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Building a Tiny House – Floor Joists

One of the cool things about building a tiny house is that there is no one way to do it. If it’s on wheels each trailer is different and each person’s design is a little different. Sometimes there are lessons you can learn from people who have come before you and sometimes you just have to wing it. When building on wheels there are a couple of pretty common constraints though. You don’t want to go wider than 8.5 feet because doing so requires a wide load permit to move it. Additionally, you don’t want to go taller than 13.5 feet. Unless of course you don’t mind having the top of your house ripped off when you go under bridges. There are bridges that are lower than this, but it’s generally the standard height. Special GPS units, such as those for RVs, are a good thing to use when moving.

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Uniform Wardrobe

It’s not a big surprise that women and men generally have different opinions when it comes to how to dress. Kristy has mentioned how a capsule wardrobe can be an effective way to minimize the number of items you have while still allowing for a lot of variety. I’m sure she’ll discuss this more at some point. For me, variety is not so important.

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The Dalia Lama on Humanity

When asked what surprised him most about humanity the Dalai Lama answered,

Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

Tiny House Trailer

Buying a trailer to build our tiny house was a big decision. It’s likely to be the single biggest investment in the process. Taking that step meant we were committed.

The first thing to decide is new versus used. I’ll admit I did search around on Craiglist, but quickly decided that new was the route we should go. Ultimately if you are building a THOW (Tiny House on Wheels) the trailer serves as your foundation. As I’m sure you are well aware, it’s critical to start with a strong foundation so it wasn’t an area I wanted to take chances.

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The Story of the Mexican Fisherman

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

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The beginning

You’re probably restless.

I certainly am and have been for years. I’ve been trudging along doing all of the things that have been expected of me. I worked hard in school. I found the job that pays well and is in a field with plenty of opportunity. I bought the latest gadgets and gizmos and put a few dollars back when I could. By the classical definition I was doing all of the “right” things and on paper I had a great life.

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