Well, day 1 of the Tiny House build is in the books! Today marked the first “real” day of tiny home progress. Sure we have been shedding possessions over the last year and planning the build for the last 6 months , but today the momentum kicked up a notch – the dream is real.
Like most things in life, it is too easy to focus on the end result, but as cliché as it sounds, you have to enjoy the journey. There is something so fulfilling about being outside and building something. I have always loved being able to see a tangible result after a day of hard work. Back in the corporate grind, I never truly had anything to hold on to for all the stress and work I put in. Sure you get paid, but what did I really do out there…certainly not building a tiny house! Anyway, I digress.
Day 1 felt great. I am sure the struggle will get real at some point, but I am trying to stay present and really take this experience in at every stage. We knocked out the sub floor assembly thanks in large part to the awesome design by Iron Eagle Trailers. We got slowed up a bit on the sub floor plumbing rough-ins, but we are in good shape tomorrow to finish those, insulate and lay the sub floor, and get a couple walls up. I think the first 80% of the build will move really fast, but that last 20% is where things will slow. Time will tell.
If you are out there contemplating a tiny home and are considering building it yourself, I say go for it! I will revisit this statement throughout the build to see if it changes, but at this point I feel like a dream.
So you guys are going to live in a tiny house?
A question almost everyone has asked us is “what made you decide to build a tiny house?” It is a great question…but not the easiest one to answer since “we just want to” doesn’t seem to be the response people are looking for. If you really want the full answer we have to go back in time about 5 years – to the purchase of our first house. It is such an exciting time, much anticipated, totally hyped up – buying your first home – one of the first milestones of your adulthood. But, how many of you rode the high of buying your first home and then about 3 months in thought, why the heck did I do this anyway?
Everyone is so excited for you – your parents, the realtor, the lender, your friends and co-workers – it is so easy to get caught up in the notion that it is the next step in life, this is what people do. We bought the nice new house and it was great, until it wasn’t. First, you spend so much money making the house yours, then stuff starts to break and you have to pay for that too, then you have so much space you start to buy more stuff to fill up that space. It took less than 2 years before we realized we had become mesmerized by the American Dream and it was time to snap out of it, because this dream was not for us.
We sold our house and began to rent again and we told ourselves we weren’t going to fall for the house trap again, when we were ready we would build our own house and it would be about 700 sq ft. Over the course of a year we began to pair down our belongings, systematically going through our house room by room, taking several passes through each room over the months. We had reduced our belongings significantly, but we realized that we still had to pay rent on this house that was bigger than we needed. We also realized that we wouldn’t be ready for building this small dream house for a while and thought what are we waiting for? We can build a tiny house now!
And so our journey began! And we plan to share all the details of the planning, build and living in our new tiny house with you here! We look forward to sharing a new perspective with you all!