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.


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