Our DIY Tiny House is Finished!

Our tiny home on wheels is finished! YAY!

Our tiny house stairs double as storage compartments.

Why start blogging about it now? Well, yes, I suppose we are doing this backwards, as most people dedicate their blog to the experience of building their tiny house. We tried to blog while building, sharing as we progressed in early/mid 2015, but we became overwhelmed with it all, so we nixed it until now.

Yes, our tiny house is “done” on the inside and out… and it is pretty dang cool. Sure, there are little tweaks we’re going to adjust and change as we live in it, such as adding window trim, some additional storage shelves in the secondary loft, making some cat walk options for the Bucket (our cat), getting a couch, etc. But we’re in it and everything works! Plumbing, electrical, propane, the stairs, on and on.

Tiny house kitchen cupboards, organized.

We moved all our remaining possessions into our tiny house over the past few weeks. While it’s chaotic as we’re finding places for some things and donating others, it is very refreshing to know that it is our space, and it’s still quite roomy!  Moving into a tiny house is not pretty, but it’s the same whirlwind that comes with moving into bigger homes, too. It simply just takes time to get things into their living place and figure out what things are in need of downsizing.

We want to share our experiences, talk about the struggles and successes that have come from building our house ourselves, discuss the pros, cons and in between, and so on. So keep your eyes peeled for those coming. Although we have much further to go as far as limiting our material possessions, we love our little house.

We’re open to discussing the nitty gritty of tiny house living with you!

Exterior of our tiny house.

Timeline of our adventure: 

  • January 2015, we started to sell items and downsize for the next 8 months.
  • February 2015, We travelled to Portland to stay in a Tiny House to see what it was like.
  • Mid March 2015, we ordered our trailer and we had the privilege to assist in a tiny house build for our friends on Tiny House Nation.
  • Mid April 2015, our trailer arrived.
  • Beginning of May 2015, Subfloor was finished. Beginning of July 2015, started working on framing.
  • August 2015, completed framing and roof sheathing & moved our house.
  • Mid October 2015, Exterior siding and metal roofing was complete. We were dried in!
  • January 1, 2016, electrical wiring completed, plumbing completed.
  • Middle of January 2016, all interior insulation and interior walls installed and painted!
  • As of February 2016, we started living in our tiny house.
  • End of March 2016, we moved our tiny house from CA to TN!
  • Mid November 2016 we moved our tiny house 20 miles (still in TN) to a better location.

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