Tiny House Builder Ryann Ott

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Emily Gerde – Guest CoHost

Guest CoHost Emily Gerde presents Ryan Ott. He is a professional builder and has helped many people to fulfill their dream to build a tiny home. In this interview, we learn about the cost involved in building a tiny home and much, much more. If you are dreaming to own one in the future, this podcast will prepare you to ask all the right questions and make a plan before you spend any money. Best to do it right from the beginning.

Know How to Ask the Right Questions

by Emily Gerde

Ryan Ott is the owner of Midwest Tiny Living LLC. Based in Minnesota, Ryan brings a lifetime of experience and experiments to the tiny house community. His approach is to custom build tiny homes for the clients he serves which helps them make the transition in a way that works best for them. This technique, he feels, is the best way to ensure a successful transition from living in large rooms to living in a large world.


Ryan Ott is helping people to find is the best way to ensure a successful transition from living in large rooms to living in a large world.CLICK TO TWEET

We discuss all things tiny houses including pricing, planning, building, and parking. Ryan gives us an insider view of tiny house building and inspires us to think about the tiny house movement as a bigger goal of home ownership.  Ryan gives practical advice on how to plan efficiently and what to consider before finalizing your design. He does a great job explaining the difference between RV’s (which I accidentally call mobile homes), and tiny houses. From insulation to size and practicality, Ryan gives us the insight you need to make an informed decision about building a tiny house. With personal experience in living in a tiny house and camper, I can attest to his assessment of the pros and cons to both.

We dive into what it takes to make a tiny house and why prices vary from state to state. There is a growing confusion with tiny houses prices with most information coming from tiny house television shows. Ryan gives a step-by-step explanation of the cost of materials and how quickly they add up but also assures potential tiny homeowners costs can be decreased easily with used materials, sweat equity, fewer windows, smaller trailer and used appliances. He encourages you to build to the 98% of your life, by making sure your daily needs are met. He gives a great example of a bathtub being an unnecessary item if you take a bath twice a year or a huge kitchen if you only seat more than a few people on holidays. His practical planning advice will assure you design and build the tiny home that best fits your needs and wants.

Ryan Ott encourages you to build to the 98% of your life, by making sure your daily needs are met.CLICK TO TWEET

Financial freedom is a big part of the discussion as we discuss how tiny houses will save you a lot of money in the long run with no mortgage, small utility bills and low maintenance costs. Tiny homes are one piece of the puzzle for finding new ways to offer affordable houses. This may require some trailblazers to get zoning regulations changed in their area, as well as finding ways to build them up to a specific code to allow more parking spot options. When it comes to parking Ryan believes we all deserve to follow our dreams and live where we want to live and thrive.

You can find Ryan on his website at


You can also find him on Instagram and Facebook @Midwesttinyliving

Joining the Sustainable Living Podcast

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Emily Gerde in Her Words

Emily Gerde is an up an coming author with a background as a public school teacher, gymnastics coach, daycare provider, tiny house dweller, and holistic health enthusiast. Emily will provide an inside look into a minimalist lifestyle and how downsizing can forever change your life. She will also dive into mindfulness practices, organic farming, gentle parenting and how sustainable living can be applied in all areas of your life. Emily’s new book, Minimalist Living for a Maximum Life, gives you in in depth look at her family’s journey to healing the mind, body and soul through minimalist, sustainable and mindfulness practices.


“The Peacemaker taught us about the Seven Generations. He said, when you sit in council for the welfare of the people, you must not think of yourself or of your family, not even of your generation. He said, make your decisions on behalf of the seven generations coming, so that they may enjoy what you have today.”

Oren Lyons (Seneca) 
Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation

Emily is excited to be a part of the Sustainable Living Podcast team as she interviews guest from all walks of life and discovers what humanity is doing to ensure our children will have a beautiful healthy planet for generations to come. Join us every month and be inspired to make the changes you want to see in yourself, so the world will follow your example.  Emily explains her mission as follows, “I am here to inspire women to heal themselves, so we have a generation of children who will thrive and create a new world where humans, technology and nature live in harmony.”


More About Emily

Not that long ago, Emily was a guest on our show and we talked for an hour about her tiny house adventure. At the time, she was getting ready to sell her dream home. Even though she and her family loved their custom tiny house, they decided to downsize even more and to move to another state.

The tiny house is sold now and soon, Emily is starting her new adventure. We are so lucky that we will hear all about it on the podcast.