Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I started to think a lot about living in this tiny house and i pictured myself in it living simple. I pictured a garden outside that i would use to grow fruit trees, vegetables, eggs, bees ( for honey and pollination of flowers and plants), and even chickens and grain. I would grow completely organic and even the large over loads of food i could sell.
Plumbing looks like it might be the toughest part of this hole project. Electrical should be pretty easy since i will be hooking up to solar panels and a wind turbine. Water usage should be easy enough as to filling gallon jugs and placing them above the shower and kitchen sink, although i need to figure out a plan to build a well and filter rain collection.
If I find any videos or tutorials on any of these processes i will post them.
Resources: The Carbon-Free Home by Stephen & Rebekah Hren,
Complete Idiots Guide, Miller's Guide to Framing & Roofing,
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Today i attended the Tumbleweed workshop in Indianapolis. Jay Shafer pretty much taught me how to build a house. Pretty much everything you need to know is in his book "THE SMALL HOUSE BOOK" He knows a lot about the basics of construction and some ins and outs, tips and tricks of getting around problems. He did lack the knowledge of electrical and plumbing, he suggested hiring a plumber and electrician. I found some books and have been watching you tube videos for plumbing and hooking up renewable energy. I'll let you know if any resources are worth looking into or not.
Note: That when you attend the workshop you get his book "THE SMALL HOUSE BOOK" plus if you wind up purchasing one of his plans you will get a discount because you attended the workshop.
Jay talked a lot about zoning laws and building codes and ways around those as well. It will mainly come down to if you call your home a home, or a travel trailer which will determine weather or not it will need a building code. Also Zoning laws are different in pretty much every county you go to so you will have to do research on that. From my understanding, as long as it is movable it can pass a few of the codes and regulations, especially if you build it in a deep forest away from civilization or peering satellites which is one of the ways they find out if your in a certain zone or how big the house has to be. Again I'm not 100% sure on these regulations just because every county is different.
I thought the workshop was well worth the price just because i went into not knowing anything about constructing a house and came out confident that i could build this house. It is very gratifying knowing that you learned so much in just a little amount of time. Kudos to Jay for being such a great teacher.
Friday, July 10, 2009
|House width:||8′||Porch:||2 ½’ x 2 ½’|
|House length:||19′||Main Room:||7 ½’ x 6 ½’|
|Trailer Size:||7′ x 18′||Kitchen:||6′ x 4′|
|Road Height:||13′ 5″||Bathroom:||6′ x 3′|
|Dry Weight:||5700 lbs||Ceiling height:||6′ 3″|
|all measurements are approximate||Loft height:||3′ 8″|
This Saturday i will be attending the Tiny house Workshop in Indianapolis IN. I hope to get most of my questions answered then. When i return on Saturday night i should have a good idea of what I'll need and some of the common questions from the newbie builders like me.
I will be going to the library tomorrow to check out some basic construction books on framing, plumbing, and electrical. Part of my added plans will be to add solar panels to the home to power my appliances and electronics, plus a wind turbine and possibly a solar water heater depending on costs, time, and knowledge. I will post more on this later...
Some Building resources recommended by Tumbleweed House Company: Building Resources
(i'll let you know if i use any of these or if any of these are helpful to the process.)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The reason i got hooked on building a tiny house is mainly my love for the environment and my addiction to finding new ways of living lightly upon the earth. We can live in harmony with the planet and still use all the things you would normally use in a regular sized house. My passion for the planet started a few years ago when i plopped in the DVD An Inconvenient Truth. I was growing in my independent life and wasn't really aware of the destruction i was causing to the environment and what it was doing to me. My awareness of people's actions have multiplied by the thousands since i seen that film. As i developed my new sense of awareness i started to develop a taste for living green. I found a new excitement in life as i found new ways of recreating living styles and re thinking processes and items in my life.
I took this new skill i had of thinking differently and took my new views and put them to action. I started replacing light bulbs with energy efficient CFL's, buying house plants to naturally filter indoor air, replacing inefficient appliances and electronics with energy star rated ones, and even went as far as buying a solar charger for my cell phone. I watched closely what i was purchasing; from food's ingredients, how things were made and how they were packaged, shipped, and even disposed of. There was a site i came across which was very influential in my life. http://storyofstuff.com/ Films like The 11th Hour, and shows like Living with Ed, or new electric car companies like http://www.teslamotors.com/
These were all things that made me think differently and change the way i lived my life in a more efficient and conscious way.
The tiny house movement didn't kick in until my sister mentioned a guy living in a really small space. She mentioned it was really tiny almost like a closet size, She jokingly said, "yea, I know your really sustainable and all maybe you should try it out." I thought nothing of it until she sent me a link to The Small House Society website.
I checked it out and then thought i should dig some more. So, me being a visual person wanted to see some more photos and videos of these so called tiny houses. I went on you tube and found a good amount of visuals that astounded me. These houses were tiny yet beautiful and functional. Not only were they sustainable but they were simple. Simple living in a tiny house on wheels.
It dawned on me that we as human beings should be living simple lives. We go through our busy days worrying about paying our bills paying off our house mortgages and we are never even home to enjoy them. Simple living allows us to live like humans were intended to live. Simply live, no stress, no rushing around paying bills, no worrying about cleaning or even worrying about losing your home to a hurricane. The simple solution that everyone can afford is to build a tiny sustainable home.
The tiny house provides you with power through the sun or wind, and you have no utility bill. Your space is probably less than 100 sq ft so your cleaning that is needed is limited, your work time is reduced because you need less money to pay bills. No mortgage and more time to enjoy life that is passing us all by.
For me this made simple sense and I plan on accomplishing my goal. The home i wish to build is called the Fencl It is made up of 130 sq ft of pure genius and beauty. Jay Shafer's Design from tumbleweedhouses.com. I hope to show you that it can be done and i will bring you along on my journey towards a more sustainable and simple living.