For the love of tiny…

Hello fellow tiny house enthusiasts! Again, it has been far too long since our last post. We have had quite a winter and it feels like Spring is actually almost here!

When we last updated you, we had just finished a good amount of work on the trailer. Shortly after that post our progress basically came to a screeching halt. The temperatures started to plummet and foot after foot of snow began piling up. That’s when we realized we were in for a rough stretch living tiny in the R/V. Everything in the Mallard started freezing. The on board tank, the water tank, even the windows were freezing overnight.  This was our second winter living in our RV so we figured we had this right?! We toughed it out for most of it but, after the mercury reached -25 degrees with the wind chill we knew we had to go.

Our first option would have been Jenny’s dad’s house, seeing how we are in his back yard. However, they have a cat in the house that does not get along with Benny so, that idea went out the window. Lucky for us her grandmother (GB) lives right here in town and has plenty of room for us there. It was nice to be able to live a little “larger” for a little while. We had a nice warm house to stay in, Benny had a more room to hang around in, running water, we could shower whenever we wanted and we had a little extra company with GB.

Most of the people we told that we were staying at GB’s house thought it was the best thing for us. I mean our friends and family were just worried about us freezing and all, but we are on this journey for the love of tiny! Don’t get us wrong, we were happy to have a warm place to stay and to have some things we weren’t used to, but it wasn’t home. Believe it or not, we decided we would rather be in the somewhat frigid Mallard than a cozy house. We have become accustomed to having our own home and our own tiny space. It might not seem like a lot but it’s ours.  So after the coldest temps passed, even with more cold in the forecast, after a couple weeks we decided to head home. It was still pretty cold in here for a while but it was more bearable.

Now that the bitter New England winter and its bone chilling temps have passed we will soon be back on track with our build. This winter was real tough and we are utterly elated to feel the warming sun of the Spring. There are some big moves happening in the very near future here for the Tiny Transisitoners (Sneak peek at the bottom…) Keep posted for some up coming awesomeness. And as always, stay classy tiny housers!

 

 

Perseverance…

Well hello! So its been a while and a lot has been going on. Winter and Fall have been in a vicious battle over which season will take hold. One day it is 30 and snowing the next its 60 without a cloud in the sky. The temperamental state of mother nature can put a damper on certain aspects of our build, but the Tiny Transitioners prevail!

The trailer is coming along slowly but surely and it is looking AWESOME! As she currently sits, about 2/3rds of the frame has been stripped to bare metal, primed, and painted. We still have a bit more cutting and welding to do, new wiring to run, a new 5th wheel pin to weld up, wrapping up the prep and paint …and some stuff I know I am forgetting.

At this point in our journey the trailer is not the only  piece of the big picture. We have been pretty busy researching THs as  always (been pumped for the Tiny House Chat pod casts), trying to track down a new truck, materials for the build, winterizing our temporary tiny house, not to mention working 40+ hours a week. NUTS!

Jenny ran into a friend of her old mans twice in a week. She was talking to him about our build and he was all about tiny houses! He happens to be the owner of a construction company and by chance is in the process of cleaning out his shop.  Yeah, he hooked us up. New 9 lite pre hung  entry door, Anderson window, skylight, plywood, cabinet bases. And he said he is telling all of his friends about us and there will be more to come.

Before we wrap it up we want to thank the incredible tiny house community. The positivity and kindness that we receive is amazing. From kind words to offering of materials, knowledge, or help with the build. It helps drive us to our goal and you are all awesome! Until next time tiny housers…

 

Here goes nothin’…

So now that all of that junk is off of the trailer, it’s time to start going to work on it. Well let me tell ya, it wasn’t very pretty. Almost all of the wood that was on the deck was completely rotted and even had some holes going straight though. We saw this as a perfect opportunity for some good old fashion demolition labor. We rolled up our sleeves, grabbed some gloves and a few tools and started at it.

When we first got to the trailer (Benny too) we had only brought a few hammers, tape measure, and a flat bar with us to start. After hammering on a few spots Justin realized that having bigger and better tools would greatly benefit us. I don’t know what we were thinking bringing just the hammers… So we brought Benny home and grabbed the sawzawl (which I like to think of as my super tool), a grinder, and the skill saw.

Wow, what a difference that made. We snapped a couple of lines marking off the ribs of the trailer and had at it. Justin started making cuts in the wood that wasn’t totally rotted to make it easier to remove. I came in behind him with my super tool to finish the cuts to the frame and then we hammered it all out together. Once we finished getting all of the wood off, we took to the screws that had been holding all of the wood in place and hammered those off. There were still little nubs from the screws left so Justin used the grinder to take them completely off, flush with the frame. The sparks we flying and it looked so cool :)

There is also some diamond plate that had been welded onto the back of the trailer. At first Justin thought it was just tack welded in a few spots so he got to grinding. Shortly after grinding off a few welds and freeing up the front of the plate, he realized the rear of it had a bead of weld along the entire width of it. So, he decided we would call it a day and head back over with the torches this weekend. We have new rims and tires on order, as well as the new 5th wheel pin. The excitement is exhilarating and its time to make this happen!