The following is a slideshow presentation that I gave at the GIC (Gwangju International Center) for a Petcha Kucha event (April 2017). “20 slides for 20 seconds each” It was my first time doing something like that, but I recommend it. Another person also had the theme of Tiny House that went along with mine pretty well. My favorite was the rocket science presentation, because I was reading a book about a mission to Saturn, at the time. Slide1


“Have you ever dreamed of moving to the countryside? “Back to the land” movements have made this possible for those of us who can’t afford to purchase a dream home in the boonies, and lack the resources (Family, equipment, skills) necessary to build one from scratch.”



“This presentation is adapted from a  poster that my wife and I created as a visual aid to convince our (Korean) parents to support our efforts to develop a small 1500 sq ft piece of land into a Tiny House settlement. We nicknamed the land Himang, which means “hope” in Korean.”

These are the 7 aspects of the proposal in a fun poster that we assembled on a cold winter night in 2017. The leaf shaped strips represent the bamboo grove that are the main feature of the site.


“A Tiny House is an inexpensive small sized, compact house, with a footprint (under 500 sq ft), and usually lightweight enough to be moved. Only a few people can live in a Tiny House. Container houses are popular versions that can be placed almost anywhere.”



“Most Tiny houses are desirable, attractive, high-quality dwellings, designed with sustainable values. They are not considered disposable, like the trailer homes or mobile homes in many U.S. communities.”



“Tiny house concept also encourages a lifestyle of simple living, with as few possessions as possible that are stored in the home itself. Tiny house is part of a social movement where people value community over possessions.”



“Our Tiny House will be a home for my wife and I, and it will also be the headquarters of our Anjeong Chingu organization, which will also be our family run business that provides consulting and other educational services to the community.”

This is our actual business card/ name card  that we hand out to folks in Korea. It is designed by Soyeon. the photo you will recognize from our facebook site cover.


“The plot of land that my father-in-law (Park Jong-il) is generously allowing us to use has been a rice field for the last several decades, and we are having it officially changed into “a zone for residential occupation.

Overhead (plan view) of the village. The Himang is on the lower left hand corner red star mark.


“Less than half of the land will continue to be garden space, but the design of the home does include an attached South-facing greenhouse that will trap heat in the winter, and provide solar-heated space for growing plants.”

Ours will be just one story high, but with enough room for a loft.


“There are seven other aspects of the design that make it specific to the exact location and particular circumstance, as well as the kind of cultural values held by myself and my family to some extent.”



“At first we were told that we were unlikely to get permission to develop the site because it was located so close to another family’s private cemetery. I like cemeteries, in general, and the one located at the Himang site is one that I would like to live next to.”



“Across the street from this site is a community garden that my wife’s family has been growing vegetables on for many years. The beautiful view of the village, Anjeong is mostly rice fields. You can also see the roof of the Park family home, where my wife Soyeon grew up.”



“I decided to propose an “off-grid” lifestyle home because I wanted to feature unconventional systems that have less impact on the land. Off-grid usually means that the home is powered from alternative sources to the conventional electrical power grid.”



“In addition to PV (photovoltaic) solar panels to produce electricity, and batteries to store it, I included a compost toilet, and a greywater treatment system in the design that is an alternative to a sub-surface septic tank which can pollute ground water.”



“I have over 10 years experience using plants and trees to treat my own greywater, which in the USA, includes the uncontaminated wastewater from laundry, hand sinks, and showers. Rainwater catchment and use for water supply is also something that I’m trained in.”

Image borrowed from Art Ludwig’s site on greywater reuse for landscapes, Oasis


“A simple, but effective compost toilet system I used for about 5 years was a basic bucket collection design. It’s easy to make and use from scrap wood. Conventional toilets waste about 6 liters (1.6 gallons) of drinking water per flush.”



“I have also lived in home heated solely by wood fired stoves for about 5 years. Soyeon’s father designed and built his own wood-fire heated jjimjilbang that circulates hot water underneath the floor of the small addition to the family home.”

This is the yellow clay house from the photo. The steel hinged door is the opening for the fire place, which heats the underside of the home, and vents out the far side of the structure.


“I am also inspired by Korean tradition Ondul systems that directly heat the floor with circulating hot air from wood fires. Introducing, the Rocket Mass Heater, which is a super-efficient type of wood stove that heats a couch sized piece of furniture in your home.”

Image borrowed from the interrnet.


“It’s usually made out of a 55 gallon drum barrel, and sculpted out of clay and sand to create the cob “mass”. I have been using the sun for radiant heat in my home for years. But a similar design circulates hot water through collectors to create hot water in the home.”

All images borrowed from the internet


“The most conventional aspect of the proposal is use of Satellite dish for internet and television.  Does anyone have experience with this here in Korea? I would like to know how it compares to internet cable, because I use it for work as an online ESL teacher.”



“I’m happy to announce, that we broke ground on the construction earlier this month, and hope to be living on the land by summer. It will be a work in progress for many years, I’m sure, and in the mean time, I hope to see all of you at some point again.”

These guys are all neighbors

Thank you for viewing this presentation. The site is still being prepped for actual construction, as we work through the Land Survey process. At the moment we are enjoying tent living. Photos are available from past posts.