From Texas-sized 2 Tiny House For Three
As usual I’m faster at posting photos on Facebook and Instagram than I am in the blog, but I have a few minutes here at work while I wait for lab instrument controls to defrost to write a quick update on both the tiny house itself and in the realm of downsizing our lives to fit into said tiny house.
First, I’m pleased to say that Brandy installed the first of 5 corner pieces the other day while I was sleeping for work, and as soon as I got home the next morning I rushed out and stained them after snapping a few raw photos. Here are the results:
It was kind of a pain to stain the piece – which Brandy made by splitting then mitering the halves of a 6″ wide piece of white cedar before gluing and nailing them together into a perfect 90-degree angle – after it was installed without accidentally getting the black Penofin on the other wood, so I’ve asked him to let me stain the rest before he installs them. Now that I’m almost done with my 5-night stretch I can take care of that asap.
The other big news on “trimming” for us involved a big step in the downsizing plan:
We sold our 2nd vehicle, the Ford Flex I bought for us while I was pregnant with R.A.D back in 2011.
Unfortunately, we apparently WAY overpaid, because even after putting another $1200 down on the negative equity on Friday (we’d found out last June that it was depreciating quickly despite being fully loaded and in really great shape), we ended up coughing up another $1104 when the appraisal was even less than the $13,889 we still owed. So, three lessons learned here: 1) no more CarMax vehicles, 2) no more 72-month terms no matter how low it makes the payment, and 3) AutoTrader estimates are definitely NOT set in stone. We knew our tax return – the first time we’ve NOT owed money in years – was going to pay off the negative equity on the Flex so we could get rid of it, and thankfully even with all that drama we managed to salvage about $1000 from it to put towards the tiny house.
In hindsight we probably should have taken it to CarMax to get a second opinion, but considering that Brandy’s truck that he’d bought from them started having mechanical problems less than a year after we bought it and cost us about $4500 just to sell it back to them – well, we just won’t make that mistake again. We’d had great luck with CarMax before, but the last two deals totally soured us on using them ever again. C’est la vie – lesson learned. All in all we can’t complain, and now we’re saving money on our car insurance, too, since it had full coverage. Yay!
The final bit of news on the trimming of possessions, though this one is definitely a work in progress, is that I’ve found us a Realtor through a work friend that had also been co-workers with my mother back in their MHMR days, and we’re now ramping up to get the Big House on the market. Our renters, whom I also know from work, are also on the market for a house in a different
area, so hopefully our Realtor can do the whole two-birds-one-stone bit and get them into a new house ASAP, which will in turn make selling ours even easier. We would never have rented to people we didn’t know, and thankfully we all went into the arrangement knowing there was a very finite time frame and a big dash of flexibility needed when the time came to list it. Hopefully this process will go relatively smoothly for us all – she has a crazy schedule like mine, two huge dogs, her fiancé’s work schedule, and a toddler to work around for house showings – but we’ll all make the best of it.
I’ll also throw in that there may still be a possibility that we will go to Colorado for a few months at the end of the year after all. I’m finding the serendipitous timing of the new facility on-boarding week (August 17-21st for a Sept 1 opening) and the Tiny House Jamboree (August 7th-9th) almost too hard to pass up. After all, it would be with the same company I’ve worked for over the last four years just with a different joint venture partner in the greater Denver area. There’s something to be said for familiarity in the working environment, particularly when the living environment shifts so dramatically.
Can’t you picture it? We celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary on August 5th by visiting the Dallas area museum park we were married in to show R.A.D a little family history, hit the road to Colorado Springs on the 6th and enjoy the Jamboree over the weekend, and then head up to Boulder (or somewhere nearby) to settle in over the week before my new-old job starts. Then we’d weather the winter in Colorado, still close enough to visit our Texas family over the holidays, and then when March 2016 rolls around we’d pack up and hit the road on our own traveling tiny house adventure! Sounds pretty dang good to me!
I’ll keep you posted on that development and on the selling of the Big House, too, since that will also greatly factor in to when we can actually leave Texas no matter which option – CO or hit the road – we ultimately choose. We’re hoping the weather holds out for the next several days since I have a good sized block of time off and want to finish the remaining exterior tiny house projects, but if it decides to be its usual fickle self we’ll just spend the time getting the Big House up to snuff for the sale listing. One way or another there will be house progress over the next six days – I just don’t know on which house!