - 9, 2015. The free, three-day festival aims to encourage the spirit of the tiny house movement, a social phenomenon rooted in the countercultural idea that it’s better to live small than large.

A combination of exhibits, education, advocacy, food, live entertainment, and more; The National Tiny House Jamboree promises big fun in a small space. The main attraction is a community style display area where more than 20 professional tiny house builders will be showcasing their tiny models. Attendees will have the opportunity to take tiny tours, meet the designers, and get first-hand knowledge of several unique options for modern tiny living.

Each day also boasts an impressive line-up of celebrity speakers including Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, a tiny house designer and host for HGTV, Andrew Morrison, a tiny house designer and advocate with over 5 million YouTube views of his own tiny home, and Jay Shafer, known as the pioneer of the tiny house movement, who popularized the idea of tiny living with an appearance on Oprah in 2007.

The National Tiny House Jamboree's founding sponsor, EcoCabins, created the Jamboree "as a way to bring the community together in celebration" said EcoCabins president Darin Zaruba. One of EcoCabins' tiny houses, the 24' Morrison hOMe, will be on display alongside the other professional builds. Non professional builders should not be deterred, many attendees are planning to bring their DIY dwellings. Sunday's activities feature a car show type display where non-professional builders can show and browse designs.

Whether you're already living in a Tiny House, just beginning to build, or simply curious what all the buzz is about, the National Tiny House Jamboree will have something for everyone. Exhibits include solar, wind, and other alternative power sources, tiny appliances, tiny furniture, and for the very brave - composting toilets. Live music will get underway in the evenings on the Gypsy Wagon Stage, a state-of-the-art portable venue that's - you guessed it - tiny.

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