Small Home. Big Life. e-Cours(E)!

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Hi folks!  I’m happy to announce that Tiny r(E)volution is now offering another e-course session.  Almost one year ago Tiny r(E)volution led by Andrew Odom introduced a new concept in tiny house building; an e-Cours(E). With an enrollment of nearly 45 participants the course was enthusiastically received and proved to be a great alternative to those that couldn’t or didn’t want to attend a more traditional workshop on tiny houses. Spring 2014 is going strong now and summer vacations are looming large. Many are thinking that this is the time to begin their tiny house build. Because of such Tiny r(E)volution is pleased to present another term of Small Home. Big Life.

Small Home. Big Life., a four-week, self-guided course is designed to carry a person through the beginning stages of building a tiny house from the dreaming phase to the drying in of a tiny house.  It is even more than that though. Infused with personal experience and anecdote as well as guest interviews and stories, the month features detailed instructions, creative prompts, guest artists, and multi-media examples, that serve to inspire and educate.

The centerpiece of the course is Andrew’s personal experience researching, designing, and building the 240 sq.ft., single level, tiny house he, his wife, and their 2-year old daughter currently live in. Andrew has recently been seen at the Tiny House Conference in Charlotte, NC. He has also published three books including the most recent, “Your Message Here :: GAINING CORPORATE SPONSORS for your tiny house project.”

So if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, I highly encourage you to check it out and sign up!

Odom Family

Tiny House Tour in Floyd, Virginia

I know you guys want to go see some tiny houses in person.  I know you do, don’t lie.  So here’s the scoop:

Here’s the Facebook event page.

It’s May 17th from 10-4.  You can also watch TINY: a story about living small afterwards.  Here’s more info and tickets: http://sustainfloyd.org/tiny-floyd-thinks-tiny-house-may-17/

I had the chance to meet the Tiny House Family (again) at the Tiny House Conference earlier this month and I highly suggest you meet them too and let their general awesomeness influence your life a bit.  I don’t know the other houses/families on the tour, but I’m sure they’re great too!

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Tiny House Magazine

Tiny House Magazine

For those who haven’t seen it yet, the Tiny House Magazine is out!  And someone you may know has written an article for it…wink wink 

Tiny House Conference 2014

For those who missed the 2014 Tiny House Conference, start planning for the next one!  We had a blast down in Charlotte, NC with fellow bloggers and builders, as well as various other tiny house enthusiasts.  The presentations were very informative and I just loved being able to experience other tiny houses in person.

How successful was the conference, really?  Let’s just say even my fiance is now on board with building another tiny house! Although we already built and sold one, we’re re-inspired to move forward with some previously abstract ideas for our life, jobs, happiness, and finances.  Stay tuned for our progress on this!

You can read all about the conference in more detail here.  With that, I leave you to enjoy some photos of the event!

 

Tiny House Conference

Hello, hello!  It’s been a while since my last post but I’ve just been settling into non-tiny house life.  I have a couple new tiny house ventures on the horizon though…more on this once things are concrete.

This makes me even more excited to tell you all about the 2014 Tiny House Conference!  It’s April 5 & 6 in Charlotte, NC and you can register here.

Small Home. Big Life. eCourse!

Hi everyone. Please consider taking this tiny house e-course. It has a ton of good stuff and it’s really affordable!

Small Home. Big Life. e-Cours(E) Announces ‘Guest Artists’

Tiny Open House

The time has come! I am delighted to announce that the house is done enough to have folks come check it out.  Anyone who is willing to make the drive (short or long) can come see the house, ask questions, and enjoy some refreshments.  I know it’ll be a very short tour, but it’ll be fun nonetheless!  Details:

When? 12/15/12 from 8 – 4 pm

Where? Newport Hardware & Supply: 108 Spruce Run Road, Newport VA 24128 (phone number is 540-544-3000)

There’s plenty to do in the area for you out-of-towners thinking about making the journey.  Virginia Tech is super close, Mountain Lake (where they filmed Dirty Dancing) is even closer, and I’ll let you google the rest.

It’ll be officially for sale at that point as well.  I’ll nail down a price closer to time.  So bittersweet!

Almost finished! …and what’s up with tiny house prices?

We are getting so close to finishing the house!  Since my last post, we trimmed out the interior doorways, finished the quarter round on the floor, and installed shelves in the closets.   The doorway trim was really the last major use of my pallet pieces…it’s kind of sad actually.  But they look great and I’m very glad to not have purchased new wood for them.  I had some extra stain left so I threw it on the solar panel stand just to pretty it up a bit.   Next I put two coats of polyurethane on the stair treads (and added some tile…I just couldn’t help it!).  Dad and I also finished putting the quarter round down on the floor and then installed shelving in the closets.  The shelves are made from scrap materials we had from previous tiny house tasks.  Even the rod is leftover from another project!  This is exactly why you should think carefully before just getting rid of construction scraps.

On a slightly different note, I’m now nailing down a sales price for the house because we’ll probably finish everything this weekend or a few days into next week.  I’m not at a number yet, but I will let you see why many tiny houses are as pricey as they are…here’s the break down of just the labor involved:

Let’s say I worked on the house an average of 2 hours each day since the beginning (I think it’s more, but for argument’s sake…).  Started in April, so that’s 8 months at 30 days each = 480 hours for me.  Add that for dad as well and we’re at 960 man/woman hours.  The average construction worker’s hourly wage is a little over $15.  So 960 x $15 = $14,400!  Add in the cost of materials which for most folks is $15k – $25k, and you’ll see why these are priced the way they are.  Of course, there are exceptions out there (so don’t jump on me if you’re building a tiny house and don’t fall into this cost range).

Flooring!

This is mostly going to be about the super awesome floor (because, well, it’s super awesome).  In all seriousness, let me backtrack for those not familiar with the master plan.  I originally wanted to use old pallets for practically everything I could think of (cabinets, flooring, trim, siding, etc.).  After a ton of work to use said pallets as interior window trim, the vote was to just use them for trim and flooring.  Pallet use is controversial because many are treated with chemicals…simple solution is to check them for “HT” which means heat treated.  Other stamps usually mean chemicals, but also keep in mind that a ton of pallets are just plain naked and fine to use as well.  Another thing to keep an eye out for is where you get them (i.e. from stores that sell chemical stuff, you’ll probably bet that their used pallets had chemical containers and such on them).  Avoid pallets with dubious stains as well.  I could go on and on about what I learned from this process, but I’ll spare you unless you really want more detail.  Heat treated or naked + planing 1/4 inch + sanding + stain + polyurethane = safe pallets pieces to use inside.

Anywho, the process for turning a pallet into flooring is actually really painful – sort pallets, deconstruct pallet, cut out sections with metal, rip down to same width, plane boards for thickness, sand smooth, apply stain to all sides (to seal it well), glue/nail to floor, apply polyurethane coats.  Dad found some really great eco-friendly glue and water-based polyurethane and both worked quite well.  I actually had to pry up one board that I split when nailing, and the glue was so strong that a layer of subfloor came up with it…whoops. I hope you enjoy the pictures!  Tonight I put the final coat of poly on the floor so tomorrow I should have some final shots I can post.