This blog is about our progress, successes and struggles during our Tiny House build. I want to write about what the experience has really been like, what a Tiny House is, and why we chose to do it.
As we built the Tiny House our vision changed plenty of times, big picture and small. Lucky for us Nick is going to school for technical design and is really good at that type of thing. I think it’s good for your ideas to grow as your physical house does, not being set on something or expecting an exact idea is good to keep in mind.
Remove all expectations.
When your working with someone else that is especially true, it’s so important to keep an open mind and consider the other persons vision or ideas may not be the same as yours at that time. As long as together it grows into the same vision when it’s all said and done, that is the most important thing. Being able to compromise is such a great skill to have, knowing how to weigh out your options and agree is sometimes hard, but very satisfying. I get frustrated all the time with this project and I have learned to keep a boundary, and try to realize when I need to step away, talk it out or take a breather. If you can’t get through the tough times when building a Tiny House with your loved one, then it might be tough actually living in one together.
Don’t expect perfection.
Our Tiny House is not perfect, and we have accepted that it’s just not going to be. With not much construction experience, it’s hard to make things perfectly level, squared, flush or exact. I’ve never fully believed in the idea of perfection, everything has flaws and i’ve had to incorporate those two ideas together. Include flaws into your idea of perfection, it will make it even more unique. Realize that if your trying your best, and doing something great for yourself, what does it matter if it turns out “perfect”?
Once the trailer had just its wood base, Nick worked long and hard before our WSP trailer vin inspection to get the brakes done, brake lights, and break away box in. It turns out the inspector just asked us for some of our lumber receipts and gave us our vin number! Next we headed down to our local chamber of commerce and got our license plate, we felt very accomplished that day 🙂 After that we started on plumbing to our grey water tank and decided on a composting toilet, this was a curtail decision making point about where our sinks will go and therefor our whole kitchen and bathroom layout. Walls have been really fun to build and put up on the trailer. Walls bring you closer and closer to feeling what it will really be like inside and it’s so exciting to see your vision come to life. After walls we did the Tyvek house wrap (we scored from the Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction for 20$ and had exactly enough for our Tiny House! ) , and after Tyvek we did windows. By the point that the whole house is wrapped, and the windows are in, you can really get a feel for what it will be like and the space you will have. Then the ceiling rafters, roofing plywood and felt.