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Big Coverage for The Little House

Posted by admin | July 18th, 2007 | Filed under Personal Reflection, Positive Change, Who We Are

Our friend Dee Williams is an exceptional person. We first told the story of her “radical” choice to build and live in an 84 square foot house via a video (check it out above). We then put the video on Yahoo, where one of the editors liked Dee’s story enough to put it on Yahoo’s home page (for a mere six hours). Which was all it took for over 483,000 people to view it there.

But good stories have legs. Good stories are sustainable because they strike a deeper chord and carry meaning. So, one thing naturally led to the next. A few weeks ago The Olympian did a story on Dee. That led to a television piece on KOMO-TV Seattle and another on King 5-TV Seattle. Then, Good Morning America called. This morning Dee was interviewed on national TV about her commitment to her “dream house.”

This phenomenon reflects both the nature of media in the digital age, and the ability of authentic stories to challenge traditional paradigms in a provocatively constructive way. Nice work Dee! We all think you are exceptional, and we have huge respect for your integrity!

6 Responses to “Big Coverage for The Little House”

  • July 19, 2007 at 12:43 pm | Austin Ramsland says

    Strike a deeper chord indeed.

    Since seeing this video a couple of months ago, we have been spending way too much time on the Tumbleweed Tiny House website. It is really cool to go from “No way I could do that!” to “where would we put all our bikes?” to “wow, this is really possible.” Thanks Dee.

  • July 20, 2007 at 8:18 am | jen says

    full disclosure: i live in new york city. basically, she’s living in a gorgeous, freestanding, studio apartment. i like the message that she’s bringing to the burbs, but i think transporting a house around isn’t necessarily the greenest thing to do. it is cool that she built it herself, though. and uses very little fuel to heat and eat.

  • July 23, 2007 at 9:03 am | ian says

    Jen,

    Dee isn’t really transporting the house around. She has it “parked” in the spot that she lives. We took it for a spin during the video shoot (towed by Dee’s biodiesal truck) but that’s the exception not the norm.

  • July 23, 2007 at 9:20 pm | Ellie says

    Truly an inspiring story…really!!! When one starts to evaluate what we “need”, you realize most things fall into the want category. I like the idea of less time spent on cleaning and you can’t argue with a $5 utility bill. Oh..small house = more time in the great outdoors!!!

  • December 9, 2007 at 6:52 am | Kevin Rose says

    I’ve enjoyed reading the feedback on Dee’s home, including those who have asked for more information about building their own. For the past year I have been documenting the construction of my own tiny home, Gypsy Rose, in my blog at http://www.paddleways.com/blog/gypsyrose. I hope that it can be useful to those contemplating a similar path.

  • December 9, 2007 at 6:56 am | Kevin Rose says

    oops . . . the period at the end of the link in my comment above does not work. Here it is again – http://www.paddleways.com/blog/gypsyrose

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