Monthly Archives: June 2016

Arg….delays…

I’m going to be honest, I’m super stressed right now.  My house was suppose to be done  the middle of last week (January  19/20) then after shipping, I would be moving and living in it by January 30th.  The lease is up on my apartment January 31 and I have to be out.  It is not Tuesday (Jan 26th) and the builder still needs more time! WTF?  (I’ll get into all the delays in another post) I gave him till tomorrow as the last dropdead deadline then the shipping company, who I found on Uship (dot) com, will ship the house to me.  Please keep your fingers crossed for good weather as any delay may put me over my apartment lease!

Once the house arrives, I don’t have much to move (imagine that!) ha! but I do have 2 heavy items that I have hired help to lift.  I purchased a mini fridge at Home Depot on sale – score – which, if I had it shipped to the builder to install, the shipping cost would be more than the actual fridge!  So being the frugal girl that I am, decided that I could handle installing a mini fridge on my own.  How hard can it be?

Mini fridge with a 6.0 CU FT unit beside
Mini fridge with a 6.0 CU FT unit beside
Look at the freezer.
Look at the freezer.

 

I also have a little clothes washer I’ve been using in my apartment (shhh, we weren’t suppose to have them) but I hate the laundry mat and this is one you can hook up to your kitchen or bathroom sink and doesn’t require an appliance electric outlet (220v).  I’ve been using it for the 6 months I’ve lived here and plan to take it with me into my tiny house.  Have you seen these?  This is the one I have but there are several different manufacturers and sizes.

This is my tiny washer. It's 1.5 cu ft and washes really well.
This is my tiny washer. It’s 1.5 cu ft and washes really well.
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Washer/dryer combination unit – 36″high by 24″ wide and around 30″deep

Since I already had the little washer and it was a fraction, we’re talking less than half, of the cost of a dual washer/dryer unit, and it works (sidenote: I heard the dual washer/dryer units don’t work as well as intended), I decided it would make the move.  To save on energy I like to line dry all my clothing so I don’t need a dryer, however, this does have a matching little dryer that doesn’t require appliance electric outlets AND no exhaust.  Isn’t it cute?

Mini washer and dryer. Regular size cabinets beside to give size reference.
Mini washer and dryer. Regular size cabinets beside to give size reference.

 

What do you think?  Would you use this small washer and/or dryer or go for the dual wash/dry unit?

 

Update on Parking!

Yesterday, I contacted and met with someone who posted an RV parking spot on Craigslist.  He owns 10 acres of land just outside of city limits. He has it set up for 5 RV spots in the woods along a creek.  Currently, he has no tenants so I would/could be the first but it’s wooded, private, and exactly what I was thinking of when this whole concept of tiny houses developed.  He also screens the tenants so that I don’t have to worry about crazy neighbors. =) The only downside of this property is that it is far from town and I can no longer bike (it’s on a gravel road but the main road has a 65 mph speed limit!) but it’s better than living in an RV park.  In this situation, I would pay a minimal monthly fee (rent) for parking and all utilities besides electric and wifi. Unless anything comes up in the next month, this will be the spot.

My parking spotMy parking spot

Parking the Tiny

One of the biggest questions I get asked is where are you going to park it?  Or the assumption is that I purchased land to park it…which is not even an option right now for various reasons but we’ll just say I didn’t spend much energy thinking of that option. =)  Let me explain the process with tiny parking and part of the drawl for me to go tiny. The concept behind tiny houses is that the dweller would barter to park in someones back yard and tap into their utilities.  It’s also common for tiny house dwellers to park on someone’s land and pay a small fee (we’ll call it rent) to park and use their utilities – I’m hoping to score this situation.  One of the driving factors for me to live tiny is that they are more sustainable than traditional houses and require less utilities.  This also means there’s less costs involved, which is extremely appealing to me.

I currently have a craigslist ad looking for a space on someone’s property and keep renewing it but no such luck. =( That is my ideal situation.  I also have an ad on tinyhouseparking looking for a spot but considering there are only 2 other ads in the state, I’m not very hopeful that option will pan out.

My last option, which will work but not necessarily the reason why I want to live tiny, is to park in an RV park.  I spoke with two in the area that will allow me to stay with them.  I have a meeting with one this weekend to scope out a spot since I’m not familiar with the location so I will see how this option will work.

So, keep your fingers crossed that something will pan out for me and I’ll find a great (and cheap) spot to live! =)

The Process

I’ve been thinking/wanting a tiny house for about 7 years.  In fact, I’ve been living a minimalistic lifestyle – not quite as extreme as this is going to be – for quite awhile.  The idea started with the frustrations of moving time after time again and having to move and load and schlep all my stuff…and I didn’t even have that much as I was living in a 825 square foot house.  I got/am frustrated with all my material possessions so a tiny house is the perfect solution (at least in my opinion)!

Another great advantage of living tiny is using less utilities and resources. My house is built  to use residential utility hook-ups.  My tiny house will have RV hook-ups for electric, water, and sewer.  My grand future plans involve getting the house off grid (freedom!) but I can’t afford that off the bat (hello expensive solar panels) so I’m doing a combination.  I will utilize the electric, water, and sewer for the time being but went with a composting toilet so that I only have grey water as sewage. I’ll let you know how the composting toilet goes as this is my first full time experience with one…I also decided on propane heat fireplace and appliances so as not to tax the electric supply for when I do get off grid.

Speaking of appliances, I decided to go with an RV range and a 4.3 CU microfridge because anything more than that, for me, is wasteful.  My tiny house will be lit with LEDs to conserve energy as well.  Keeping sustainability in mind, I also wanted to use natural or renewable materials& finishes.  I choose a cork composite flooring and bamboo countertops that are 1″ thick to conserve resources.   I’m extremely anxious to see everything come together.

What would you have done differently?

It’s Happening!

After the last minute decision to change to a 24′ trailer over the 20′ trailer I had a bit of delay with the build.  I was originally going to have the finished house today or tomorrow, however, now it’s looking like I’ll get it January 20th. wah wah…. =(

But the good news is that I saw the framing!!! I was passing through Salt Lake City last week and stopped at the builders to see Day 2 of the build!

construction
Under construction back side
Under Construction
Back of house looking at the garage door. The little porch looking thing is for the utilities such as propane tanks, solar panels, air conditioning unit, etc.
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Inside looking at back wall where kitchen will go
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Inside on door side looking at kitchen

It’s so much bigger than I thought it would be – of course that’s only looking at the “bones” of the house but I got a good idea.  I’m so so so excited!

Check out the videos below for the process.

Day 1 build

Day 2 build

What do think?  Are you as excited as I am???