Welcome to Tiny House Family

Hari harvests strawberries


My name is Hari Berzins and I moved into a tiny house with my family in May of 2011. I began blogging as a way to share what we learn from living simply and debt-free in a tiny house as we continue to save and build our right-sized, mortgage-free home.

I write about life on our growing homestead on the blog. You can reach the topics of simplify, grow, breathe, build, remember, parent, and cultivate community using the links on the drop-down blog menu above.

In our second year of living tiny, I wrote a weekly letter to my most dedicated readers. These letters resulted in my first book, Coming Home: Letters from a Tiny House.

In April of 2012, Anderson Cooper’s producers asked us to appear on his daytime talk show Anderson. What has followed has been a bit surreal for a simple-living, homesteading family like us. As folks shared our story all over the Internet and on national media outlets, the questions began pouring in. We are happy to answer questions and help others figure out how they, too, can simplify and live free from the burden of debt. Mostly, folks want to know how we managed to save for and build our micro-homestead without a mortgage, and how we managed to downsize our belongings to fit a family of four into a tiny house.

In early 2014, we (Karl, my husband, and I) compiled all the questions and all the steps we took to reach mortgage-freedom. We created a map of sorts to help others find their own pathway to mortgage-freedom. This became our eCourse: The Plan: Creating Your Pathway to Mortgage-freedom, and a way for us to earn a bit of income from our efforts here. We launched the course in April, 2014, and were astounded at its success. The folks who joined us for that first group are working their plans and reaching dreams everyday. We are deeply honored and grateful to facilitate this movement toward living life on your own terms. Read about the eCourse and enroll here. Registration is now open for the Summer Session which begins on June 13, 2015. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of open enrollment for the future sessions.

In October 2014, Nikon asked us to take some pictures and share our story for the #IAmGenerationImage campaign. You can view the video we filmed with them and my photo gallery here.

Whatever brought you here, we’re glad you stopped by.

Garden bounty

Enrollment for the Summer 2015 session of our eCourse, Creating Your Path to Mortgage-freedom is now open. Open enrollment closes on July 15, 2015. Read about the course here! Sign up for our newsletter to be informed of open enrollment for future sessions and receive our seasonal newsletter.