“Love is our main inspiration”
Our living room floor is officially covered in books. Currently the subjects of said books include (but are not limited to) small house design and furnishing, basic carpentry, finish carpentry, green building, table saw basics, food preservation, permaculture design, and good old general home building. It is also important to note that Nikki and I spend our evenings together (with the dogs) watching “Bob Vila-esq” videos regarding specific aspects of home building (window installation, plumbing a sink, composting toilets, etc.) and tiny house design. As we watch, Nikki sits with a book in her lap telling me about different building basics to consider (R-Value, plywood types, siding options, etc.). It is a somewhat of a home building stimulation overload, and I love it! We’ve been having so much fun connecting with other people’s blogs and watching their progress as they surmount many of the hurdles we will soon face. We gather a few notes from our videos (specific brands, subtleties, what to avoid, etc.), and then we each sit at our respective computers and search craigslist for materials. “I found a few rolls of window flashing for $24” Nikki says from the next room. “But we’ll want to make sure to get all our products from the same manufacturer”. She is such a seriously cool woman, and I am continually impressed with the tenacity the she brings to any and all projects we take on. We look for windows, doors, flatbed trailers, and then cruise for just about anything useful in the “free” section.
That is what a big portion of this project is about for us. How can we not only make a great place for our family to live, but how can we do it with as many reused and repurposed materials as possible? How can we turn our culture’s excess and waste in to something beautiful and sustainable?
Short answer: We’re figuring it out, trust us.
There hasn’t been a whole lot of physical progress toward our goal thus far. However, I feel like we are making strides whenever we sit down to learn, designing, and dreaming of what we want to see for our tiny home.
We have decided to add a few wish items that correspond with each blog post. I may make a running wish list and project time frame once I figure out how to do so. Please let us know if you, or anyone you know has access to any of the items listed. We would love to talk with you more about how we can purchase/barter for them.
- Flatbed Trailer (8’X16′ or 8’X20′)
- Windows (double hung, vinyl/wood, various sizes)
- Exterior Door (no larger than 36″ wide, wood, etc.)
- Inspirations/Ideas (please let us know if you have any thoughts or ideas!)
- Building plans (we are calling on any contractor within ear/eye shot to help us with our design. Home-cooked meals and/or produce shares, and/or dog sitting, and/or yard maintenance included)
- A place to build (we will need a spacious, safe, and preferably covered area to complete our project)
I would also like to take a moment to personally thank anyone who has taken any time to read anything that I have written in these pages. It has been a wonderful personal exercise for me, helping me to organize my thoughts, and make social commitments to completing the project. It has also been inspiring to know that people are interested and excited about what we are doing. Please keep the comments coming. We are also looking to grow our “online community” so please feel free to share this link with anyone you think may be interested. It’s gonna take a village to raise this tiny home.
Thank you for your inspiration!