On the same day that President Barak Obama gave a speech in Asheville, effectively announcing that he and Michelle are considering retiring to the mountain town in the future, Joe of Tennessee Tiny Homes set up his little red and white custom home in the parking lot of Lowe’s on Tunnel Road. Maybe the president will consider a tiny house for his retirement estate?

Joe had advertised on his Facebook page that he would be embarking on a three state tiny house tour. Traveling from Tennessee to North Carolina to Georgia and back to Tennessee, Joe would be showing off his skills as a tiny house builder to the south eastern community. While I was there a woman arrived who said she had driven 4 hours to get to see the house. When I asked Joe later he said that a couple of people traveled 6 to 7 hours to come see his little house.

I love the aesthetic that Joe maintains throughout his custom homes. Both his first home and the one he brought with him on the tour are designed with a white interior that featured red accents, including a great folk art piece that announced the space as “Home Sweet Tiny Home.” The tiny house that Joe brought with him has a small kitchen space on either side of the front door and very large windows throughout. Two full sized lofts span the entire building. Joe, who is over 6 feet tall, was able to sit and sleep in the loft comfortably during the tour.

Joe’s companion on his trip was his big black Great Dane, Lambert. This gentle giant, decked out in his Thunder Shirt, was a great ambassador to the tiny house as he greeted everyone who came out.

Matt and I spent about an hour and a half hanging out with Joe and local tiny house enthusiast, Chris. During that time about a half dozen other people came through to view the tiny house.

Joe told me he traveled about 750 miles during his tour. And it wasn’t without some difficulty. Some car trouble stopped him from making it to each state’s announced stop. And twice he was asked to leave where he set up the tiny house tour. Joe kept everyone up to date through the company’s Facebook page.

Joe shared with me that he will be attending the Wilmington NC Tiny House Workshop presented by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of Relax Shacks and Steven Harrell of Tiny House Listings and Tiny House Swoon. Joe told me he would be bringing one of his custom tiny homes so everyone could have a chance to see it.

You can view more photos and learn more about this tiny house here.


Laura is a contributing writer for Tiny House Listings and she walks the walk. She lives in a 120 square foot cabin in Asheville, NC that her and her husband Matt built themselves. You can learn more about Laura and Matt at their website 120squarefeet.com.

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