Start Here

If you’re new to this blog, welcome!   My name is Macy and I am delighted to know others are interested in smaller living.  Please, say hi.  I would love to know who you are and where you’re from!

I had the idea to ‘go tiny’ in November of 2011, by December I was working on getting my trailer ready.  I moved fast, unfortunately construction moved slow :).  18 months after starting my build I moved in, 2 years after starting I officially called my house ‘finished’.   I currently live here full time with my daughter (Hazel), my partner (James) and our Great Dane (Denver).

Because of how blogs work you sort of have to go through it backwards in order to follow the build from the beginning.  You can find my very first post HERE, from there you can navigate to the next.  There are also search bars on the right by date or by topic and a general search bar at the top, if those don’t get you what you want to know I am more than happy to help get you answers!  You can email me at anytime.

If you don’t want to go through 300+ posts you can learn about my ebook or purchase it HERE. It summarizes everything you would want to know about my house build with pictures and explanations (plus some extras), it’s also a great place to start to see all of the choices that go into building your own tiny house.

You can see pictures of the entire construction process from flatbed to finished house HERE.  More on my design HERE, and purchase the plans HERE.

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§ 10 Responses to Start Here

  • Doug from Canada says:

    Hey Macy, I love your design and that it’s built on a fifth wheel trailer which makes a lot more sense than a bumper pull when you look at the weight of the finished home.
    I’ve designed and built four custom live in trailers and two tiny cabins and I think this concept is going to eventually become more appealing as less and less people are thrilled about taking on a 25 year half million dollar mortgage.
    Kudos for your design concept and the obvious talent you have for decorating. Your home is not only efficient but it looks like thoroughly enjoyable and comfortable space. My only question is where does the Great Dane sleep? :)

    • Macy M says:

      Thanks Doug for the very kind words! He used to hog my whole damn bed it seemed but he recently get evicted and has found his new bed in the couch :) Occasionally on the floor (where he’s SUPPOSED to go) but mostly the couch :)

  • Cate says:

    Hi Macy,
    love the tiny house idea, am looking into trying something like that for my own family (which includes besides 2 grown ups also a little one, another little in the works and 2 dogs), since land is so expensive here and building even more so … that in the end we can afford only one or the other ;-p

    Since boise is really cold in winter, or so i heard, how do you keep your pipes from freezing?

    lots of love from Vienna, Austria

    • Macy M says:

      Hi Cate!
      I skirted around where the water goes into my house, then I wrapped the pipe with heat tape and insulated it. it got me through a winter with temps down to -12 degrees! Glad youre interested!

  • Sue Smith says:

    Aloha Macy and greetings from Kona Hawaii. I have been pretty obsessed with tiny houses for a while and save all the photos of ones that I like. Yours is one of my all time favorites. Love that you only have kind of a mini loft where the bed is instead of a steep ladder, and I love the lay out of your REAL kitchen with a full size refrigerator. Looks like you may have a washer dryer combo in the kitchen too. I really appreciated your in depth review on the sun mar composting toilet as well. Wonderful and inspirational work. Hope to have my own tiny house for retirement soon.

    • Macy M says:

      Hi Sue, thank you so much for your kindness!

      • tamiirae says:

        Hi Macy,
        I feel like I know you a little through your work on this blog. I am very interested in your story, and I can see why you have received so much press. I have begun a blog and I now follow you. My blog isn’t much, yet.

        With your book download, is it something I can download on my computer and my iphone? I recently learned my iphone will read selected text to me, which I find very useful. But I also like to see things on my laptop.

        A little about me. My name is Tami and I am by choice a daycare mom. My children are 24, 18 & almost 3. I would love to free up my time and money so that I can travel to see my oldest son, and be there for my all my children. My partner may be renting, or following me, whatever he decides. I have lots of ideas about little ones if you have any questions. I would love to see your co-sleeper installed. Currently I spend my days with children between the ages of 6mo and 3 years old and I really love it and all my parents are great. When all is said and done I’m lucky if I make $6 an hour to watch 4-6 children (counting my own), so I can see myself living in a tiny home and working as a substitute teacher or a temporary nanny.

        • Macy M says:

          Hi Tami! Thank you also for your kind words! Thank you also for the link to your blog, I cant wait to check it out!
          My book download is a pdf, you should be able to open it on either device, not positive about the reading though, if it’s like my ap that is always hit and miss! Can’t wait to follow along with you!

  • David B says:

    Love the approach. Being a little older, I don’t want a loft bedroom. Love all the storage too.

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  • My name is Macy, I started building my 196 square foot tiny home Dec 2011, in the process I met a boy, James. 18 months after starting my house we moved in and started our family which includes our daughter, Hazel and our Great Dane, Denver. This is where I talk about my experience with all of that :).

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