For nearly three years now TinyHouseNC has worked with municipalities, school systems, colleges and universities, businesses, and more, to bring instructional, informative, and hands-on workshops to regions around the state. With guest presenters, field professionals, and tours, each 1-day workshop is a crash course in living simply and deliberately. On August 18 we are returning to western North Carolina to the community of Simple Life in Flat Rock, NC to offer a 1-day workshop for just 35 people.


TOTAL PRICE is just $30 per person.

Your seat also reserves for you a box lunch (menu TBD), guided home tours of both tiny houses on wheels and slightly larger park models, access to industry professionals, and a chance to win a great door prize!

Co-Hosted by Andrew M. Odom (published author, founder of Tiny r(E)volution, founder of TinyHouseNC, and all around fun guy!) and Coles Whalen (event coordinator of the original Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs, CO, founder of the Tiny House Living Festival, and award-winning recording artist), the day also features exciting presentations by Dave Allen, Joel Osgood, and Drew Crawford.

WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 2018
WHERE: Simple Life at Flat Rock, NC (24 Empire Lane | Flat Rock, NC 28731)
TIME: 8:30am – 5:00pm


Because the workshop is an all-day event, please bring your own snacks, water, camping chair, and sunscreen. Lunch is included in the seat price. Vending machines are not available on site.

An email will be sent to all participants 2-days prior to the event with fine details such as where to park, where to meet, etc. Sign in begins at 8:30 and coffee/donuts will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a hands-on workshop. No building is involved. There is a Tiny House Tools 101 portion but it is demonstration only.

This particular workshop is more geared towards those wanting to understand more about the overall modern tiny house movement from building your own, to know the legal issues around living tiny, to cultivating and living in community with other like-minded people.

Email with any questions or concerns.


Saturday Schedule

Time Subject Presenter
8:30am Check In
9:00am-9:15am Welcome To Simple Life Coles Whalen
9:15am-10:00am What Is The Tiny House Movement and How Did It Start? Andrew M. Odom
10:00am-10:30am What Is A Park Model And How Do They Fit Into The Movement? Dave Allen
10:30am-10:45am BREAK
10:45am-10:50am GIVEAWAY
10:50am-11:30am Walking tour of Simple Life park models Coles Whalen
11:30am-12:00pm How Low Impact Development Supports Ecology Joel Osgood
12:00pm-12:45pm LUNCH
1:00pm-2:00pm Tiny House Tools 101 Andrew M. Odom
2:00pm-3:00pm Walking tour of Tiny House on Wheels (two models) Andrew M. Odom
3:00pm-3:45pm The Importance of Community In The Tiny House Movement Coles Whalen
3:45pm-4:45pm The Legal Ins & Outs Of Tiny House Living Drew Crawford
4:45pm-5:15pm Open Q&A


Andrew Odom

Andrew Odom

Founder, TinyHouseNC

Andrew M. Odom is a writer of all things tiny with a penchant for celebrating minimalist living! Professionally, he is an editor, a photo producer, a project/social media/community manager, a content crusader, and an online marketer. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree from Regent University. A lead content writer for Tiny House Blog and Tiny House Magazine, he consistently brings fresh ideas and subject matter to the table and executes with timeliness, detail, and professionalism.

Andrew began his involvement in the modern tiny house movement in 2010 as he and his wife set out to build their own tiny house on wheels. He is perhaps best known as the voice behind Tiny r(E)volution as well as the founder of TinyHouseNC and its subsequent annual street festivals.

When not developing interesting content or executing social strategy, Andrew can be found on his family’s small homestead, playing outside with his daughter or flirting with his wife! Join Andrew at the Simple Living workshop to learn if tiny living is the next big thing for you.

Coles Whalen

Coles Whalen

Marketing Director, Simple Life

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Coles has been instrumental in bringing the Simple Life brand to life through a detailed marketing campaign, lending her creativity and fresh perspective as well as bringing on board talented partners to help lay the foundation and launch the product.

Coles fell in love early on with the simple living movement through her involvement in the original Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs, CO and after orchestrating several tiny house events and organization it was in 2017 that Whalen successfully launched the Tiny House Living Festival, sustainable homes, and products expo. The festival quickly became a popular destination event, appearing in several cities across the US, and drawing 10,000 attendees at its recent Portland, OR show.

Whalen is a critical thinker, a creative spirit, and a lover of work that takes her outside traditional boundaries into constantly evolving environments. She is excited by the shift towards intentional living and is happy to be an integral part of forwarding the movement.

Dave Allen

Dave Allen

Director of Operations, Simple Life

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Dave brings his sharp management skills to the day-to-day operations of Simple Life communities. Under his purview are development and management of all property and amenities, as well as delivery and installation of new units. Dave has supervised the design and renovation of The Village property, including clubhouse, landscaping, shared space, and infrastructure.

Dave has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Before joining Simple Life, he was tasked with opening or turning around young fledgling offices of a Fortune 100 company, subsequently managing the sales and the operations of these offices. He developed Business Plans along with the supporting processes and procedures to implement and manage various size companies.

Dave’s team is currently property managing 80 homes, while 60 more home sites are being developed in the current community.

Joel Osgood

Joel Osgood

RLA – Senior Land Planner

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Joel is responsible for designing Simple Life communities, including infrastructure, amenities, and landscaping. Drawing from his expertise in landscape architecture, Joel incorporates design that complements the unique character of each property, capitalizing on existing topography and native plant species to bring beauty and local flavor to the community.

Joel Osgood founded Osgood Landscape Architecture in early 2014 around his vision for a collaborative design practice that is driven by a passion for ecological restoration, a rigorous dedication to technical design details, and an inspired reverence for nature. With fourteen years of professional experience, Joel’s work exhibits an ongoing commitment to providing innovative design solutions; exhibiting an iterative, creative process; and partnering with clients, consultants, and stakeholders.

Joel holds a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University, graduating as a class Valedictorian and with an ASLA Honor Award for excellence in Landscape Architecture.

Drew Crawford

Drew Crawford


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Drew Crawford moved to NC to attend Davidson College, majoring in Chemistry and Political Science. After teaching for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, Drew opened Wooden Stone Gallery, specializing in NC pottery and American handicrafts. Having stared and run a small business, Drew returned to school completing an MBA at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kennan-Flagler Business School. Drew then used the off time between small business clients to build a tiny house, and then the greater challenge, where to park a tiny house. Most recently, Drew founded DIYtiny to be a place to park THOWs (Tiny Houses on Wheels) and as a builder community for people to build their own spaces.

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