The Plan

The plan is pretty straightforward and fundamentally boils down to three steps – Build it. Park it. Enjoy it.

But there is, obviously, more to it than that. So, let’s take a look.

Build It

Where will you build it? A very generous family friend has offered the use of their driveway and backyard for our build site. It’s only about a mile away which is super convenient.

What, exactly, will you be building? The plan is to follow the plans for the Entertaining Abode. We’ll be making one major change from the plans by shortening the whole thing 4-feet, building on a 24-foot trailer instead of a 28-footer. That means our build will be about 275 total square feet (about 175 square feet on the main floor, 100 square feet in the loft).

Entertaining Abode by Tiny House Basics{Photo Courtesy of Tiny House Basics}

When do you plan to do the work? That’s a really good question. It’s not like Aaron or I don’t already have a lot going on between work, raising two kids, homeschooling them, and such. We are hoping to work on it on the weekends, when family and friends visit, and I plan on working on the build on my solo days while the kids are at their outdoor school. We fully expect house-building to fill a lot of our free-time, time we currently use to pursue other activities and hobbies that we know, full well, might be side-lined for a bit.

How long do you expect it to take? We’ve never done this before, so its hard to say. The trailer will arrive in early March 2016 and if I had my way come next year around the same time we’d have it parked and be enjoying it. Some sources say it will take amateurs about 450-hours to complete the project. With kids in tow, I imagine it will take us longer than that. If we estimate 500-hours and work about 10-hours per week, that comes out to about 50 weeks. Which would put us on target for about a year to complete. Maybe it’ll go faster but hopefully not too much slower. I don’t want to overstay our welcome in my friends driveway.

Park It

Once you’re done, where will you put it? The idea is to buy a chunk of unimproved land when the build is nearing completion. We’ll have to choose the parcel carefully and pick one that we can drive the tiny house onto. And we’ll be choosing the location carefully as well. Ideally we’d like it to be parked an hour or less from where we live, to make sure that we are able to visit and enjoy it as frequently as possible.

Wait a second, what do you mean unimproved? Well, the land will probably have no utilities. At least when we buy it. That means, at first, the tiny house will be completely off grid, so we’ll be building with that in mind. There will be a composting toilet, we’ll be installing a solar system (perfect for California!), using propane for our stove/refrigerator, and until we dig a well, we’ll be hauling water in.

How the heck are you going to move the tiny house to the land? Despite the name, tiny house, it actually isn’t super tiny. Neither Aaron nor I have any interest in driving the beast through mountain roads. When the time comes, we’ll be hiring a professional shipper to do the job for us.

 

Enjoy It

This step is the easiest of all and one I’m really looking forward to. I’ve already got visions of sitting on a picnic table amongst redwoods and enjoying my cup of coffee. Looking out from the loft windows at the silent darkness. We are also really hoping that family and friends, who often travel long distances to visit us, will be able to use the tiny house as their home base while they’re here.

2 thoughts on “The Plan

    1. Thanks, Pam, we tend to agree about its perfection but I’m sure that as the build gets started its imperfection will become clear too! 😉

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