After discussing the high costs of just getting through the permit process to build our small house (environmental study, sewer, permits), we’ve been talking about alternate plans. Throughout this process I’ve been researching the Tiny House movement for small house inspiration. Tiny Houses are houses around 100 square feet that are generally towable and require no permit. I’ve been really fascinated with living so minimally and finding small space living solutions. We can build up to 200sq. feet, so that should be more than enough room. Building one of these would still give us practice building for our eventual dream house and would allow us to stay more on schedule with our goals to build over this summer.
Yesterday when we went to turn in the plans, the county looked at a map of the property and saw what they think are “wetlands” about 300 feet from where we want to build. They won’t accept our plans until we have an environmental study. We are now trying to decide how to proceed.
We had a great meeting with the architect last week. After the meeting, we decided to make the house a little bigger, which will actually make it easier to build (who knew?). So now we are looking at 400ish square feet. Giant…heehee 😉 I’m trying to get a picture of our plans, but my husband has been SO busy trying to get the plans ready for the permit that he hasn’t had time to send one to me Soon though!
We are almost done with our plans to turn in for our permit! Before we do, we decided to sit down with an architect to go over the plans. I’m excited to see what he says.
The dream: build a small house over the summer and then live in it while saving up for and designing our future family home.
and don’t worry… this will probably be my last drawing
“You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. You, LORD, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, LORD, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.”
1 Chronicles 25-27
Our goal with this blog is to track our progress building our first small house and share the experience with our friends and family. We also hope to inspire people and share ideas with those who are also interested in building their own small space.
We do though, wish to keep this blog semi-anonymous. We just prefer to keep a low profile while still sharing our experiences. We’ve decided just to keep our names to initials “B” and “S”.
B is my husband and the primary builder on this project. It will be the first house he’s built from start to finish.
And I am S, primarily in charge of overall vision and beautification.