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Our Son’s Birthday Gifts

Our son’s birthday was quickly approaching and it was about time to send out the birthday invitations. We feared  what any person moving towards downsizing would fear…the gifts. I mean…only so many toys will fit in a tiny house. 

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Building a Tiny House – Subfloor

Last weekend was busy with our son’s birthday. We managed to spend a little time drilling the final holes to secure the joists to our trailer. The weather didn’t look like it was going to cooperate this weekend, but when we got a break between showers I made a Lowes run, to pick up sheathing for the subfloor.

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Tiny House Security

This is a post about some of the things you should consider when it comes to securing your Tiny House Trailer or really any trailer for that matter. It’s one of those interesting dilemmas that you don’t typically think of with a traditional home. You don’t have to worry about someone driving off with your house and all of your possessions. While it’s not horribly common this type of thing can and does happen.

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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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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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Tiny House, Giant Journey

We just love following their story. Worth checking out for some inspiration!

We quit our jobs, built a mobile tiny house, and we are now traveling around North America to pursue our dream careers in travel journalism. That’s the plan, at least.

www.tinyhousegiantjourney.com

Life Altering Moment

Have you ever had a life altering moment? A moment in time that stops you dead in your tracks and you know that you’ve just decided that something has changed within you and you will never be the same? Some would say that every choice we make, every moment in life is life altering which is true but I’m talking about the kind that means my life will look different from here on out.

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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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