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Meet Dee Williams, she built a tiny home.

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 8.50.50 PMAfter a life changing event Dee Williams decided to go small. She now lives in an 84 square foot home and counts 305 possessions to her name.

This week I interviewed Dee about her new book The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir which shares her journey of getting from “big” to “small’. 

Dee is also the founder of PAD (Portland Alternative Dwellings) which helps other people learn to live small.

So check out the interview and share your own down sizing story. One person will win a copy of Dee’s book for their downsizing lens. Check your Quest Tab to enter.

Have you given up possessions? Moved to a smaller home? Do you dream of selling everything you own?

Tell us your story.

Bonnie Diczhazy is the Editor-in-Chief of the SquidooHQ Blog. Send her a Tweet at @bdkz.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/relache relache

    I’ve been contemplating a tiny house, and I once met Dee and got to explore inside her home. She even encouraged me to climb up into her bed and really experience how the loft space felt. Her tiny home is very simple due to her job and the fact that she lives alongside friends with homes. If you don’t have kitchen or bathroom space to use elsewhere, what Dee has built is not going to be livable for hardly anyone, and I think that part gets glossed over in her story a lot.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/bdkz bdkz

      Interesting Rae, I was curious about how practical a tiny home is on a day-to-day basis. I do think building smaller homes is a great idea though. We tend to be getting bigger and bigger with McMansions. Do we really need all that space and stuff? Thinking small is definitely something we should all explore.

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/relache relache

        I’m definitely downsizing, but to me, having just a composting toilet and no shower (Dee showers at her job or in her neighbor’s house), or building a kitchen that just heats up cans of soup (that was her answer to my question of if she cooked in her tiny house as I looked at what I called ‘not a kitchen’) is not building a home/house. It’s a shelter for surviving, not a place that fosters living. That said, I am not put off the idea of building a tiny home. It’s just that mine is going to allow humans to cook and bathe.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/dawnraeb dawnraeb

    I did not read the lens… because I am just starting the book. And I am enjoying the book so far. I don’t want to risk any spoilers. I will be excited to read the interview when I’m finished with the book.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/bdkz bdkz

      You’ll love it Dawn!

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/bigdaddykingdaddy bigdaddykingdaddy

        I agree! Dawn will love it!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RenaissanceWoman2010 RenaissanceWoman2010

    I would thrive in a tiny home and hope to design and build one in the near future. I’d love to build these kinds of homes for others, also. My dream is to sell most of what I own and go mortgage free. I’ve watched several videos about what Dee has achieved. Would love to read her memoir.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RenaissanceWoman2010 RenaissanceWoman2010

    I would thrive in a tiny home and hope to design and build one in the near future. I’d love to build these kinds of homes for others, also. My dream is to sell most of what I own and go mortgage free. I’ve watched several videos about what Dee has achieved. Would love to read her memoir.

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    i enjoyed the book when i saw it ,

  • http://www.portable-batteries.fr/ adaptateur ac

    i enjoyed the book when i saw it ,

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/pdxveganfamily pdxveganfamily

    Thank you for this, I really liked the info! :)

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    Dee, thank you for taking the time to write this lens and the book. I love to build one tiny house at my backyard in my house in San Francisco. Are you aware of any city ordinance of what can I do and not do? Thank you a lot.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/playulheart playulheart

    While I certainly see the advantages of have a small house and minimal possessions I don’t know if I could do it myself. Things seem to pile up!

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