Welcome to TinyHouse43.com, a blog about our journey from our Texas-sized McMansion 2 a mobile Tiny House Fo4r Thr3e!
All blog posts are now reachable through the menu to the left by category and by month if you scroll down. Don’t forget to check out the Instagram photos further down as well!
Whether you’ve been following us since December 2013 when we officially started our journey to the tiny life or you’ve only recently come across our posts or Facebook page, we hope you’ll enjoy reading through our process of downsizing from our 3,193sft home, moving into our “half-way house,” and finally finishing the build of our 172sqft (+ lofts) Tumbleweed Barn Raiser. We have finally moved into Meg’s father’s house as of July 2014, so now we can focus on building the tiny house almost exclusively – hooray! Check back frequently as we post about building decisions, products we choose, lessons we learn, and any issues that arise as we progress through the build. Hopefully you’ll find inspiration for your own tiny house dreams and learn from any hiccups we may experience along the way.
Thank you all for joining us on this adventure! <3
About Us & Our Tiny Goals
We are Meg & Brandy, parents to a wonderful little boy nicknamed R.A.D (his initials… no, really!), and our journey from McMansion to Tiny House is gradually moving forward. Meg is a Texas native who has lived in several of the major Texas cities and their surrounding areas plus a stint in Las Vegas, and Brandy hails from Illinois by way of a brief stop in El Salvador and several years in East Texas. We both wound up in the greater Dallas area where we met, moved in with each other, and married in a short nine months after Meg came back to Texas from Vegas to finish nursing school (RN) after bridging from being a paramedic. After struggling with infertility and failed treatments for several years, R.A.D came along as a complete surprise right around the time we’d resigned ourselves to being kid free until we could afford to adopt. Now Brandy, six years Meg’s junior, has also decided on a career in the medical field in Medical Laboratory Science. Meg is already planning to get him a shirt to wear under his graduation robes with a silly saying: “Back off man… I’m a scientist.” Ha!
***DECEMBER 2014 UPDATE*** We have purchased Tumbleweed Tiny House Co’s Amish Barn Raiser 24′ Cypress model that we picked-up in Colorado Springs May 12th with our new Dodge Ram 3500 dually. We are FINALLY making some real progress on the exterior (see the Instagram photos on the sidebar of the blog or the Facebook page), though there’s still tons more to do. We’ve decided to focus on the main level of the house for now, but we’ll be finishing the dormers shortly after that. We’ve nearly completed the front of the house (leaving the porch finish out for later), and then we’ll start the window trim and siding install on the sides. The back of the house will require some additional building and framing to accommodate a storage shed for the water heater and propane tanks, plus future room for solar batteries. Then we’ll button it up and start the dormer level. Check back regularly for photos and other updates! :)
We are currently gathering materials and making slow but steady progress on our tiny house after mustering the energy and commitment to sell off or give away about 90% of our belongings, rent our 3,193sqft “Big House” to friends, and move in with Meg’s father to fill the space in his 2389sqft “Half-Way House” left empty after the death of Meg’s mother in late 2013. Brandy and R.A.D are both back in school this fall, Dad is working on his various home improvement projects while still working out-of-town a week or two per month, and Meg is working two nursing jobs to help pay for it all. The goal is to have the “Big House” sold in the summer of 2015 and the Tiny House ready for the three of us (M-B-R) to travel to Colorado for a year or two for Meg’s work and a MUCH-needed change of scenery and yet remain close enough to Dad to visit regularly.
The “five year(-ish) plan” is to then move all four of us to Washington State after we three take about a year-long roadtrip in our Tiny House to see the sights of North America. We’ve got a tentative plan to hit all of the Lower 48 States and most Canadian Providences that can be seen HERE - maybe we’ll come to a city near you! Once we settle in Washington we’ll build a small house on some land in Kitsap county (hopefully!) so we can be close to Seattle and still enjoy the advantages of having a little extra green space all to ourselves. We’ll make it as eco-friendly and off the grid as possible, and we hope to be able to send R.A.D to a nearby 81-acre working farm school called Sunfield Waldorf School and have our own little mini farm of goats, chickens, horses, and pigs. Meg, who is adopted, neither inherited nor osmosed her dad’s amazing green thumb, so we will be relying on his gardening expertise to build an organic vegetable garden for our primary food supply. Lots to do and plan for!
Ready, set, GO!