SOMEWHERE IN THE WOODS, MN: Rugged outdoorsman Supertramp, whose back-to-the-Earth philosophies and whose Tiny House have become memes around Kermit Town, has had a rocky time on Kermit and Friends lately. On Monday, he had to suffer the indignity of host Elisa Jordana saying she doesn’t like him, but puts him on the show anyway. We at DNN don’t share Jordana’s dislike of the affable woodsman from Minnesota; we have always found him to be a cordial and friendly person in most of his appearances, and we are fascinated by his Tiny House. We are happy that he has invited us inside to take a look, and we have to say we are impressed.
On Kermit and Friends, the Tiny House has been ridiculed, with Elisa and Chad referring it to as a “doll house” and poking fun at Supertramp for parking his on his parents’ property. However, one of the beauties of a Tiny House is the ease in which they can be moved to any place you desire; some can even be transported in the bed of a pickup truck, while others can be assembled and disassembled with relative ease. Depending on the amenities you want, a Tiny House can set you back as little as $2,500 for the barest-bones model to about $10,000 for a luxury model. Tiny houses can have all of the amenities one would expect in a real house, like electricity, heat, and running water. Their low price makes it economical to simply recycle and replace them when their lifespan is reached.
People have used Tiny Houses in a myriad of ways. Some use them as hunting cabins. Others have created eco-villages from them. Others have converted them into houseboats, small shops, or guest housing. Despite their tiny footprints, ingenious re-thinking of space by the designers gives these homes a surprisingly roomy feel.
In a video he made exclusively for DNN, Supertramp walks us though his Tiny House, and shows why Tiny House living is not only for dolls. It can be an economical and ecologically friendly way to live, both year-round and seasonally. He explains how the kitchen, bathroom, and power work, and explains some of the steps he takes to reduce his ecological footprint. Throughout the video, Supertramp does not merely show off his home and equipment, he also explains his rationale behind some of the environmental choices he has made. It is an informative and friendly video, and displays a side to Supertramp we have not really seen so far on Kermit and Friends.
It got us thinking. With a plot of raw land, which often can be bought for as little as a few thousand dollars, a water tank, a compost toilet, and solar panels or a generator, you can live even farther from the grid than does Supertramp himself! Why not reduce our carbon footprints and get back in touch with nature (and pay no rent or mortgage too?)
Supertramp also has a personal remembrance to share: “The last shot of the video when we are driving the tiny house to my parents is very sad for me. My dog Myles, who died last September is sitting on my lap and I pan down to him and he is out of focus… I miss him so much, he loved to chase the chickens… for you buddy, for you.”
The full video may be seen below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnWFFT09T-c