Past Meetup

Living Small: Shipping Container Houses + Minimalism

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Join us for another informative "Small Is Beautiful" meeting. We'll be hosting our next event at Green Sage South. Socializing starts at 5:30pm, the presentations will be from 6:00-7:00pm.

The theme for this event will be Living Small! We'll hear from two excellent speakers:

Kaye Rollins on "Minimalism - Why Less is More"

After surviving a house fire, Kaye Rollin found all her possessions packed up to be cleaned and restored. Eventually, the boxes were placed in storage until the remodel was completed. It was during the unpacking phase that Kaye discovered her relationship with the things that had previously occupied her home had changed and she began seeking a more simple life. Searches on the internet brought the lifestyle of minimalism to her attention and she began following The Minimalists online. She is currently a coordinator for their Greenville Minimalists group. In the last year she has reduced the possessions in her home by over 60% and continues to evaluate the possessions in her life on a monthly basis. She happily challenges friends to consider how their possessions impact their lives through their initial cost and the dusting, storing and maintenance required.

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Boomer Sassman on "Think Inside the Box - The Shipping Container Revolution"

From Bunkers to Barns, Asheville to Amsterdam, Shipping container projects have been popping up all around the world. Using recycled Shipping Containers for a building block isn't a new development although thanks to the internet, it's recently been growing in popularity. In this talk we'll explore the process of building a home or commercial building using recycled shipping containers. We'll attempt to shed light on the following topics: Zoning regulations, Inspection Issues, Engineering Concerns, Purchasing/Delivery, the DIY construction process, and much more.

Boomer Sassmann is an Industrial Designer, Internet Consultant and Lifelong Learner based in Asheville, NC. In 2007 he started a design agency called Big Boom Design and over the past 8 years the business has established a substantial footprint in Western NC. Not only does Boomer focus on sharing his background in web design and internet consulting to support organizations across the region, but he also leverages his training as an industrial designer to work in spaces ranging from Shipping Container Home Design to Arduino Automation Systems. He is passionate about making technology more approachable through educational opportunities and he currently serves as an organizer for the Asheville WordCamp, Co-Founder of Innovate Appalachia, and Organizer of the Asheville Tiny Home Association. Boomer is also on the AB Tech Digital Media Advisory Committee and often teaches classes through the AB Tech Small Business Center on WordPress, Google and other Technology related topics.

--- Thanks everyone for all of your support as we change venues and experiment with new locations.