You may remember several weeks ago when we featured Sarah Myers McNair on the r(E)vo Convo podcast.

A masters student – as well as tiny house advocate and builder – , Sarah has built and is now selling a beautiful tiny home to help spread awareness about how the tiny house movement effects and is effected by environment, economy, and society.

Sarah runs the blog Small House, Big Adventure and has documented her incredible process over the last 6 months or so. To help understand her project it is best to hear from Sarah herself:


The tiny house movement has increased in popularity and awareness over the last decade. This project capitalizes on the amount of information on tiny house living and building in order to act as a final project for my degree. The focus on the environment, economics, and society relate directly to my degree’s concentration in Environmental Sustainability because it focuses on the 3 tenants of this field.

Project Description

The house will be built on a trailer with the goal to use as much recycled or reclaimed material as reasonably possible. Construction will strike a balance between the environment (eco-materials), economics (compromising eco versus regular materials), and society (using strong materials and building correctly for safety). It requires some construction knowledge but I will rely on purchased plans, detailed DIY book, and other tiny home builders’ blogs and guidance. This project aims to prove that an “average” person can accomplish it on a small budget. It is acknowledged that the “average” person may not have a construction expert on-hand, but my sponsor’s periodic inspections will be vital to ensuring the safety of the project. Throughout the duration of this venture, I will keep a blog for other tiny house enthusiasts to learn from my successes and mistakes and complete a research paper for the course.

Before she has to say goodbye to her first (of what I think will be several) tiny home constructs she is hosting an open house for anyone looking to satiate their curiosity, size up their future home, or even make an offer on being the newest resident of this one. So for anyone who is willing to make the drive (short or long) the invite has been given. Come see the house, ask questions, and enjoy some refreshments.  Because of the scale of the house it’ll be a short tour but it will certainly be a fun one!

When: December 15, 2012 from 8:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Newport Hardware & Supply located at 108 Spruce Run Road, Newport VA 24128 (phone number is 540-544-3000)

For anyone traveling from out of town there is a host of things to do while in the Newport area. Virginia Teach is close by and Mountain Lake is also within range. Mountain Lake is, of course, where the film Dirty Dancing was shot. You can find a list of hotels, motels, and lodges here.

Perhaps the most exciting news is that the home will officially be for sale at this open house. An asking price will be finalized closer to the open house date. Stay tuned!

House Specs

  • 150 square feet
  • Full kitchen
  • Shower, composting toilet
  • Solar powered or RV hook-up
  • Propane heat
  • Sleeping loft
  • Storage loft & two closets
  • Reclaimed wood floors and window trim