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.
We have been working on the house now for 1 year and 6 months. We are moving slower than preferred but have both recently left our jobs to search for better careers, and to finish whats left to be done on the house. I have been bouncing between our Tiny on Bainbridge and my parents home where all of my belongings are in Kingston. Nick and I are both so ready to start living in the Tiny together and simplifying our lives. I have begun taking steps to downsize my things (clothes first) and am reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo to learn some basic fundamentals for tidy tiny house living. Nick and I have been very excited to have things functioning! We have the option (when our batteries are charged) to unplug completely and be more off grid. When there are power outages on Bainbridge, we still have power! The photos below are a mix of progression, personal inspiration and some up to date shots that show what a work in progress it still is. We still have many things to finish, and also have to find a host property owner. As I learn more about the technicalities, coding, and rules regarding Tiny Houses on Bainbridge I become increasingly frustrated. When I went to City Hall to ask questions I was told that it’s simply not possible to have an RV, Tiny House or Trailer being lived in on a person’s property even if they have approvals such as an an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit). With seemingly no way around this issue I was told the only legal way to live is in an RV park or mobile home park, which we really want to avoid. At City Hall I was told it could take at least a year for Tiny House coding to come into play but that I was in luck because the man in charge of that is in favor of them. This is just so silly to me, if someone is open to having us on their property I think it should be allowed without all this difficulty. I was told that the repercussions would be minimal if we did keep it one a local property, and would only be brought up as a problem if someone came to the city hall and reported that we were “dwelling” there, and we would be asked to leave. This is the beauty in having our house on wheels, we can leave whenever we need to! Though there would be no backlash for these prospective property owners, It is tough telling them it is neither legal nor very illegal. Nick has learned that if the dwelling is on cement pavers and the wheels are removed that this makes things more acceptable, but that confuses me because it would still remain an “unauthorized” dwelling. I would love to know if other tiny house owners are having issues like this and how they get around this. Are all tiny houses either illegally parked or in an RV park?