4th Annual Tiny House Fest Vermont coming to Mad River Valley

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WARREN — Tiny House Fest Vermont 2019 is rolling up the highway from Southern Vermont to the Mad River Valley, home of co-presenter Yestermorrow Design/Build School.

The weekend of October 26–27, 2019 will kick off with a local tour of tiny houses on Saturday.

On Sunday, exhibitions and presentations will occupy the buildings and grounds of Sugarbush Resort in Warren.

The yearly Fest serves up opportunities to explore creative housing solutions, and how to live in relationship to community and the environment.

This year’s presentations will continue to explore what the festival’s presenters call “enoughness,” or minimalist design, craft and technology, as well as maker skills, shared spaces and policy.

“When we choose to build small, the process requires deep thought into what is most essential and precious to us and our family,” said cofounder Erin O’Keefe. “We can be conscious about what we will not compromise.”

With its roots in Brattleboro, Tiny House Fest Vermont has been a gathering since 2016 not only for people who are focused on living in smaller spaces, but also for makers, innovators, builders, designers, researchers, and policy makers.

To date, the event has drawn up to 8,000 people to downtown Brattleboro to view houses on site, see presentations and exhibitions, have a speed review of their own designs, create in a kids’ maker space, and attend a tour of small and tiny houses in Windham County.

The move to Warren is motivated by a presenting partnership with Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield.

Yestermorrow Director, Charlotte Potter describes The Mad River Valley Area as home to an eclectic community of architects, makers and adventurers.

“For almost 40 years Yestermorrow has helped empower individuals to build objects, homes and habitats that reflect their ideas and values,” Potter said. “The festival is a fabulous tool to help the school expand this conversation to the greater region with an invitation to tour the area and experience its creative history.”

The first year, Tiny House Fest Vermont was to be a small event in downtown Brattleboro, organized by friends to highlight the local community of innovators.

The response from presenters was enthusiastic, and thousands of inquisitive and motivated people showed up to get answers to questions and find like-minded others.

“The nearby food coop cafe turned into an ad hoc meeting space for people from Massachusetts who wanted to talk about creating a tiny house community of their own,” said festival co-founder, Lisa Kuneman,

Yestermorrow presented the nation’s first Tiny House Fair in 2013, and it has pioneered coursework for the layperson since 1980 at its campus facility in Waitsfield, more recently throughout New England.

The school launched a Tiny House Design/ Build Certificate Program last year that filled up almost as soon as it was announced.

“We’ve focused the Fest on creative solutions that serve a broader range of housing needs than those offered by the traditional market,” Kuneman points out.

For more information visit: tinyhousefestvermont.com for an overview of what to expect.