ABOUT TINY HOUSE BUILD
We’ve been arming the DIY movement since 2006, and our mission is to create and offer the highest quality tiny house building resources out there so that YOU can turn your tiny house fantasy into a reality.
WHO WE ARE
We’re Alexis & Christian! DIY Tiny Home Dwellers Behind Tiny House Build
After falling in love, we built our tiny house on wheels with the help of friends and family. Then we hit the road on a journey to intimately explore the dynamic tiny home movement for our project, Tiny House Expedition. Our storytelling work features numerous DIY tiny home tours and the three-part educational documentary series, Living Tiny Legally.
We zig-zagged across the US during our nomadic travels, visiting numerous tiny dwellers, tiny home communities, and tiny living festivals. That’s how we became friends with Andrew & Gabriella Morrison, Tiny House Build founding members. We reconnected with them in at least four states—one of the best parts of living nomadically!
After 4.5 years, traveling over 55,000 miles, we now home base from Central Oregon. Travel for us now happens with our Honda Element car camper, about three months each year. Our goal is to buy land in the near future to build a mini-homestead with room to host another tiny home—perhaps even a DIY build space.
READY TO GET STARTED?
Time and time again, we’ve witnessed people with no previous building experience create the tiny home of their dreams. We did! Three of the biggest lessons we learned:
- Research, research, research.
- Be patient, and don’t rush!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Let us help you prepare for your tiny house build with our how-to workshops, guides, and advice from those who’ve been there before.
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OUR TINY HOUSE BUILD
Our self-built tiny house on wheels is 130 square feet, and it took us nine months to build it, beginning in the Fall of 2014. Construction was slow but steady. As inexperienced builders, we often had to stop to study up on how to do various tasks or fix mistakes. Fortunately, many friends helped along the way, most importantly, the invaluable mentorship from our friend and master carpenter, Tom Elsner.
We used many salvaged and reclaimed materials in our build—from an old farmhouse, Habitat ReStore, and fallen trees from a tornado. Processing these materials was labor-intensive and time-consuming, but in the end, we saved quite a bit of money and added much charm and character to our tiny house.
All the ups and downs, trial and error of our build, it was all worth it in the end. Such a fulfilling, life-changing journey!
THE MORRISONS' LEGACY
Andrew and Gabriella discovered the tiny house movement right when they realized that the American “dream” was actually a nightmare. Inspired to create the best lives possible for their family, they got rid of 90% of their worldly belongings and designed and built their now-famous “hOMe” tiny house.
When the Morrisons launched TinyHouseBuild.com in 2011, they worked together to create powerful and accessible resources to empower DIYers—pulling from Andrew’s background as a professional builder for over 20+ years and a down-to-earth instructor. He taught over 5,000 at his workshops on building tiny houses and strawbale homes.
The tiny house movement has forever been changed for the better thanks to the Morrisons’ contributions, from education to co-authoring the model building code for tiny houses, the 2018 IRC Appendix Q.
On November 16, 2019, Andrew and Gabriella Morrison acting in the capacity of the founding members of The Morrison Group, LLC, donated TinyHouseBuild.com and TinyHousePlans.com to Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons of Tiny House Expedition.
“Both sites were formerly owned and operated by The Morrison Group, LLC, and are now masterfully run by the wonderful Alexis and Christian, our good friends and HUGE tiny house advocates. We have fully stepped away in order to focus on living on our sailboat in Mexico! We wish them all the success in the world and thank them for continuing this important work.”
–Andrew and Gabriella Morrison