Originally published November 17, 2008.
Seven years ago this week, multimedia producer Eva Sollberger filmed tiny-house builder Peter King for an episode of her video series, “Stuck in Vermont.” She and her mom trekked to Johnson to tour a few of King’s 100- to 200-square foot houses.
“The tiny-house movement is getting HUGE as Americans shrink their budgets and look for affordable alternatives to Stuff Nation,” Sollberger wrote on the Seven Days website. “Peter King has been building tiny houses for years and hopes to teach others the basics of simple living.”
Sollberger shot about two hours of footage on that snowy day, which she edited down into a five-minute video. It found an audience immediately after she uploaded it to YouTube.
A couple of tiny-house blogs posted the video, and the Huffington Post picked it up. To date it’s been viewed more than 260,000 times. Its popularity inspired a second video about King, “Stuck in Vermont 167: Tiny Houses, the Sequel,” published on March 10, 2010. Both can be found on the Seven Days website.
Coincidentally, King’s daughter, Jovial King, is the owner of Urban Moonshine, the subject of this week’s cover story, “Bitters Dispute.”