My interest in all-things-tiny-and-old started at 12 years old when I became fascinated with a tiny abandoned farm house near my parent’s home...and I've been sketching floor plans ever since. My Tiny Houses are the culmination of a life spent dreaming of a tiny reclaimed space, all my own.
Can one build a tiny house for less than $20,000, without sacrificing ANY amenities?
Do tiny houses really NEED lofts?
Since the completion of My Empty Nest last November I will
admit to feeling a bit lost, and bored.It’s not like I have nothing to do.I am a VERY busy person and have remained very active in the tiny house
community by attending events, near and far. (even as far as Vermont!)I’ve written blogs, I still record the Tiny
House Podcast every week, and have actively kept my finger tight on the
proverbial pulse of the movement.
But, big creative projects are my vice. They’re what keeps
my mind distracted from my otherwise very stressful life. (Ironic, I know.) So,
for as much as I have going on in my life I have felt like I need something to
scratch my creative itch! Problems to solve, challenges to overcome, etc… (ones
that I can control!)
I have thought long and hard about what my unique
contribution to the tiny house community might eventually be. I have had many
people ask me if I plan to build, and sell houses. I’ve thought about writing a
book or offering consulting services.But, those are paths that so many others are following.I really want to contribute in a way that few
people have, or can.And, of course, I
want it to ultimately create an income stream.
As I look at the people who are making money in the tiny
house movement, they all appear to fall into one of four major categories: tiny
house or trailer builders, consultants / workshop instructors, short term
rental hosts (Hotels, AirBnb, and VRBO) and tiny house bloggers.As I consider where I might fit into these
categories I have to admit that I am drawn most to the social aspect of tiny
houses; the hosts / hostess gigs.Yes, I
love building tiny houses but what I love the most is TALKING about them!(Side note: If you know me you are no doubt
shocked that it took me any time at all to figure that out for myself. But I
digress…) I love sharing my story and I love inspiring others with the idea
that they too can build one for themselves!
So, without further ado, I am hereby formally announcing the
launch of my next project:
My Tiny Perch!
I have carefully considered all of the feedback that I see,
and read, about my tiny house and others. So many concerns about the tiny house movement
appear to be focused primarily on zoning.This makes total sense but there are others blazing those trails so it’s
not something I can address with MY project.But, what I can address or call attention to is the number of people who
have trepidations about climbing stairs into a loft bedroom. So, my next tiny
house won’t have stairs or a loft. My newest design is a single story tiny
house, with a separate bedroom and a full bathroom. (and room for dining, for
Next, hauling a tiny house is a HUGE undertaking and not for
the faint of heart.The bigger the
house, the bigger the truck that is needed, and the potential pitfalls and
nightmares.Believe me, I’ve heard them
all. (and, as you recall, My Empty Nest actually tipped over while being
moved!) So, my next tiny house will truly be very tiny, only 144 sq feet. This
means it will be lighter, shorter, and much easier to haul with my boyfriend’s ¾
ton truck. No need to hire a mover.
So, what about the design / floorplan? As a beginner builder
it’s pretty tough to wrap ones head around the trailer / house combo. Do you
design the trailer around the floorplan or the floorplan around the
trailer?How does one account for the
fenders in the floorplan? These are all tough questions. Questions, however,
that I won’t have to answer because a single story tiny house built on a deck
over trailer is a super practical and much MUCH easier way to accomplish a tiny
house goal than building between the fenders and calculating the exact ceiling
height needed in the sleeping lofts!
And, finally, who has over $50,000 to buy a tiny house? Not
me. As the movement grows larger, so do the tiny houses and their sale
prices.Yes. I know. It’s ironic and odd
but “practical”.So here’s the bottom
line: Can you actually build and live in an affordable, teeny, tiny, house
without sacrificing any basic amenities? One that costs less than $20,000 to
build?I intend to prove that you can. I
am designing OUT the costs of some materials like flooring and siding; and
reducing labor at the same time.
My color and décor scheme.
So here I go again. And, to clarify I am starting out
(again) with NO money. I am again seeking the support of sponsors and then
augmenting my budget with money I earn through sources other than my primary
income. Then, when it’s done, My Tiny Perch will be put to use as a short term
rental to help others experience the tiny house lifestyle, even if only for a
I can indeed be a builder, AND a blogger, AND a Hostess with the Mostest!
So, stay tuned! I’ll be posting pictures and how-to articles
and this time I’m jumping onto the Instagram bandwagon.