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The very first look at our tiny house!

350 Sq Ft Tiny House Floorpan – three bedrooms for large families with kids.  I think most people describe the process of building their tiny house a journey. And I certainly can see why! For our family, the process of going from concept to design and now being on the threshold of the actual build, has been one that has brought many different feelings and emotions. There is so much to this that we could have never anticipated, so many aspects of designing a house I could literally have never even conceived. We have been so fortunate to have an amazing team of professionals we have been able to lean on. But every single painstaking idea, concept, success, and failure has been fought out in my own mind and then eventually brought forward to the debate table over coffee with the love of my life. We have painstakingly analyzed, measured, and moved every part of this house a million times. There…

My Book Tour lit a fire under me about our Tiny House

Financial Freedom, Book tours, Travel and Building a Tiny House. This month has been full of travel, adventures, and a couple of big steps toward the tiny house build. Almost every single weekend this month, I have been on a stop during my book tour. I think being away from Tashina and the kids so much has really lit a fire under me as to one of the many perks of having the tiny house! Traveling with kids can be expensive with hotels, eating out and entertainment. But the tiny house will bring the ability to cook at home and have lodging no matter where we travel to. For me, one of the major points to tiny house living is all about spending more time as a family and doing activities outside of the house. Visiting museums, parks, and so many other adventures. While on my book tour, I think it really drove home for me how many people desire the…

We’re starting the tiny house build!

It’s been a year since our family began the journey toward building a tiny house! It all began with a mouse… well, a book about a mouse anyway. When my book came out last year, we knew our family wanted to do something different for our future. We wanted to raise awareness about causes that are important to us: homelessness, sustainability, and of course, the ability to spend more quality time with our children. We could have never expected some of the obstacles that have come our way. The idea that a tiny house can just be built in seven days is true… if you’ve got a world class team of experts on your side. But when you are starting from scratch, it is a bit more difficult. There was a lot we had to learn about trailers, trucks, axles, mounts, bolts, nails, proper windows, doors, and the list goes on and on. Every inch and pound matters in a tiny…

Why we built our tiny house on a custom gooseneck trailer.

We made the decision to build our family sized tiny house on a gooseneck trailer. It’s the same type of trailer used for fifth wheel RVs. As a family of five with three kids, we needed a three bedroom tiny house.  When you start out on a big project, you try and think of every conceivable obstacle that might come your way. I’m lucky enough to have a partner like Tashina who is constantly doing research and really getting to know the facts on every topic that interests her. My brain is always going a million miles a minute putting together what could go right and wrong in any given situation. However, when we began the process of our tiny house journey, there was something we both severely underestimated… the trailer. I remember very clearly the first time Tashina sort of hinted at the idea that we might not thought through the trailer thing very well. I brushed it off. See, my original plan…

The tiny house trailer is here!

When we began the journey towards building our tiny house, we began with a lot of assumptions. Like most people, we relied on current TV shows and blogs as the place to get our information from. As it turns out, a lot of that information was very outdated. Probably one of the biggest mistakes we made during this process was living with the idea that we could just build our tiny house on the trailer of a gutted RV. I mean, sure it has happened before, but that doesn’t mean it was a good idea! I recently read a story in a tiny house group about a guy who built his tiny on an old trailer, and his tiny house literally bent the thing in half. All of that time, money, and resources (not to mention his home!) all went down the drain. For many of us, I think that the idea of building on an old RV rig makes a…

It’s almost Tiny House Time!

As the winter trudged forward, people frequently asked me, “What’s happening with the tiny house?” and I gave the same answer, “We will get started in the summer.” and now the summer is finally here! It’s time give everyone a detailed update on where everything is at, how close we are, and what you can do to help us get there! Trailer: The most important part of our tiny house on wheels is actually acquiring the wheels. This was probably one of the parts of the tiny house process that we most underestimated. Like a lot of novice tiny house folks, we naively assumed we could just throw a 10,000+ pound home on top of an old RV trailer… WRONG! As it turns out, that’s really, really untrue. A lot of people have done that and watched as their beautiful custom made homes snapped in half while going 50 miles down the highway. We’ve got a custom built trailer being made…

Help me wish Father Nathan a Happy Birthday by being turned into a Disney Character

Today is Nathan’s birthday. Every year, I ask him what he wants for his birthday, and every year, he tells me the same thing, “there is nothing that I need.” I follow it up by asking if there is something he wants, and he always tells me that he has everything he wants. It makes for some pretty difficult birthday present shopping! Most years we just end up with pizza and carrot cake. This year was different. I asked the obligatory question of what he wanted and he said, “To be able to get started on the tiny house.” I was pretty shocked to get a real answer this time. So, for Nathan’s birthday today I am taking over his social media and trying to make his birthday wish come true! We have nearly reached half of our tiny house goal by selling copies of the book or other perks, but today I am asking everyone to go give Nathan a…

Tiny Cabinet Tetris & Selling Everything

I’ve spent most of this week cleaning out the cabinets and closets, eliminating everything that won’t fit into our tiny house. We briefly discussed renting a storage unit for the transition period, but decided against it. Even though we are going to store a few sentimental things, like my wedding dress, everything from spare blankets to craft supplies are expected to fit inside the house or be sold at the flea market or in one of our Etsy shops. It’s a lot harder than you think to get rid of excess junk. I have gone through the same cabinets six times to the point that I felt like I was only keeping the bare bones, and I still find things we don’t need every time. I’ve also discovered a significant amount of things we need to just use. Apparently, I buy handmade soap bars more often than I actually use them. I’ve created a pile of East Hill honey soaps and…

Tiny Living Leads To A Bigger Life For Families.

Reducing the overall square footage of a living space has many advantages and disadvantages. Like everything in life, you have to weigh out the pros and cons. For us, one of the biggest points in favor of living tiny is that fact that it will afford us an opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint. This has a clear tie-in to helping with the issue of poverty and homelessness. It isn’t simply enough to put someone in a home, they also have to be able to maintain and survive. It does not take major math skills to be able to see that an average person can not live on minimum wage. One way to combat this issue is to raise the minimum wage up to a working wage, but while we all sit around and hold our breath waiting on congress… Another way to combat that income disparity is through reducing overall cost of living. However, in a modern world, there are…