Category Archives: Planning a tiny house

Back in action!

Hello friends!  How are you all doing?  Sorry for my absence last week.  I’ve been busy busy with work but am now back at it!  =)

Today’s topic is the Tiny House Jamboree!  I mentioned it a few weeks ago that the date and location changed and I got an e-mail yesterday with the updated information.  If you don’t remember, I went to this conference last August in Colorado Springs and had a fabulous time.  While it’s more for those in the planning or building phase it was still a great experience for me.  In fact, any time someone calls or writes me because they are interested in tiny houses I tell them to go…it was THAT good.  Honestly, for the $50 cover charge you got to listen to 3 days worth of seminars on all topics tiny house and the lifestyle to touring 50 tiny houses. =)  You can read about my experience last year here and here.

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Tiny House Tailgate is famous!

Hello, hello!  Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  did you do anything fun and exciting?  This is going to be a short post but I wanted to share this video of the Tiny House tailgate that I saw last week.  As I’ve mentioned a few times on here, I like a few tiny house groups on facebook…well, this weekend, the video below popped up!  You can buy it if you choose….there is a sleeping loft, a full bathroom, and this awesome patio area. =)

 

Tailgating Tiny

TGIF!  What a week!  Did it fly by or what?  Guess it’s that time of year where everything seems to be in overdrive. It’s ok with me, just means we’re one more week closer to summer! =)

So, there is another tiny house in the town I’m currently living in!  Well, it’s maybe not an exact tiny house for someone to live in BUT instead, it’s used as a tailgate for football games!  Let me explain.

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Earth Day Texas

Hello hello!  How’s your week going so far?  I saw an advertisement for Earth Day Texas, which I won’t lie, doesn’t sound tiny house related what so ever and they need to work on that name…but it appears to be a tiny house conference-esque type of event in Dallas, Texas this coming weekend.  I really enjoyed the Tiny House Jamboree I attended last summer in Colorado Springs so I am curious about this one as it seems somewhat similar. You can read about it on this link.

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The question to live tiny..Park 3

Hello!  Today, I’m continuing the post on the 77 reasons NOT to go tiny with my 77 reasons TO go tiny.  =)  Again, my comments to each one is in blue and bold.  Enjoy!

 

Reason #54-57: More than with building an average home, you’ll need to educate yourself. Spend the money to attend a workshop on building a tiny house even if you’re not doing it yourself. But first learn about legality and parking. <- agree on this one

More concerns come from people who question how a tiny house will hold up in bad wind and cold and hot weather. <- actually, tiny houses are (or should be) built to withstand highway travel (ie, 70 mph winds) and, if bought from a tiny house builder, most have been built inside so they are not exposed to the elements.  From my experience and understanding tiny houses are actually built more stable and stronger than a traditional house. 

Reason #58: Tiny house dwellers have more to fear when a storm roars in around them. Most of the wood-framed homes erected on travel trailers are homemade projects, meaning they might not be sealed from wind and rain to the same level as a professionally built structure. <- I have no experience with a DIY project as I hired a builder for mine but I will say that if a tornado is going to hit a place it will destroy a traditional house as much as it would destroy my tiny house.  No building materials or structure will withstand a tornado and if it gets hit by one I would rather be out the 30 grand I spent on my house versus the 300 grand and the construction time to rebuild a traditional house.  That is what insurance is for though… I am very fortunate that both of my parking spots have tornado shelters as well as my place of employment.  

Reason #59: Since tiny houses on wheels are not legal to live in full time, they also don’t have to adhere to strict building codes that require windows, walls and roofs to withstand powerful weather forces. <- disagree as they do have to adhere to codes plus highway travel

Reason #60: And, they aren’t anchored to a solid foundation. <- True!  it’s called FREEDOM! =) My house is hex bolted to the trailer and it’s not going anywhere. 

Reason #61: “While I agree that tiny houses can withstand normal wind and rain, it’s important to know that there may be a time to evacuate,” says Elaine Walker, co-founder of the American Tiny House Association, who works with city officials and advocate groups to regulate movable micro dwellings, redefine zoning laws and streamline the legal issues. <- I’m not quite sure what this is complaining about…. if a tornado is coming everyone should evacuate into a tornado shelter – traditional home or tiny house! 

Reason #62: Walker lives in Florida where hurricane and tornado force winds have ripped regular houses off foundations. “Lesser winds can tear the roof off and lift RVs and tiny houses up into the storm, only to come crashing down a distance away.” <- most insurance companies won’t cover hurricane damage as they say you can move a tiny house (or RV) since you are given fair warning when a hurricane is coming.  As a tiny house is on a trailer and mobile, I would say this is an advantage in that you can get inland and avoid the winds.  

Reason #63: Hurricane ties and straps, earthquake tie-downs and other anchors can help protect a tiny house, she says, unless the wind is strong enough to make tethers insufficient. <- if winds are strong enough you should not be in the tiny house.  I’m unsure what earthquake tie-downs are but my tiny house has survived quite a few earthquakes with minimal damage (a glass broke because it was jolted off the shelf) since they are designed to withstand road travel in which they move more than during an earthquake. 

Reason #64: You still need to insure a tiny house. <- yes – you have to insure pretty much everything 

Reason #65: Answer Financial, the online cross-shopping platform for auto and home insurance, says the best way to protect a tiny home is to anchor it to foundation. That means buying or renting a plot of land or a spot in a tiny home community <- it’s not a necessity to anchor to a foundation to get insurance.  I have full coverage on mine, am a full time resident, and live in a tornado prone area of the country.  This is all covered without a foundation. 

Reason #66: Getting your home certified by the National Organization for Alternative Housing (NOAH) may make it easier to purchase coverage from some insurers, says Answer Financial. <- possibly but not a necessity – as shown in previous answer

Reason #67: The insurance site also recommends that if a tiny home is mobile, it should be certified by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. <- this actually has drawbacks because some insurance agencies won’t cover a full time RV resident.  You would probably have to shop around.  Mine is fully covered and I am not RVIA certified. 

Reason #68: Builders who are RVIA certified can provide an RV VIN (vehicle identification number), which also makes it easier to get tiny homes registered. <- my trailer has a VIN number that is registered.  The tiny house built on top of it isn’t but the trailer is and thus has a license plate and registration fees. 

Reason #69: Don’t expect your tiny home to appreciate like a traditional dwelling, says Answer Financial <- can’t say but I would imagine so.  However, I don’t think most tiny house dwellers go into it for the resale value. I think most of us go into it for the “now” value. In which money we’re saving now will add up to what would be a resale value. 

Reasons #70-77: People who have left comments on Oregon live stories have other reasons to dislike tiny houses. Here’s a small sampling:

goodbyeoregon Gives new meaning to “trailer trash.” <- actually most tiny house dwellers are middle income and prefer to live tiny for sustainability reasons, freedom to travel, and economic.  Have you seen how much some tiny houses costs??? I wouldn’t have that’s trailer trash. 

KKStJohn “The $78,000 price tag on the 280 sqft house is absurd. Maybe $8,000.” <- it all depends on what you value, right?  Plus, you can get a tiny house for less than that. =)

Tobi “Conceivably people who want to live in an RV park could buy an RV and rent space in an RV park…but these folks want to live in someone’s backyard with an extension cord heading to some main building because these are cute and RV Parks are transient and not-so-cute? Build it for free but rent a space for it at $750 a month and you might as well just move into an apartment…” <- I can see the point in this one but it also depends on the area’s cost of living.  If your renting land for $750 a month I bet rent prices are also pretty steep.  Here’s an example:  I pay $250 and utilities in my current and previous locations.  RV parks around my area go for $350-$400 and include utilities.  Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in a nice area of town (comparable to where I’m parked) go for around $750-$1,000 so I think things are all relative. 

bms1211 “Not legal. Stop posting this stuff. It has been posted, discussed and dissected. You still like defending this person? Do a little research before you try to come to the aid of criminals who admit to the crime in your ‘article’ and yet still feel they were the ones wronged.” <- not legal in city limits but not, not legal. =) 

RailwayMan “She knew it wasn’t legal when she built it, and now she wants the laws ignored for her personal gain; go fish, Ms. Dummy!” <- well, each city has different zoning laws so it could potentially be legal in some city limits.  Plus, they are mobile so you can move it wherever and they can get parked in RV parks. 

Viking2014 “They were not paying property taxes.” <- I pay registration and taxes on my trailer plus enough other taxes to live in this city. 

native57 “The money they spent on a tiny house could have gone a long way toward a down payment on a home, or rent.” <- is a tiny house not a home? I plan to pay off my tiny house and live “rent” free afterwards then it becomes my vacation house.  My goals are not to have a down payment on a traditional house.  I’ve been there and done that.  it was stressful and a lot of work. Right now my house is manageable and I can come and go as I please since I don’t have to worry about cutting the grass, removing the snow, watering the lawn, making sure the latest earthquake didn’t cause any foundation issues, etc. 

Yeah, I know tiny houses aren’t for everyone.  They have their own difficulties and set of circumstances, however, they are also pretty darn cool and I can honestly say I have a pretty good lifestyle.

What do you think?

77 reasons TO live tiny…Part 1

Hello, hello!  I found this interesting article in The Oregonian that lists 77 reasons NOT to live in a tiny house.  You can read the full article here.  And while I agree that some of those 77 are an issue I will explain the tiny side of things.  My comments will be bold and in blue after the list of reason.  This might get interesting… =)

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Toilet Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!  Do you like the title of this post.  Doesn’t it make you laugh?!  This post is an update on the new toilet.  You can read about why I got a new toilet here  and Here’s where I got a new toilet.  And finally, check out this post about installing the new toilet.

So now that your caught up in my toilet situation – what’s it like after using it for a month – ok, not quite a month but you get the idea…

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Monday Fun-day!

Hey, hey!  Welcome back!  Happy Monday!  How are you all doing today?  Did you have a good weekend?  Mine was good.  After getting some work done Saturday morning, I got the insulation and the skirting installed as per my “to-do” list.  There is still a little bit that I want to try and fix as I can’t quite get the skirting to lay flat against the backside where the sewer and water line come out of the house.

Still a work in process

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Tiny house for the homeless…

Hello and happy hump day!  How’s your week going so far?  Mine is good!  Busy getting back into the swing of things after spring break but other than that it’s going great.  As mentioned previously, I have a few articles on tiny houses that I found recently – which, of course, happen to be from Oregon. =)

The first article, which I think are the same structures that I saw when I was in Portland this winter (find the post here), discusses how tiny houses in people’s backyards can help with the homeless issue.  If you didn’t know, Portland has a big homeless population, which is sad but honestly Oregon is such a great place to live with a somewhat mild climate that I don’t blame them for choosing Oregon.

Anyways…

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