So our house sitting gig is almost up and grad school is almost over and rent is annoying and debt stinks. So, I’m going to build a tiny house. I have it quoted at about $12,000 right now, but have already saved over $2000 from that figure (just on the trailer alone). Hopefully with the help of craigslist (and Google Reader) and my friends and neighbors (and this blog) I can slim that price down even further. It would be really great to get it under $8000, which is an achievable goal.
I’ll be blogging here on the status of the tiny house/microhouse that I’ll be building. I’m trying to combine a few different aesthetics and functions, while using as much free stuff as I can. Also, plans are expensive so I only bought one $10 set, instead of the ~$800 set from Tumbleweed. Tumbleweed houses are mighty nice looking though.
The final design will be barn-influenced on the outside. This is Vermont, after all. The floor plan will mimic that of the Fencl house from Tumbleweed with a loft for sleeping and a storage loft above the door. The bathroom/showerroom will be as small as possible, a la the bathroom in Jay Shafer’s house. Having enough space to prepare good food is really one of the goals here, and will be a challenge for sure. I think grilling food will be a large part of the tiny house lifestyle, even in the winter. Though, if the right size oven/stove combination comes down the pike, cooking indoors could remain enjoyable even in such a small space. Also, a couch is mandatory.
Eventually, solar and/or wind will come into the picture. That’s what the batteries on the wish list are for. I would really love to have some degree of power by the fall, even if it only charges cell phones, and other minor appliances. A fridge would be great in the summer, but my brother is taking a root cellar building course, and if meat is a minimal part of the diet, then a fridge is not a mandatory amenity. Internet, you ask? Who knows. It might be nice not to use it as much as I already do.