It’s been a while since I have done an update on life things so I was thinking I would do that :). When I started this, one of the main reasons I wasn’t ‘inhibited’ is that I didn’t have a family and didn’t plan on that ‘for a couple years’. Well what I thought would be a 6 month build turned into an 18 month build, I have been living here for about 8 months and MiniMiller is on her way in a few more months (man that ‘couple years’ goes FAST!). One thing I didn’t consider in the grand scheme of things is just how well this is suited to the first year or two of life with a baby! I am once again finding more reasons why I am so glad I jumped off the tiny house cliff and jumped in with two feet! The BIGGEST thing I am grateful for is the fact that my ‘living expenses’ account for about $250/month for rent and utilities, that plus food and we’re set! What I am HOPING for is to be able to cover that stuff at this point with side projects and blog income. What that allows is for me to raise my daughter! I don’t have to work my tail off exchanging my hours for rent payments and daycare. I get to focus on her and the things I am passionate about! What more could you ask for! That is a short term plan, the long term plans are developing yet.
The details of our short term plan is this (I realize I am giving away some ‘free ideas’ to others’ here but I think even if someone else did exactly these projects I would still have meaningful and unique info to contribute I think and MOSTLY, I want feedback so I can make sure that anyone’s question areas get incorporated!):
1) I have FINALLY been prompted (by you great people) to put together a set of plans of my house design that are worthy of construction. This is SO painful for me to do for an existing project, really I should have done it before building but I wanted to get right to the fun stuff. The goal is to have that available before MiniMiller comes along in March. It will be a very user friendly set [hopefully] and will look a lot different than many constructions sets you find. My feeling is that a typical set can be hard to read so I am going to try to address some of those issues while building in a few options to the set. If you have any suggestions I am all ears, so far I will have an option for a bumper-pull AND goose-neck design, w/ or w/o the patio and some footing details in case you’d like it built on a foundation vs a trailer (and have the ability code-wise to do so). I am even going to try to figure out a way to get a bath tub in there! (I am pretty sure I have that one solved… it may not make it into the ‘official’ construction set but I am thinking it can be an insert that show how it’s possible :)). My goal is to make the simplest but most comprehensive set I can so that even those with no construction background can build from it. I will be selling these as opposed to giving them away since it is a significant amount of work, proceeds will go directly to MiniMiller though if it makes you feel better ;-). If you want to get a direct notification (and probably a coupon for being such an awesome person and prompting me) feel free to sign up HERE. (I don’t mean to beat this dead horse but I know not everyone reads everything and I am still getting emails asking for this so I just throw it out there as much as I can for now ).
2) I have had the idea to put a book together after completing my tiny house that would help others who may be interested in doing the same thing. The book has morphed over the months but would include a nutshell version of what I did and why (and what I would do different next time!) but also why you may want to go a different route in some cases/regions. I am working on this right now (this is my call for input if there is anything specific you’d like me to share/research more and include). At this point I have actually decided to break it down to 4 smaller books because it is A LOT of info and not everyone may want all of it so it gives the option to just get the pieces you want. Book 1 would be about the legalities, selecting a trailer/foundation, permitting, minor touching on code issues (Ryan has done a pretty good job on that one though in his book Cracking the Code), parking options etc., the not fun stuff but the critical stuff to consider before getting in too deep! Book 2 would be about framing, types and whys of which methods you may choose from SIPS to metal studs to traditional wood etc. There is a lot of information to cover here but it would basically be an overview as it applies to tiny houses. Book 3 would be about MEP (mechanical/electrical/plumbing) consideration and all the options I can possibly think of there and the why’s or why nots as they may apply to you personally/regionally). Also in here would be potential heating and cooling systems. Book 4 would be on design and space considerations. This seems like maybe the least important but it is what I do and is what I am most excited to get to!
So those are the projects I have been getting jazzed about and started on… well that and there is that whole co-sleeper and making a baby thing :). I was able to work on the co-sleeper a little more a couple weekends ago and just haven’t had time to update here yet. I think I will be able to put in some hours on it again this Sunday maybe get it done (cross my fingers!). Here are the updates with that:
And the pregnancy… I need belly pictures, she has definitely grown, I will wait to update on that until I am able to snap a few pictures of my fat belly! She is very healthy and active still though! I also hear that mom has the baby quilt top all together now, I need to get a picture of that to update, it’s going to be cute! I think that is all I have for now, I hope that everyone has the best year of their life underway!