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Small Is Beautiful Movie Screenings!

If you have the chance to go watch Jeremy Beasley’s new documentary Small Is Beautiful jump on that!  If you are visiting this site you are likely interested in tiny houses.  This documentary will fan the flames and make you full on PASSIONATE about tiny houses and the life you could be living.  I have seen it twice and I am inspired so much by the people in it, Jeremy put the film together beautifully!

Because it is a grass roots effort it is not widely available and is being shown MOSTLY by individuals who step up and act as the middle man connecting their local theaters with the film and bringing it to their own town (You can do that HERE).

Right now, if you are in the Seattle area there are two days left to get your tickets to go view the film, if they don’t sell enough it won’t be shown and everyone will get a refund… IF you are in the Seattle area it is showing May 5th, you can claim a ticket for the next two days HERE.

I am also trying to bring the film to Boise on May 26th, all tickets need to be claimed by May 18th to make that a reality and you can get the tickets HERE.  I would REALLY love to see more people able to access this film, it is seriously SO inspiring, you will not be disappointed!  As a bonus at the Boise showing I have set up a Q&A panel after the movie where you can speak directly with three Boise locals who have built their tiny houses and are now living the tiny lifestyle (Kristie Wolfe, Ryan Harris and myself, Macy Miller (this site)), we are more than happy to share our own experiences and answer any questions that we can!  

Please share these links with those you think would be interested and consider hosting a screening in your own town, it costs you nothing to do!  Take a second to watch the trailer and then come join us!! :)

Small is Beautiful – A Tiny House Documentary [TRAILER] from Jeremy Beasley on Vimeo.

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It Has Officially Begun!

Construction is on!  I have been chomping at the bit to get to work on Hazel’s room but I was waiting for the conference to pass before I officially pushed ahead.  This weekend is our first real work week(end).  This project will be completed only on weekends unless we get over zealous!  The goal this weekend was to get the patio cleaned up and cleared out (so we can frame the walls on the ground) and buy all the materials to get ‘dried in’.  That was it, the only goals.  We got that and more done though!

I took all the deck boards off the deck and reassembled them (I figured why not) off the deck so that Hazel has a nice dry place to play in the days after the rain that leave the ground muddy.  She got a sandbox from her grandma for her birthday and after our trip to the ocean she is all about sand.  It will be really handy to entertain her while James and I are busy at work!

So, I am hoping to be done done [with the addition, the tile/flooring may take a couple more weekends to rip out and replace] with things inside of 8 weekends, I feel like that is reasonable but at the same time it’s a ‘fun’ project, I am willing to let that slide if it is not enjoyable… because there is more to life then stressful projects!

  • Our first weekend is prepping, getting everything on hand for phase one.  Trips back and forth to the store eat up SO much time… Done!
  • Weekend two, get the floor built and insulated.  The floor is going to be built into the trailer frame like the rest of the house and insulated, the challenge is that it is built over the dove-tail so the metal is all slanty and tricky to build around… I have some tricks up my sleeve to handle that I hope though!
  • Third weekend, demo existing parts that need it [siding and opening] and frame the addition.
  • Fourth weekend, finish framing, install window and door and get supplies to finish things up inside and out.
  • Weekend five, exterior finish on and looking good!
  • Weekend six, wire and insulate interior, relocate water heater vent to outside wall start the drywall.
  • Seventh weekend, finish drywall, paint, start bed framing.
  • Eighth weekend, finish bed framing, paint, move ’em in!

This timeline puts me right about 7 months pregnant when complete, I think I’ll be ready to put the hammer down by then but at the same time we are planning to rip out all the tile and radiant floor and replace it with hardwood, this may or may not be the same reclaimed stuff I used on my counters since I am not quite sure I have the whole 150 s.f. required after sharing with others, we will see though.

My budget for the room addition is $1,500 which seems easy considering how much I spent on my whole house build [$11,416.16] and the fact that there isn’t much to it electrically or plumbing wise BUT I am buying all of my materials from Lowe’s or other retail rather than seeking my money saving paths, I just don’t have the timeline for that right now.  To give you an idea of the cost savings previously… today I spent as much on lumber for this 36 s.f. addition, only two walls mind you, as I spent on the lumber for the entire rest of my house…  I am still hopeful I will meet the goals!

Spending to date… guesstimating, I will actually update on my budget page shortly, I have spend $313 on a door, $400 on lumber and misc supplies and $20 for additional vent pipe to re-route my water heater vent.  Just about halfway there… :)  Here are some pictures, not much new to see yet but there will be some soon! :)