Posted on February 23, 2015
There’s a newer tiny house site on the block that I’d like to give a shout out to, because it’s a very interesting idea. The Tiny House Name Registry is a place to register your tiny house name (think of tiny house names like boat names, only likely less bizarre.) If you are planning a TH, already building one, or have a completed TH and want to name it, check out the Registry for existing names and to go in and “claim” your own! You can also add a few details about your tiny house and you’ll get your own little page on the website for others to see.
Posted on September 10, 2014
Do you dream of mortgage freedom? I sure do. Luckily the Tiny House Family offers an e-course called The Plan: Your Pathway to Mortgage-freedom. It’s a five-week online course designed to lead you through the process of redesigning your life so that you can live on your terms and not the terms of a mortgage. You’ll develop a plan (and put it in action!) based on your unique dreams, style, and life-situation, and you’ll find a community of supportive folks all in the same place as you—ready to make a change. This round starts September 20, so you’ll need to sign up soon as space is limited.
Hari and Karl plus their children are a wonderful example of living sustainably (in all senses of the word) in a small space. Their website is a great resource for tiny house living, especially when it comes to having children living in the tiny house with you! I recommend taking their course because they are living mortgage free in a tiny house AND building their own larger home. Can you imagine being able to custom build your home and avoid a loan to do so? Duh.
They’re a hop and skip away from me and I got to tour their amazing space on the Floyd Tiny House Tour. You can see more pictures of their homestead here.
Posted on April 15, 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!
Posted on April 23, 2012
A lot happened over the last few days besides building. I grabbed another heap of pallets to work on in case the weather didn’t allow for construction. I’m considering making wood flooring out of the pieces…we’ll see where that idea goes. There’s a pile of about 10 pallets waiting for me to dismantle, which I will get to in a few days.
I also (finally) ordered my windows! As a result of knowing the window sizes finally, we got some framing done! We built the first wall down on the trailer and then stood it up in place. So nice to see some vertical progress 🙂
It doesn’t look like much for a total of 2(ish) hours, but I insisted on doing most of it so I slowed us down a bit. Thankfully the rain held off! The blue tape in the first pictures is left over from some space planning. We mapped out everything to scale to make sure I had the windows where they needed to be (i.e. away from the closets and stove).
Posted on April 11, 2012
Luckily day 2 was shorter than day 1, but we still got a ton done. As I noted in the previous post, we bolted down the floor frame to the trailer itself. After that was done, we finished up the foam board insulation by layering on a thinner sheet over the 2 3/4 inch sheets we installed the previous day.
More exciting was the plywood. This involved a lot more measuring than I had prepared myself for, but it worked out. Each sheet needed to be cut, glued, and nailed down to the studs. Some sheets required two long cuts and the pieces around the wheel wells were, of course, the most complicated. Thanks construction guru! I am now proficient in using several kinds of saws, a staple gun, a nail gun, caulk (kind of…), and I think I have a good grip on the basics of framing. We’ll see how much I can do on my own for the walls.
Speaking of walls, I also played around with window placement over the weekend. Before the walls can go up, I have to figure out where my windows are going. Admittedly I’ve been held up by the floor plan and where the stove is going. Luckily there’s a floor plan guru in the family as well. Thanks mom! Just for fun, here are some of the options she came up with:
The front door will probably stay on the short wall instead of the long one, but it’s a viable option to move it if you’d like. The closet that’s next to the kitchen will go all the way up to the ceiling, with access from the loft and it’ll create a little nook up there for more shelves and storage. This closet, however, eliminates a dormer window. I wasn’t all that worried until we realized that the stove pipe would likely go up through the roof right in front of the other planned dormer window on that side…I don’t want to remove both windows from one side. Depending on heat clearances and such, we’ll continue playing with the stove placement for the next day or so until it’s figured out. Since I’m going to start building the walls next week, I really need to get this window issue settled. But while I’m talking windows, I’d like to mention that I am sadly going with white vinyl ones. In my perfect eco world I would be able to buy used windows, refurb them a little, and slap them in. Based on time, labor, skill, and energy efficiency considerations, I’m going with new vinyl ones. At least I’m getting them from a local business though. All but one of the windows are manufactured in Ohio (not great with the carbon footprint there) and the loft window is being custom made from a manufacturer in Rocky Mount, VA. I’ll post the final design and windows specs once I have them figured out.