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Raising The Roof

Ooohhh aaahhh!  Look that that fancy roof!  I just got the roof up and wanted to share this video with you all.

The roof has proven to be the most difficult thing with the tiny house so far mainly because I made the decision that the roof was best left to the professionals and now that I had it installed, I’m very glad I decided to hire someone.  I’m sure I could have pulled it off but the roof costs a lot and to be done wrong would spell disaster and cost a lot of money.

The roof is a standing seam roof, which means that the seams are in a vertical part that makes up the “ribs” of the roof.  I love the look of it and what is even better, the color (though hard to tell in photos and videos) matches my windows exactly.

There are a lot of parts to the roof that frankly were overwhelming to me when it came to purchase.  What makes it worse is that if you forget a part, you have to wait for it to come in (major delay) but if you order something extra, it costs a lot of money and can’t be returned.

All in all, I’m very happy with how the roof came out check out the video for more details.

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Why I Have To Buy More To Live Tiny

It seems counter intuitive, but for me to live tiny I have to buy more stuff!  One of the things that I am not having in my tiny house is a laundry.  Despite trying to work it out, there just wasn’t a great place to put it, even if I got one of the washer and dryer in one machines, there wasn’t a great space to tuck it away.

laundry-serviceSo this leaves me with having to look for options outside the tiny house, namely laundry mats, friends places or a service.  I have decided my splurge is going to be having a laundry service come pick up the clothes, wash fold, then bring back to me.  I decided this because of one truth I know about myself.  I loath folding laundry and I’m terrible at it.  It’s not that I can’t do it, but frankly at this point in my life, its worth the money to have someone else do it.

This leads to my predicament.  Clothes.  I don’t find enjoyment the act of shopping and clothes, while necessary, as long as they suit my life well, I could care less about them.  This has lead me to just not have a lot of them.

Currently in my wardrobe I have:

  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 belt – reversible
  • 7 shirts
  • 20 pair of underwear and socks
  • 1 polo shirt
  • 1 button down shirt
  • 1 pair of dress pants
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 pair of flannel sleep pants
  • Shoes: 1  black dress, 1 sneakers, 1 hiking boots, 1 crocs

So while my clothes are off at the launder I need to have something to wear and this means buying more clothes; which I don’t like doing.  So I have decided I’m going to pick up another pair of shorts, a pair of pants and 3 more T-shirts and another pair of sleep pants; at least to start, we’ll see how this works and go from there.

I am also making decisions around my closet to meet these needs.  I will only have three things to hang: dress shirt, jacket and dress pants, I figure I’ll allow a little extra room in case I want to hang more, but still, keeping it small.  I am also going to locate the hanging rod at the least accessible space in the closet because I don’t use these things but a few times a year.  The rest will all be shelves and for the socks and underwear I’ll have them in little bins on shelves.

Another thing that I am making considerations on is how to handle wrinkles in clothes, because right now I’d just throw a shirt in the dryer if it got really really wrinkled, but I won’t have one anymore.  So I need an ironing board and a something I can iron on.  I was thinking of making one of these   DIY direction here

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Announcing Tiny House Craftsman

tinyhousecraftsman-logo-darkFor years I have been asked by readers if I could build them a tiny house and for a long while I haven’t been able to help them… Until now.

Today we are officially launching Tiny House Craftsman, a new website that is designed to not only build tiny houses, but also provide in-depth professional support to DIY builders.  In addition to full design and build services of tiny houses, we have a support line where people can sign up to gain access to experienced professional builders to ask any question that comes up in their build.

We see this as a big step forward not just for us here at The Tiny Life, but for tiny houses as well.  It will allow people who build tiny homes get the support they need in a way they have never been able to do before.  It also means we can build great tiny houses for people.

Visit Us At
   TinyHouseCraftsman.com

 

webuildit-90-3Design and Build

We have been working hard to train our team to be ready to build quality tiny houses for you.  I’ll be leading the build team and with me I have a 30 year veteran builder who has hands on experience building tiny homes.  For our design I work with an amazing designer and architect that has been designing small spaces for years.  The combination of my experience with tiny houses, hands on experience of pro builders and designers will make for quality tiny houses delivered to you.

 

youbuildit-90-3DIY Tiny Home Builder Support

A lot of people who want to live in a tiny house, want to build it themselves.  While we have a ton of free information on this website some people have been asking for a way to ask all their questions from knowledgeable people in a one on one setting.  We have two packages for you to choose from, 2 hours per month and 5 hours a month and when you join, you get our direct line for anything you need.  This is great for when you’re just starting out and have a million questions or when you mid build and have a quick question.  That’s what this is for in depth personalized one on one service.

 

materials-icons-90-3Building Materials

We are launching with four innovative products:

  • Bulk reclaimed 2×4 lumber delivered to your front door
  • Plug and play solar system design for tiny houses
  • Plug and play solar water filtration system
  • 120v to 12v transformer for you to use LED lights

Each of these things were things I had a really hard time finding when I did my build, so we are really excited to make it easy for you to get all in one spot.

  TinyHouseCraftsman.com

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Visit Us At
   TinyHouseCraftsman.com

 

 

One Simple Way To Hide Your Router

I’m a tech geek, it’s true.  So my tiny house is going to have a fair amount of gadgetry in it.  I found this neat idea for hiding your router for those of you who want to have wifi in your tiny house or where you live right now.  Using an old book you can hide your router in an attractive way!

 

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DIY Your Tiny Life

For me, living the tiny life means living a do-it-yourself kinda life. It goes beyond the building of a house on wheels and becomes a style of living that is conscious of so much more. Occupying 98 square feet makes me carefully consider everything I use in the house, from the all-purpose cleaner to the face wash I make! For me, it means an awareness and attempt at less toxicity in my everyday environment. My friend just sent me some great links to recipes concerning this exact subject that I thought would be fun to share.

natural cleannerWhile there are lots of green house cleaning products out there I love making my own. Check out Ryan’s post about the effectiveness of homemade cleaners! It’s so easy to do and is 100% toxin-free. Plus, it’s so cheap to make and you probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard right now! This recipe takes all of five minutes to whip together and will keep on the shelf for up to a month.

You will need:

a spray bottle

one cup water

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

10 drops tea tree oil

10 drops lavender oil

make your placeNow it’s as easy as adding all your liquids together in the spray bottle, shaking it up and your good to go! Pretty easy, right? You can also experiment with different essential oils. I’ve used peppermint, orange and eucalyptus to great effect although lavender and tea tree is my favorite combination. I’ve also made excellent cleaner by soaking lemon rinds in vinegar for a couple days and then draining the liquid in to a spray bottle as an all-purpose sanitizing agent. The rinds are great scrubbers for the sink as well, leaving a lovely lemony smell to my kitchen!Here you can find my review of an excellent book on sustainable, affordable cleaning products for your home! I highly recommend checking out these alternatives.

Coconut-milk-shampoo-ingredientsBesides cleaning agents, I love to make homemade beauty products. I so enjoy the natural, chemical-free body care items made in my kitchen. I am super anti-parabens and chemicals I can’t pronounce so this recently acquired recipe via the Free People blog for coconut milk shampoo was right up my alley! Give it a try and see how it makes you feel!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut milk

2/3 cup castile soap

1 tsp vitamin E oil

1 tsp coconut oil

Warm the coconut oil til melted and then mix with other ingredients in a jar. Shake well. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons with each wash. Will keep for up to a month.  I normally use Bronner’s castile soap for much of my cleaning needs but it does tend to dry out my skin and hair so the coconut milk and oil is perfect for adding the moisture I need in a cold, Vermont climate!

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Your Turn!

  • Got any go to recipes to share for living a less toxic tiny life? Please share! I love to learn new tricks and ideas for healthy living!

Via

 

 

 

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