Tiny House Final Update

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I’m happy to announce after a year of work we finally have the tiny house finished and moved to its final location. The house was built for my parents to use as a tiny vacation house (a step up from the decrepit parked camper we had all previously crammed into). We moved it about 300 miles south to the Ozarks to stay a little piece of woods in the foothills.

After putting in most of the final touches (we’re waiting to install solar, hook up water and figure out a solution for waste water), we hosted a tiny open house. At the busiest we had 10 people inside the roughly 160 sq. ft. house. After building it in my parents’ backyard our first hurdle was to haul it to the street for the open house. We had dreaded this part the whole time building it because the alley was narrow, the backyard fenced in and the path riddle with power lines and low hanging branches. After cutting down a section of the fence, the tiny house sprang to life with ease, rolling down the alley to stop on the street in front of the big house. Aside from curbing the tires and hitting the neighbor’s tree, the first part went as smoothly as possible.

The next day we hitched up the truck and loaded up a second vehicle to lead and watch for low power lines, street lights, bridges etc. Every step of the way, from their little street into town, from town out to the highway, from the highway to the interstate and forward to the mountains, we crossed off every obstacle we thought we might encounter. Later we shared the fears we’d had (the house falling off the trailer, the house capsizing, the roof being ripped away by a low bridge, a tire off the road sending us into a ditch, etc) and laughed when nothing terrible happened.

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After about 7 hours of driving we got it to the final location. About a year ago we’d had someone clear off a section of woods and lay down gravel for the house. We pulled the house onto the spot we’d cleared. It only took two tries, which is amazing given that we had to make a turn over a 10 foot wide culvert with an 8 foot wide trailer. After the house was parked and everyone had let out a sigh of relief, my dad, who had piloted the house managed to get stuck in about 3 feet of mud simply trying to get his truck back to the road. It just goes to show you that you can work on something for a solid year with no hangups and run into the least expected problem just trying to read the road again.

We were only able to stay for about 4 days as a mini work-cation. We worked to build a porch around the house and make it seem more like home. We got all of this accomplished in April and have had a chance to stay in it a few times since. It’s a tight fit but it’s so much nice than the camper we had used before. I’m looking forward to many more weekends spent down there, enjoying the fruits of our labor.

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Tiny House Update Week Infinity

Work on the tiny house has been pretty slow as we’re finishing up the interior. Since I last posted we’ve finished up the kitchen counters and started installing the sink and 2 burner gas stove. We built a ladder to access the larger of the two lofts (the smaller one will have a collapsible ladder, as it’ll get used less). The ladder we built attaches to the loft around a metal rod, allowing it to slide to the middle of the floor for use, and back to the side to stay out of the way. We’re in the process of building a couch that folds out to sleep another 2 people. The arms on the side and railing at the back fold down to support the top when it converts to a bed. There will be 2 doors underneath with storage under the couch. We built a small table that attaches to the wall with piano hinges and is held up by a triangular support that is hinged to the wall. Once all the furniture is finished the house should be able to sleep 4 people with features that fold up to make it roomier if just 1 or 2 are staying.

We still need to build a box to go around the hot water heater, run gas to the stove and figure out a solution for electricity. We’re aiming to move it in March and are finishing up what we can before we go. My parents have had land cleared out where they are going to park it once its moved. The land was leveled and gravel laid down. The land is supposed to be getting city water run to it, but we’ll need to find out own solution for waste water disposal. We’d like to install solar, but haven’t started working on it yet. We’ll also be buying a small generator as a back up for the solar, or to tide us over until we can get the solar installed.