Tiny House Travels: Rough Draft (Episode 3)

We add a shed to the front of the tiny house, rough in our electrical wiring, and get most of the siding in place. Progress has slowed down a bit, partly because we spent over a month traveling around taking care of non-tiny-house-related business. That means we have a cold month ahead of us as we try to complete the project as a Christmas present to ourselves!

We’re looking forward to getting the siding completed and the insulation in so we can start working on more exciting things – inside the house!

Annapolis Boat Show & How to Winterize

We took a rather long break from our tiny house build to head down to Annapolis. For three weeks we camped out and worked to set up, tear down, and man the gates at both the sail and power boat shows. Since we were in the area, we also stopped by Baby Blue to get her ready for winter on the hard. We thought we’d share what we’ve been up to in a new Sailing Baby Blue episode.

To see our progress on the tiny house, check out the photos here or watch the first two videos.

Why a Tiny House?

The first time I remember discussing tiny houses was when we were living in Denver. It was the winter before we sold the house and I was looking for something to do for the night. I saw that Dee Williams, author of “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”, was speaking at the Tattered Cover. I hadn’t read the book, but it sounded interesting and like something Jon might enjoy too, so we went. On the floor of the bookstore, the author had taped off a life-size layout of her tiny house. As I listened to her talk about the tiny house movement and gazed at the taped off partitions for the kitchen and toilet, I thought to myself: I am never doing that. Jon on the other hand, was all about it.

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My main objection was the trailer. I understood that the point was to avoid needing permits, but it just didn’t seem worth it if you had to build such a tiny space. I enjoy a small, cozy house, but the idea of limiting the size to something that could fit on a trailer did not appeal to me. Maybe bureaucracy and rules just didn’t bother me quite enough to want to live on a trailer, and the whole concept of being able to move it seemed like more of a burden than an advantage.

Cut to a couple years later. Our small bungalow in Denver was long gone and we’d gotten pretty used to living in our 33 foot sailboat. As Jon and I discussed what we would do when our sailing trip was over, I kept bringing up the idea of building a small house – which I would refuse to call a tiny house – on our own land somewhere. I wanted to create something using alternative building materials. Something funky, artsy, and recycled. I wanted it to be ridiculously inexpensive so we can *keep our options open* when it comes to serious employment. Jon kept saying, “Yeah, let’s do all of that. But with wood and on a trailer.”

One of the other options we considered was renting an apartment so we could get started right away on building a home that would stay put. But we rationalized reasoned that with the money we’d be paying in rent, we could instead have a little home we will use for years and years. Even after we build a more traditional home we can use the extra space in the tiny house for guests, a private work space, or vacation rental.  We’ll also be avoiding commitment – which always sounds good to us- by having the choice of either putting down roots or continuing to live like nomads depending on how things play out.

After a number of serious conversations on the topic, we weighed the alternatives and decided that the tiny house on wheels was the way to go for us right now. Someday I still want my funky cob house or a yurt when we have the land and the time to build our forever home. For now I’m happy to practice on our tiny house, and actually, I’m truly excited about it. Apparently, Jon can be very convincing.

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