"We are all connected.
To each other, biologically.
The the earth, chemically.
The rest of the Universe atomically."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
People often ask me if I'm building this tiny house alone -- as though we can ever do anything in this world alone, separate from anything or anyone else.
In particular, building this tiny house -- for me -- is about connection. About giving new life to old elements, becoming caretaker of their stories. About helping people de-clutter, mutually inspire to re-purpose our lives.
It's about learning new things with new friends. It's about discovering the wealth of talents and skills and kindness surrounding me, that I may usually be oblivious to. It's about the fact that I cannot do this alone. I don't want to do this alone. I want to do this -- this life thing -- with you.
Here are some of the beautiful people who are on this journey with me (and who I could never thank or adore enough). These are folks who have donated physical items or significant chunks of time to the creation of Luna, in no particular order.
Unlisted are the many, many more folks who have offered their encouragement, purchased my artwork, supported my massage practice, and inspired fantastic ideas.
To you, I say again -- thank you <3
(^ clips of scientists speaking remixed into one of my favorite songs :)
this beautiful, beautiful community:
Butch & Cheryl Austin
I met these beautiful folks while working at Driftless Market. They share my passion for intentional living, nature, and re-claimed materials.
What they contribute: 3/4 of the dimensional lumber that I have (which is about 1/2 of what I need for the project). Holy wow. Also, cement bricks for organizing/trailer stabilization. Roofing felt. Interior housewrap. Batt insulation. Their incredible, incredible hearts.
Scott & Roxanne Adams
These are my parents! Ask me about their crazy, awesome story sometime :-)
What they contribute: Various tools and left-over materials from my grandpa's workshed & previous construction projects (including 1 very large window). All the support in the world.
My mom, especially, offers her time and her feedback. My dad has done a lot of electrical wiring projects in the past, and is going to help me learn how to write the tiny house. He also helped me come up with the water tanks solution, using a secondary subfloor in the wetbath to prevent pipes from freezing.
I met Calynn through a mutual friend of ours, when we all had an indoor potluck picnic with delicious, home-grown food. She ended up working with me both at Kusaka in Mineral Point, and Driftless Market in Platteville.
What she contributes: As a trained carpenter who also studied architecture, Calynn was my go-to "double-check this" or "how can we do this" person for my early planning. She also drove the trailer to help gather some of the materials.
I've known Forrest since I was in college, home on breaks and hanging out with my cousin/one of his best friends. He graduated from UWP last school year, with a focus in Theatre-y things -- but especially stage managing/construction. I can't remember what the actual term is right now :-) I'll ask him!
What he contributes: His time and construction expertise. And emergency "help me empty this entire trailer-full of lumber before the end of the night!" moments. He's moved away from the area and I miss him!
I can't remember her last name. We met after a screening of TINY: a story about living small during the 2013 Driftless Film Festival. I'd been invited to do a Q&A after the film (and even got to call movie producer Merete Muller and ask her behind-the-scenes questions!). Liz and I hit it off, and she told me about her work renovating an RV. In fact, she had a bunch of left-over appliances she'd like to pass my way!
What she contributes: A propane oven/range. A propane furnace. A sink. Some plumbing materials (like a pump and p-flex piping).
He responded to a craigslist advertisement I created, looking for materials. He fell head over heels in love with tiny houses, and passed on some pretty awesome items!
What he contributes: Two brand-new window sashes (2' x 5' 3"). A brand new door (which unfortunately I cannot use, as turns out it's waaaay too big/heavy. I'll pass it on to Habitat for Humanity or Occupy Madison's OM Build).
Tim & Aisha Durst
Tim and Aisha are close with my parents and often go to their church. They are both musicians and own Blue Note Music in town. They also have the cutest baby in the world (second to all my nephews and nieces, of course). Their contribution is a mixed bag, full of story. In summer of 2014, Platteville was hit by two tornadoes and suffered serious damage. Tim & Aisha were living in a neighborhood that was hit the worst -- in a house full of history. They had plans to move in to a new home before the tornado ever hit, and stayed at my parent's place for two weeks until their move-in date to their new place.
What they contribute: 4 giant redwood beams (measurements to come soon) left in tact by the big tornado that swept through Platteville the summer of 2014.
Alexis is a pretty knowledgeable person -- she teaches shop & electrical classes at local Dubuque highschools. We connected over tea blends, local honey, and tiny houses.
What she contributes: GORGEOUS cedar boards she was able to save from destruction, then sanded down to bring out their beautiful colour and scent
Dave French & Donna Kolaetis
Some of the first people to support my dream! I met them during a train ride from Florida to Chicago, February of 2012. My tiny house dream was its infancy, and they nourished it with all the kindness strangerfriends can afford.
What they contribute: They gave me a book on sustainable building practices (right there, in the train station). Afterwards, they brought me 20th century eastern red cedar logs as they downsized in preparation for their move to Pennsylvania. They also invited me up to their Madison home to grab sheet metal roofing and gutters.
Cori Mattli & Henry Wideman
TWO OF MY FAVORITE HUMANS! Cori discovered my tiny house blog, and connected with me via e-mail. Turns out, we have more in common than just tiny houses. She and Henry are building their own tiny house on wheels, and relocated from Madison back to Henry’s hometown of Viroqua. Cori is an intersectional feminist, writer, musician, and all-around beautiful soul. Henry once pointed out that someone was mansplaining me, and won my heart forever. He’s a super handy guy, and recently just installed a solar system on his mother’s farm. Their tiny house is getting so close to completion!
Their tiny house: They decided to build a tiny house after biking together cross-country on a tandem bicycle. They've decided not to live in the tiny house full time, and relocated to the twin cities.
What they contribute: Besides the various “hey! what are you doing for x-problem” phone calls and e-mails, they also gave me the left-overs of Expanded Styrofoam Insulation that they had purchased for a steal on craigslist. Thanks to that single moment of kindness, I now have nearly all of the insulation that I need for my house!
Did I leave anyone out? Let me know! This list is ever expanding :-)