It’s happening!!

Hello there! After searching and searching we have found it!! We got our trailer and are almost ready to start our build. It was feeling like we were never going to find it, but it’s funny how things happen.

A friend of the family needed some help splitting and stacking wood for the winter, and of course we like to help. Well, Justin remembered him mentioning a while back that he had a trailer and he was looking to find it a new home. Justin asked him about it and our friend, all excited, said “wanna go see it?”…YES. After a day of cutting, splitting and stacking, this friend called my dad with a proposition. He said he would sell the trailer to us for $500, plus helping him split and stack all if the wood in his yard(which by the way, was a HUGE pile of wood)!My dad immediately called to see if it was something we were interested in. OF COURSE WE ARE!, was our first thought. After some research, and Justin discussing it with some fellow tiny housers on fb, we decided it was going to be ours.

It was delivered to a temporary parking spot in my Grandma’s front yard, full of junk. Now, we have to get the wood split, stacked and out of the way so we can have the trailer cleaned off by it’s now former owner(everything on it is going in his back yard). Oh, and did I mention that while we were splitting one day, this friend of ours offered to help get us any of the steel we need to reinforce the trailer for free!!!! Yeah, pretty sweet was our thoughts exactly. We have worked pretty hard to make that pile smaller and smaller, and now the time is upon us. The trailer will be cleaned off this weekend!! We can finally start taking measurements and making our dreams come true.

 

 

 

 

Getting antsy…

So I really enjoy sketching tiny houses, who doesn’t, right? They can be anything from doodles, drawings, to scale sketches on graph paper.  All kinds of designs, on wheels, stationary, container homes, etc. Well, I finally decided to download SketchUp. Since then I seem to have misplaced several hours of my life. I would start a sketch at say 6pm and all of a sudden it’s 9pm! Like really, where did the time go?

I have been thinking a great deal about the design of our tiny house, we are on track to start our build this summer!!! Our overall plans for tiny living have changed umpteen times. When we set out on our journey we planned to call the Mallard home until we purchased land. Continue to live in the Mallard on our property while saving for and building something tiny.

At this point the path we’re on has taken us to building a tiny house on wheels, then buying land. We enjoy living in the RV and do call it home however, its is time to move on to greener, roomier, and not to mention healthier pastures. Once we are settled in and have time to feed the pig, we may (1) build a tiny bit larger stationary tiny house, (2) buy another piece of land somewhere spending time on both properties, (3) save and retire from full time work in 3-5 years or so, (4) all of the above.

You never know after we complete our tiny house on wheels maybe we will travel the country in it, or take a leave of absence and hike the Appalachian Trail. It appears the possibilities are endless once we have our tiny house and up until this point plans are always changing. You just have to trust that everything happens for a reason and when whatever is meant to happen will.

Since I love designing tiny homes I am pretty sure we will end up building 1 or 2. Right now we are planning to go with a half gambrel, half gable roof with a dormer on the gable. It will have some great lines and will offer a loft with a fair amount of head space. Anyhow I wanted to share some of the sketches I have done. Here are a few I have come up with.

Which one is your favorite?

Spring is in the air

Well hello everyone.  Jenny here, it’s usually Justin doing all of the talking, so I figured I’d pop up and say hi! Warm weather is finally upon us here in RI and it’s time to start some spring cleaning. Even though we have downsized everything we have already, you’d be shocked to see how much stuff you can acquire, or not even use, when your trying to live tiny.

We have opted to follow what we have found to be a common practice in the tiny community, the good ol’  “6 month plan”. Every 6 months we will go through everything we have and try to get rid of the things that we don’t use, or just plain don’t need. So we did just that. I was so surprised to see how much of the things that we kept from our initial downsize, that we really did’t need. When we first started this journey I was very reluctant to get rid of so much and now I feel like everything needs to go if we don’t use it on a daily basis. The less the merrier!   :)

So now that the shed has more room, we can move on to what we are really excited about for Spring: the garden!walkway  We can’t wait to get it going again. It is so rewarding to be able to grow our own food, not to mention its so much healthier. I mean, who doesn’t’ love walking out the front door to pick delicious veggies right out of your own garden? I love it! We have learned so much about gardening in the last couple of years and hope to keep learning as much as we can. So if anyone has any tips, please share with us,  we love good advice and trying new things.

Come-on back for some garden tips and pics, along with some springs projects we have been planning…. like a rain catchment system….. how about a DIY wind turbine… WHAT? Yea that’s right.

Oh yeah, we finally created a Facebook page if we haven’t found you, you can find us right here.

See you soon!

Rhode Island Tiny Housers…

Whats up guys! Kind of just bumming around today, went to The Dirty Heads at Lupos last night AWESOME show, anyhow I just came across this article on Yahoo about another tiny house couple. This particular one got us really excited because they also live in RI. A while back I considered putting together a group chat or meet up for Rhode Island tiny housers and this article made the idea pop back out of the ol’ memory bank. We also received a comment from a RI couple that are inspiring to live small (that we still need to get an email out to). What do you say, anybody else out there from little Rhody living the tiny life, or dream of it?

Check out Jess and Dans blog here!