** NOTICE **
At least one aspect of the following post differs from that which we implemented
in the end-design and/or the actual construction of our Tiny House.
For the most accurate and up-to-date information please refer to our eBook.
The Last Two Weeks!?!
I can’t believe after years of preparing for our round the world cycling expedition we’re still making a mad dash to the finish (or start!) line. I’ve been having a hard time rolling with the chaos we’re experiencing lately. I wanted everything to be in its place and had imagined we could relax the last couple of weeks before leaving. I pictured us meandering around on our bikes, visiting friends, and generally filling our memory-bank with all the special things we love about the current place we call home.
Instead, we’re spending every spare second of our time building the Tiny House envelope – we need to get the house wrapped, windows in and the roof installed before we leave. Our work has been seriously delayed by the constant rain (causing record flooding in Vermont), and it was in no way helpful that we received the trailer we’re building the house on 6 months later than expected. We had planned on having our new home built by the end of last fall, giving us plenty of time to not only finish it’s interior space but to also focus on the things we’d like to be doing right about now – like test-packing our panniers and preparing our route.
On the up side, I feel extremely grateful for all that we have and each day we get one more thing done we grow closer to living our ideal life. I have to remember – this IS the dream, not the idea of the dream, this is the REAL DEAL and I’ve been given this opportunity.
I suppose that this is also a good example of what we might experience on the road. We will have to roll with setbacks and delays. We will be physically challenged. We will experience deadlines and mayhem. And I imagine that when I’m on the road I may look back and laugh at how I thought this period of “chaos” was difficult.
FINAL Launch Date June 15, For Real (we think)
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve updated our launch date to June 15. New occupants are moving into our apartment on that date, so we really do need to get everything done by then so we can roll out of town. And, we’re ready to go – now if that Tiny House could just finish building itself, we could be on our way….
Selling the Family Jewels
We’ve sold almost everything that we can bare to part with and are left with only the items we need at this time in our lives – Tiny House stuff (tools to finish the work, a kitchen table, a couple of chairs, our mattress, kitchen utensils/appliances and some clothes), personally important stuff of sentimental value, and our bikes and gear. It is cathartic to get rid of the clutter. Every thing we release seems to leave us with more room to focus on our priorities. The money we make off of sales also helps replace the funds we’re spending on supplies to build our Tiny House and to mitigate the unexpected costs of living in an apartment (and not out of our tents) for the past two months.
“Little House on a Small Planet” Giveaway
As we’ve whittled our stuff down we’ve come upon a few books we just couldn’t part with easily, so we’ve made efforts to find good homes for them. We thought one of these books, “Little House on a Small Planet: Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats, and Energy Efficient Possibilities” by Shay Solomon (Photographs by Nigel Valdez), might be of interest to those of you who are reading our Tiny House updates so we’re offering it as a giveaway!
To be eligible, you must live in the U.S. and you must leave a comment on this post describing why you’re interested in learning more about small homes. We’ll close comments on June 8th, when we will randomly choose a winner. We’re looking forward to reading your responses!
Future Detailed Updates on the Tiny House
We’re in the midst of Week 4 of building our Tiny House and Week 3’s video will be released in the next few days so stay tuned for that. If you missed the last two videos you can find them here.
We plan on updating our blog with more photos and detailed posts about how we built the house once we have more time to breathe (and write). We’re learning a lot through this process and hope to share what we’ve learned with you soon!