Life in 120 Square Feet

Laura M. LaVoie is a professional writer living in the mountains of North Carolina in a 120 Square Foot house with her partner and their hairless cat, Piglet. Laura graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Anthropology. She has been published in magazines and anthologies on the subjects of mythology and culture. She spent nearly 15 years in the temporary staffing industry before deciding to become a full time writer. Laura works closely with the Zulu Orphan Alliance volunteering her time and the skills she's learned building her own small house to build a shelter for orphans and other vulnerable children living near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Laura also enjoys simple living, brewing and drinking craft beer, and popular culture.

The First Night In Your Tiny House

Recently, fellow tiny house builder and blogger BA Norrgard moved into her new home. She excitedly posted about it on Facebook page and her energy stirred up some emotions for me. Even though it was nearly 2 years ago I remember that feeling of satisfaction the first night we were officially in the tiny house ....more

Tiny House Cleaning Routine

It is spring and that means Spring Cleaning! This is a time honored tradition where every last inch of a home gets cleaned and freshened. Just after the conclusion of the Tiny House Conference, Ryan Mitchell of The Tiny Life, visited our 120 square foot home and got to watch (and help) me put everything back in the cabinets after it had all been taken out and the cabinets deep cleaned ....more

Other Passions and Projects

It isn't often that I share non-tiny house related things here at Life in 120 Square Feet. That being said, there is more to living in a tiny house than thinking about living in a tiny house every day. Life is life, regardless of the size of your home....more

Tiny House Conference Recap from Life in 120 Square Feet

This weekend at the Tiny House Conference in Charlotte was a whirlwind. I don't know if I can possibly describe every detail that happened. It was such an amazing event! ...more

Adventure and the Tiny House

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character." – Henry David Thoreau Piglet on an adventure! For a while I have been trying to think of the way to phrase some of my thoughts about tiny houses and the people that build them. So much of the tiny house movement is made up of Do-It-Yourself first-time home builders that I have often wondered what attracted them to the idea of the tiny house in the first place ....more

Travel, Birthdays, and Tiny House Conference!

It has been a little while since my last blog post. I suppose you could say I took a bit of a vacation for a couple weeks. Matt and I just got back from a trip to Savannah with some friends ....more

4 Things to Do When You Need a Break from Your Tiny House

There are a few "standard" questions we get asked all the time when it comes to living in a tiny house. You can see the FAQ at the top of the page for most of them and our answers. Probably the second most common question is:...more

I Reject Busy-ness

I have written about it before. Once over at Tiny House Talk and once here as part of my Deliberate Living series. But I think this is way too important a topic to just let scroll by ....more

The Tiny Table: Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Several months ago I was at a local restaurant and ordered buffalo chicken nachos off of the appetizer menu. They were absolutely delicious. The blend of spicy buffalo sauce with blue cheese and cheddar cheese ....more

I Lived in A Barn for Three Years

I was thinking back the other day about our tiny house build. Our experience was so different from a lot of other tiny house people. We built our home on a foundation on a mountain three and a half hours from where we were living and working ....more