My Tiny House Project Posts

Tiny House, Big Trailer

Tiny House, Big Trailer

Having never towed anything before I was both excited and a little nervous about the prospect of driving a 26.6 foot trailer 650km home from a different country. I managed to get a couple of practise sessions in from kind (and trusting!) individuals (thanks Dayna and JP) who also gave me a few tips. I was most worried about reversing, but had been assured that the longer the trailer, the easier it becomes. I have to send out a huge thank you to Morgan, who kindly allowed us to use his truck to go and collect the trailer. This made life a whole lot easier, and ol' red did us proud, so
Edging Away From Theory Towards Reality

Edging Away From Theory Towards Reality

With the plans in hand my first job was to learn how to read them! I spent a few days learning architectural acronyms and notations in order to make sense of what was in front of me. Once I had figured out the basics I started 'building' a 3D model of the house in SketchUp so I could get a grip of the elements of house building I needed to learn. Every step seems to spawn a whole set of questions, so this really put into perspective just how much I have to learn. I am not learning one trade, I am trying to learn all trades required to build a house. I certainly have my work cut out for me,
A Man With Some Tiny Plans

A Man With Some Tiny Plans

So far all of my work on the project had been very speculative and I was feeling the need to focus my efforts, to do this I needed to decide what to build. In a previous post I outlined some of the tiny house plans I had found for purchase. Deciding the house I wanted to live in was not an easy process. This isn't a space I will be spending just a day or two in, this will be my home for years. Going tiny relies on good design, in order to make the most out of the available space and create something pleasurable to live in. After much deliberation I decided to go with the Ynez from the Oregon
Where To Call Home? (Once There Is One)

Where To Call Home? (Once There Is One)

I have been busy working on the tiny house project recently, so it's time for some updates. Instead of one long post I am going to write several shorter posts. This is the first... Before I start my tiny house project I wanted to get an idea of where I would be able to live in my tiny house once it is complete. At the moment I'm not sure if that will be on Vancouver Island or somewhere else, but I thought it would be a good idea to find out what is possible here. Having read that it is best to work with your local planning authority rather than against them I brushed up on some terminology, shifted
The Search for a Tiny Plan

The Search for a Tiny Plan

In a recent post I talked about the tiny house movement and my reasons for wanting to live a 'tiny' life. Since then I have spent a lot of time researching and thinking about the type of house I want to build, as well as thinking ahead about the kind of life I want to be working towards. Ever since I seriously considered this journey I knew I wanted to buy plans for the house, as apposed to designing and building it myself. Having done nothing like this before, building my own house is going to be plenty to keep my busy. At the end of the day I want a house that is safe, structurally sound
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