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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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Tiny Gingerbread House

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This year I decided to try my hand at building a tiny gingerbread house.  I’ve never made one before so I enlisted the help of my Grandfather over the holiday to build it.  I think it turned out pretty good for my first try!

I have put together a special present for you all!

You can download the pattern and instructions to build your own tiny house as our gift to you.  Join below and we’ll send it to you!

 


 

 

5 Conversations You’ll Have At The Tiny House Conference

The conference is not too far off and people are getting excited!  I get emails every day from people about the conference.  We also have our final sale on tickets which is $50 off if you use code: TINY2013.  I was talking to someone yesterday about how exciting they were about getting to meet a lot of tiny housers and it got me thinking.

So here is my the 5 conversations you’ll have at the Tiny House Conference.

1. That one burning question will get answered – 10 different ways

The tiny house brain trust we have at this event will be staggering, we all have those questions that we are just dying to get answered by people who have been there.  You can talk with people who have been there and done it, you can talk to others who are just starting out, and you can talk with other tiny house dreams too.

2. You’ll share you’re concerns/reasons why you haven’t started building and we’ll show you how to overcome them.

The biggest barrier to me starting my own tiny house wasn’t money or time or knowledge, it was me, myself.  You’ll hear from people who have built their own homes and live in them full time; for every worry, concern, barrier, there at least one person at the event that overcame it and will share how they did it.

3. You’ll talk about going to the bathroom in a bucket.

There is an un-can-ny (ha!) propensity for tiny house people to eventually start talking about how you use a composting toilet.  After presenting at so many events I’ve lost count, someone always asks.

4. You’ll meet people near you that are as excited about tiny houses as you are

The best part about tiny house events is that everyone there is already on board with tiny houses.  So many times if we talk about tiny houses people are quick to question the idea of tiny houses or worse, rain on your parade.  The people coming to this event have already wholeheartedly bought into tiny houses. It means we can move past the objections and move to action.

5. You’ll stop talking about “one day” and move to action

There is a point in every tiny houser’s journey when you stop asking question, you stop worrying, you stop making reasons why not and then you just do it!  Events like this always leave me energized about tiny houses and they build a flame within you that is hard to put out.  It shows us a clear path in our minds and you gain the support that you need to take that first step!

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Have You Retired In A Tiny House?

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Today I wanted to see how many of our readers have actually retired in a tiny house?  I am am doing some research for a project and wanted to see if I could find and talk with a few of you about you experiences.

If you have already retired into a tiny house email me:  ryan@thetinylife.com

For the rest of you who are thinking about retirement into a tiny house.  What are your top three questions you have specific to retiring into a tiny house?  Let me know in the comments!

 Your Turn!

  • What are your top 3 questions specific to retirement in a tiny house?
  • What are the biggest barriers to retiring into a tiny house?

 

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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