A few weeks ago we added a DECK!! It is 5 feet by 16 feet, with three wide steps that double as seating. The addition greatly adds to the living space and indoor/outdoor living I anticipate doing a whole lot of in this little house. I already spend a lot of time out there - eating meals, reading and visiting with friends. 

The deck was built on two 5’ x 8’ frames that can be easily disassembled, so that I can pack it along with the stairs into the house, to take with me whenever I move. The deck foundation will have to be rebuilt to suit the grade of the land wherever the home is parked.


Today I drove along the French Broad River up to Marshall, to see the progress of the house and discuss some of the interior detailing with the builders. 

The roof is in place, and the exterior trim is nearly complete! All of the exterior wood is local pine from D.T. Ramsey’s, a family-run lumber mill located in Marshall. Using a sprayer, they are coating the wood with Lifetime, a non-toxic wood treatment that protects the wood from rotting, but does not seal it, allowing the wood to breathe and age naturally.

I crawled up into the loft to check out the parallelogram window that was recently installed. The space is interesting and has good light. There have been a few times that I questioned our choice for a shed roof and relatively confined sleeping loft, especially when I see more spacious loft designs with a traditional gabled roof. But what I like about the space up there is that it feels private, and separate from the rest of the home. I can imagine sleeping up there while someone else is downstairs cooking, reading, what have you, and I would feel removed from their activity. It feels like a nest, and a space that will encourage good sleep. 

My job over the next few weeks is to find and purchase the light fixtures, kitchen + bath hardware, kitchen sink + countertop, flooring, etc….the interior details. Typically a builder will have all of this pre-determined for their tiny home models, but because this is a prototype home, and I am choosing to pay extra for custom finishes, they are leaving it up to me to make the decisions. I had already picked out lighting fixtures, but today I realized that they are far too big for the space. 

I included a picture of myself, to say hello, and to say that I’m a happy camper, or will be soon enough. It feels right to have people I know and trust building a home for me, people who share similar values and ideals. I’m feeling lucky and inspired, and welcoming of the lifestyle shift that this home will impress upon me.

Thawed out, work continues

After a weeks delay of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, Jeramy and Todd are back to work getting the Radhaus framed up and dried in.

Knock, knock. That’s Todd standing at my front door. We’re going for the short mini door, a la Floor 7½ (extra points if you get that movie reference). Joking though, the top of the door isn’t cut out yet. :P

View from the kitchen looking towards the side entrance and mudroom. Jeramy is standing, basically, in the shower. The sleeping loft will be above. You can see a window framed out on the left. The drill on the right is sitting in the kitchen window.

Kitchen window!

POV from the bathroom (not framed out yet) looking towards the kitchen. Jeramy is measuring for the stairs-to-loft calculations.

Sleeping loft window! The sleeping loft will have this size window on all three sides. Rising with sun, folks! No sleeping in with all this natural light.

On my path

Sometime during last fall it dawned on me, a tiny house on wheels is the perfect unraveling to the curious impulses of nestling and sheltering that this gypsy-adventurer has been feeling for the past few years. I could have my cake and eat it too! Mmm cake.

I could settle down but didn’t have to *commit* to a place, wouldn’t be tethered to a mortgage. I could have a Home, beyond my skin, that I could always take with me. A snail shell. A turtle shell. Armadillo. Wharf crab.

A tiny house aligns with my minimal consumerist needs, my commitment to live a low-impact life ecologically, and my life-long, rebellious, punkrock, DIY mission to “dismantle the master’s house.” Assemble. Dismantle.

Speaking of DIY… so yeah, ideally I would’ve wanted to build this thing myself — learn building skills, procure the tools, wield the hammer. But you know what? I don’t have the time or the patience. In researching others’ experiences, most thought they’d finish it in 2-3 months but the realities were that it usually took a year or more. I want my cake and to eat it NOW! :P (See what I mean about patience?) So I’ve come around to acknowledge, honor, and accept my choice to hire and pay someone to build it.

Just so happens that my friend Tony, you know Tony, has recently collaborated with a couple of blokes to form Nanostead, You might know them, they built the Villagers tiny house. So I’ve been meeting with Tony, Jeramy, and Kevin to custom design my crib.

It feels really good to be supporting a friend and local business. This is not the first tiny house I’ve built, I’ve built one other, and in the last one it so satisfied my soul to purchase and include elements from my artist friends, like Gecko’s super cool art tiles in the shower, and Mollie & Steve’s gorgeous MudStrawLove earthen plaster walls. These elements and their tangible connection to family (that chosen family of friends) and community, all contribute to a sense of warmth, belonging, and sanctuary, which is what Home is to me. As I work with, and get to know, Jeramy and Kevin (Tony’s already a dear friend) it warms my spirit to know my home will be woven by fellow weavers of the fabric of our sweet little community here in the mountains of southern Appalachia.

Ok, so enough of the heartspace musings, you want details. The house is 8.5’ x 24’. Those are exterior measurements. It’s a bit smaller than that inside. The trailer is being built now. The house construction will start towards the end of January/beginning of February. It will be built in Marshall. I’ll be moving in in April or May (See?!?!? It takes *professionals* at least two months to build a tiny house!). I’ll be parking it/living in it on a farm in Swannanoa.

That’s the quick and dirty data. I will go into design specifics and other topics in another post.

Back on my path, people. And it feels good!