The Truth About Tiny House TV Shows

I’ve been contacted 3-4 times by TV producers regarding tiny homes. Each time I’ve felt that they weren’t searching for the reality of the subject, but trying to shoehorn something into a phony story line. Reality shows are bad enough, but pre-determined phony reality is worse. Here’s a good article on the subject: 

“…The crew shows up to tiny house build in progress. The customers are in over their heads. They need the house finished in two weeks. They need these super cool expensive features in order to meet their needs. Their budget is a completely unattainable, $30,000. Trucks get stuck, storms roll in, vendors miss deliveries, old wood bridges threaten to fall into the river, the house tries to roll off a cliff…Somehow in the end it all comes together and the people are left with their dream tiny house. Folks, this just isn’t how it works.…”

-Greg Parham, Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to The Truth About Tiny House TV Shows

  1. I agree, Lloyd. I've been asked to participate and declined, too. I appreciate that tiny houses are being presented as an alternate way of living, but the lack of authenticity is counter-productive. Too many of these tiny houses end up being sold shortly after the airing of the TV episode because either the house was poorly built (due to the rushed schedule) or the owners weren't fully prepared for downsizing.

  2. It's about time someone wrote something like this. Being in the building trades for over forty years, it was easy yo see that THN was a bit of a fraud. The problem is most people interested in a tiny house and watching the show may not suspect this. It's good that more people are becoming aware of alternatives to conventional houses ,but these shows are like the MSM, a little bit of truth and a lot of empty entertainment.

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