All the ‘Rules’ I Broke
I get so infuriated when I see people telling others in absolute terms what you can and cannot do to accomplish your tiny house dream. That is complete BS. Sure, there are suggested ways, and there are ways that are better than others maybe, and there are valid reasons to have opinions any which way but there is nothing absolute about a tiny house. It is a fairly complicated equation, anyone that says there is one solution has no idea what they are talking about. Everything is a give and take and there is definitely more than one way to build one! So, I want to talk about the ‘rules’ that I broke all along my build, let just say for example. These are just a few, there are plenty others!
#1 – I built on a used trailer! Oh Noes! ;-). When I was building there were no ‘tiny house trailers’, now there are. Is it a good way to go to get a trailer specifically designed FOR a tiny house, sure! Is it the only way? NO! Sometimes ‘deals’ don’t always work out to be deals when looking at a used trailer but sometimes they do! It could be a good way to save a buck if you are comfortable inspecting the trailer for structural integrity (check welds, check outriggers, check tires ad axle strength). Parts may need to be upgraded, assess your costs before making a purchase to verify it’s still a good deal in the end, you may be surprised to find some specialty TH trailers don’t seem as expensive after doing the cost comparison but then again you may find a heck of a deal! It happens! Do what is right for you.
#2 – I have a very heavy tile floor – that didn’t pop or shift at all! Sure I had to make design considerations to make that happen, so I did! I added a third axle to carry the weight and made sure I hired a truck large enough to pull it. I added extra bracing to make the frame nice and rigid so if it did flex in transport it did so more uniformly. You can use flexible grout, decide what your decisions will affect and how to make what you want to work, work. I did it. I moved it. I have not had a single issue with the tile on my floor OR in my shower. Do what is right for you.
#3 – My walls are drywall – and not even the thick stuff! OH no! Ok, I want to consider a worst case scenario here. You move and you have places in your house where the drywall cracked. ANY home improvement stores carry patch kits for drywall. If you can build a house you can patch drywall. Sure, may not be the best to use if you plan on moving often, may not be the best to use if you’re a builder who has to guarantee work for others, for me, drywall was the solution. I also wanted to save on weight and labor so I used 3/8″ thick drywall instead of the standard 5/8″. If you like drywall, use it. If you like bubble wrap you can find a way to use it! Do what is right for you.
#4 – I live with a great dane AND a baby – and it’s officially been 6 months and everyone still smiles every single day (dog included, it’s a good trick!)
Yeah, I heard CONSTANTLY that it will never work, I won’t make it to 7 months pregnant, then I won’t make it through the summer, then the winter… its all horse crap. I’m here and not a single thing has even been a tough adjustment. This is just my house. We play, we wrestle, we sleep, we cook, we eat and we pee here and it all works. Just. like. other. houses. Only cheaper! And easier to keep clean! Do what is right for you and find your helpers to support you and keep the naysayers at bay!
Furthermore, I have been both criticized for being ‘ripped off’ for paying ‘that much’ for my house as well as called a liar and been told that ‘there is no way I bought this for that cheap’. There is no pleasing some people. What I want to express with this post is that there will always be naysayers, information hoarders, information spouters and pessimists to distract and overcomplicate your path. Be a doer! Follow your dreams. Take those people and their comments as ‘concerned parties’. If you can hear their ‘concern”, think about it and can provide a logical rebuttal that maintains your path then you’re good, if not adjust your path until you are comfortable with the ramifications. Thats part of the learning. There is no need to actually express that rebuttal, just be confident and move forward knowing that not everyone has the tenacity to explore what you are looking at exploring. Not all of the naysayers deserve any of your attention either. Find your supporters and please do know that there are lots of us out here who want to be good helpers!
There is a great video shared by my friend Sheliah over on the Tiny House People Facebook page, it is worth linking here.