My first Tiny House tour!!!

This past Saturday I had the most awesome opportunity to actually go inside a Tiny House for the first time!!!!!  It was so exciting and now I’m even more motivated to get to the point where I can start building my own.

I had come across the Tiny House Giant Journey website a couple of months ago and I knew that they were going on a year tour around the U.S. and would be coming to New England, but I didn’t know when or if they would be coming through Boston.  Well Friday evening, a girl on a Facebook group mentioned to me that Jenna and Guillaume were going to be in Milton, MA on Saturday.

What?!?!?!?!  Milton?!?!?!?!  That’s fifteen minutes from my house!!!!!!  What’s the chance of that happening?

I had plans Saturday morning to go to my nieces soccer game at noon and the house tour was from 10am to noon, about a half hour away.  So I called my sister and asked if she was ok with me picking her up early because if we could get to Milton for 10am then we should have time to check out the house and still make it to the soccer game.  Of course she was game, she’s game for anything, and that’s why she’s so awesome!

So we got there just before 10am and was able to go right in and check it all out.  I have to say, I was surprised as to how roomy it felt for being a tiny house.  It was great to get an actual perspective of the feel inside a tiny house, other than the gazillion pictures and videos that I have been checking out online for almost two years now.  Now my sister on the other hand, wasn’t as excited and was feeling a bit claustrophobic.  She said there was NO WAY she could live in a tiny house but agreed that it was totally for me.

Jenna and Guillaume were super nice and very informative and helpful with all the questions that were thrown at them, and I learned a lot.

Here are a couple pictures I took, it really is a beautiful home.

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My head is flooded with tiny home floor plans.

Now that I’m obsessed with building my very own tiny house, all I do is think about floor plans. Like seriously, 24/7 I’m thinking floor plans. I walk around my apartment measuring everything and trying to picture the flow of space and space management.

But this is a good thing right? It means I’m getting the wheels in motion to get a plan started and make this new lifestyle happen.

Yesterday I even spent my lunch hour sketching out some floor plans to try and figure out what will work best for my needs. This seems to be the hardest part because I can’t figure it out but I’m sure it will hit me and make sense at some point.

Here’s what I have so far. Please forgive my sloppy writing because I was literally scribbling as it was popping in my head, so my notes are unreadable. But I’ll try to explain the best I can. Not that anyone cares but I want to document every step of this process, even if it’s only for me to look back on someday.

  • This first plan has one floor with a shed style roof, so it will be more of an open feel with higher ceilings. But I would put a loft over what I have noted as the bedroom nook on the right. This way I could put my sleeping area up in the loft and use the “bedroom nook” as an office/storage area. Or as I get older and don’t want to climb up to the loft every night to go to sleep, I can move my bed down the first level and use the loft for storage. I’m guessing I would just put my bed on the first floor to begin with and use the loft for storage or a hangout.

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  • This plan has a gable roof with a bedroom loft above the bathroom/kitchen area on the left where dormers will be added for a little extra head room. There will also be a smaller, not as deep, loft above the front porch/window seat area in the front for storage or guest bed. I like this plan because it gives a little more space for the bathroom along with some storage area between the bathroom and kitchen area. Although I’m not sure this is the best use of space. And the gable roof scares me as it seems more confusing to build. That’s a big reason that I’m leaning toward the shed style roof plan.

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  • And this last plan also has a gable roof and the lofts will be set up just like the previous plan. But instead of the bathroom running along the left end, the kitchen will run along one wall and the bathroom along the other wall across from each other. The more that I look at this one I don’t think it’s an option as it just runs into an empty wall to the left (that is supposed to say window not french door), not a good use of space.

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I keep searching the internet and trying to find as many tiny houser’s (is that even a word?) that I can because I want to see every option available. I know eventually one will just click and I’ll know. But I do know that I’m a big fan of the shed style roof for the ease of building and for having more head room. And I’m pretty sure I want to use a 24′ flatbed, it just seems that it would work better in spacing out my ideas without being too cramped.

So that’s it for now, I’m sure I’ll be back soon with some more annoying ramblings. LOL

Thanks for listening. And feel free to share any input you have as this is all a HUGE learning process for me.

 

Tiny house movement…..sign me up!

Bayside Bungalowphoto from Bayside Bungalo blog.

In my last post, “Burning desire to start anew”, I talked about my recent urge to start over, make something new of my life.  Well it seems I found what I’ve been looking for, now to figure out the logistics and make it happen.

I’ve been watching the “tiny house movement” for years and it has always intrigued me.  But in my circumstances it was never a feasible option.  Now that I am single again, no debt (just my car loan), and looking for a simpler and more enjoyable life…….I think it’s what I’m meant to do.

I am absolutely in LOVE with this tiny house and I could TOTALLY live in a house like this.  It’s beautiful, don’t you think?  I am amazed at their creativity on storage solutions.  And to be honest with you, it has more storage space than my 1200 sq ft apartment.  That’s pretty sad.  LOL  The full size kitchen is amazing, without sacrificing.  However, being a vegetarian who doesn’t cook much, I could probably get away with a more efficient size oven but this shows that you don’t have to.  I would never imagine that you could have a full size refrigerator in the kitchen of a tiny house, and that would be perfect for all of my produce.

The concept of living simple with less crap is so appealing to me.  I found myself sitting there on my couch last night looking around my place at all the stuff I really don’t “need”.  I love my place, it’s beautiful and cozy.  But as I’m sitting there I realized all the things I really could do without.  My big comfy furniture, the big screen tv and entertainment stand, chunky coffee table and end table, the over-sized dining room set that gets used maybe two or three times a year on holidays, the buffet table, the hutch, an organ that I don’t know how to play but it was my great uncles, a 6′ tall bookcase full of books and picture frames, the modern decor and artwork all around…..and this was all just in my living room and dining room.

As I moved into my kitchen, I see how much crap are in my drawers and cabinets.  I have drawers full of gadgets that I never use, do I really need five mixing spoons and three spatulas?  I’m pretty sure I could get away with keeping only one of the two can openers I have.  And I could probably get rid of the four different cheese slicers altogether, since I don’t tend to serve cheese and crackers on the rare occasions that I entertain.  And the cabinets full of pots and pans when I only use one or two.

I could go on and on here through each room of my house, but I think you get the point.  We tend to hold onto things, things we keep in case we might need it but never actually use.  Or at least I see that I obviously do.  My place is very neat, organized and clutter free anyway because I’m sort of an OCD neat freak.  Trust me, it’s a constant source of teasing from my boyfriend.  LOL  So until I really looked around and paid attention to what I have, I never realized how much I hold on to.

So here is my plan of attack, to make this dream of living a simpler life a reality.

Downsize:
I will start going through every nook and cranny of my house and get rid of items that don’t have a purpose.  Sell it, give it away, recycle or trash anything that isn’t a necessity.  If it’s not something I use frequently, I probably don’t need it.  Now I just need to determine the criteria of frequently.  Would it be something I use weekly or monthly?  I don’t know, haven’t figured that out yet.

Research:
This is the part that will consume the most time.  I am one who needs to make sense of everything and do it in an orderly fashion.  I will extensively research different models of tiny houses and determine what I need in my tiny home.  I do know that I want to build it on a flatbed trailer so I can move every couple of years if I chose, and that will help get around some building codes I think.  And I also know that I want to build it “off grid” along with the option to hook up to standard utilities if needed.  But being off grid is huge for me.

Then I will create a list of materials, supplies and prices to create a budget.  I will play around with different floor plans and probably draw plans up a million times.  I’ll spend countless hours reading books and watching YouTube videos on building and codes.  I will network with other tiny homeowners and gather information on do’s and don’ts that they have learned from their experience.  I will need to find a build site and then I need to figure out where I will put my tiny home to live.

Basically, I want a good solid plan to make this as simple and stress free as possible.  Of course I know unexpected issues will come up but if I do my research I can avoid as much as possible.

Budget/Save:
This will be the hard part.  Living on a single income, paying rent, utilities, car loan and insurance, etc.  I will have to get on a mission of saving some serious cash.  I know I can do it if I put my mind to it.

“…You can do it put your back into it.  I can do it put your ass into it…I’m gon’ do it, gon’ do it.  Gon’ do it, do it, do it…”

Sorry I got a little sidetracked when Ice Cube popped in my head.  But seriously, it will be worth it if I can discipline my budget and cash flow this project.

And I want to look into the possibility of getting sponsors to help with materials and knowledge.  I saw on another tiny homeowners blog that this is possible, who’d a thunk?

Build, baby build:
Once all these previous steps are completed, I can get to the fun stuff!  Fortunately, I do have some building experience and I am very crafty.  I was always my fathers little tomboy and he taught me a lot.  I really enjoy building shit, I really do.  Nothing scares me, except electrical.  But, I have several friends who’s hubbies are contractors so I’m hoping I can work something out where they will help me on those days for some good pizza and beer.  LOL  Or for a nominal fee.  But I’ll be doing most of the labor all by myself, other than recruiting some help with heavy lifting and task where you need more than two hands.

I am obsessed with the concept of living rent free and building my own home and owning it, even if it is tiny.  I am even more obsessed with the concept of living off grid and not spending hundreds each month on utilities and being self sustained.  It blows my mind to think of how much I could be putting into savings each month if I wasn’t paying rent and utilities.

Now that I’ve made this entry far longer than I planned, I guess I will end with how super stoked I am about this project and how I really want to do everything I can to make it happen.  And I will ignore those who will be against this venture and just soak in the positive people and do what I want to do for ME.

If you have read to this point, thank you so much!  And if you have any input on this subject I would appreciate any of it.  Please share the good, the bad, and the ugly……I need to know it all.

Peace!

I can’t stop searching tiny houses, so here are a couple of my favorite sites so far.  Enjoy.

Tiny House Build  (This is my absolute favorite)

Bayside Bungalow:  A tiny house for nighty rental

The Tiny Tack House:  Tiny…..It’s kind of a big deal

The Tiny Life:  Tiny houses, Tiny living