Tiny r(E)volution – Interview with Alek Lisefski

AlekAlek Lisefski of the Tiny Project is a relative newcomer to the tiny house community. A web designer by trade, but with a passion for the visual arts, the great outdoors, architecture, and all things natural and beautiful he tends to find inspiration all around, though currently he only claims to stare at houses and get ideas.

The main aspect of the Tiny Project is to build a tiny house. Alek hopes that by inhabiting such a small space he will be forced to live in a simpler, more organized and efficient life. Without room to hoard things and hide away from the world, he’ll be forced to spend more time outdoors, in nature and engaging with his community.

In addition to serving his own needs, the Tiny Project house will benefit the Fairfield community in which he lives through:

  • Educational opportunities & Internships through Maharishi University of Management
  • Paid work for students and anyone interested in sustainability or hands-on building and problem solving.
  • Community demos to bring awareness to tiny houses as cost-effective, low-impact, alternative ways of living.

And so this is where we pick up!


  1. DeWhit says

    Blah blah blah, another artsy fartsy web person that can’t get a job and is grasping at straws. God forbid, a plain old nail driving carpenter gets a write up for having a useful skill. Add another one to the pile.

    • says

      I am sorry you feel that way DeWhit. I wouldn’t say “blah blah blah, another…” anymore than I would say something like “blah blah blah, another loosey-goosey, fly-by-night, carpenter hack with a cheap set of Craftsmen around his belt.” This site respects people of all areas of expertise. The write up is not about Alek building a tiny house hisself, per se, but more about his total experience. I would be happy to also cover you if you approached in the right way with the right attitude.

  2. DeWhit says

    I don’t understand your statement about attitude. I do know that at my age, I have seen quite a few with their back to the wall learn how to build something for themselves and family. Now that the internet is the final say on everything, there are more individuals such as yourself that want to make a living and turn a shekel from a few written words at your convenience…and if the reader questions the merit of any of the subjects or individuals, then he is cast as the one being a wet blanket. You are the publisher. I can get my read anywhere.
    Yes, there are too many involved with talks and workshops and blogs and online plans and consulting and trying to make hay from what was basic woodworking in a time that has past. I think it’s a damn shame that someone will pay for a workshop and support some uber educated weenie to learn how to handle a saw and hammer and read a tape and work a square.
    These things were picked up by the majority as part of work and many of us don’t mind sharing and helping , but we don’t stop the work for a mission plan and twitter campaign and formal introductions. You work, you watch , you learn….without the soapbox and bush league hand holding.
    I have nothing against persons building small, it is a great idea. But I do have a problem with those that lose it all playing the adult game of life and going small because they no choice and then running down the traditionalist and declaring the game as rigged.
    My comments weren’t rude. They were dead on.
    A lot of you won’t be pitching small life and simple pleasures after a few winters and children and life experiences and life costing zip won’t be around as soon as you figure how to get on your haunches and fight back and quit rolling over because your education didn’t make you as special as you thought it would.
    The hippie life and group living was a noble idea until the cold hard realities set in. We didn’t make the rules, we adapted.

  3. Johnny Helmsteadt says

    Yes, there is an audience; but less joking and a better microphone could make your show MUCH more enjoyable.

    Your phone in guest(s) would also sound better if they would call in via Skype.

    If you don’t want to spring for a broadcast quality microphone try speaking very close to whatever mic you are using.

    Also, there is an echo on your sound when you are too far away from the mic. Should you need to be not right on top of the mic, (??) try filling your room with echo absorbing materials.

    There is nothing more distasteful than a podcast that sounds lousy.

    Keep up the good work, and I look forward to more shows.


    • says

      Thank you for your comments Johnny.

      The r(E)vo Convo is purely hobby for both Laura and I. My personality is a joking one and I don’t foresee that changing for program format. In fact, we don’t have a format really and play it by ear most weeks. I appreciate your listenership but because it is not our vocation we will continue doing what we do.

      As for equipment. Again, this is volunteer. We use what we can. That involves several phones (Laura and I are on opposite sides of the state) and a third phone for a guest. We tried Skype for several weeks and the reception was awful. The Skype call cut out several times and even added a delay at times.

      I won’t be filling my room with anything. Again, this is not a professional podcast wherein revenue is generated. I highly doubt my wife would want me to fill our home with sound absorbent material or spend our income on sound equipment. If the concern is that great and the desire for us to have dynamic microphones with wind screens and monitoring software, please feel free to use the ‘donate’ button to the right of our website. Earmark it for “podcast” and I assure you it will be used as such.

      I am confused by your warning of the distaste of a lousy sounding podcast and then a closing of “keep up the good work.” So for now, we will just keep on keeping on. We hope you continue to listen but if not, no harm and no foul.


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