It's always summer so suddenly. This spring, I started a #60daysoftinyhouse challenge for myself to work steadily towards tiny house goals. I did pretty well until the end of May, then just dropped off the radar.
My roommate//bestie Olive and I moved out of our lovely little Hickory House, and Janet (+ puppy Chester) + our friend Zach moved into an amazing duplex in the country. The new place is awesome. But moving definitely sucks! It took us basically the month of June to clean, unpack, get settled, and figure out our new normal. We didn't get much of the prep work done for the tiny house that needed to happen, plus getting the trailer back a month later than we anticipated put us way behind in schedule. Let's be real though, even if we'd had the trailer first thing -- moving would have seen that we'd still be behind!
I'm not complaining though. Baker Iron Works did a fantastic job on the foundation of our tiny house. We have new axles, wheels, springs -- it went from 7,000lb weight capacity to 12,000lb :-D He also added reinforcement along the frame itself and added angle iron on the sides so that we can attach bolts up through the bottom of the trailer, up through the subfloor, and have threaded rods bolted up through the top plate of the walls! They gave a lot of their time to make a beautiful, strong foundation for us to build on. I couldn't be more grateful!
Does that mean we'll start building ASAP? Unfortunately, as we're learning, everything takes like 3x longer than we think it will. If we kicked everything into high gear and got all the prep work done, we'd be lucky to begin building in August. And I don't feel confident we'd get everything dried in by the time the weather gets bad. We'll be slow poke learn-building, and I don't want to take a winter gamble with all our materials. Plus we spent all the money I had saved to upgrade the trailer (necessary and well worth the spending!). Janet and I decided to wait till as soon as it gets decent in spring to begin building -- which gives us time to save up money the rest of the year, and get every last little thing in place.
I'll still be working on things over the summer. Let me know if you want to come over and help build shelving, grind rust off the trailer, punch out nails in reclaimed boards, or take a look at my (almost, but not quite finished) framing plans ;-)
Save/Prep/Buy tools & materials: now -- till April 2017
Begin building: Spring 2017
Finish exterior: Fall 2017
Work on interior: Winter 2017
Finish completely: Fall 2018?
This is just a little tiny house update! There's been lots of beautiful life things too. We didn't have internet the first half of June, and I got used to living off of social media. It's been sort of wonderful, but then again it's always nice to look back on fun times with friends and be able to share it with those who care :-) Like pictures of our new kitten that Janet brought home last month. She is literally the cutest!
I may have cried a little when we made the decision to push building back another year. This is the 3rd July in a row that I've found myself not ready to build and that can feel hopeless! The first July I had just graduated from massage school and was building my business, last July I was moving + building my business + waiting on a friend for framing plans (I decided to make them myself). There will be NO MOVING next year! We already talked with the landlord to let him know we want to re-rent :-))
But the good part? We'll be actually really prepared. Physically, financially. And it'll be good for Janet and I to live our first year together without the stress of a giant project. PLUS I GET TO ENJOY THIS SUMMER! I want to go camping, and hiking, and kayaking :-) I want to lay in my hammock for a nap and not feel guilty for not working on the tiny house. I'll have more balance. Working towards this dream, but with time breathe and rest. To appreciate this place we've moved to, with its trees and beauty. Because I guess that's what this tiny house adventure is really all about <3
I believe you become a healthier person
-- mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually --
the moment you start living the way you believe you should,
whatever that may be." - Mark Boyle