Say hello to TinyFest CEO and founder, Renee McLaughlin. For her, the idea of “Going Tiny” is more than just buying and moving into a moveable home. It’s about sustainability, autonomy, flexibility, and freedom: financial freedom, freedom of mobility, and freedom from stuff and stress. And, it’s about having fun!
TinyFest began as the brainchild of McLaughlin, a native of Iowa. After living and maintaining a 3300 square foot, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house – she decided in 2015 to sell it all after her youngest daughter was heading to college. She realized it was “Her Time” to do what she wanted – and she wanted a Tiny House!
She bought her first tiny home on wheels – a 87 square foot home nicknamed “Big R” and took it to a few festivals in 2016.
She kept thinking, “We need to have more of these festivals, because it gives people a great way to experience tiny living, ask questions, and see things in person.”
That’s why she created TinyFest Midwest, in Des Moines, Iowa, featuring fellow Iowan and ‘The Godfather of Tiny Houses,’ Jay Shafer
. She then branched out to TinyFest California before creating TinyFest NorthWest and now offering the first ever TinyFest Texas, in Austin.