January Update

We just returned from a whirlwind month… Christmas, New Years, and a 2 week trip to Mexico for a (much needed) sun break. Now it’s time to get into gear and actually move out of our current house and into tiny.

After having some time to reflect on our build, here are a few things we’ve learned:
– Pick out your lighting early on. We weren’t really considering lighting size when we designed parts of the house and had to sacrifice a little style to make things work.
– While we love the look of our beadboard, we would not choose to use it again. It was difficult to work with, it warped in several places, and it was a huge pain to paint.
– Be prepared for sticker shock if you want cushions made for bench seating. It’s more expensive than buying a new couch in our case.
– We wish we would have planned out a better space for taking off rainy/snowy coats and boots.
– dormer windows were a huge pain to do, but are SO worth it in the extra space they give to the loft. I don’t think we’d be comfortable up there without them.
– Our front porch/overhang, while adorable, isn’t deep enough to actually protect us from the weather.

I’m sure there are other things I’ll think of. I’ll add them as I do.

It has been forever since I’ve taken any new photos, but I did find a few on my phone I haven’t shared yet. I really need to take my nice camera over and get some good interior shots.

Finishing up painting the loft

View of our kitchen. Hole near the top is where built in speaker has been added in. Empty space under the counter is for the fridge. Hopefully we’ll install the fridge this week… it’s been sitting in our house for over a month.

loft before staining and lighting. I wanted to do a light, muted brown stain and we had a very hard time finding that… so I just gave up…

… and chose this color. It looks really pretty, but is a little dark. However with our mattress in here with lighter colored bedding, it isn’t overwhelming.

lighting above dining area. I found a great black table with fold down sides at IKEA to go below the window.

Adding track lighting to the lounge area. It was so nice to get lighting installed so we could actually see while working on the house at night.

I got this great chandelier for tiny house on clearance. Yay!

Yes, we’re still here!

Sorry for the blog silence, it’s amazing how little we’ve been getting done due to constantly working on tiny. Winter is settling in fast (3 feet of snow over the weekend)! And tiny house is still not quite complete. The last month has been basically all interior projects (for me, 4 straight weekends of priming and painting). We also finished the kitchen, installed the speakers, added lighting, stained the loft floor. I promise to post pictures in the near future, but I’ll leave you with one sneak peek before I head off to work…

So in love with our tiny kitchen. Can’t wait to add the hardware and install the fridge.

-S

Tiny House Update 11-11

It has been so long since I’ve had time to post pictures. Sorry! We’ve been splitting time between our current house and tiny house (about 1.5 hours away) and hurriedly trying to get it done. The snow has arrived, so B’s work is getting harder (and colder!). It has been difficult to always be packing and unpacking, and our nerves are a bit stretched. B has been making great progress though, so I’m trying to stay focused on the positive. Here are some pictures of the work we’ve done since moving it to it’s new home.

I am loving how tiny house looks in the snow. I should probably go ahead and make this my Christmas card.

Kitchen cabinets installed! The empty space is for the small fridge. We’re going to install butcher block countertops all the way across. A small sink will go under the window.

Bead board on the lounge ceiling replaced with dry wall. The bead board warped like crazy on the ceiling (but not on the loft ceiling..hmmm). It also warped where B used nails instead of staples. We replaced 2 wall panels as well. Lesson learned.

I picked out our flooring! We found the selection was way better at our local flooring store than at lowes. However, we chose a unknown brand and the warranty info is hard to find at best. Hopefully we won’t need it.

B working on window trim.

Window trim! It’s so exciting to see all the little details coming together.

Installing the flooring. This was surprisingly easy and fast. That’s the first time we’ve said that about a project!

Flooring complete. What is this, like an actual house or something?!

Door for the closet. aka point of contention. The closet isn’t deep enough for the door to completely open. It blocks too much potential storage space for my liking. We considered installing it so it opened out or removing the door completely. Scroll 2 pictures down to find out the answer :)

Baseboards. I like how B put trim around all sides of the wheel wells. It looks so cozy.

No closet door! We’re keeping it in storage in case we change our mind (B is leaving the door frame in there. I think we’ll do some kind of curtain. I will start the search for something that doesn’t look weird.

B installed a nice piece of wood across the loft end. We’re going to attach some kind of bar or hooks for our ladder onto this.

B installing the crown molding. Wearing anything warm he can find, even if it’s obnoxiously bright! Luckily we got the heater working and he is much warmer!

A view of B working on tiny house from the front. Our little porch is super slippery. Working in the snow is a whole new adventure!

B has the next 2 days off. The goal is to caulk everything and then prime the walls, ceiling panels, cabinets, and built in sofa. I need to figure out the final color scheme asap! Have a great week.

-S

Tiny House Move

We made it!!!! Moving was really stressful and although everything went smoothly, I still get worked up thinking about it. So for now, here are some tiny house glamour shots I took on the drive. I’ll be sure to do another post with the move story and pictures soon. -S

Tomorrow is moving day!

B and I are both a little nervous, but the day has finally come… tiny house is going over the mountains to its new home!

The interior is not complete, but it’s supposed to start snowing this weekend, so we need to beat the weather. We’ll just take our time and finish it as soon as we can, but it will be a huge relief to at least have it moved.

We rented a big, strong truck today and B is doing all of the final preparations for tomorrow’s trip. Say a little prayer for us! -S

scenery change

B and I spent last weekend at our future home site instead of working on the house. It was really nice to take a break, but it also gave us a boost of energy and motivation to finish it up.

Our little dog could run forever here.

-S

Tiny Wardrobe

Whenever I started thinking about downsizing my wardrobe in preparation for moving into our tiny house, I just got overwhelmed. My wardrobe consists of just a bunch of random pieces I like individually and a lot of pieces don’t mix and match well. After doing some searches on what a basic women’s wardrobe should be I was even more confused. I spent a whole day googling and searching pinterest for inspiration for a minimalist wardrobe.

Then I found the site Project 333 and everything clicked. It’s basically paring down your wardrobe to 33 pieces (including shoes, jewelry, and outerwear… but not underwear, workout gear and house clothes). I really have no idea how much room this will take up but it seemed like a goal that was reachable and would still allow me to express my style. My starting goal is to get my wardrobe back to the basics and build from there. For example, I realized I had 4 patterned skirts that I only wear occasionally because they are so distinct, whereas I don’t have a plain black skirt that would get a lot more use.

I decided to have 24 year round pieces and then cycle in 9 other pieces each season. Some of those 9 pieces each season are the same (for example, black boots is one piece in fall, winter, and spring), but there are a few things that will be different each season (like a scarf and necklace) for variety and trendy-ness :). I haven’t added up the total amount of pieces but it is under 50. This will be interesting to have so few pieces as where we’re living has a very cold winter and a hot summer.

This past week, I boxed up everything that wasn’t on my list. It is pretty funny to see my basically empty closet and dresser. But I haven’t found I’m missing anything as of yet, and getting dressed is way easier with less options. I still have a few pieces that I don’t really like, but I’m planning on replacing them with something I love as I am able. I am also on the email list waiting for this AMAZING item, the Versalette, which could replace about 5 things on my list on it’s own. I cannot wait to get one!

Here is my initial brainstorm of my year round pieces:

Lounge love

I can’t believe the weekend is already over. B made some great progress finishing hanging the bead board panels in the closet and on the lounge ceiling. He also started building the lounge seating (with storage below). Here’s a few pictures of the seating project…

this is me testing out the width of the more “daybed” side of the seating. I wanted to make sure I would have plenty of room!

B and his trusty assistant… who is mostly just hoping B will play fetch

Nice wood bottom for storage area

I was VERY pushy in wanting the large side of the seating to be 30″ for adequate snuggling and guest sleeping.

Ready for some cushions… and then a nap.

Here I am testing my future favorite spot. Please ignore my outfit.

chchchanges

Last week was a very exciting week for me. I officially started working remotely for my job! I am loving my extra 2 hours a day I’m not commuting and having some extra time to help out with the house. I also had my last photography event for the summer so now my weekends are a little more free as well.

We had also picked a day to move the tiny house to it’s new home. However that whole area is dealing with massive forest fires so any plans we have on moving it are on hold. The highway we were going to use has been closed for days, so we really have no idea when we can get through safely. With B leaving the country for work soon, it might not be until the middle of October until we can move :( This has really been testing my patience, but I’m trying to have a positive attitude… trying.

It is easier to have patience while putting more work into the house. I definitely realize how long everything takes. So many details… B gives me easy tasks that take me forever. If it were up to me, this house would be done in about 3 years :)

Here’s our progress as of last weekend!!!

I picked out our front porch lights. Still deciding if I want to paint them.

I finished staining the front siding. I’m going to paint the corbels and under the eaves white. Waiting on a non rainy day for that.

B and I got all the ceiling panels up (B did the installing, I did the holding up). Still haven’t found the right light for the ceiling.

B finishing up the bead board in the loft.

view from the loft down into the dining area. We’re going to put some kind of moulding in the gap between the wall and ceiling panels.

Exterior view.

loft paneling complete… well installed anyway. still need to caulk and add trim.

Loving the beadboard and special window.

closet

I also installed this door knob. The instructions were SO confusing but luckily it was pretty straightforward to just figure it out.

kitchen! holes above window are for the light and the speaker

view from the door. I am loving this more and more each day.

-S

We’re a little backwards

We’re a little backwards.

A couple blocks away from us, a neighbor lives in his RV while his house is built.

For us, we’re living in a perfectly functional house, while a tiny house the size of an RV is built.

We’re a little backwards, and it’s going to be great.

-B