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!