Welcome to TinyHouse43.com

We are Meg, Brandy, and R.A.D of TinyHouse43.com, and we want to welcome you to our blog!

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 174sqft (+ 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

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Rain, rain, don’t go away… but maybe not dump on our tiny house so much, yeah?!

After all the insane amount of (much needed and long overdue) rain we’ve been having in North Texas this year, we’ve noticed some weakening in the layers of roof underlayment that has really been exposed too long already. The house was completed in April, and it’s now essentially August. No bueno!! Since we are just now getting the measurements for the shingles in and will be waiting another month roughly for the custom tiles to arrive, we are going to do a speedy stop-gap measure tomorrow (provided it doesn’t rain more) by installing the drip edge and placing an extra layer of ice & water shield over it to help direct water off the roof felt better. Last thing we need is for the wood to start rotting or buckling underneath before we even get the chance to shingle it, though if it’s going to happen at all it would be better that it happens now vs. later. Still, the underlayment and the Zip board sheathing does have a limited lifespan for exposure, though they are significantly better than those of raw, exposed plywood or OSB of course.

We’re also going to go on and wrap the house over the Zip System boards for another layer of water protection. Same deal – we have to wait for the siding (and windows, too), so we don’t want the Zip tape to fail during the delay. I figured if anything we’d have dried, cracking tape from our usual dose of summer temperature insanity, but apparently El Niño has decided to grace us with cooler temps (yay!) and wetter days (double yay!) than we typically experience I this land of historically 90% humidity and triple digit temperatures. Great for us to work outside in; not so great for keeping a partially built house from succumbing to water damage. We had discussed doing both if these things (the roof and the housewrap) previously, but we dismissed the ideas thinking we’d have had the time and funds to knock out some real work on the tiny house by now. Cue the world’s smallest violins since the Big House managed to drain our bank accounts yet again in our quest to ready it to be rented. We even had to buy a new dishwasher to replace the 3yr old top-of- the-line one that crapped out! Bah! Just when you think you’re finally getting ahead… Yes, yes – first world problems to be sure, but no less frustrating!!

Slight changes in our building plan were also discussed as we took some window measurements just now (more on that in another post soon), and sticker shock has definitely set in. A heads up for those planning to use aluminum clad wood windows: be ready to shell out approx $400 each. Ouch! If we weren’t going to extensively travel with our house we would consider the reclaimed or even new vinyl options, but we don’t want to be stuck with costly issues later just to save a few bucks up front. In the immediate we will be ordering two 24x36RO double hung Jeld-Wen arctic silver windows (one for each side of the house) for cross ventilation, and I’ll get us the small awning window for the back wall of the loft, too, so we can vent hot air upward and outward. The double hung windows will also let us pop in a little window a/c unit when we’re working indoors, too.

So, the moral of the story is to NOT slack on getting your house properly water tight and enclosed, because sometimes Mother Nature has her own plans that most certainly do NOT take into account your need to delay construction for other pressing matters! Needless to say, the Tumbleweed workshop attendees will see a different Barn Raiser after all in a couple weekends, though still not as different or prepared as we really should have been by is point. I hate to say it, but perhaps obtaining a “Bank of Dad” loan to get all this stuff handled ASAP isn’t such a bad notion after all. :-/

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Front Door

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We, too, are starting our quest to decide on the right door for our house. We keep being drawn back to the door of Howl’s Moving Castle from the Hayao Miyazaki film of the same name, but we also looove the idea of a 60/40 Dutch door (bottom slightly larger than the top) that we could open up to let air and light in and still have a closed bottom to keep the rugrat confined. Once we narrow the ideas down I’ll make a post with images for better reference points, but for now enjoy the helpful post from Tiny House Giant Journey on how to select your optimal tiny front door! -Meg

Originally posted on TINY HOUSE giant journey:

How can you get a snazzy front door for your tiny house?? The majority of tiny house plans call for custom doorways. This is due to proportionality: tiny house = tiny door. The major hurdle being that custom doors are difficult to build and expensive to order.

Is there any way around this? Of course there is! Try one of these two options:

1). DESIGN YOUR HOUSE TO HAVE A STANDARD DOOR

If you are in the early stages of considering a tiny house, you can modify your design to have a standard door or even large french doors!  Check out Vina’s tiny house:

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Vina’s Tiny House doorway. Photo Credit: www.solhausdesign.com

Pros: Easy traffic flow. Available at your local hardware store, garage sales, salvage yards, and sometimes even for free on the side of the road. Can add an open air aesthetic to your home.

Cons: Your door will not be in proportion to…

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Well here’s something I never expected my husband to say…

“Now, don’t give me any crap for it, but I’m thinking about going raw vegan.”

That’s a phrase I certainly never thought I’d hear my husband say unless it was followed by a large dose of sarcasm or there was beer involved. Actually, there technically WAS beer involved in the conversation, but that wasn’t the reason he decided to grace me with this announcement. He told me he’s thinking of becoming a raw vegan because he thinks it’ll suit our life in the tiny house better. Well, that and he’s realized that some of his favorite body builders & power lifters are vegan. Somehow it makes everything seem more valid to him if his favorite meat(less)-heads give it their overly developed thumbs up. Whatevs…

Now bear in mind this is coming from the same man who could run his own “Man v Food: Carnivore Edition” and not batt an eyelash mind you. I’ve bounced back and forth with vegetarianism since I was old enough to realize the big hunks of pink stuff hanging from the hooks in my grandfather’s meat packing plant in Arkansas were once cute cuddly animals, but even >>I<< don’t think I could go full-on vegan – I like real organic whole cow’s milk and fresh eggs waaay too much. I have to say, though, I was definitely impressed with him. Of course he immediately followed up that conversation with a giant hamburger smothered in kimchi, but still – nice to hear he’s thinking about how our tiny house will affect our cooking and food storage spaces!

I actually bought us an apartment-sized fridge with a real, separate freezer at his insistence because he didn’t think it would be possible for us to live in the tiny house without proper refrigeration, but apparently he’s been researching raw food diets, specifically the vegan versions, and realized that without meat, cheese, or other dairy products to keep refrigerated there’s really not much need for a refrigerator at all. After all, fruits and veggies can sit out at room temperature for several days without issue, unlike typical grocery store eggs, his precious cheeses, or my beloved organic Greek yogurt. Yes, I can live without real milk and don’t mind the tetrapak shelf stable milks – dairy, nut, or coconut – but there’s just something about ice cold whole organic milk that makes my heart skip a beat. Seriously, I drink about a gallon a week on my own, and that’s a HUGE cutback from the near gallon in 2 days average I drank when I was younger. I almost exclusively drink milk and water, and if we’re out I might have a glass of unsweetened iced tea. I can’t imagine not having cold milk with every meal (for real!), though I wouldn’t miss meat, cheese, or even yogurt in the long run.

Still, I’m secretly happy he’s even contemplating a less meat-laden diet. He has a terrible habit of eating until he’s in pain (seriously), so I think having less heavy foods in his diet will relieve some of that issue. He’s very active and works out daily, which is why I haven’t worried about it too terribly much, but I’ve also seen him writhe in pain from overstuffing himself at a particularly delicious meal. He was pretty poor growing up (eldest of 5 kids in a family of 7), and since they rarely got to eat out and only went to buffets to maximize the opportunity, he developed the habit of shoveling as much food in his gullet as he could in one sitting since he never knew when his next opportunity to eat basically anything and as much as he wanted would come. Sadly, that’s carried over into adulthood to a degree, but maybe switching up his diet dramatically will reduce his need to stuff himself with meat and cheese and instead encourage him to graze on fruits and veggies. I know his digestive tract will thank him at least!

Anyway, he was also concerned about the moisture from cooking in the tiny house, the added electricity consumption related to the refrigerator, and the dramatically reduced amount of storage space in the kitchen as more specific reasons for considering raw veganism as it relates to tiny house living. I certainly don’t disagree with any of those points or our continued discussion about how animals are repeatedly mistreated in our farming/ranching society, even potentially with my beloved organically-crafted milks and other animal-related products, but I also know he has a habit of getting gung-ho about various diet/fitness regimes and then quits them unexpectedly after finding one shred of evidence to discredit his actions. As such, my suggestion to him was that we could at the very least reduce the size of the fridge, plan for additional dry storage space in the kitchen, and eat as close to a raw vegetarian if not outright vegan diet while living in the tiny house – but – we could eat out from time to time, too, and not limit ourselves to raw foods unless we really wanted to. In other words, leave our options open. I personally love fresh fruits and veggies and gravitate toward them as food choices anyway, but I’m afraid if he goes all-in vegan after being such a meativore for so long he might throw in the towel before giving it a real chance to work not just for our tiny life but for his health and well-being, too.

Baby (carrot) steps, my friends. ;)

Anyone else eat a raw food or raw vegan diet? What challenges have you faced with it, particularly in terms of maintaining proper protein levels without relying on tofu, beans, and nuts?

 

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We saw a shirt very similar to this in Forks, WA on our anniversary trip in 2010, and that definitely summed up our very different views at the time! Image from http://www.imtees.com

Ruh roh! Roofing and insulation conundrum in the making…

I was perusing the FB feed this morning while trying desperately to wake up after having a weird dream about Brandy and I parkour-ing around the hotel the Austin Tumbleweed Workshop was located in back in April since for whatever reason we couldn’t remember how to get back to the classroom, and there was suddenly an overabundance of extra external stair cases leading to everywhere except where we wanted to go plus giant piles of boulders we were hopping, skipping, and jumping off of (barefoot no less) trying desperately to get back to class before it was over. I’m not sure WTF that was all about, but needless to say I woke up with a headache from mental exhaustion and decided to take it a little slower this morning before hitting the packing-cleaning-loading trifecta hard and heavy again. After all, we are trying to get EVERYTHING out of the Big House today if possible but most likely tomorrow.

Anyway, I came across a post on Bungalow to Go‘s page that was actually photos of Ella Jenkins of Little Yellow Door and Tumbleweed Tiny House Co fame (and who happened to be a presenter at that Austin Workshop I was leaping to and fro for in my dream) gutting her ceiling to removed mold that had formed in the insulation. I remembered her mentioning at the Workshop that her roof hadn’t been built vented and that she used wool insulation that had begun to mold, and suddenly it hit me: I’m pretty certain our Barn Raiser roof also isn’t vented.

Tumbleweed sells their houses-to-go built with professionally blown-in spray foam insulation, which has the highest R-values, provides extra structural support in the walls, and sales the house up air-tight. It only makes sense that the Barn Raisers, built in the same shop by the same guys that build the completed houses, would have similar construction. The only hitch is that we were leaning heavily toward using wool insulation ourselves because I like the low/no toxic material and the fact that it doesn’t require an inner moisture barrier because it dries so quickly and resists mold in optimal conditions (i.e. with proper roof venting), and it even resists pests, too. We are still planning to put an extra sheet of rigid foam board between the siding and the laths over the exterior walls for added protection in particularly cold climes while traveling, but we had planned for the “breathable house” otherwise.

Seeing Ella having to gut her roof and make it breathable (my guess is she’ll retrofit soffits somehow) hasn’t completely deterred us from doing the same thing before we even add insulation, thus circumventing the mold issue all together (I hope!), but it does make me want to rethink the idea of the sprayed-in foam. I would definitely hire that out as I want nothing to do with something even remotely toxic, and that very statement is the primary reason we hadn’t really considered it in the first place. Still, with proper ventilation the off gassing is supposed to cease or at least dwindle to well below measurable safety levels (though I don’t know what those levels are at all) pretty quickly. I can’t deny that having the added structural support would be a big boon to making our regular traveling sturdier/safer as the walls would have that much more impact resistance (for lack of a better descriptor) while driving over rough, bumpy roads. There’s always doing a combo that involves using the rigid foam boards with spray foam to seal, thus almost entirely bypassing the off gassing matter since the foam boards will have done that long before they ever make it to our destination with only minimal spray foam used. That option, however, doesn’t have nearly as much added bonus wall strength, but I would imagine it still adds more than batt wool insulation possibly could.

So, now we have to consider changing up the insulation methods or figuring out how to vent the roof to allow a breathable option like wool. I’m hoping Ella shares her methods with everyone during and after the fact, but in the meantime I’ll start researching online to see if I can find a reasonable method as well. I’m also going to start looking more seriously at the various foam insulation choices so we can really, truly make an informed decision.

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I also just bought 2 rolls of high temp Grace Ice & Water Shield to replace the tar paper presently on the Barn Raiser. We’ve hemmed and hawed about it for over a month, but in rereading a post by Guillaume of Tiny House Giant Journey on their roof underlayment choice and experience installing it, I realized the benefits FAR outweigh the pain in the butt of replacing what’s on the house now. They should arrive at my dad’s place later this week, so we’ll need to get a move on to measure for the skylights and figure out precisely where the vent for the Kimberly stove will live so we can start ordering parts.

For now, though…. Back to the moving trifecta I begrudgingly go! :-P

An article about us on TumbleweedHouses.com by Jenna Spesard

The following is a link to an article written by Jenna Spesard from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and Tiny House Giant Journey that she wrote about our downsizing journey into the tiny life. Below that is a transcript of the article, but please check out her version for photos.

Much love, -M

Tiny House For Three. by Jenna Spesard

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Meg, Brandy, and their 2-year-old son nicknamed “R.A.D.” are about to dramatically shrink their idea of home. Having just received a Tumbleweed barn raiser, the family of three will be shedding approximately 3,000 square feet!

“Somewhere between growing to despise our huge mortgage and realizing we would never be able to take my mother on the Alaskan cruise she dreamed of, something just snapped in my mind.” Meg explains why her family has decided to downsize from their 3,193 sq foot home and nearly $2,000 a month mortgage payment.

“Losing my mom made us realize the ‘American Dream’ of the big house with the white fence was really just a pair of shackles preventing us from doing the things we really wanted to do.” Sadly, Meg’s mother recently lost a 17-month battle with cancer. Before she was diagnosed they had planned on moving the whole family from Texas to Washington. “The more I thought about the plans I was making with my mom, the more resolute I was that I needed this change. I was sick to my stomach with the knowledge that I let the big house weigh us down.” It was then that Meg and Brandy finally made the decision to drop the big house, and travel around the country with a tiny home before settling in Washington for R.A.D to start school.

With Brandy attending college and Meg working two jobs, the couple quickly realized that finding time to build was going to be a challenge. That’s when they stumbled upon Tumbleweed’s barn raiser – a professionally built skeleton of a Tumbleweed tiny home secured on a Tumbleweed trailer. The family chose the Cypress 24’ Horizon model, which will allow a private bedroom for their son as well as a loft bedroom for themselves.

“Having the professional builders do all the heavy lifting and, most importantly, the strapping and securing of the structure to the trailer was the decision maker in the build vs. buy debate for me.” Meg explains. “I’ve had nightmares of the house sliding off the trailer, so the peace of mind that comes with having professionals secure my house is worth it’s weight in gold!”

Meg and Brandy ordered their barn raiser in mid-March and received a notification it was ready on April 22nd. The family set off to retrieve their new home – one that is equal in size of their current master bathroom! When they first stepped inside the tiny dwelling that would one day carry them off on an adventure, Meg remembers thinking it felt huge and tiny simultaneously.

“Our son calls it his ‘Biiiiigg Hooose’, and it (the tiny home) will probably continue to feel big to him while he is little.” – Meg

How will this family cope with this dramatic downsize? Check back in for updates on Meg, Brandy, and R.A.D. as they finish their house and prepare to travel around the U.S.A.

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All photos provided by Meg and Brandy.

Follow this tiny house family on their blog here. Like them on facebook here.

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Jenna Spesard is currently building a Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop Host. After the build is complete, they plan to travel around North America in their tiny house blogging and photographing their adventure. More on their tiny house and giant journey here.

Texas, Our Texas: How Tiny Houses Can Help Keep This Big State Great

As you may have heard through the FB grapevine by now, a cute little town in west Texas called Spur has passed ordinances to not only allow but encourage genuine tiny houses, both foundation and trailer based, in their town limits. I am so excited to hear this both as a tiny house owner-in-progress and a native Texan, and I wanted to share links both to the official Spur, TX tiny house community website and to a great article authored by Gabriella Morrison of hOMe. She interviewed Spur resident David Alsbury about the town’s plans, and David gave some very encouraging and thorough information for anyone interested in living in or building their tiny house in Spur without all the dastardly restrictions most building codes enforce against tiny houses.

Here’s a link to Gabriella’s article on TinyHouseBuild.com about Spur, TX welcoming tiny houses to their town.

Here’s a link to the Spur, TX blog site they’ve recently created for, as David Alsbury said in his interview, for “evangelizing to the outside world,” with his help.

I’m a lifelong Texan (except for about a year in Las Vegas, which is basically West Texas + gambling hehe), and though we are looking to move to the Northwest corner of the country in a few years, Texas will always be my home. There are many reasons we want to move to Washington – cooler climates, greener landscaping, more year-round outdoor activities, more open-minded politics, and a bigger focus on preserving our environment are just a few – but I can’t help but be both surprised and proud that the traditionally ultra conservative, bigger-is-always-better attitude of collective Texas is gradually giving way to more forward thinking and willingness to think outside the McMansion for a more sustainable way of life for all its residents in the future.

We Texans are known for considering Texas “a whole other country,” and I’ve always felt that this attitude has usually benefitted Texas by being a buffer from the rest of the country’s woes. After all, we were left relatively unscathed compared to many parts of the country when the housing bubble burst, and our collective unemployment ratings have remained lower than most other regions, too, from what I’ve read at least. I’m not savvy enough in politics or economics to explain why or how Texas has managed to maintain most of the status quo while other areas have faltered, but I do credit the people of Texas, no matter their political or religious leanings or their socioeconomic status, for digging in their heels when times get tough, and for the most part they’ve managed to not only survive but in many ways thrive on the hard times only to come out stronger for their efforts.

That very do-or-die attitude is also, I think, one of the things that could very well be Texas’ undoing if we don’t all realize that our traditional means of wealth and trade, namely oil and natural gas, aren’t infinite sources and, therefore, not infinite ways of maintaining the lifestyle and buffers to which we’ve all become accustomed. We can’t keep building McMansions on every inch of former ranch land and expect to have enough resources – water, power – to keep them running. Likewise, we can’t keep drilling for oil and fracking for gas and not expect there to be some kind of environmental repercussions. If we keep building up and out and new rather than taking back our small towns, like Spur, by utilizing existing infrastructure, we will run out of room for shops, diners, grocers, farmers, ranchers, and schools.

There are great places all across Texas that have all those amazing buildings and systems just waiting to be reclaimed and put back in use, and I’m sure the folks of other towns similar to Spur are just as hungry for revitalization of their once booming towns, too. Just like Mr. Alsbury stated in his interview with Gabriella of hOMe, which he attributed to a fellow Spur resident and chief architect of the push to get tiny homes into Spur, Randy Adams, “everyone [is] concerned about maintaining their town, (of which they are immensely proud) and wanting a strategy to do so that also includes bringing the right kind of people.” In their estimation, tiny house dwellers are a perfect solution as they tend to be both young and self-sufficient, among other things, and these two qualities are prized highly in towns that see more young people moving away to bigger cities and those that require a little extra DIY prowess to fully appreciate what the region offers.

I know on our drive back from Colorado Springs with our Barn Raiser we passed a dozen little “speck towns,” those so small they barely register on maps any more, that were once quite populous. There were lovely little town “squares” along the major intersections of US 287 and whatever main street ran through each little city that were all nearly empty and shuttered. I can imagine bustling little stores and grocers in each one catering to the local farmers and ranchers as well as those traveling across the state. R.A.D is a huge fan of Disney’s “Cars” movie, and while it laments the loss of business for the towns along old Route 66 when I-40 was built, I can empathize with them after seeing so many of the little towns we used to stop in on our many, many road trips when I was a child. Even my own hometown of Pampa has seen a steady decline in population since the 1960s when it peaked around 25k, and while it’s still in the 5-digits (17,994 according to 2010 Census info), towns we used to frequent like White Deer and Skellytown have less than 2,000 people between them.

Now as I said, I’m a native Texan, so I also know that some of my neighbors would read this post and grumble, “We don’t need you liberal hippies to save our small towns! We’re doing just fine on our own, thank you very much!” Some of them are probably right, too, that the more free-wheeling lifestyle many tiny house dwellers tend to live – ones commonly lived with higher emphasis on social justice, environmental responsibility, and often better-living-through-technology – might be off-putting to folks who are several generations deep in small town rural Texas life where people have at times both literally and metaphorically pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and made due with little assistance from outsiders or even the government during hard times. I’m not saying tiny house dwellers are the end-all-be-all solution to consistently declining populations, increasing number of buildings going into disrepair, or loss of local businesses and employers. What I’m suggesting is that easing the way for tiny house communities to form in towns suffering from the aforementioned declines is just one reasonable and viable step toward returning residents and hopefully families to areas that could benefit from fresh perspectives and increased traffic to local businesses.

And speaking as one of those hippy-dippy liberals treading water in the ocean of staunch conservatism in my home state, I’m here to tell my fellow Texans that we could ALL use a little dash of optimism, hope, and forward-thinking to continue the legacy of the Great State of Texas well into the future. We all have a lot to learn from each other – young and old, natives and transplants, farmers and bloggers – on how to keep our great state Great and our small towns from dying off little by little, and I think the citizens of Spur are paving the way toward a bright future for all kinds of Texans! I genuinely hope more towns across Texas, both small and large, will follow their fine example and work toward finding ways to not only encourage but appreciate the freedoms and benefits that come with downsizing our physical addresses from McMansions to more ecologically and economically friendly smaller dwellings, reinvigorating existing small towns in need of a population and commerce bump by welcoming the tiny house community et al and others who can appreciate small town life, and opening our minds and hearts to the benefits of fresh ideas from younger generations. My dad and I were actually discussing finding a way to have a winter spot here in Texas recently, and if the residents of Spur will have us we might just have to become a family of resident snowbirds!

Yee’haw to that!

Here’s a fun map showing Spur, TX compared to our respective initials (M, B, R) over the different places we’ve all lived in Texas. Brandy moved first to Van, TX from Illinois, I was born in Lubbock (but we actually lived in Pampa), and R.A.D was born in Denton, TX.

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Oh, and incidentally – there’s not enough room on the map to mark all the suburbs around Dallas-Fort Worth-Denton that we’ve both lived in over the years. I figured hitting the “big 3″ was good enough! -M :)

Independence Day: the nation’s today + ours in 2wks

We hope everyone is having a safe 4th of July today with your family and friends!

In addition to celebrating our country’s independence today, we are in the final countdown to independence from our Big House two weeks from today. Sure, it isn’t the complete release of home ownership we had planned, but the point is that we will be free of the majority of the bills associated with the Big House, which in turn frees up funds for working in the Tiny House. Progress however slow and still somewhat complicated if not outright painful – we’ll take it!

So, enjoy some wonderful fireworks shows or pop some off safely yourself!

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“Ample aspirations of tiny house living.”

Hello friends and followers!

We were interviewed by a lovely Canadian author and songwriter, Cindy O’Neil, for a piece she did on the tiny house movement for a section of her blog called The Curious Consumer. Cindy herself considered the tiny life in a truck trailer or converted bus, but she has found contentment living a “low impact lifestyle.” She interviewed a few other tiny house dwellers and posted their contact info as well at the bottom of the post, so I encourage you to check them out, too. You may even recognize a certain inspiring little house called La Petite Maison built by none other than Miss Sicily Kolbeck, who finished her tiny house to honor her late father’s memory. Boy, can I relate to that drive and desire! <3

Here’s a link to the blog post, which I have also added on our FB page:

Movin On Up – Ample aspirations of tiny house living by Cindy O’Neil

Even though we are still in the early stages of the finish-out of our Tumbleweed Amish Barn Raiser it has been an amazing process of discovery to read about other folks in the tiny house community far and wide who have finished their homes, are in the process, or are still just dreaming of the tiny life. We are honored to be part of that narrative now and will continue to keep everyone abreast of our own progress as it continues. We are almost done selling off the last of our possessions at our big house and will be living with my father while we finish our Barn Raiser build, so once my crazy month of working 24 of 30 days in June ends we’ll really be able to start making progress!

Check back soon for more updates on our build, but in the meantime please check out Cindy’s blog and those of the other tiny house dwellers she interviewed for her article. We had another e-mail interview in May that will be making the rounds sometime soon, so I’ll update you once it is completed.

Cheers!

-Meg