michael-janzen-tiny-free-paBy day I’m a professional web designer. By night I’m an aspiring writer and tiny house designer and builder. But my personal story is one of climbing to the top of the hill only to realize that success and happiness are really defined by how you choose to spend your time on earth and who you choose to spend it with.

During college I studied art and architecture but ended up with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Ceramics. I spent my 20’s as a starving artist (potter) living in a 450 square foot cabin in Mendocino County, California. In my 30’s my interest in web design led to a successful career in web technology where I ended up leading web design and web usability research teams in the corporate world.

In 2003 my wife and I bought a home in Sacramento, California. In the summer of 2007 I became keenly aware that our economy was in trouble as the value of my own home began to decline. As the economy continued to slide and the value of my home evaporated I decided that instead of choking on sour lemons I’d better begin to make lemonade and look for solutions.

I expect my 40′s to be spent eliminating debt lowering living costs by choosing frugality over wastefulness. Downsizing and becoming more self-sufficient will also be a big part of the solution.

Goals that drive me forward every day.

  • Increase personal freedom through simplification and down-sizing.
  • Increase financial freedom by eliminating debt and reducing dependency on a single source of income.
  • Increase self-sufficiency by reducing reliance on external factors.

My Blogs:

  • tinyhousedesign.com – My busiest blog where I focus on tiny house design and construction.
  • tinyfreehouse.com – A blog dedicated to a tiny house I’m building without spending a dime.
  • diyfreedom.com – I’m blogging a book on how to increase your personal freedom.
You can contact me at michael.s.janzen@gmail.com.

P.S. Just in case you were wondering. My views are not necessarily those of my employer. They are mine alone.

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  3. Rich bras

    I would skip Klamath Falls Oregon building code are very restrictive.Small house would come under RV you can not park and live in RV on undeveloped property in Klamath Country. And the good ole boys system RULES here. I would look in Lassen and Modoc counties north ca.

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