A Tiny Update on a Tiny House 

Here’s a quick post to show you all the exciting progress we’ve made since arriving at the warehouse. We’re super busy so expect a longer, more detailed update to come in a few days! 

Day 1: Let there be light! 

We finished up the light fixtures that will go in the living room and bathroom. 

Day 2: Exterior Stain and Interior V-groove


Watch out! I learned how to load and use a nail gun 😜!

Day 3: Putting a Roof Over My Head (or at least a ceiling 😀)

We’ve been having a blast and learning a lot! The guys here at ITH are super friendly and are being very patient while teaching us the little tricks of the trade.

Check back soon!

xoxo

E and A🐶

Progress, Sweet Progress

We have left Oklahoma and are en route to Morristown, TN where Rachel, Chelsea, Annie, and I will be staying for the next two weeks. Rachel, Chelsea, and I will be helping the guys at Incredible Tiny Homes finish up my Tiny! 

We are so excited to get our hands dirty, learn some new skills, and make some new friends! 

While we’ve been making our way there however, the guys over at ITH have been making some incredible progress on my home. By the time we get there, it will be ready for us to go to town on the interior! 

I’d like to thank my Babci for my interior design capabilities, she’s been helping me develop good taste since I was probably around 7 years old. She used to bring my cousin, Brigette, and me along to the Boston Design Center when she would go for clients. We looked forward to these trips with her so much, she would always give us tasks to accomplish while we were there and we took our jobs very seriously! It’s no surprise that I’m designing my own home and that Brigette has turned out to be a very accomplished designer herself (check out this Emerging Leaders Profile IIDA New England did on my super successful cousin – I’m so proud!) 

Here are some pictures of the progress on my Tiny so far! 

Can you believe they fit 14 windows in this thing?! ☀️


We’ll be standing in this beauty tomorrow!! Can’t wait to show you what we get to do in the coming weeks! Thanks for following 😊!

xoxo

E and A🐶

Road Trippin’

As you’ve probably noticed, my blog is titled “Tiny Home ~ Grand Adventures,” but building a tiny house isn’t the only grand adventure to which I’m referring. My main motivation for building a tiny house in the first place is to leave as much room in my life for adventuring as is possible. Living Tiny means fewer possessions, lower maintenance time requirements, and smaller bills. Therefore freeing up not only time, but also money, to spend adventuring. 

The term adventuring to me means, to venture on a potentially dangerous, but mostly exciting activity that typically involves being in nature. Adventures usually have an air of excitement due to the presence of unknowns or the potential for getting lost. 

While the majority of my posts have so far involved the process of designing and building my tiny home, you can expect to see some that focus more on the adventures that this tiny house has brought to my life! 

For example:

On our way to Tennessee Rachel, Annie, and I made a pit stop in Oklahoma to visit with some of Rachel’s family and, of course, to fit a few extra mini-adventures in. 

Rachel’s folks have horses and a bit of land (Annie is in heaven over here!) so our first outing was to go trail riding. Here’s a few photos of the ride! 


I rode a horse named Eddy. He was gentle, but a bit testy. He could tell I was a newbie! 

That afternoon, we headed out to pick up Rachel’s niece to go camping by the Illinois River. It was a lovely night, and by that I mean it was terribly hot and disgustingly humid. I’ve forgotten how miserable humidity can be, but I’m adjusting. In all honesty though, once Annie and I settled down in the hammock, it wasn’t so bad. 


The next morning we got up, packed up camp, and headed off to go float the river. Annie got a new life jacket, but she still isn’t a fan of the water. We kayaked 6 miles down stream, it was gorgeous and so relaxing. 

Unfortunately we were not without casualties. Rachel’s kayak capsized when it hit a large stump going through rapids. Her phone, which she had out and was playing music with, was swept away and now rests somewhere at the bottom of the Illinois River. Luckily, Rachel and Puggles (pictured below) are both safe and unharmed! 


In other exciting news, we’ve decided that Chelsea, Rachel’s niece is about due for some time away from Oklahoma, so she’ll be accompanying us on the rest of our trip to TN. 

Stay tuned for tiny house updates, new post to come later today or tomorrow! 

xoxo

E and A🐶

Word Association: Friendship.

Gratitude, love, irreplaceable, lucky…these are the words that come to mind when I think of my friendships. When I moved to Colorado, I didn’t know many people and at first it was a little scary. I didn’t have that secure friend group I had always counted on back home. However, over the last year a small handful of truly great people have come into my Colorado Life and I couldn’t be happier with our little clan. Whether it’s trivia, teaching, climbing, camping, or just grabbing a bite; we laugh and chat like we’ve all known each other forever. And more importantly, we’ve got each other’s backs. 

Throughout this journey, my friends have supported me in some pretty amazing ways. All it takes is a moment to play through the last week and I’m filled with gratitude and love for these people! 

Here’s a quick peek at our past few days.


Annie hung out while I finished the packing and cleaning. (Notice how she’s not actually in the apartment 😉)


Leon helped me load up the wood to bring to Tennessee.


James helped me make some wicked cool light fixtures (you’ll get to see these later). 

Not pictured, but much appreciated:

Sammy accompanied Annie and I multiple times for some quality time, chit chatting, and catching up because we have been apart more than together this summer. Her moral support through this adventure is very high quality 😀.

Brandon has puppy-sat so many times. Annie loves his backyard and is grateful she got to hang out there while I ran around getting the errands done!


And Rachel. Well, Rachel opened her home to Annie and I without a second thought. Oh yeah, and she’s driving to Tennessee with us to help us build our house!!!

These are just a few things my friends have done to make me feel thankful and lucky. I’m on this journey to build my own house, but I’m certainly not on it alone. 

Check back soon, we’re on the road! 

xoxo

E and A🐶

When It Rains, It Pours!

This phrase usually carries a negative connotation, but I don’t believe it should. Sometimes rain is exactly what you need, therefore you should be grateful it’s pouring (I may come back to this from a different angle in a later post). When it pours, you just have to grab a raincoat and try to keep up! Which is why my blog has been on hold for the past few weeks. 

The first downpour was the closing of the 2015-2016 school year. With the end of the school year, comes so much to do, especially at my school! On the second to last day of school, we have a wonderful celebration of learning, called Gallery Night. The students get to display all of their work from the semester and families and friends are welcomed into our school to get a taste of what all their hard work has produced! It’s really quite something! It’s time consuming and a LOT of work (for students and teachers), but it keeps us all focused on our learning right up until summer vacation. 

The next wave came at the same time as preparing for Gallery Night and the end of my first year at PPSEL. My tiny home plans were being finalized! I’m not a great multi-tasker when it comes to things that need my full attention, so unfortunately the builder I’m working with had to wait until after school ended to get my go-ahead with the plans. Luckily, he is a very patient and easy to work with contractor. I’ve said this before, but I knew I wanted to work with Randy for a reason.


The third downpour that’s hit, and this is a big one, a real attention-demanding one… I’ve adopted a puppy! She’s an 8 month old heeler/pointer mix (I think), who’s as sweet as can be. Her name is Annie Oakley and I love her. Sure, the timing wasn’t perfect for getting a puppy, but so far it’s been worth the little challenges!

These photos were taken on Annie’s first camping trip! She loved it 🙂

 So to recap, since last Friday, I’ve finished school, finalized the plans for my house and actually started making some exciting moves forward, started moving my stuff from my apartment to storage (still trying to sell some furniture, let me know if you know of anyone looking for a couch!), and adopted a puppy. 

As for the first moves on my house…here are some pics of me picking out the wood for my kitchen counters and shelving. My friends hooked me up with some wood from the Black Forest fire, which was only a few miles from my school. I love that I’ll have a piece of this place I love so much in my home forever! 

From one 4″ thick hunk-a-wood to two 2″ thick hunks-a-wood, just like that!

Look how pretty it is on the inside!


Things should be moving a long pretty quickly now! I’ll be heading to visit family and celebrate some special occasions with friends for the next week and a half, but then it’s off to Tennessee to build!! 

Thanks for checking in!

xoxo

E (I suppose it’s E and A now! 🐶)