Our Very First Steps

Our Tiny House is coming together!!!

Okay, I’m saying that way ahead of myself. Our trailer isn’t even built yet! But over the past few days, we have put so much work into making this dream a reality with a new amped-up plan that makes it seem like it’s almost here, but at the same time so stink in’ far away.

After our initial ‘How We’re Going Tiny‘ post, some things have changed. Drastically. Our 9 month plan has been flushed down the toilet and we’re hoping to have this bad boy done in (less than) two months.

Oh my. If we thought 9 months was ambitious, this is absolutely crazy. But we feel so strongly  that this is the very essential next step in our life, which makes the thought of keeping our comfortable, reliable nine-month plan almost crazier.

Even if we’ve had second thoughts, it’s too late to go back. Yesterday, we turned in the paperwork for our early move-out date (coincidentally two months from now), and a week back paid for a new, custom trailer which will be hopefully completed by Valentines Day weekend. Whoo!

While waiting for that trailer, Jeff + I have been practicing our super-awesome lumberjack skills and have been clearing space on his parents property for our Tiny House building space.

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(Don’t let the photos deceive you. So much has been done, but there’s a long way to go!)

We know that we can’t complete our dream Tiny House in two months on our relatively strict budget. So for now, we’ve opted to build a smaller, less expensive Tiny House which we hope will be the stepping stone to our ideal home. For us, this was a disappointing realization. The Tiny House plans we originally had were everything we wanted in our house! Small enough to be Tiny, yet large enough to grow with us in time. But for a rather drastic plan, we had to be realistic in some ways- which meant knowing what we could afford and what was actually a need vs. want. Ironically, that’s sort of the whole point of the Tiny House Movement.

None the less, we’re still so pumped to make this ‘starter home’ our dream home. I’m sort of obsessed with pinterest and have been pinning away every detail, even down to the color schemes of this new home. I’m not sure if that’s pathetic or just expected, but either way should prove my girlish enthusiasm for this majorly awesome next step. Despite the size or any disadvantages, this home will be perfect. Not because the colors are great or it’s completely convenient, but because it’s ours.

What about you? Have you ever had to scale back a dream, or re-evaluate your wants verses what was realistic?

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  1. Hi guys! My husband and I have been trying to work toward our goal of building our own tiny house. Sadly we didn’t find out about tiny houses until 2 years after we had purchased our current home that’s very old, falling apart and is under 1000sqft 🙁 Now we are stuck with this house and a 30 year mortgage. We have no idea how we’re ever gonna be able to sell our home and afford to build our tiny house. We are currently living off of one income that is literally making us live paycheck to paycheck with no savings of any sort. We are very eager to have our tiny house and wish that we would’ve known about tiny houses before buying this home. But the reality is we found out too late. I was wondering how you two were able to afford your tiny house. And also if you have any advice on what we can do to make our tiny house dream come true? Thanks guys! I hope to hear back from you soon 🙂

    1. Hi Katie! Sorry it took so long to respond to you. It sounds like you guys are in a frustrating situation- so sorry to hear it! When we started building, we also were living paycheck to paycheck and paying $900 a month in rent. We were very fortunate in the fact that we are self-employed, so when we decided to go ahead and build (with no savings) we could devote 100% of our time during the day to the build, and at night we would focus on growing our business to provide the income we needed. There are ways to save money on the build, such as intense couponing for stores such as Lowes and Home Depot, as well as finding recycle and reclaim places for wood and furnishings. If you do need to go a credit-card route, be cautious for which companies you choose and only commit to cards that you will get benefits from. We don’t recommend credit cards (since the whole idea is staying debt free!) but we realize in some situations finishing the house is better then never starting- or worse, starting and running out of funds!

      My advice would be both persistent and patient at the same time. Don’t just ‘plan’, research the bejeebies out of everything, how much it will cost, how long will it take you based on your availability, and what can you buy or do right now to get it started. Don’t wait! At the same time, patience is necessary for the building process since there will be many holdups and lots of back peddling.

      I hope this helps you! Best of luck.

  2. Thank you so much for the advice! My husband and I will be writing a pretty lengthy message to you both very soon on your Facebook so please keep your eyes open for it. 🙂