Late October Update

Got a lot of little stuff done at the end of October!  Most exciting is starting the flooring 🙂

There will be an open house in about a month at Newport Hardware. Details soon!

Early October Progress

We had another trip to prepare for, so in went the stairs/ladder and we finished up the exterior paint (aside from the door and touch-ups).  After getting back from the northern VA adventures, it was time to finish the propane lines!  Finally we could test the water heater, oven/stove, and the Newport P9000.  As much as I wanted a woodstove (and still have the one I bought sitting in storage), this little heater is a good option for tiny houses because of how little clearance it needs around itself.  I ended up buying the woodstove from myself to save for another house down the road 🙂

Besides all these pictures, I have a video treat for you all coming up.  If only I could get it to load…I took today off from work, so I’ll do my best to post the vid today sometime in between my various construction projects.

News!

Dad and I had a blast taking the house up to Manassas and Charles Town!  I got to share it with my friends, coworkers, and random tiny house enjoyers.  On our way up, we stopped at a gas station and ended up giving an impromtu tour!  As for the media coverage, let me say that it got a little hectic but everything worked out and I think it went really well.  I spoke with someone from the Patch, the Washington Post, WJLA, and Jefferson Spirit.  Am I missing anyone?  I hope not!  So here are some links to the main articles:

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/10/va-woman-builds-tiny-house-for-master-s-thesis-80680.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-state-of-nova/post/fairfax-county-woman-builds-livable-tiny-house-as-part-of-sustainability-movement/2012/10/09/77ce89c4-11bc-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_blog.html

…I think the Washington Post article is how most of you fine folk found my blog.  Welcome to you!  If you’re ever down near southwest VA, let me know if you’d like to stop by (before I sell it).  Speaking of selling, lots of interest in that arena, probably due to this news stuff.  So thanks news people!  Here are some pictures from our adventure:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/media/set/?set=a.477555945608187.109868.111238175573301&type=3

Tiny House Tour

Dad and I took the house up to Manassas, VA last week. What a trip! We were interviewed by several reporters and had a blast letting everyone see it.

With this media coverage came some interesting questions from commenters that I’d like to address. This might step on some toes, but here goes:

My school isn’t a diploma mill. AMU is regionally accredited and respected by students, organizations, and businesses. A lot of folks have issues with online education in general, and I totally get that. Please don’t bash my school specifically though when you don’t even bother to research it. Also, my BA is from Virginia Tech and I graduated when I was 19…ok, off my soapbox.

Second, I don’t live in a McMansion and I don’t plan to park this house in someone’s yard as a secondary home. I live in a 250 square foot apartment in a very eco-friendly cohousing development. How’s that for a small footprint?

Third, yes I hate that I’m selling this house. I wouldn’t hesitate to live in it full time! The reality is that I need to return the money I borrowed to build this house. I do not expect a huge ROI and do not plan on building and selling more of these as a business. Also, I can’t disclose how much I really have invested in the house because it’s not done yet 🙂

Fourth, this is way better than a camper. Perhaps a used camper would be more environmentally friendly, but now how would that be a good thing for a whole Master’s thesis?

I did in fact do most of the work. My dad was absolutely key to the success of this project, but he taught me to do everything on it by having me do the physical work. I can now frame walls, install siding, wall panels, trim, plumbing (sort of), painting, wiring with my own knowledge. He’s been a great teacher!

Finally, I am so thankful for all the positive feedback I’ve received. To all the haters- pretty sure you’re just upset you don’t get to do an awesome project like this!

So much to catch up on!

Well, I suppose this means the end of “build days” and the beginning of a very belated post of all the progress over the last month.  It’s, well…AWESOME.

Ready. Set. Pictures:

Quick video update

As usual, I’m a bit pressed for time.  Here’s a short video of the progress as of last night!  Today I’ll be staining the walls, painting some doors and furniture, and possibly other random items.  Enjoy!

Build Days 38 – 46 (8/8/12 – 8/16/12)

So much work to catch up on…I’m thinking just a picture post today!

Build Day 37 (8/2/12)

The good news is that I’m finally caulking the siding and trim and whatnot.  The bad news is that it’s a very tedious task! After 2 of us working on it for about 3 hours, I think we’re 1/2 done with it.  We went all around the window and door trim and in EVERY seam between siding pieces, as well as where the siding butts the trim and around the wheels.  We didn’t get to caulk up top around the soffits, and there are some places that need touch-ups.  I apologize for the dark pics, but we were caulking until almost 9!

News Day (7/30/12)

My university spread the word and managed to get John Carlin out to film the wee house.  For those curious, here’s his blog: http://johncarlinsvirginia.blogspot.com/

The segment will air sometime in late(ish) October and I think there will be something put on the blog.  We staged the house so it’s easier to see where things will go.

Build Day 36 (7/29/12)

Last day of siding!!!!!!!

Also one of the trickiest days of siding.  All we had left to do was put some on the small, side triangles on the dormers.  Tough angles though!  Thankfully I wasn’t the one doing the mathematical calculations, so it went pretty well.  We also pondered exterior paint colors (finally mom gets to be more involved!).  The trim will be the same color as the roof and the siding will be a medium green.  Eco-friendly paint, of course.