Let the (tiny) build commence…

Hey Friends! You heard it right, we are about to get going on our build!!!

Our tiny house foundation is 98% complete. The final punch list consists of:

  • Weld last 4 lengths of threaded rod to the frame
  •  Attach the belly pan
  • Attach lights (temporarily)
  • Touch up paint

Man!!! We can not believe the time has come to start banging nails. (I can say for sure I am thrilled to be done slinging the grinders around.) It seems surreal to be at this point after traveling on this journey for what seems like such a long stretch of time. Looking back at the pictures we have been snapping along the way keeps the memories fresh of progress made and the fruits of our labor. Every time I see the picture of the trailer the day we got it and look at the trailer as it sits now, it blows my mind a little.

This week when I was welding up the first few lengths of threaded rod I began feeling like something was off. Not wanting to have to do any additional cutting and re welding I decided to double and tripple check the placement of the threaded rod. I ended up going to the lumber yard and purchasing the lumber for the floor framing, super exciting! Having the lumber gave me the ability to lay out the framing to be sure the rods are right where they need to be. Sure enough, the first rod I welded up was in the wrong place.

Now, we have a decision to make on where we are going to build. We have a lot that was made available to us right down the road from where we have been transitioning to tiny in the Mallard. However there is intact male dog at the property that does not see eye to eye with Benny who is also intact. We like Benny to be relatively free range and have no interest in seeing what would happen if Benny and Cooper got nose to nose.

So here is our plan. Our neighbor owns a very large piece of land that includes 3 fields. One of which borders Jennys families property and is directly behind where we have been living for the last 2 years. There is a large section of briars that is about 20′ wide and runs the length of the field. It looks like the perfect parking spot for our TH. We are going to talk to the owner who is an older single hippie kinda lady about giving her $100 a month to park there. We will have to see.

It would make the build that much smoother having direct access to all the tools, not having to cart them around, saving on gas not having to drive to the build site. And setting up to live there would be a breeze. Power is run back to the RV already so I would have a very short run to get some juice to the TH. Benny would still be able to run free and hang with his lil’ bro Rocco. It seems like the ideal situation.

Keep your fingers crossed for us.

Trailer Progress Photo Update…

Here are some pics of our tiny house foundation. They are a couple weeks old now and at this point we are almost done refinishing it! (We will get a post out this weekend with some details on progress and photos of the finished product.) One more rib to weld in, a little bit of paint, running the wiring/breakaway switch, and we build. Vertical progress here we come!

Tiny Bit Inspirational…

Over the last couple of weeks since I lefty my job, when I run in to an old acquaintance or former co worker and conversation gets struck I very openly say “I just quit my job”. The reactions are typically priceless and are either at one side of the spectrum of the other. Some are in awe that in “this economy” omg you just quit your job! While others have the opinion of “that’s awesome, good for you”!

Let me tell you how amazing it feels to get either response. However, my all time favorite responses are from the people that don’t yet know the path we are on. The ones buried in debt with an insane mortgage they are slaving away to pay, yet they are still happy for us. Those are the ones that I truly love to tell about our transition to tiny and explain our journey to. You can literally see their head explode! In a good way of course. To me, I feel like it opens peoples minds and for a moment lets them see something that is not typical good ol’ American dream we are all sold. The 9-5 (more like 5-9) does not have to be the norm.

I mean, isn’t the country supposed to be the land of the Free? How Free can you be punching a clock racking up 50, 60, even 80+hrs a week? Driving hours upon hours to hit the daily grind. Is that really Freedom? I encourage you all to sit and contemplate what Freedom means to you. Your head may just explode too. Think about it…

Now, I completely understand everyone’s situation is totally different. Most don’t have the luxury of just being able to purchase a used RV, live in their family’s backyard, and save to build a tiny house. Shit, for that matter most don’t even want a tiny house! But you want something. We know we are crazy and this way of living is not for everyone. It is a HUGE sacrifice and a true testament of our inner personal strength.

And hey, at this point its been over a year and a half since we gave up our 2 level apartment and 90% of our belongings for a 27′ RV and a dream. You know what? It is possible. We are making our dreams come true. You can too.

What are your dreams made of? Think about it…

I see the light...

Full Speed Ahead…

Well, I quit my job so, like the title says full speed ahead. Being on this journey over the past few years has made me discover that I love and live for liberty and freedom. Those two things were being stripped from me every morning I woke for work. It got to the point where my levels of stress had reached the peak of their crest and I needed out.

Stuck within the walls of a severely cramped, unorganized, unhealthy structure where you are only permitted to drink water ( I always made sure to drink my water out of a tin cup to make a statement). Get reprimanded for talking to other coworkers, or mentioning taking a day off, basically being told that making boxes is more important than your health and well being even though your doctor ordered you out of work for an elbow issue…all things not copacetic with my way of life and I had enough.

Now our tiny house build will be treated like my full time job and our TH should be livable if not complete by the end of June. So pumped and nervous at the same time! Before I go full bore on the on the build I decided to take a week or so to wrap up some small projects that have been lingering and to get some spring cleaning addressed.

Now that spring has rolled in there is so much to do around here. In the last week I have been able to get a good deal accomplished, I have so many little projects other than the TH. Like micro greens, the garden, wind power, truck/car maintenance. Not to mention its hiking/fishing/paddling season!

Jenny’s Dad had scheduled a tree service to come in and take down 4 trees that were total widow makers overhanging the Mallard. They would sway and creek ominously just waiting to fall on our temporary TH so they had to go. To take them down we had to first move the Mallard, which resides on blocks and hadn’t been moved since last summer. We also had a huge stack of pallets and plywood in the way that had to get moved. Just moving everything took a day in itself to check that task off of our list.

There were so many pallets I had scored and stored. Finally, they are stripped down and cleaned of nails. I figured since they were getting moved why not break them down while I was at it! They were made out of knotty and clear pine. It blows my mind that companies make pallets out of wood that would cost you $3 per board foot at the local lumber yards.

Anyhow, the tree guy showed up raring to go and he was nuts! He was a one man show climbing these 60+ft trees with spikes, a harness and a chain saw strapped to his belt. It was a ton of work for one person so Dale and I gave him a hand. Dale got a deal on the price and with the 3 of us working we got it done fast. It was pretty fun too!

For the last couple months I have also been testing out growing some micro greens as a potential small business, selling at farmers markets. I mean, it makes sense to me tiny house, tiny veg… The garden is going to be a big focus of mine too. I was able to get it tilled (by hand), amended with some super compost, and treated with some lime. It will get tilled in once more before the seeds get sowed. My goal is to get some stared this weekend so I better get to work on that. Still have to put the finishing touches on my wind mill. Am I forgetting anything…yeah probably.

This year is going to be the most epic Mrs Transition ToTiny and I will have yet to experience together. Time to make our dreams come true!