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.
Life is nice in the Tiny House. We are so thrilled to be living in our house and are appreciating the payoff of all our hard work. Nick and I are enjoying the company of each other and are happy with the amount of space we have. We are continuing to save money and hope to have a moderately small home one day. Now that we have adjusted to a small living space, I’m not sure what I would do with all the space in a large home.
We are happy to be done working on the house, 2 out of the 3 years we’ve been together have been weighed down by the stresses of home building. When we started this tiny house journey I was 19 and Nick was 21. Its amazing to have grown so much and have a place to call home now as 21 and 23 year olds. Now we can appreciate our journey and embrace all that we’ve learned together. Since going tiny we have learned so much about what living in a tiny house is really like and also about what it means to be self sufficient adults.
Since my last blog post, 8 months ago, a lot has been updated. We created a solution to the “shortage of pantry space” by building a staircase to the second loft with cubbies for storage. We also created a large area for hanging clothes on a dowel in the storage loft for jackets etc. I ordered an over-the-door shoe storage unit from amazon for the back of the bathroom door which has been working out perfectly for us. The shower has been completely updated, the troff was removed and replaces by a corner shower pan and simple waterproof sheeting on the sides. Nick replaces the tankless water heater for a much better version that has been working like a charm. I am amazed on the duration of time our propane tanks last before needing to be filled! This is a great source for cooking and water heating. Our pulley ladder system to the sleeping loft is finished and is working really well. The only problem about the loft ladder is that when the ladder is down anyone trying to get into the front door will not be able too. If I know Nick will be coming home late, I will get into the sleeping loft with the rope and wait until he knocks and pull the ladder up from there while he runs in and i can drop the ladder again (very tricky). A layout design flaw regarding that ladder design, though its is very functional for us. We also purchased a huge water tank to hold grey water, once that tank is full then it gets pumped out with a hose and pump into Nicks family’s septic tank for their home.
In my last blog post we had been planning on moving the Tiny to a new location on the island, plans changed and the property we were hoping to move it to was sold. Our Tiny House is currently on Nicks family’s property (where we built it) and has been moved back about 20 feet. We demolished a shed that was in the place of where our home is now and re built a new shed as a group a few feet over. We are grateful to have had this as an option and things have been working well in this location. It really blows me away to see the older blog posts and recognize how far we’ve come.
We are excited to be a featured on Tinyhousetalk.com here is the link (includes a lot more photos)! http://tinyhousetalk.com/nick-and-noras-amazing-diy-tiny-house-journey/