For over two years now Pete and I have become immersed in tiny houses. When we first learned of Jay Shafer’s tiny houses there was the initial excitement and intrigue of people living in such a small space. Then we started to seriously consider whether we too could live in a tiny space that allowed us to be mobile if necessary and just live differently. We started, as I’m sure most tiny house obsessed folks start, be digesting as much information as we could find about tiny houses. Our first obsession started with Evan and Gabby’s blog and down the rabbit hole we went.
We started building back in May of this year and have been working on the tiny house in some way every weekend since. I hadn’t realized that burnout set in, until last weekend when the rain kept us inside. We had a fire going in the wood stove and we spent the weekend cooking, reading, talking, streaming movies and T.V. It was at that point that I realized how enjoyable it was to spend the weekend not having to accomplish anything. To simply have downtime is quite a luxury.
This is definitely not the time to be experiencing burnout, especially when the tiny house lacks a roof and snow is on the way! This weekend is supposed to be decent weather and so we will get back into work mode and try to get a roof on the tiny house. While we need to keep working to at least get the house ready for winter, it is also important to enjoy some downtime from time to time to avoid burnout in the first place.
Happy tiny house building everyone! 🙂
Ella from littleyellowdoor is featured in this month’s YES! Magazine. Way to go Ella!
6 Ideas for Sensible Homes — YES! Magazine.
Here’s another couple that built a tiny house with no building experience. Check them out!
When we first started thinking about building a tiny house, we came across Gabby & Evan’s blog http://evanandgabbystinyhouse.wordpress.com/. Not only was their blog helpful on a practical level it was also inspirational as we started our own tiny house daydreaming. We started to talk about them as though we knew them personally. We were constantly saying, “Gabby and Evan this and Gabby and Evan that”. We followed their entire progress and appreciated all the research they were doing.
Check out their latest video, a look back at their tiny house experience!
…and for the folks who think what we’re doing is really neat – check out the following documentary on people who live in tiny dwellings.
March 18, 2012 – While camping in a tent and not paying a cent in rent is great; having a shower and a refrigerator is even better. We often thought about purchasing an RV so that we could move around as jobs became available and always have our home with us; however, when it comes to two people who like to cook together and happen to live in a part of the world that gets over 200 inches of snow a year, an RV just doesn’t cut it. This brought us to thoughts of converting a gutted greyhound into a home. There is a nifty website out there that shows you all sorts of busses, from gutted greyhounds to school busses to double-decker style buses that are for sale.
While still on the converted greyhound kick, we came across Jay Shafer’s Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and we were sold! Jay’s home designs were so bright inside and seemed to offer everything one would need, only in a very small, super cute package.
On that note, we finally made up our minds and purchased the tiny house Fencl plans. We have a lot of family and friends that have building experience and many of them told us we could figure it our on our own. However, Pete and I do not have building experience and while friends and family may be readily available for advice, when it comes down to the actual building of the house we might be high and dry and on our own. In that respect, we wanted to be fully prepared and we figured it wouldn’t hurt to have the plans.
There are many reasons why a tiny house is appealing. We are building a tiny house because it just makes sense for us. It’s definitely not for everyone and that’s okay. But we’re going to make a go of it, and we would love if you followed us on our journey!
Because tiny things are just cuter!