By Laura LaVoie
It was like a homecoming when we arrived in Portland, Oregon for the second annual Tiny House Conference in April 2015. There were hugs all around; people we have seen once or twice before, and first-time face-to-face meetings with some personalities we only knew online.
The speakers, house owners, and volunteers gathered on Friday night before the official conference kickoff to get our marching orders and enjoy each other’s company over pizza and beer.
The conference itself exploded with energy starting at 8 am on Saturday morning as the attendees arrived. I watched the bustle of registration and said ‘Hi’ to more old friends along the way. Matt and I were presenting both days, and when we weren’t speaking, we were watching other presenters and touring tiny homes. We enjoyed getting to know some of the 400 people in attendance.
Tiny Houses have been raising in popularity lately due to several television shows, including FYI’s Tiny House Nation. And while those shows are entertaining, they don’t necessarily reflect the true heart of the tiny house community.
Tiny House pioneer, author and fellow NotMom Dee Williams will be the first to tell you:
“It’s not about the house.”