I've upped the ante on unusual living spaces with my most recent experiment--converting a porta potty into an off-grid tiny home. And living in it. 

The porta home is the love child of my obsession with odd-space living and frustration over my city's lack of affordable housing. I was shooting for the Road Less Traveled in Austin, Texas, when I excused myself to use the restroom--an oversized, handicapped-compliant porta potty. It was huge. I immediately thought, "Someone could live in here." We'd just shot with a guy who converted his shed into a tiny home, so why not?

 

Returning to L.A., I was struck by the preponderance of open land. Backyards, wide lots, empty plots. Plenty of spaces for micro-dwellings. Legal dwellings. Tiny houses in the city. I started to wonder if I could convince people to take a popular rural trend--tiny houses on wheels--and apply it to my city. But to get folks on board, I'd need a compelling pitch. 

Enter: The world's first porta potty tiny home:

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The above video trilogy tracks the progress of our build in three 60-second increments. The fourth video chronicles the first monthlong residency. 

Now, in 2019, the porta-home is complete--or is a prototype ever really complete??--and housed in a backyard in northwest Los Angeles. You can track its progress on my diary page and follow us through the social media, especially the @Devine_Diaries Instagram. I've been living in the porta-home for periods of time, testing functionality and raising awareness about tiny living possibilities in urban areas. And, of course, challenging misconceptions about what it means to live in outside the norm in America's most materialistic city.

 

Plans to pilot a housing charity program for homeless college students, through my organization Our Backyard Homes, are well underway. Making an impact on our community is our ultimate goal!

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This license is courtesy of TK Devine, who is a working writer, storyteller, producer, and social experimenter in Los Angeles. TK Devine is admittedly a partial pseudonym, but who's checking? Maybe you are. Maybe you're one of those serial fact-checkers, hell-bent on exposing partial pseudonymed blogs for who they really are. Get a hobby, man. Volunteer. Make a difference that actually matters. Anyway, enough about you. TK Devine is not a fake person. He's a real person, with thoughts, feelings, and a pretty awesome beard. TK Devine is a writer in Los Angeles. Hollywood. Where TK Devine makes films and gives talks as a guest speaker or featured speaker or keynote speaker but never a car stereo speaker. Never. You may know of TK Devine through The Tiny (Toilet) Home Project. You may know of TK Devine via The Office Hobo. You may know of TK Devine through The Road Less Traveled and American Dreamers, repped by the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). You may know of TK Devine from Downsize Czars or Downsize Me. Heck, you may know of TK Devine through getting yelled at by a guy in a truck after you cut him off on the I-405 North through the Sepulveda Pass. Who knows where you know TK Devine. But you do know TK Devine. You know him well. Almost too well.

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