Hey strangers!

I’m baaaaaaack!

Well, sort of. Life has been a crazy ride the last couple years but I’m finally at a point that I can get back into keeping up with my beloved tiny house blog. So what’s been going on? I bought a small house (on a foundation) and have been renovating that. Got married, had a kid, separated, and working full-time for a university.

The focus of this blog will always be on living small, but I do feel that it needs a new direction given the current status of my life. So stay tuned for whatever that ends up being! Hope everyone has been out there living it up!


A Bittersweet Farewell

Well, the time has come for me to stop being in denial and announce that my tiny house has sold!  It left Newport Hardware on March 9th for its new home with some really great ladies up in PA.  I believe eventually it’ll journey up to VT to add to their off-grid set-up.

The selling process was…interesting.  I listed it in mid/late December on tinyhouselistings.com and received TONS of emails about it.  Had a potential buyer early on but that didn’t work out.  I believe it took about 2 months from listing to getting the final sale payment.  After that it sat waiting for someone worthy enough to haul it up to them.  I couldn’t be happier with who purchased it!  I know everyone says that money talks, but I was still worried that I’d end up selling it to some rich folk in northern VA who thought it was “cute” and would just sit in the backyard as a playhouse.  I may have gotten paid but it would defeat my purpose in building it.

For the new owner’s sake, I won’t disclose how much I put into it or how much it was purchased for.  I will say that the final calculations put dad and me making between $4 and $5 and hour.  For an educational venture, that’s not too shabby.  If it was for an MBA, however, that’s a failing grade 😉

I have two new housing ventures on the horizon – the biggest being a “real” house.  I’m in the process of buying a 950 square foot house to live in and renovate.  Some will think that’s still too small, and others will think it’s too big.  I think it’s just right as it’s a combination of the tiny house philosophy and what most of us consider “normal” in society (i.e. enormous).  950 square feet is about average for homes in the 1950s and I think it’s more about space planning and getting rid of your clutter than it is about needing thousands of square feet to yourself.  The second venture is a new website!  Less of a blog and more about getting information out there and highlighting some cool alternative living folks.  It’s nowhere near done, so I’ll hold off on posting the url.  Look out for it soon!

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Open House Pictures

Better late than never!  These were taken by Phil Nebe (http://autolox.smugmug.com) who traveled from Richmond to see the wee house.  Thanks for the great pics, Phil!

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And these are from Anne, one of my mom’s friends who was kind enough to share them:

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