So it is 10:00pm 10/17/15 Jenny just got home from work and was reading the draft of post you are about to feast your eyes upon. When she arrived at the photo gallery, she began thinking about recent the photos she took and could add to the visual goodness of this post. Well then, she checked out the last content we added to TransitionToTiny. WOW!!! Have you all missed a lot! Sorry for slacking on the blog we will make it up to you!
First things first. We realize this may sound totally nuts that this far along in our transition to tiny we had never actually stepped foot in a completed tiny house. Well, thanks to the dynamic baking duo, Jess and Dan Sullivan now we have. If you don’t know who they are, well you should. Check them out at Another Tiny House Story.
Jess and Dan have been living tiny in their TH dubbed “The Pod” for the last 2 years on an amazing spread out in the sticks of Rhode Island (yes there are wooded areas in RI however small it may be). They also have a small business called Two Little Buns and let me tell you when it comes to their specialty baked goods, they rock it! When we found out they were vendors at a local farmers market we had to go meet them in person. One thing lead to another and BAM we get invited for a tiny tour and an amazing dinner.
With some hard cider and donuts in hand we make the trek across lil’ Rhody for a visit with our new found friends. Jess prepared an amazing “wet meal” of wild rice and mushroom soup. As we dined under the stars we laughed and conversed. By the time we left both Mrs. T and I had just one complaint, our faces hurt from laughing and smiling so much!
The invite could not have come at a more perfect time and we cant thank them enough for opening their doors to us. Our tiny build has been a lengthy one and it can definitely wear on you. Getting to hang out and talk tiny with them re-inspired us to stay steadfast on our journey.
Now with winter bearing down, a fire has been lit under our rears and the sense of urgency has never been so great. We are in the final push to beat Ma’ Nature, get in to our tiny house, and out of the RV. As most of you know, the Mallard has been our temporary transitional tiny home for the last 2 years. The winters were brutally cold and I cant tell you all if we are either crazy or just determined to reach our not so tiny goal.
We are dried in, the Ondura roof is on, 90% of the wiring is roughed in. For the last week or so I have been out of commission due to a back injury and Mrs. Transition has been killing it over at the house flying solo. She has been hanging insulation like a pro and loving it. I think after seeing our breath inside the RV for the last 2 winters she is on a mission, a mission for warmth.
The interior will be complete in the next 2 weeks, for the most part, less items like cabinet doors and such. We plan to hold off on siding it until the spring when we have more funds to allocate for the job and we really cant make a decision on what type of siding to install. I have been against going with pallet siding due to the great deal of time involved in breaking down, stripping nails, plaining down, cutting lengths, ship lap, and installation. But, if it will keep us debt free…
We are somewhere around $2k over budget, as expected, and coming down to the wire with our build fund. However, part of our goal is to complete the build debt free and we fully intend on reaching that goal. I may even be easier convinced to use the pallet siding Mrs. T absolutely adores. One thing we are considering is reaching out in an attempt to secure sponsors. We figure any little bit will help; discounts offered, freebies, whatever. If anyone has some input or advice on nailing down a few sponsors drop us a line!
There were far to many happenings and a great deal of progress to cover in just one post. Below are the most recent photos of what we have going on. We will get some more details on our experiences with our build and materials used in a later post. Another leg of our journey is about to come to an end while another begins and we couldn’t me more thrilled!
Thanks for being here with us.