Hi, we are Macy, James, Hazel, Miles, and the dog version is Denver (AKA ‘D’, Denny, Ando and more… he answers to anything really…). We met in architectural school, but didn’t know each other, we were a year apart. Macy went on to do life including building a tiny house. James went on to do life including perfecting his crafts. Several years after graduation we once again met at a work function James was leading that ended in a happy hour. Before we knew it we got caught up in conversation and life planning and then it all started unfolding. Now it just seems to keep going!
After one years of dating (to the day) we welcomed our dog Denver into the tiny home, shortly after James moved in. Then Hazel came 9 months later, followed shortly by Miles. Now our family is complete and we are taking on the world together in our own way.
Macy is a stubborn advocate of just about anything she’s interested in which right now includes ‘right sized’ housing, child education, animal welfare, tractors and my family.
James is a techy savant who would never boast about his own accomplishments but he’s far ahead of his time when it comes to all things tech. He’s also a licensed architect but mostly tinkers with the online business he started – custombrandshop.com. In a word, he’s a tinkerer. A successful one!
Hazel is a very independent and opinionated self-proclaimed ‘princess’. She’s very smart, extroverted, confident and pretty much the bravest person I know! She’s into all things pink and blue. (5.5 at the time of this writing)
Miles is a comedian and a daredevil. His favorite thing is to be goofy and make people laugh and he won’t stop until he gets a giggle! He’s a dancing machine with amazing rhythm. If you stop watching for even a minute he’s off to practice some ‘moves’ (3.5 at the time of this writing)
Denver is the dog that is ever grateful to just go along. He’s the handsome one of the bunch – a blue great dane. He’s a goof ball who just aims to please and hits the mark all the time! Favorite hobbies include sleeping and drooling. (6.5 at time of writing)
Macy designed the 196 s.f tiny house in 2011, and started construction before starting to date James in 2012 (Photos of the build process here). James didn’t run away at the idea of dating a ‘tiny house person’ and instead picked up a hammer and helped! (original and reno finish photos can be seen here) Our home is built on top of a 24′ gooseneck trailer. The back patio sat on a 5′ extension (beaver-tail) which was later turned into our children’s’ bedroom bringing the final home to 232 s.f. Our space was built for just under $13,000 (including the addition, original total was $11,416) including lots of reclaimed materials from our shipping pallet siding to new but reclaimed windows. It has functioned as a testing ground for lots of ‘green technologies’ like a composting toilet and radiant heat floor. We have lived full time in the home since June 2013 until we downsized again in 2017 to another self built micro house designed for travel.
The Travel Trailer:
Our next adventure was rebuilding a 1966 Aloha Travel Trailer (you can see the whole process in photos here). We thought it would be a simple flip but it ended up being a total rebuild! (Final photos here). With that came the opportunity to customize it to us perfectly. We wanted something we could live off grid indefinitely if needed so we could take a National Park tour with the kiddos – because ‘why not’!? We’ve learned that living starts now, there are a million reasons to put something off and not as many reasons to move them to ‘now’. But the important stuff should be handled now. This felt important.
13 months and 40,000 miles later we landed ourselves back in Idaho with a whole new perspective in life.
Our Newest Adventure:
We came back to a town that felt very foreign to us. After seeing the most beautiful places in the country we knew that we had outgrown the town that we grew up in and decided to find a new home base. I found what I think was a very good deal on a property that inspires us so we scooped it up. I am not even sure what to write about our plans for this place yet but it is our new adventure. I guess time will tell…
About the site:
I started blogging my adventure simply because a goal of mine was to blog. I honestly never expected anyone but maybe my mother to read my site, and even that was a stretch. Eight years later and millions of views, I have had the unbelievable experience of being called inspirational. That stuff goes right to your head you know! So I keep blogging. Life changes, people have babies, houses get modified, money gets saved and travels happen, we buy property – debt free! We build, we learn, we grow!
And so we go!
We’re very happy you stopped by. To go back to the main blog click here.